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Hagel: US aware of Russian, Iranian roles in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. knows Russia and Iran are providing fighter aircraft to help Iraq combat Islamic extremists, but Washington is not coordinating assistance with either Russia or Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday....

UN agency: Seized Iraq nuclear material is no risk
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. nuclear agency said Thursday that nuclear material seized by the Islamic State extremist group when it overran the Iraqi city of Mosul is "low grade" and doesn't pose "a significant safety, security or nuclear proliferation risk."...

Iraq: 'Terrorists' seize ex-chemical weapons site
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad, where remnants of 2,500 degraded chemical rockets filled decades ago with the deadly nerve agent sarin are stored along with other chemical warfare agents, Iraq said in a letter circulated Tuesday at the United Nations....

46 Indian nurses stranded in Iraq return home
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NEW DELHI (AP) -- Dozens of Indian nurses who had been stranded in Iraqi territory held by Islamic extremists were greeted with hugs and flowers Saturday as they returned home to southern India aboard a special flight....

Iraqi Kurds: Time is ripe for Kurdish independence
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facing an Iraq that is being ripped apart by sectarian violence and a divisive government, leaders of the country's Kurdish region said Thursday they now believe they have a better chance than ever to break away and create an independent nation....

General: US assessing whether Iraq forces can hold
HONOLULU (AP) -- A key role of the American troops in Iraq is assessing whether the country's security forces can hold together and whether its leaders are confident they can do their jobs, a top U.S. military official said Tuesday....

Iraqi Kurds dig frontier around disputed areas
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MARIAM BEK, Iraq (AP) -- As Islamic extremists seek to sweep away borders in their advance across the Middle East, Kurds in northern Iraq appear to be in the process of digging a new one, asserting their claim to hotly disputed territory and expanding their semi-autonomous region in a bid for greater autonomy or outright independence....

Successors to the prophet: Islam's caliphates
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CAIRO (AP) -- By declaring the establishment of an Islamic caliphate, the extremist group that controls large swaths of Syria and Iraq is claiming to be the successor of the political and religious community established by the Prophet Muhammad....

Tempers fray as displaced Iraqis break Muslim fast
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KALAK, Iraq (AP) -- Waving pots and pans, police pushed back dozens of hungry Iraqi refugees as they rushed to seize free food, ending their first daylong fast of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in an encampment for the displaced....

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