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Spain to send more soldiers to help Iraq forces combat IS
MADRID (AP) -- Spain says it plans to send an additional 150 soldiers and police to Iraq to help train Iraqi security forces combatting the Islamic State group....

Iraq prepares for new fight against post-Mosul IS

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- With the Islamic State group's "caliphate" seemingly nearing its downfall in Iraq, the country's security agencies are preparing for a different fight against the militants, shifting away from ground offensives to a focus on intelligence work, surgical airstrikes and a higher level of cooperation with the West....

A lethal mistake leads to a harrowing ambush in Iraq's Mosul

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IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- As Iraqi forces advanced toward the al-Salam hospital in Mosul earlier this week, encountering only light resistance from Islamic State fighters, commanders decided to seize the facility instead of sweeping the neighborhoods along the road leading to it....

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....
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