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Advancing Iraq rebels seize northwest town in heavy battle

Advancing Iraq rebels seize northwest town in heavy battle

(Reuters) - Sunni insurgents seized a mainly ethnic Turkmen city in northwestern Iraq on Sunday after heavy fighting, solidifying their grip on the north after a lightning offensive that threatens to dismember Iraq. Residents reached by telephone in the city of Tal Afar said it...

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Turkey defends actions over consulate seizure in Iraq, 80 still held

Turkey defends actions over consulate seizure in Iraq, 80 still held

  By Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Diplomats and soldiers trapped inside Turkey's consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul had no option but to surrender this week after hundreds of heavily armed Islamist militants surrounded the building, the foreign ministry...

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Army: three Israeli teens missing in West Bank

Army: three Israeli teens missing in West Bank

Three Israeli teenagers have gone missing near a West Bank settlement, the army said Friday, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he held the Palestinian leadership responsible for their safety. “The IDF (Israeli military) confirms three teenagers are currently missing,”...

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Official: Iran sends forces to Iraq to combat ISIS

Official: Iran sends forces to Iraq to combat ISIS

  As al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants and local armed men – backed by Sunni tribal leaders – advance towards the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, neighboring Iran has sent troops to fight alongside government forces, CNN...

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Insurgents' Iraq advance poses security, economic risk for Turkey

Insurgents' Iraq advance poses security, economic risk for Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The advance of Sunni militants in Iraq leaves Turkey facing a widening Islamist insurgency in two of its southern neighbors, endangering domestic security, threatening important trade routes and forcing it again to rethink Middle Eastern policies....

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Iraq militant push shrinks scope for Saudi-Iran detente

Iraq militant push shrinks scope for Saudi-Iran detente

By William Maclean DUBAI (Reuters) - This week's advance by Sunni insurgents in Iraq provides a powerful argument for why Iran and Saudi Arabia should bury their Cold War-style feud, but is nonetheless likely to set back detente between the Gulf's dominant Sunni and Shi'ite...

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US: Iraqi insurgency threatens American interests

US: Iraqi insurgency threatens American interests

Years of investing in Iraq with time, money and lives of American soldiers are the reasons the U.S. is considering new military action to quell a fast-moving insurgency that has taken key areas of northern Iraq and vows to march on Baghdad while still resisting direct involvement in...

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Iraq's Grand Mufti says its Sunni revolution against Maliki

Iraq's Grand Mufti says its Sunni revolution against Maliki

(Zaman Alwasl)- The sweeping advances in Mosul and other Iraqi cities, and the rapid collapse of the Iraqi army this week are not a creature of al-Qaeda splinter group, but it’s a Sunni rebellion against tyrant Nouri al-Maliki, the Sunni Grand Mufti of Iraq told Zaman Alwasl....

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What is going on in Iraq and why?

What is going on in Iraq and why?

An al-Qaida breakaway group, apparently backed by other Sunni groups and fighters, has seized a large section of northern Iraq after previously taking much of northeastern Syria with an eye toward establishing an Islamic state straddling the two countries. The situation on the...

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Iraq Sunni militant group vows to march on Baghdad

Iraq Sunni militant group vows to march on Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — The al-Qaida-inspired group that led this week's charge in capturing two key Sunni-dominated cities in Iraq vowed Thursday to march on to Baghdad, raising fears about the Shiite-led government's ability to slow the assault following lightning gains. Signs emerged...

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Syrian media blames 'Saudi terrorism' for jihadist gains in Iraq

Syrian media blames 'Saudi terrorism' for jihadist gains in Iraq

Syrian state media on Thursday accused Saudi Arabia and the West of complicity with the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant that has captured swathes of Iraqi territory. Echoing claims often made by the regime and its supporters, state media said Saudi and other allies...

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Wife:  Egypt Authorities politicize Malas Case over 5-year Sentence

Wife: Egypt Authorities politicize Malas Case over 5-year Sentence

(Writing by Faris al-Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Mrs. Hiba al-Haj Ali, wife of Hosam Eddin Malas, who was sentenced in absentia for 5 years jail by the Criminal Court in Cairo, said to Zaman Alwasl: "that adjudication based on false accusation...

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Jihadists take Saddam’s hometown of Tikrit

Jihadists take Saddam’s hometown of Tikrit

Militants from the extremist Islamist State of Iraq and Syria on Wednesday seized the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, a day after the country’s second-largest city Mosul fell under their control. Their sweeping advances, and the rapid collapse of the Iraqi army - on which the...

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Iraqis flee Mosul after fighters seize city

Iraqis flee Mosul after fighters seize city

Tens of thousands of people have fled Iraq's second biggest city Mosul after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an al-Qaeda splinter group, took control of the city. An estimated 1,300 ISIL fighters overran Iraqi security forces and seized the city's airport...

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ISIS abducts 48 from Turkish consulate in Mosul

ISIS abducts 48 from Turkish consulate in Mosul

Jihadists stormed the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday and kidnapped 48 people including the head of the diplomatic mission, a Turkish government official said. "48 Turks including the consul, staff members, guards and three children were...

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Outrage sparks over congratulating el-Sisi by Syrian opposition

Outrage sparks over congratulating el-Sisi by Syrian opposition

(Zaman Alwasl)- Outrage has been sparked amid Syrian opposition after an official congratulation letter to Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on his inauguration as president of Egypt by the opposition National Coalition. Several Coalition members...

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Riyadh, Moscow explore diplomatic fix for Syria

Riyadh, Moscow explore diplomatic fix for Syria

Saudi Arabia and Russia discussed Monday prospects of reaching a diplomatic solution to the three-year-old Syrian crisis that has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 and left millions of Syrians homeless. "Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal and his Russian counterpart Sergei...

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Syrian Kurdish militia ready to fight ISIS in northern Iraq: statement

Syrian Kurdish militia ready to fight ISIS in northern Iraq: statement

(Zaman Alwasl)- The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) declared, in statement issued Tuesday, readiness to fight with Iraqi Army and Peshmerga against Al-Qaeda renegade group in northern Iraq. The armed wing of the Democratic Union Party in...

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