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Rebels capture three key Iraqi towns

An al Qaeda splinter group thrust east from a newly-captured Iraqi-Syrian border post on Sunday, taking three towns in the western Anbar province in a push to evict Iraqi security forces from Sunni Muslim areas, witnesses and security sources sa

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Maliki stands with Sunni leaders, appeals for unity

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki broadcast a joint appeal for national unity on Tuesday with bitter Sunni critics of his Shi'ite-led government - a move that may help him win US help against rampant Islamists threatening Baghdad.

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Advancing Iraq rebels seize northwest town

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 telep

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Iraq insurgent advance slows, US sends carrier to Gulf

The US ordered an aircraft carrier moved into the Gulf on Saturday, readying it in case Washington decides to pursue a military option after insurgents overran areas in the north and advanced on Baghdad. An offensive by insurgents

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Obama warns of US action as militants push on Baghdad

President Barack Obama on Thursday threatened US military strikes in Iraq against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to menace Baghdad and want to establish their own state in Iraq and Syria. Iraqi Kurdish f

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Kurds take Kirkuk; militants surge toward Baghdad

Iraqi Kurds took control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk on Thursday after government forces abandoned their posts in the face of a sweeping Sunni Islamist rebel push towards Baghdad that threatens Iraq's future as a unified state.

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Baghdad bombs kill 60; varsity stormed

A wave of car bombs exploded across Baghdad on Saturday, killing more than 60 people, and militants stormed a university campus in western Iraq, security and medical sources said. In total, there were a dozen blasts in mainly Shi&

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Baghdad, Kurdistan 'close to deal'

Iraqi Kurdistan and the central government in Baghdad are close to resolving a long-standing dispute over the sharing of oil revenues, said the president of Genel Energy, which operates in the region. The Kurdistan Regional Govern

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Arabtec to open office in Baghdad

Arabtec Holding, a leading engineering and construction group in the Mena region, has planned to open an office in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The announcement comes as part of the company’s business growth strategy to diver

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Iraq signs deal with BP to revive Kirkuk oilfield

Baghdad signed a deal in early September for BP to revive Iraq's northern Kirkuk oilfield, Oil Minister Abdul Kareem Luaibi said on Wednesday, confirming a plan that Kurdistan has already rejected as illegal. The agreement all

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