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MAR 20, 2015 - Yahoo! News

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IS claims beheading of three Iraqi Kurdish fighters

The Islamic State group claimed to have beheaded three Iraqi Kurdish fighters in an online video and threatened to kill more unless the Kurds stop bombardment of jihadist-controlled areas. Peshmerga forces from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, backed by US-led air strikes, are battling IS in the country's north and have pushed the jihadists back in Nineveh and Kirkuk provinces. The ...

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MAR 19, 2015 - Yahoo! News

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Iraq makes $412 mn payment to Kurdistan region: minister

Baghdad is sending a payment of $412 million to Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, a sign that a budget deal between the two sides is still on track, the finance minister said Thursday. "A decision has been taken by the government and the finance ministry to send a payment worth... 490 billion Iraqi dinars ($412 million/389 million euros) to the KRG ...

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MAR 18, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Iraqi forces, militias looted Sunni villages, rights group says

BAGHDAD — Iraqi militias and security forces destroyed and looted the property of displaced Sunni civilians after reclaiming the town of Amerli from Islamic State militants last year, according to a Human Rights Watch report issued Wednesday. The victorious forces, which took back the territory with the help of U.S.-led air strikes, carried out raids in Amerli and dozens of ...

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MAR 18, 2015 - Yahoo! News

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Iraq forces looted, burned after breaking IS siege: HRW

Iraqi troops and militia looted and burned homes and destroyed villages after breaking the Islamic State group's months-long siege of a Turkmen town last August, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. "Following the operations to end the Amerli siege, pro-government militias and volunteer fighters as well as Iraqi security forces raided Sunni villages and neighbourhoods around Amerli in Salaheddin and Kirkuk ...

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MAR 16, 2015 - Christian Science Monitor

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In northern Iraq, casualties as Kurds push back Islamic State (+video)

Backed by US-led airstrikes, Kurdish fighters are pushing south of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk into territory held by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, underscoring new momentum in the fight. 

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