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Iraq forces free hostages as January toll tops 900 – AFP

AFPBaghdad — Iraqi forces ended a hostage-taking at a Baghdad government building killing four militants on Thursday, as nationwide violence took January’s death toll past 900 with elections looming. The brazen assault on a building in the northeast of the …Suicide bombers storm Iraq ministry building, 24 killedReutersGunmen storm Iraqi government building as Maliki shops […]

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Iraq troops free hostages at Baghdad building – BBC News

BBC NewsIraqi security forces have freed all the hostages taken by gunmen at a building in Baghdad next the ministry of human rights, officials say. Three of the eight attackers were killed in the operation, an interior ministry spokesman told the BBC. Security forces …Militants storm Iraq transport ministry buildingReutersMilitants storm government office in BaghdadHouston […]

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Clashes Uproot 140000 People In Central Iraq: UN Agency – Bernama

BernamaUNITED NATIONS, Jan 25 (Bernama) — The United Nations refugee agency said Friday over 65,000 people have fled Fallujah and Ramadi cities in central Iraq’s Anbar province over the past week, bringing the total number of displaced people to more than …Fresh clashes uproot 140000 people in central Iraq: UN agencyXinhuaFallujah Has Fallen to Al-QaedaABC […]

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Bombings kill 21 people in Iraq – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say a series of bombings across Baghdad, targeting marketplaces and two court buildings, has killed 21 people. The explosions came as Iraqi forces continue offensive military action against al-Qaeda and allied militants …Baghdad bomb blasts kill 26, Iraqi troops fight Sunni rebelsReutersIraq violence: At least 21 killed in Baghdad […]

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Syria Rebels Suspend Talks Involvement on Iranian Invite – Bloomberg

BloombergMurals honoring martyrs of the 1980s Iran-Iraq War sit on buildings in Tehran, Iran…. Read More. Murals honoring martyrs of the 1980s Iran-Iraq War sit on buildings in Tehran, Iran. Representatives of Iran and 39 other countries will attend talks regarding the …Iran must back Syria transition to attend peace talks: LondonAFPSyria Opposition Warns It […]

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Iraq announces offensive against al-Qaeda – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi government forces and allied tribal militias launched an all-out offensive Sunday to push al-Qaeda militants from a provincial capital, an assault that killed or wounded some 20 police officers and government-allied tribesmen, officials …‘Diabolical’ Arab countries behind Iraq strife: MalikiTimes of IndiaJordan ready to host US training of Iraqi soldiersWashington […]

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Iraqi special forces, tribesmen assault militants in Ramadi – Reuters

ReutersBAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi tribesmen backed by police special forces and helicopter gunships assaulted al Qaeda-linked militants in the eastern and southern outskirts of the city of Ramadi on Sunday, police and local officials said. They said the ground …Jordan Ready to Host US Training of Iraqi SoldiersABC NewsIraq launches Al Qaeda offensivePoliticoIraq begins al-Qaida […]

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Iraq Bombings and Fighting Kill Dozens – New York Times

New York TimesBAGHDAD — Violence across Iraq, including a series of car bombings and fighting between militants and government troops over control of Anbar Province, killed at least 30 people Saturday, officials said. The bombings struck neighborhoods around …At least 21 killed in wave of Baghdad attacksKhaleej TimesTop US general disappointed with situation in IraqXinhuaZakaria: […]

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Iraq Violence Kills 14 – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaViolence in Iraq has left at least 14 people dead and 50 others wounded. Authorities say four car bombings and mortar fire shook the capital, Baghdad, Saturday. There was no word on who was responsible for the attacks. Violence has escalated in Iraq over …22 killed, 65 wounded in bombing attacks in Iraq’s […]

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Iraq Bombings Kill 41 – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalAn Iraqi police officer stands guard at the site of a car bomb in central Baghdad on Wednesday. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images. BAGHDAD—A wave of bombings across Iraq striking busy markets and a funeral north of Baghdad killed at least 41 people …61 killed in latest wave of Iraq attacksCNN International70 killed, 147 wounded […]

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Bombings kill 12 people around Iraqi capital – Businessweek

BusinessweekBAGHDAD (AP) — Officials in Iraq say a series of bombings around the capital, Baghdad, have killed at least 12 people. Police say the deadliest in Wednesday’s bombings took place in Baghdad’s northern Shula neighborhood, where a parked car bomb …Bomb Attacks Kill 39 in IraqVoice of AmericaBombings Kill 21 People Around Iraqi CapitalTIME26 killed […]

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Almost 500 reported killed in Syria – USA TODAY

USA TODAYAMMAN, Jordan – Clashes among different rebel factions in northern Syria have killed nearly 500 people and may determine the future of al-Qaeda-linked regiments fighting in the country. The al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and a-Sham (ISIS) has …Syrian rebel infighting has claimed nearly 500 lives, activists sayLos Angeles TimesAl Qaeda group fights back […]

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Bombing kills 12 at Iraq army recruiting center – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up at a military recruiting center in Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 12 people — an attack that was likely retaliation for the Iraqi government’s campaign to retake two cities overrun by al-Qaeda militants.Families flee as Fallujah crumbles: UNThe AustralianThe Iraqi government’s battle to control […]

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Obama’s Foreign Policy Successes Imperiled by Iraq Violence – Bloomberg

BloombergPresident Barack Obama, whose top foreign policy achievements include killing Osama bin Laden and ending the war in Iraq, now faces the prospect of a safe haven for anti-Western extremists emerging in the Arab country. While the president has no …In Iraq, a Sunni revolt raises specter of new warWashington PostFighting Between Iraqi Forces, Militants […]

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Veterans feel sting of Ramadi and Fallujah losses – USA TODAY

USA TODAYFor David Bellavia, seeing the images of al-Qaeda flags flying over buildings in Fallujah and Ramadi in recent days has been devastating. “That ground, to me it’s hallowed,” said Bellavia, who earned a Silver Star for heroism on his 29th birthday fighting in …Obama’s Top Foreign Policy Successes Imperiled by Iraqi ViolenceBusinessweekSunni revolt raises […]

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Kerry vows support for Iraq government in Fallujah, but won’t send US troops – Fox News

Fox NewsIn his first remarks since Islamic militants with Al Qaeda ties overran the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry promised support for Iraq’s government, but emphatically rejected any possibility that the U.S. would send troops …Bombings kill 20 in Baghdad as Iraq violence surgesUSA TODAYUS will support Iraq […]