Joseph Murphy

...Joe was a member of the Alaska Army National Guard, and deployed to Iraq in 2005. He spent that year at Camp Victory in Baghdad where he was a machine gunner. That year changed his life dramatically. He was never the same upon his return to Alaska...
Iraq's economy hurt by IS war, low oil prices

BAGHDAD - In business since the 1960s, Karim al-Aboudi's family has seen Iraq's...suffered a serious economic decline after the Shiite-led government in Baghdad started losing territory to the Sunni militants of the Islamic State group...
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Bush: Clinton shares mistakes leading to Islamic State rise

...once."Clinton has said she supported keeping a residual force behind in Iraq, but a proposal to do so fell through after Baghdad refused to give the troops immunity from legal charges, as Washington demanded."That's the position we all agreed to...
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US, Turkey plan for 'safe zone' free of IS in Syria

...Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Associated Press writers Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey; Bassem Mroue in Beirut; Vivian Salama in Baghdad; Barry Hatton in Lisbon, Portugal and Josh Lederman and Wendy Benjaminson in Washington contributed to this report.
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Car bombs kill 21 people in Iraq; EU warns of donor fatigue

BAGHDAD - The head of the European Union's humanitarian...targeting public places after nightfall in Baghdad and in a town just south of the Iraqi capital...claimed responsibility for the attacks but Baghdad and its surroundings have seen near-daily...
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Militants seize Iraqi villages near Ramadi

BAGHDAD - The Islamic State extremist group launched...further threaten Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad. Nearly a decade ago, Ramadi was one...resentment toward the Shiite-led government in Baghdad to secure their position among predominantly...
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ISIS looks for collaborators after taking key Iraqi city

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants searched door-to-door...Islamic State group on other fronts north of Baghdad in recent months. But they have also been...Dossein Dehghan, to make a surprise visit to Baghdad for urgent talks with Iraqi leaders. He...
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Iraq struggles with sectarian politics after Ramadi fall

BAGHDAD - As it moves to try to reverse the stunning...territory 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, but also large stocks of weapons abandoned...desert province."We all know that the Baghdad government has no trust in the Sunni tribes...
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Against IS, airstrikes may not suffice

BAGHDAD - It's the modern era's military strategy...strategic Iraqi town a short drive from Baghdad.? It is battling to a tie around the Associated Press bureau chief in Baghdad. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter...
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On two fronts, Iraqi forces battle Islamic State for Tikrit

...militiamen swept into this Sunni city north of Baghdad.Recapturing Tikrit is seen as a key...the Tigris River about 80 miles north of Baghdad. Several of Saddam's palaces remain...the Islamic State's advance, and the Baghdad government's inexperience in handling...
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