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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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A 2005 photo shows the temple to the Shamash sun god north of Baghdad, Iraq.  (AP Photo/Antonio Castaneda, File)
A 2005 photo shows the temple to the Shamash sun god north of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Antonio Castaneda, File)
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ISIS destroys another ancient archaeological site in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State militants continued their campaign targeting cultural heritage sites in territories they control in northern Iraq, looting and damaging the ancient city of Hatra just one day after bulldozing the historic city of Nimrud, according to Iraqi government officials and local residents.

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An Iraqi policeman inspects the motorbike of pizza delivery man Hassan Khudair at a check point, in Baghdad, Iraq Nov. 29.  (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
An Iraqi policeman inspects the motorbike of pizza delivery man Hassan Khudair at a check point, in Baghdad, Iraq Nov. 29. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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It’s not easy delivering pizza in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) -- "Learn how to drive!" a driver bellowed from his car. But Hassan Khudier just weaved through the bumper-to-bumper traffic on his motorbike. Angry drivers are among the lesser worries when you're a delivery guy in Baghdad.

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey in Pentagon briefing on Islamic State militants in August.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey in Pentagon briefing on Islamic State militants in August. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
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US military chief raises spector of more US troops in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's top military leader told Congress Thursday that the United States would consider dispatching a modest number of American forces to fight with Iraqi troops as they engage in more complex missions in the campaign against Islamic State militants.

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ISIS militant looking through some items from a seized cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces.  (AP Photo)
ISIS militant looking through some items from a seized cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces. (AP Photo)
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ISIS fighters seize weapons cache meant for Kurds

BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday.

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Iraqui Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi with President Francois Hollande in Bagdad Sept. 12.  (Foto AP/Alain Jocard, Pool)
Iraqui Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi with President Francois Hollande in Bagdad Sept. 12. (Foto AP/Alain Jocard, Pool)
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Iraqi PM: Plot to attack subways in New York and Paris

NEW YORK (AP) — Iraq's prime minister said Thursday that captive Islamic State militants told his intelligence agents of an alleged plot to attack subways in the United States and Paris.

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US ‘fully supports’ Iraq president over al-Maliki

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States said Sunday it "fully supports" Iraq's new president, just hours after embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused him of violating the constitution.

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President Obama Delivers Statement On Humanitarian Crisis In Iraq
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Obama’s Iraq aim: Contain, not destroy, extremists

President Barack Obama's new military strategy in Iraq amounts to trying to contain -- not destroy -- the Islamic militant group that now controls much of the country's northern region. That leaves open the questions of how deeply the U.S. will be drawn into the sectarian conflict, and whether airstrikes alone can stop the militants' momentum.

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Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take cover during airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take cover during airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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US bombs militants in Iraq as crisis worsens

 

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- The U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group Friday amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. The extremists took captive hundreds of women from a religious minority, according to an Iraqi official, while thousands of other civilians fled in fear.

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