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Empowered Shiite militias poised to dominate key Iraq town

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AIN AL-JEHESH, Iraq (AP) -- On the road to Tal Afar, an Iraqi city near Syria that's been key to sectarian catastrophes in both countries over the past decade, a mosaic of rag-tag troops advancing against Islamic State militants have one symbol in common....

Iraq hopes OPEC deal will help cover its massive war costs

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- The government of Iraq is hoping that a new OPEC deal will help the war-weary country generate enough revenue to help pay for its costly, 2-year-old fight against the Islamic State group....

Iraq's special forces control 19 Mosul neighborhoods

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AL-QASR, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi special forces fighting Islamic State militants on the eastern side of Mosul have retaken 19 neighborhoods from the extremist group since the battle for the city began last month, a senior Iraqi commander said on Wednesday....

Iraq prime minister says his country will cut oil production

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Iraq's prime minister says his country will agree to cut its own oil production as part of a plan by OPEC to push crude prices higher....

Key quotes of AP's interview with Iraq's prime minister

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister Haider al-Abadi says Islamic State militants lack the courage to put up long-term resistance to his government's campaign to retake Mosul, despite unleashing hundreds of car bombs that have killed and maimed Iraqi soldiers and civilians. He tells The Associated Press in an interview Monday that Mosul is completely encircled and that the speed with which the area has been secured surpassed his expectations....

Full transcript of the AP's interview with Iraq's PM
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Following is a full transcript of The Associated Press interview with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad:...

AP Interview: Iraqi leader predicts IS collapse in Mosul

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says Islamic State group fighters lack the courage to put up long-term resistance in Mosul, despite unleashing hundreds of car bombs that have killed and maimed Iraqi soldiers and civilians as the fight for Iraq's second-largest city appears set to extend well into next year....

In drawn-out battle of Mosul, limits of Iraqi military show

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- When Iraq's top generals finalized the plan to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group, they gave themselves six months to finish the job....

Local intel key in house-to-house battle for Iraq's Mosul

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MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- When Islamic State militants in Mosul discovered that Ahmed's brother had served in the army, they went to his house, pulled him into the street, and shot him dead as his parents watched....

Iraq's Najaf cemetery swells as fight against IS escalates

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NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- Wailing and pounding their chests in grief, a dozen women clad in mourning black gathered around a tomb in the massive cemetery in Iraq's holy Shiite city of Najaf. A short distance away, a grief-stricken man cried silently inside his car, parked next to a friend's tomb....
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