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Iraqi nun, second from left, speaks with a Christian man near Mosul, Iraq, at a school that was turned into a shelter for displaced Christian families. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
Iraqi nun, second from left, speaks with a Christian man near Mosul, Iraq, at a school that was turned into a shelter for displaced Christian families. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
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Under threat, Iraq’s Christians flee city of Mosul

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The message played over loudspeakers gave the Christians of Iraq's second-largest city until midday Saturday to make a choice: convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.

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Islamic militant speaks to people during a celebration of their declaration of an Islamic state at a mosque in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq on Friday. (AP Photo)
Islamic militant speaks to people during a celebration of their declaration of an Islamic state at a mosque in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq on Friday. (AP Photo)
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Gunmen kill at least 33 in raid on Baghdad complex

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi police say gunmen have killed at least 33 people, including 29 women, in a raid on two buildings in a housing complex in Baghdad.

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Iraqi men check in at the main army recruiting center as they volunteer for military services in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
Iraqi men check in at the main army recruiting center as they volunteer for military services in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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50 bodies found in Iraq, raising sectarian worries

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials discovered 50 bodies, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound, in an agricultural area outside a city south of Baghdad on Wednesday, raising concerns over a possible sectarian killing amid the battle against a Sunni insurgency.

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Image posted on a militant website appears to show militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading away captured Iraqi soldiers dressed in plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. .(AP Photo via militant website, File)
Image posted on a militant website appears to show militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading away captured Iraqi soldiers dressed in plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. .(AP Photo via militant website, File)
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Envoy says Iraq can’t wait for US military aid

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iraq is increasingly turning to other governments like Iran, Russia and Syria to help beat back a rampant insurgency because it cannot wait for additional American military aid, Baghdad's top envoy to the U.S. said Tuesday.

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An al-Qaida-inspired militant stands guard at a checkpoint captured from the Iraqi Army outside Beiji refinery, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq.  (AP Photo, File)
An al-Qaida-inspired militant stands guard at a checkpoint captured from the Iraqi Army outside Beiji refinery, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo, File)
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Alarm, ridicule greet declaration of Islamic state

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The audacious declaration of the establishment of a new Islamic state made by the al-Qaida breakaway group that has overrun much of northern Syria and neighboring Iraq sparked celebrations in the group's Syrian stronghold but was condemned by rival rebels and authorities in Baghdad and Damascus.

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Iraqi security forces hold up a flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant they captured during an operation to regain control of Dallah Abbas north of Baqouba, the capital of Iraq's Diyala province. (AP Photo)
Iraqi security forces hold up a flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant they captured during an operation to regain control of Dallah Abbas north of Baqouba, the capital of Iraq's Diyala province. (AP Photo)
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Iraqi forces clash with militants in northern city

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi helicopter gunships struck suspected insurgent positions in Tikrit on Sunday as part of a government offensive to retake the northern city from Sunni militants led by the al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, residents and officials said.

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Iraq's Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)
Iraq's Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)
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Iraq’s top cleric calls for deal on PM by Tuesday

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's top Shiite cleric stepped up pressure on deeply divided political blocs Friday, calling on them to agree on the next prime minister before the newly elected parliament convenes next week to pave the way for an inclusive government in the face of Sunni militants who have seized large swaths of territory.

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Image posted on a militant website appears to show militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading away captured Iraqi soldiers dressed in plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. .(AP Photo via militant website, File)
Image posted on a militant website appears to show militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading away captured Iraqi soldiers dressed in plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. .(AP Photo via militant website, File)
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Rights group: Iraq militants executed 160 captives

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi insurgents executed at least 160 captives earlier this month in the northern city of Tikrit, Human Rights Watch said Friday, citing an analysis of satellite imagery and grisly photos released by the militants.

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A member of Kurdish security forces an Iraqi family at a Kurdish security forces checkpoint, in the Khazer area between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Kurdish city of Irbil, northern Iraq, Thursday, June 26, 2014.  (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
A member of Kurdish security forces an Iraqi family at a Kurdish security forces checkpoint, in the Khazer area between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Kurdish city of Irbil, northern Iraq, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Iraqi Shiites pushing for al-Maliki’s removal

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work next week on putting together a new government, under intense U.S. pressure to rapidly form a united front against an unrelenting Sunni insurgent onslaught.

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Iraq drives gas prices higher; what’s next? [AUDIO]

Initial concern over Iraq's oil supply, in light of the ongoing fighting there, has subsided somewhat.

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