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French military bolsters Iraq presence for Mosul offensive

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:39:19 GMT2016-09-30T08:39:19Z

PARIS (AP) -- French warplanes are flying over Iraq after the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier rejoined the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State extremists - and as the coalition prepares to try to take back the key city of Mosul....



Former Australian government minister visits Iraq front line

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:32:41 GMT2016-09-29T23:32:41Z

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A former Australian government minister drew criticism from the foreign minister on Thursday for visiting the Iraqi front line in a battle between the Islamic State movement and Kurdish Peshmerga....



UN warns of 'disaster' once Iraqi troops take on IS in Mosul

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:56:32 GMT2016-09-29T15:56:32Z

GENEVA (AP) -- A looming Iraqi military operation against the Islamic State group in Mosul could spark "one of the largest man-made disasters" in years, the U.N. refugee agency's top official in Iraq warned Thursday, urging the international community to keep up support for displaced Iraqis before a battle that could mark a turning point for the war-ravaged country....



Officials: US to send more troops to Iraq to help with Mosul

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:14:30 GMT2016-09-28T19:14:30Z

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) -- The U.S. is sending 615 more troops to Iraq as the stage is set for an Iraqi-led battle to reclaim Mosul, the northern city that has been the Islamic State group's main stronghold for more than two years. The offensive, starting as soon as October, looms as a decisive moment for Iraq and for President Barack Obama's much-criticized strategy to defeat IS....



Iraq inaugurates archaeology museum in oil-rich Basra

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:44:34 GMT2016-09-27T12:44:34Z

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq has inaugurated an archaeology museum in the southern, oil-rich city of Basra, the first museum to be opened in the war-ravaged country in decades....