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Amid battle with IS, Iraq parliament approves next budget
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's parliament has approved next year's budget of about 100.67 trillion Iraqi dinars, or nearly $85.17 billion....

The Latest: Czechs send medics to Iraq for IS battle

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Latest on Iraq's Mosul offensive (all times local):...

As Iraq's Kurds eye statehood, a border takes shape

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MAKHMUR, Iraq (AP) -- The sand berms and trenches that snake across northern Iraq stretch toward Syria, some accompanied by newly paved roads lit by street lamps and sprawling checkpoints decked with Kurdish flags. The fighters here insist it isn't the border of a newly independent state - but in the chaos of Iraq that could change....

Death toll from last month's IS bombing in Iraq rises to 92
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say the death toll from a Nov. 24 suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group has risen to 92, including about 40 Iranians....

Ruins of homes in Kirkuk a sign of divisions to come in Iraq

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IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- All along the street, houses have been reduced to rubble in the central Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The work of Kurdish security forces retaliating against Sunni Arabs after a recent Islamic State group attack, residents say....

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....
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