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Tensions in Kirkuk have risen in recent weeks as the rhetoric between the Kurdish leadership and Iraq's central government escalates.

Iraq is preparing to deport hundreds of women married to foreign Islamic State fighters, and their children, back to their countries of origin including Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Iraqi forces 'attack last IS bastion on Syria border'

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Iraqi forces 'attack last IS bastion on Syria border'

Iraqi government forces marched toward the final Islamic State group stronghold along the Syrian border, after launching the latest offensive against the militant group.

Suicide bombers kill three in northern Iraq restaurant

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Suicide bombers kill three in northern Iraq restaurant

Two suicide bombers killed at least three people and wounded 34 on Tuesday in a northern Iraq restaurant frequented by militiamen battling the ...

The governor Baghdad wants to remove from office

Paul Iddon

The governor Baghdad wants to remove from office

Analysis: Kirkuk's Najmaldin Karim wants his city included in Kurdistan's controversial independence referendum, but supports holding on to ...

The New Arab & agencies

Blast kills 8 in Iraq village seized from IS

An explosion in a school near the recaptured Iraqi city of Mosul killed eight members of a paramilitary unit, in the latest example of dangers left behind by retreating militants.

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Iraqi forces capture area on Syria border from IS

Iraq confirmed it had recaptured a pivotal logistics point from the Islamic State group, just hours after launching the offensive along the ...

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Iraq launches offensive near Syria border

Iraqi forces will advance towards the Syria border, where the some of the last IS fighters in the country are still entrenched.

The New Arab & agencies

Death toll hits 84 in IS-claimed Iraq terror attack

Gunmen and suicide bombers killed at least 84 people in southern Iraq in the deadliest attack by the Islamic State group since it lost second ...

The Iraq Report: Kurdish independence looms

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The Iraq Report: Kurdish independence looms

Analysis: Welcome to The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq

Austin Bodetti

Who is Haitham al-Mayahi?

The Iraqi-American occupies a powerful position in Iraq, serving as a semi-official spokesperson for a notorious Iranian-backed Shia militia, ...

Iraq holds '1,300 foreign wives, children' of IS fighters

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Iraq holds '1,300 foreign wives, children' of IS fighters

Iraq is holding in its custody more than 1,300 foreign wives and children of Islamic State group fighters who surrendered to Kurdish Peshmerga ...

Iraqi Kurds eagerly pushing ahead with independence referendum

Paul Iddon

Iraqi Kurds eagerly pushing ahead with independence referendum

Analysis: Kurdish leaders fear losing political leverage once Peshmerga fighters are no longer desperately needed in the fight against the ...

Over 2,000 civilian bodies uncovered among ruins of <em>Mosul</em>

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Over 2,000 civilian bodies uncovered among ruins of Mosul

Around 2,100 bodies have been found among the rubble of ruined west Mosul, as the clear up of the Iraqi city continues.

First reading festival held in post-IS <em>Mosul</em>

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First reading festival held in post-IS Mosul

Hundreds of Iraqis attended the first reading festival in war-torn Mosul this week following the recapture of the city from Islamic ...

Gareth Browne

After Hawija: What to expect from Islamic State's commanders

Analysis: After the fall of Hawija, it is highly possible that the Islamic State commanders may regroup and start a new insurgency - so what is already known about them?

Gareth Browne

Assad FC: FIFA is normalising Syria's brutal regime

Comment: In the eyes of Fifa, the Syrian football team is politically neutral. But turning a blind eye to politics is in itself a political ...

The New Arab

Iraq begins criminal proceedings against German IS schoolgirl

Iraqi authorities charge German teenager who joined the Islamic State group, along with three other female compatriots.

Austin Bodetti

How Iraqi militias got hold of American tanks

In-depth: The US has unwittingly armed American-killing Iranian proxies and terrorist organisations with its best tanks, reports Austin Bodetti.

Hawija: The next battle in Iraq's war against IS

Gareth Browne

Hawija: The next battle in Iraq's war against IS

Analysis: After Mosul and Tal Afar, attention is turning to Hawija, a pocket of Iraqi territory long deemed ungovernable and ...

The New Arab

Iraq prepares to recapture last IS urban bastion

Iraqi government and paramilitary forces announced plans to launch an assault to recapture Hawija, the last Islamic State urban bastion in the ...

UK to deploy more troops to Iraq

The New Arab & agencies

UK to deploy more troops to Iraq

Coalition forces fighting the Islamic State group will receive an additional contingent of expert British troops, the UK's Defence Minister ...

Islamic State chief Baghdadi likely still alive: US general

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Islamic State chief Baghdadi likely still alive: US general

A senior US general said the Islamic State's leader, Abubakr al-Baghdadi, is believed to be alive and likely hiding in the Middle Euphrates ...

Iraq announces victory over IS militants in Tal Afar Iraq announces victory over IS militants in Tal Afar

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Iraq announces victory over IS militants in Tal Afar

Iraq declared that its forces had retaken the northern city of Tal Afar and the surrounding region on Thursday, in another major victory over ...

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