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Iraqis fight house to house for costly victory in Mosul

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MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Gunfire echoes through the pockmarked streets as Maj. Ihab Jalil al-Aboudi's soldiers fight block by block for the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, occasionally pausing to help terrified families flee to safety across the rubble....

A look at key moments on the road to Mosul

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MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- The Islamic State group's hold on Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, has shrunk to just two square kilometers (about one square mile). After more than eight months of some of the most intense fighting against the extremist group, Iraq's Prime Minister has pledged that victory is near....

IS fighters launch counterattacks in west Mosul neighborhood

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IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Islamic State fighters launched a string of counterattacks in a western Mosul neighborhood that had recently been declared free of the militant group, setting off clashes that continued overnight, Iraqi officials said Monday....

Swiss journalist dies of Mosul mine blast injuries
PARIS (AP) -- A Swiss journalist has died of injuries suffered from a mine blast in Iraq earlier this week while covering a military operation to root out Islamic State extremists from Mosul....

Journalist dies of wounds from blast in Iraq's Mosul

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- A Swiss journalist died Saturday from wounds sustained in a Mosul mine blast earlier this week while reporting on the fight against the Islamic State group....

UN says IS targets children to hold Mosul civilians hostage

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Fighters for the Islamic State group are targeting children in Mosul to prevent civilians from fleeing the city as Iraqi forces push into the last stronghold held in Iraq by the militants there, the United Nations said Thursday....

Iran's top leader opposes Iraqi Kurdish independence vote
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has spoken out against a referendum on independence for Iraqi Kurds set for later this year....

Iraqi premier on anti-terror outreach to Saudi Arabia, Iran
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi prime minister is reaching out to regional powers such as Saudi Arabia and Iran for support for his anti-terror campaign....

UN believes up to 150,000 civilians are trapped in Mosul
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations believes up to 150,000 civilians are trapped in Mosul's Old City where Islamic State extremists want to keep them as human shields - and are shooting people trying to flee, the U.N. humanitarian chief in Iraq said Friday....

UN won't play any role in Iraqi Kurds' independence vote
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The United Nations said it will not be "engaged in any way or form" in the process surrounding the independence referendum in Iraq's northern semi-autonomous Kurdish region planned for September....

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