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Former British Prime Minister and former Leader Labour Party Tony Blair
Former British Prime Minister and former Leader Labour Party Tony Blair (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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Scathing report slams Blair over botched Iraq war

Britain's decision to go to war in Iraq was a failure born of flawed intelligence, lack of foresight and "wholly inadequate" planning, an official inquiry concluded Wednesday in a report seven years in the making.

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Smoke rises as Iraqi military forces prepare for an offensive into Fallujah to retake the city from Islamic State militants in Iraq,
Smoke rises as Iraqi military forces prepare for an offensive into Fallujah to retake the city from Islamic State militants in Iraq (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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Iraqi forces push into Fallujah as IS bombings kill 24

Iraqi forces started pushing into the city of Fallujah on Monday as a wave of bombings claimed by the Islamic State group in Baghdad and near the Iraqi capital killed at least 24 people.

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Demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, Iraq.
Demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, Iraq. (AP Photo, File)
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Iraq says it’s launched offensive to recapture IS-held Mosul

 

The Iraqi military backed by U.S.-led coalition aircraft on Thursday launched a long-awaited operation to recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants, a military spokesman said.

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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, March 17, 2016. Kerry has determined that the Islamic State group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, as he acted to meet a congressional deadline. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, March 17, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Kerry determines IS group committing genocide in Iraq, Syria

The Obama administration on Thursday formally concluded the Islamic State group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, a declaration long sought by Congress and human rights organizations but likely to change little in the conflict against the extremists.

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Omar al-Shishani
FILE - This image made from undated video posted during the weekend of June 28, 2014 on a social media account frequently used for communications by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). (AP Photo/militant social media account via AP video)
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IS leader al-Shishani dies of wounds from US strike in Syria

A top Islamic State commander and feared ethnic Chechen jihadi fighter Omar al-Shishani has died of wounds suffered in a U.S. airstrike in Syria, a senior Iraqi intelligence official and the head of a Syrian activist group said Tuesday.

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Josh Earnest
White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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US struggling to build anti-Islamic State strategy in Libya

U.S. officials have publicly warned of the risks of Libya becoming the next Syria, where the Islamic State flourished amid civil war and spread into Iraq.

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Mitch McConnell
In this Dec. 18, 2015, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. McConnell. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Senate leader says no ‘fearmongering’ on Syrian refugee bill

The debate over tough new screening procedures for Syrian and Iraqi refugees should be driven by facts, not fearmongering, says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, ahead of a key vote that had at least one Republican presidential candidate changing his campaign schedule.

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10: Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) (C) heads to the Senate chamber to vote in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act at the U.S. Capitol November 10, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Senate passed the act 91-3. Congress will now send the $607 billion defense spending bill back to President Barack Obama after he vetoed an earlier version. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) (C) heads to the Senate chamber on November 10, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Senator says the US is losing the messaging campaign in Iraq

In Iraq, the United States is pounding the Islamic State with air strikes but losing the airwaves.

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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US orders more troops to Iraq, but no overhaul of strategy

President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of up to 450 more American troops to Iraq on Wednesday in an effort to reverse major battlefield losses to the Islamic State, an escalation but not a significant shift in the struggling U.S. strategy to defeat the extremist group.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, center left, is welcomed by Kurdish official Masoud Barzani, center right, at the Irbil Airport, north of Baghdad Monday. (AP Photo)
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, center left, is welcomed by Kurdish official Masoud Barzani, center right, at the Irbil Airport, north of Baghdad Monday. (AP Photo)
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ISIS releases 216 Yazidi prisoners in Iraq, officials report

BAGHDAD (AP) -- ISIS released more than 200 Yazidis on Wednesday after holding them for eight months, an Iraqi Kurdish security official said, the latest mass release of captives by the extremists.

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