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{FD} US, Turkey meet without apparent resolution of pastor’s case

High level meetings in Washington between senior U.S. and Turkish officials concluded Wednesday without an apparent resolution to the case of a detained American pastor. Continue reading

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{FD} US to hit NATO-ally Turkey over detained pastor, Trump says

Vice President Mike Pence is threatening NATO ally Turkey with economic sanctions over a detained American pastor held on terror and espionage charges. Continue reading

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{FD} US slaps terror designation on Iran-linked group in Bahrain

The United States is designating a Shiite militant group in Bahrain as a foreign terrorist organization to ramp up pressure on Iran. Continue reading

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{FD} NSA deletes phone records, citing ‘technical irregularities’

The National Security Agency says it is deleting call records after “irregularities” caused the agency to collect records it was not authorized to receive. Continue reading

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{FD} Iraqi Shiite cleric gained ground with nationalist voice

In the years following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the young cleric Moqtada al-Sadr burst onto the scene as a renegade champion of poorer Shiites, leading militant fighters who carried out deadly attacks on American forces and were notorious… Continue reading

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{FD} Iraqi victories remain fragile as US reduces troops

From their outpost on Iraq’s westernmost edge, U.S. 1st Lt. Kyle Hagerty and his troops watched civilians trickle into the area after American and Iraqi forces drove out the Islamic State group. Continue reading

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{FD} At US outpost in Syria, US general backs Kurdish fighters

The top U.S. general in the coalition fighting the Islamic State group has pledged American troops would remain in the northern Syrian Kurdish town of Manbij despite Ankara’s demands for a U.S. pullout. Continue reading

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{FD} Thousands remain missing after Iraq’s victories against IS

Local officials say thousands of people, mostly men and teenage boys, remain missing in the wake of Iraqi victories against the Islamic State group. Continue reading

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{FD} American diplomat: US looks to counter Iran in post-war Iraq

As Iraq emerges from three years of war with the Islamic State group, the U.S. is looking to roll back the influence of neighboring Iran and help the central government resolve its dispute with the Kurdish region, the American envoy to the country told… Continue reading

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{FD} As caliphate crumbles, US increases western Iraq footprint

The US-led coalition’s newest outpost in the fight against the Islamic State group is in a dusty corner of western Iraq near the border with Syria. Continue reading

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{FD} Iraqi militia commander brushes off US call to disband

With the Islamic State group driven from nearly all of Iraq, U.S. officials have suggested that the thousands of mainly Shiite paramilitary fighters who mobilized against the Sunni extremists three years ago lay down their arms. Continue reading

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{FD} US general: Iraqi tensions divert resources from IS fight

The top U.S. general in Iraq says the fallout from last month’s Kurdish vote for independence is diverting resources away from the war on the Islamic State group just as the coalition is on the verge of defeating the extremists. Continue reading

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{FD} Kurdish officials: Iraqi ex-President Jalal Talabani dies

Kurdish officials say former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has died in a Berlin hospital at the age of 83. Continue reading

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{FD} Iraq’s Kurds to vote on independence amid fears of unrest

“For the sake of the sacrifices and blood of the martyrs, let’s all say yes for Kurdistan independence,” reads a large billboard in the center of Kalak, a small town in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region. Continue reading

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{FD} US-led coalition: Amnesty report on Mosul ‘irresponsible’

The U.S.-led coalition says an Amnesty International report accusing its forces of violating international law during the fight against the Islamic State group in Mosul is “irresponsible.” Continue reading

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{FD} Iraqi leader congratulates troops in Mosul; fight goes on

Iraqi troops are celebrating the clearing of Islamic State militants from some of their last strongholds in Mosul, but heavy fighting is still underway. Continue reading

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{FD} Airstrikes propel Mosul gains, despite toll on civilians

Iraqi forces say their recent territorial gains against the Islamic State group in Mosul’s Old City have largely been propelled by airstrikes, despite a spike in allegations of civilian casualties and warnings from human rights groups of the dangers of… Continue reading

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{FD} Civilians flee as strikes pound last of IS-held Mosul

Iraqi forces say hundreds of civilians are fleeing Mosul as airstrikes pound the last pockets of territory held by the Islamic State group. Continue reading

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{FD} As Mosul’s battlefield shrinks, US warns of friendly fire

U.S. Army Col. Pat Work and a small team of about a dozen soldiers drove through western Mosul in two unmarked armored vehicles. Continue reading

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{FD} IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push

An Iraqi officer says counterattacks by Islamic State militants on the western edge of Mosul have stalled Iraqi forces’ push in the Old City — the last IS stronghold in the city. Continue reading

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{FD} Mosul siege extends IS fight in Iraq, puts civilians at risk

Iraqi forces are steadily closing in on the remaining pockets of territory held by the Islamic State group in Mosul, inching toward a victory that U.S.-led coalition officials say is “only a matter of time.” Continue reading

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{FD} Airstrikes fuel Mosul gains as Iraq pushes for quick victory

Half a dozen units of Islamic State group fighters holed up in western Mosul began their morning radio checks at just after 4 a.m. Continue reading

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