Iraq

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Iraqi army fighting to keep Islamic State out of rocket range of capital

imageKARMAH, Iraq — A young Iraqi soldier had barely finished explaining that this now “secure” area had recently been a no-man’s land because of sniper fire when four shots cracked overhead, sending him and others into the dirt.

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Moment of truth for Mosul: Peshmerga face weakened militant force along road to Iraq stronghold

MOSULPhoto02HASSAN SHAM, Iraq — The farthest edge of the Mosul highway still controlled by Iraqi and Kurdish forces ends in towering concrete barriers. Immediately beyond are blackened craters blasted by speeding suicide car bombs and the Islamic State positions.

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Iraq battalion was sole group to stand up to Islamic State’s summer surge

IRAQARMYPhoto01GWER, Iraq — Only one battalion of the once-formidable 2nd Division stood its ground amid the sudden collapse of Iraq’s security forces in Mosul and Nineveh province.

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Iraq’s Sunnis and Shiites coexist in Kurdish refugee camp

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IRBIL, Iraq — While Iraq is being torn apart along sectarian lines, Shiites and Sunnis have managed to keep the peace among themselves in a tent city near Irbil.

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Some Christmas cheer for displaced Iraqi Christians in Irbil

CHRISTPhoto01IRBIL, Iraq — As Christmas approaches, religious leaders and officials running a camp for Iraqi Christians who fled advances by Islamic State militants are working to instill some holiday cheer for those spending their first Christmas away from their homes.

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