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US Condemns Iraq Attacks That Killed 46

The United States condemned a series of attacks Monday in Iraq that killed at least 46 people and wounded more than 100 others. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the two largest attacks, saying they were targeting Shi'ites. Gunmen fired at shoppers before blowing themselves up at a Baghdad shopping mall, killing at least 18 people.  In Muqdadiyah, about 90 kilometers north of the capital, a double suicide bombing killed at least 23 people. State Department spokesman John Kirby called the attacks "barbaric acts of terrorism" and reiterated commitment to supporting Iraq in defeating the militants. "These attacks once again…
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Iraqi PM Visits Ramadi After Key Victory

Chris Hannas, Mike Richman Last updated on: December 29, 2015 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Ramadi Tuesday after government forces recaptured the government compound in the key western city. Iraqi state television reported that Abadi was in Ramadi but offered no other details.  But an Iraqi military officer told the Associated Press the prime minister met with security and provincial officials. Iraqi forces worked Tuesday to clear Islamic State fighters from Ramadi, defusing and clearing bombs from streets and buildings as sporadic clashes took place on the outskirts of the city. The fall of Ramadi to Islamic State in May…
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Congressman: US-led Airstrikes Have ‘Minimal Impact’ on IS

Victor Beattie December 28, 2015 Republican Congressman Peter King (NY) said that while the airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq have had some impact, it has been minimal given how long the air campaign has gone on. King’s remarks Sunday on television followed a purported audio recording by IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who said coalition and Russian strikes have failed to weaken the IS group. King, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, said Baghdadi’s statement about the 16-month campaign, and the three-month Russian effort, is not surprising. "We’ve had some impact.  But,…
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France Launches Airstrikes Against Islamic State in Iraq

France says its fighter jets have successfully carried out the country's first airstrikes against Islamic State insurgents inside Iraq. The office of French President Francois Hollande said in a statement Friday that its Rafale jets launched a strike against a militant logistics depot, adding that it was destroyed completely. France did not give the exact location of where it took place, but said there would be more operations in the coming days. Hollande announced on Thursday that his country was ready to conduct airstrikes requested by Iraq once reconnaissance flights had identified targets. He has said the military operation would…
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Relatives of Abducted Iraqi Soldiers Storm Parliament

More than 100 angry relatives of Iraqi soldiers who were abducted by Islamic State militants in June have stormed the country's parliament. The crowd, mostly from Iraq's Shi'ite majority, smashed some equipment, assaulted at least two staff members they mistook for lawmakers and were refusing to leave the building, said officials inside. "They were ready to bulldoze anyone standing in front of them ... They were saying 'Our sons are buried in the dust. We don't even know their names, and you are sitting here in comfort under the air conditioning','' a parliament employee said. "A special force unit came…
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Abu Ghraib Prison Has Been Closed

The Government of Iraq reported that the Abu Ghraib prison has been closed, this was prompted by fears about safety. The Minister of Justice, Shimmari Hassan, said that 2,400 prisoners were transferred to other jails in provinces in the north and center of the country. Abu Ghraib is in an unstable region of Baghdad. All employees of the prison service were transferred to other prisons of the Iraqi capital. Abu Ghraib gained worldwide notoriety after the revelation in 2004 of pictures showing the physical, sexual and psychological abuse of prisoners by guards. Since then the name has been changed to…
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