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Iraqi government forces control Kurdistan borders after deal with Iraqi Kurds

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A reported agreement between Baghdad and Erbil facilitated the peaceful handover of the border posts to the federal Iraqi forces. Keep Reading

Retreating Kurdish militias destroy infrastructure as Iraqi forces advance on

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Al-Masdar news website published photos that shows two bridges destroyed by pro-Barzani Peshmerga fighters. The bridges cross major rivers that connect the main road leading to the city of Erbil via Kirkuk in the area of Altun Kupri . Keep Reading

Opponents of Iraqi Kurdistan referendum receive death threats

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The movement was founded by Shaswar Abdulwahid Qadir, a Kurdish businessman and the owner of a media conglomerate which includes NRT TV, in the city of Sulaymaniyah in August. Keep Reading

No way for IS under the Iraqi airstrikes

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“Army jets launched airstrikes on IS havens in al-Mayta and al-Boujumaa villages in Mutaibija,” the source told Baghdad Today.

The shelling, according to the source, “left four rest houses and five vehicles destroyed. More than fifteen members were killed.”

Iraqi jets carried out similar air raids targeting IS convoy and a rest house in Mutaibija, making these attacks the third in two days.

Occasional attacks have been witnessed in Mutaibija by Islamic State against government and paramilitary troops deployments since Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and PMUs, launched a major offensive to retake areas occupied by IS since 2014.

Pivotal regions that link between each of Diyala, Salahuddin and Kirkuk, are still held by the militants which poses threats to the liberated regions. Iraqi troops are urged to prevent the militants infiltration between Salahuddin and Kirkuk provinces, especially the regions stretching along Hamreen mountains and Al-Azeem town.

It’s expected that the Iraqi government will head towards liberating other IS strongholds across Iraq, including in Salahuddin.

More than 30 killed in Baghdad attack as blast hits ice-cream shop in Ramadan

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More than 30 people have been killed and wounded dozens more in twin Baghdad bombings in streets packed with crowds preparing for the Ramadan fast.

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Planning to secure key border road between Iraq and Jordan

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Iraq is trying to revive the Trebil border crossing between Iraq and Jordan, which was closed in 2014 after the Islamic State (DAESH) took control of Anbar province. But the highway from Baghdad toward the crossing is not safe and has been the stage of terrorist attacks for a while, most recently the IS attack on an Iraqi security forces’ convoy April 22 in the Al-Sakkar area east of Rutba on the highway near the Jordanian border. As a result, 10 security officers were killed and 20 others were injured. Following the incident, soldiers of the Eighth Brigade deployed in Rutba appealed to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi for equipment and weapons to secure the international highway between Ramadi and Rutba to avoid surprise attacks by IS sleeper cells.

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In Pictures: Millions mark martyrdom anniversary of 7th Shia Imam in Baghdad

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Millions of Muslims have converged on the Iraqi capital Baghdad to mark the martyrdom anniversary of the 7th Shia Imam, Imam Musa ibn Jafar al-Kazim (PBUH).

The ritual was commemorated on Sunday, the climax of a week-long pilgrimage where the faithful marched towards the Imam’s shrine in the capital, and largest city Baghdad.

The pilgrims were seen carrying a symbolic coffin of the Imam during the event.

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