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Carter: US is retooling fight against IS provide more firepower and other support if the Iraqi government can create a motivated Iraqi force that includes ethnic Sunnis."We've given the Iraqi government two battalions worth of equipment for mobilizing...
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Refugee surge raises concern about militants say where the men were believed to have landed or whether they are coordinating with each other, but said the Iraqi government is working with European authorities to trace them and learn their plans.Both he and a second Iraqi official said...
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Battling IS, Iraqi Kurdish fighters exposed to mustard gas

...advisers, took the lead in battling IS after the extremist group blitzed across much of northern Iraq last year. Iraqi government forces and allied Shiite militias have since joined the fight, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.Yawar...
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Kurds keep up offensive against extremists in northern Syria

...their homes and they know the terrain well, unlike the foreign fighters who have joined the IS."By contrast, Iraqi government forces and allied Shiite militiamen have been slow in retaking IS-held territory. The Iraqis have also suffered...
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Fears mount over Palmyra as IS expands territory in Syria

...made further inroads in Iraq's Anbar province, seizing the Iraqi side of a key border crossing with Syria after Iraqi government forces pulled out, according to Athal al-Fahdawi, a local councilman. The fall of the al-Walid crossing will...
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Militants seize Iraqi villages near Ramadi

...Ramadi was one of the strongholds of the insurgency in the U.S.-led war in Iraq. It now is mostly held by Iraqi government forces, although militants control some parts of it, mainly on the outskirts.In a dawn advance, IS extremists...
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Major piece of anti-IS strategy is stalled

...hope in September that a new Iraqi government led by Prime Minister Haider...reaching out to Sunnis, the Iraqi government has bolstered its already close...and a partnership between Iraqi government forces and Sunni tribal units...
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Senators quiz chiefs, criticize IS fight

...strengthened, especially on the ground," Carter said."We must see a greater commitment from all parts of the Iraqi government," Carter said.There are about 3,300 in Iraq assisting the nation's security forces. Moreover, the U.S...
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Biden reassures Iraqi PM of support

...told The Associated Press.Al-Hadithi said the Iraqi government believes the fall of Ramadi was due to mismanagement...attrition against ISIL in Ramadi, coupled with what the Iraqi government has acknowledged were breakdowns in military command...
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Obama pledges support to Iraqi leader in fight against IS

...said any foreign assistance must be answerable to Iraq's chain of command.After frustrations with the previous Iraqi government, Obama expressed confidence that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is a strong partner in fighting terrorism and...
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