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On two fronts, Iraqi forces battle Islamic State for Tikrit

...impatience in many ways stems from concerns about the speed and success of the Islamic State's advance, and the Baghdad government's inexperience in handling a security crisis of this magnitude. Until recently, Iraqi security forces were focused...
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Iraq struggles with sectarian politics after Ramadi fall

...State group in Anbar, where the extremists control 60 percent of the vast desert province."We all know that the Baghdad government has no trust in the Sunni tribes in Anbar, but I think this mistrust will only lead to more gains for Daesh...
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Iraqi forces hold on in refinery fight

...Iraq.The loss of the Beiji oil refinery, some 155 miles north of Baghdad, would be a devastating symbol of the Baghdad government's powerlessness in the face of a determined insurgency hostile to the West. By late Thursday, the two sides...
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Iraqi prime minister's focus is to defend Baghdad

...Kurdish pockets in Diyala province and elsewhere have been at the heart of tension between the Kurdish region and the Baghdad government, and the Kurds are unlikely to want to give up that territory, regardless of the status of the fighting.Al-Maliki...
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This Day in History

...the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed. In 1967, Expo 67 in Montreal closed after six months. In 1997, the Baghdad government barred Americans from the U.N. disarmament effort in Iraq - a move that outraged chief weapons inspector Richard...


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