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Iraqi fighters from the Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades), a group formed by Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, carry weapons as they sit on a vehicle during military training in the mainly Shiite southern city of Basra, on May 1, 2015. (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)
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Iraqi government forces pushed ahead with an offensive in the western Province of Anbar, purging Daesh from the cities.

May 6, 2015

The White House said Tuesday the FBI is investigating the case to find any ties between Daesh and the gunmen. (Twitter)
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The White House said Tuesday the FBI is investigating the case to find any ties between Daesh and the gunmen.
Egypt will host international discussions in May aiming to unify efforts to combat the destruction of antiquities by extremist groups. (AFP/Pedro Ugarte)
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Egypt will host international discussions in May aiming to unify efforts to combat the destruction of antiquities by extremist groups.
A photo taken on April 5, 2015 shows an internally displaced Iraqi girl at a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in the northern city of Sammara. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)
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The total number of the IDPs in the Middle Eastern country to 7.6 million, or 40 percent of the population.
US President Barack Obama speaks on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (AFP/File)
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The White House stated that a "unified" Iraq was in the country's best interest.

May 5, 2015

At least four civilians were killed in a bomb explosion in Baghdad, security officials said Tuesday. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
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At least four civilians were killed in a bomb explosion in Baghdad, security officials said Tuesday.
Iraqi soldiers have been battling Daesh militants in the Salahuddin province since the militant group took control of large parts of the country. (AFP/File)
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Dozens of Daesh militants were killed in Iraq's northern Salahuddin province by a military airstrike, according to an Interior Ministry statement.

May 4, 2015

Reports of Daesh losing territory may be more wishful thinking than fact. (AFP/File)
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The Pentagon claims Daesh is losing territory fast as Shiite militia and government troops attempt to push them out of Iraq; but what of the large swathes of land being taken by the militants in Syria?
The drop in price was instigated by news that Iraq's oil exports climbed to 3.077 million barrels per day in April. (AFP/File)
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Oil prices have dropped during weekend trading in Iraq by 32 cents to $66.46 a barrel.

May 3, 2015

Sister Diana Momeka was denied a visa to enter the US to testify before Congress on Daesh atrocities against Christians in Iraq. (Twitter)
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The US State Department has been criticized for denying a visa to an Iraqi Christian planning to testify in Congress.
Prosecutors referred 40 people to criminal court on Sunday after an investigation revealed that they communicated with Daesh fighters, judicial sources said. (AFP/File)
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Prosecutors referred 40 people to criminal court on Sunday after an investigation revealed that they communicated with Daesh fighters, judicial sources said.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT
The controversial US Congress bill aimed to divide Iraq into three separate states.
An Iraqi man inspects the wreckage of a burnt car on May 1, 2015 a day after a car bomb attack in the Baghdad neighbourhood of Talbiya. (AFP/Ali Al-Saadi)
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Twin car bombs killed 19 people in a busy district of Baghdad late Saturday night.
Iraqi security forces take position during fighting against Daesh in the Al-Karma district, west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad in the Anbar province's eastern edge, on April 26, 201. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
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Iraqi security forces clashed with Daesh militants in the city of al-Karma is Anbar province.
Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a mass Yazidi grave near Sinjar, February 3, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Daesh militants reportedly executed up to 600 Yazidis in northern Iraq, according to several media reports.
Al-Afri is supposedly a former physics professor in Iraq. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
A new Daesh leader has been appointed after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was seriously wounded in US air strikes in northwest Iraq.

May 2, 2015

Canada's PM Stephen Harper made an unexpected visit to Iraq, where he met with his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi Saturday.  (AFP/David Rowland)
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Canada's PM Stephen Harper made an unexpected visit to Iraq, where he met with his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi Saturday.
Officials in Baghdad are blaming a wave of displaced Sunnis for providing a cover for militants to conduct increased bombing attacks in the city.  (AFP/File)
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Officials in Baghdad are blaming a wave of displaced Sunnis for providing a cover for militants to conduct increased bombing attacks in the city.

May 1, 2015

Bystanders inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, October 14, 2014. (AFP/File)
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Separate car bombs killed at least 16 people in and around the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, security officials confirmed Thursday.

April 30, 2015

Daesh has claimed executing Yemeni soldiers in a video posted online Thursday, a monitor said. (Twitter)
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Daesh has claimed executing Yemeni soldiers in a video posted online Thursday, a monitor said.
Many Iraqi divisions collapsed when a Daesh-led offensive swept through Iraq last summer. (AFP/File)
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Iraq's prime minister has offered an amnesty for members of the security forces who fled Daesh, AFP has reported.
Iraqi Kurdistan is home to strategic oil fields (File-AFP)
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Kurds will deliver up to 625,000 barrels per day beginning in June.

April 29, 2015

Peshmerga forces have been involved in heavy fighting against Daesh in northern Iraq (File/AFP)
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UK Chief of Staff promises continued assistance in meeting with Kurdish President Barzani.
Muqtada al-Sadr is one of Iraq's most prominent Shia clerics (File-AFP)
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Muqtada al-Sadr says Iraqis will not accept "division of their country."

April 28, 2015

Saudi security forces have detained 93 people suspected of belonging to Daesh and stopped an attack on the US embassy, the interior ministry said Tuesday. (AFP/File)
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Saudi security forces have detained 93 people suspected of belonging to Daesh and stopped an attack on the US embassy, the interior ministry said Tuesday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights urged the UN Security Council to act on the group's atrocities Tuesday. (AFP/File)
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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights urged the UN Security Council to act on the group's atrocities Tuesday.
Another rumor says the Daesh leader has been unable to return to his leadership position and named a successor. (AFP/File)
10:25 GMT
After March reports by British daily the Guardian that Daesh leader al-Baghdadi had been critically wounded in a US airstrike in Iraq, more rumors emerged this week that he had been declared clinically dead by Israeli doctors in the Golan heights.

April 27, 2015

Iraqi forces prepare to fire on Daesh positions in the Garma district, west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (AFP/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
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The Iraqi government troops reportedly make gains in Daesh-held territory of Anbar province, between Baghdad and Fallujah.

April 26, 2015

Aftermath of an August 2013 car bomb in Baghdad. Sunday's attacks killed over one dozen and injured over 50.  (AFP/File)
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Car bombs across Baghdad killed over one dozen and injured over 50, police say.
Iraqi government soldiers patrol through the Garma district, west of Baghdad, April 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi security officials said car bombings in and around Baghdad killed at least six civilians and wounded dozens of others Sunday.
A Jordanian soldier sits in position the near the Al-Karameh border point with Iraq, June 25, 2014. (AFP/File)
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Jordan's interior ministry said the kingdom's border with Iraq was open and safe following a deadly attack by Daesh, which killed one and injured nine others.
An Iraqi soldier stands beside a damaged vehicle in the Garma district near the west of Baghdad, April 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Four Iraqi men who had fled violence in the western province of Anbar have been found shot in the head by unknown gunmen.

April 25, 2015

Jordanian soldiers patrol the border with Iraq. (AFP/File)
12:36 GMT
Three car bombs detonated at sole crossing between Jordan and Iraq.

April 24, 2015

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Iraqi forces have reportedly recaptured a key bridge from the ISIL (Daesh) group in the Iraqi western province of Anbar.
Iraqi security personnel backed by international coalition forces seized the southern part of al-Karma city from Daesh in Anbar province. (AFP/File)
12:29 GMT
Security forces killed at least 48 Daesh (ISIS) militants in Anbar and Ninawah provinces Friday, military officials said.
Jordan’s 20-year-old Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah Thursday called on the world to prevent youth recruitment to Islamic extremist groups. (Tumblr)
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Jordan’s 20-year-old Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah Thursday called on the world to prevent youth recruitment to Islamic extremist groups.
Guards man the Iran-Iraq border, 2008.  (AFP/Ali Yussef)
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Officials from Iran and Iraq sign border security agreement, while Iraq officials pledge to beef up security along border with Syria.

April 23, 2015

Iraqi forces also recaptured three villages north of Karmah. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
The Iraqi army, assisted by popular mobilization units, has succeeded in retaking some areas from ISIL (Daesh) terrorists in the western province of Anbar.
There has been no claim of responsibility for the bombing. (AFP/File)
11:13 GMT
A car bomb has gone off near the Iraqi city of Balad, killing at least eight people and injuring 16 others, authorities say.
There is increasing concern about the role of Iranian influence and Shiite militias in a post-ISIL Iraq. (AFP/File)
10:57 GMT
While ISIL (Daesh) may be making gains in Syria, the tides of battle are shifting against them in Iraq.