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US in new strikes on Iraq militants

US in new strikes on Iraq militants

The US military says it has carried out four new air strikes on militants to defend civilians in northern Iraq. US Central Command said jet fighters and drones had destroyed armoured carriers and a truck that were firing on members of the Yazidi sect. Thousands of civilians fled into the mountains after the Islamic State...

Fear, sectarianism behind Iraq army collapse

Fear, sectarianism behind Iraq army collapse

The video, set to sweetly lilting religious hymns, is chilling. Islamic militants are shown knocking on the door of a Sunni police major in the dead of night in an Iraqi city. When he answers, they blindfold and cuff him. Then they carve off his head with a knife in his own bedroom. The...

UN condemns Iraqi militant attacks

UN condemns Iraqi militant attacks

The UN Security Council has condemned attacks in Iraq by Islamist militants who have overrun two major cities, Mosul and Tikrit. The UN also said the humanitarian situation around Mosul, where up to 500,000 people have fled, was "dire and is worsening by the moment". UN Security Council condemns takeover of Iraq's #Mosul city http://t.co/NTK6N7WGF4...

Half a million flee Iraq's Mosul

Half a million flee Iraq's Mosul

As many as 500,000 people have been forced to flee Iraq's second city of Mosul after Islamist militants effectively took control of it. Troops were among those fleeing as hundreds of jihadists from the ISIS group overran the city and much of the surrounding province of Nineveh. Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki responded by asking parliament...

Militants seize Iraq's second city of Mosul

Militants seize Iraq's second city of Mosul

Iraq's prime minister has asked parliament to declare a state of emergency, after Islamist militants effectively took control of Mosul. Nouri Maliki acknowledged "vital areas" of the northern city had been seized. Overnight, hundreds of armed men seized local government's offices and police stations before taking control of the airport and the army's headquarters. About 150,000...

Iraq suicide bomb at rally kills 30

Iraq suicide bomb at rally kills 30

A suicide bombing at a rally in north-eastern Iraq has killed 30 people, security officials say. The attack took place at a political gathering in the town of Khanaqin, which has a large Kurdish population. It was the deadliest bombing among a wave of attacks to hit Iraq on Monday. Iraqis are voting in the country's...

The world's oldest handbag?

The world's oldest handbag?

A 14th Century woman's accessory from Northern Iraq, the centrepiece of a new exhibition at London's Courtauld Gallery, may be the earliest surviving handbag in the world, writes Tanvi Misra. Made of brass and inlaid with gold and silver, the bag is the only one of its kind - which made it difficult for...

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