Italy probes visa scandal at its consulate in Irbil, Iraq
ROME (AP) -- Italy has ordered an inspection of its consulate the Iraqi city of Irbil, after reports exorbitant fees were demanded for visas....

Casualties mount as Iraqi troops advance in IS-held Mosul

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MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- "We have wounded!" the men shouted from the roadside. Two soldiers, bleeding, were being bandaged beside their smoking vehicle on the side of a dusty dirt road....

Kurdish journalist killed covering Iraq's battle for Mosul
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- A local Kurdish news organization says one of their presenters was killed covering the Mosul operation and another of their journalists was wounded. ...

Inside the fight against IS sleeper cells in liberated Mosul

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MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Two crudely armored pickup trucks cruised along an eastern Mosul highway. A masked Iraqi officer riding shotgun yelled "Go! Go! Go!" and switched the radio from Iraqi folk music to fast, patriotic battle hymns as the vehicles sped up and weaved through the busy afternoon traffic....

The Latest: Iraqi air force strikes IS targets inside Syria

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Latest on the Iraqi forces' battle to take the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State militants (all times local):...

US changes rules of engagement for Mosul fight in Iraq

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SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. Army Lt. Col. James Browning juggled phone calls on an overstuffed sofa in a small village south of Mosul. His counterparts in the Iraqi army's 9th Division were pushing toward western Mosul, just a few miles away and were coming under mortar fire from the Islamic State group as they moved on a power station....

New trauma unit to help former Islamic State sex slaves

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DOHUK, Iraq (AP) -- After their rape and torture by Islamic State extremists for months or years, Yazidi women face ongoing suffering from psychological trauma even if they do manage to escape....

Ex-Iraqi soldier tells German court he held heads on orders
BERLIN (AP) -- A former Iraqi army soldier has admitted at the start of his war-crimes trial in Germany that he posed for a photo holding the severed heads of two Islamic State fighters killed in combat, but said he was only following orders....

New hope for Yazidi women raped and tortured by IS fighters

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DOHUK, Iraq (AP) -- It's been less than two weeks since Perwin Ali Baku escaped the Islamic State group, after more than two years in captivity, bought and sold from fighter to fighter and carted from Iraq to Syria and then back again....

Daunting urban terrain as Iraqis push into western Mosul

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi forces have launched the push for Mosul's militant-held western half just over four months after the operation to retake the city from the Islamic State group officially began....
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