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Airstrike near Mosul Dam targets armed vehicles
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. military officials say that an airstrike against Islamic State militants in Iraq has damaged or destroyed 16 armed vehicles near the Mosul Dam....

Merkel: Arming Kurds in Germany's interest

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BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel has told lawmakers that it's in Germany's interests to arm the Kurdish fighters who are battling Islamic extremists in Iraq....

Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants....

Pentagon: Iraq operations cost $560 million so far
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. military operations in Iraq, including airstrikes and surveillance flights, have cost about $560 million since mid-June, the Pentagon said Friday....

Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- As Islamic militants rampage across northern Iraq, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli have decided to stay and fight....

Germany: no Iraq combat troops or weapons to PKK

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BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out sending German combat troops to Iraq and is dismissing suggestions her country could send weapons to the separatist Kurdish PKK movement....

UK appoints security envoy to Iraqi Kurdistan
LONDON (AP) -- Britain has appointed a security envoy to Iraq's Kurdistan region as part of efforts to defeat militants of the Islamic State group....

Kurds protest in Paris against Islamic State group

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PARIS (AP) -- Hundreds of ethnic Kurds marched in Paris on Saturday to demand more international support for civilians in Iraq facing assaults by Islamic State militants....

Iraq family's flight reveals depth of Sunni grief

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq's many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him....

Iraq museum inaugurates 2 halls of statues

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi National Museum inaugurated two renovated halls adorned with life-size stone statues on Thursday, highlighting the rich history of a country once again shattered by war....
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