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Islamic State will "have to be defeated" says America's top general
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Islamic State will "have to be defeated" says America's top general

Aug 22nd 2014, 5:54 PM 11,763 Views 182 Comments

The militants have an “apocalyptic, end of days vision”, it has been said.

Reports: 70 killed as Shiite militiamen open fire at Sunni mosque
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Reports: 70 killed as Shiite militiamen open fire at Sunni mosque

Aug 22nd 2014, 4:25 PM 5,428 Views 44 Comments

It’s reported that a suicide bomber blew up explosives inside the building, and that the gunmen then fired on the fleeing worshippers.

Read the chilling email IS militants sent to James Foley's parents
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Read the chilling email IS militants sent to James Foley's parents

Aug 22nd 2014, 8:00 AM 38,791 Views 202 Comments

The email says the militant group will “not stop until we quench our thirst for your blood”.

Opinion: 'I ate leaves and grass to stay alive' – Iraqi families pushed from their homes by ISIS
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Opinion: 'I ate leaves and grass to stay alive' – Iraqi families pushed from their homes by ISIS

Aug 22nd 2014, 8:00 AM 18 Views 5 Comments

Religious minorities who have been forcefully displaced by Islamic State extremists face an uncertain future.

ISIS militants holding James Foley captive asked for a ransom of $100m
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ISIS militants holding James Foley captive asked for a ransom of $100m

Aug 21st 2014, 4:37 PM 15,166 Views 89 Comments

Foley’s family were in e-mail contact with those holding him.

James Foley's family asks kidnappers to spare hostages after video of alleged beheading
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James Foley's family asks kidnappers to spare hostages after video of alleged beheading

Aug 20th 2014, 9:23 AM 18,716 Views 221 Comments

Diane Foley says the family has “never been prouder of our son Jim”.

Iraqi troops launch major operation against IS fighters over Saddam's hometown
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Iraqi troops launch major operation against IS fighters over Saddam's hometown

Aug 19th 2014, 11:02 AM 6,819 Views 60 Comments

Meanwhile, Washington insists it is not ‘on the same page’ as Syria in their fight against Islamic State militants.

Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants in Iraq
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Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants in Iraq

Aug 18th 2014, 9:57 PM 16,436 Views 108 Comments

The Pope has said that minorities need to be protected but wants the UN to be involved.

Kurdish troops take towns from Islamic State, advance on key dam
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Kurdish troops take towns from Islamic State, advance on key dam

Aug 17th 2014, 1:41 PM 7,629 Views 67 Comments

The Kurds are backed by American air strikes.

Dozens of Yazidi villagers 'massacred' in Iraq
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Dozens of Yazidi villagers 'massacred' in Iraq

Aug 16th 2014, 7:39 PM 18,228 Views 144 Comments

It is believed dozens of men from the Yazidi faith were massacred in the village of Kocho.

Some EU countries will be arming Kurdish fighters in Iraq - but Ireland won't be one of them
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Some EU countries will be arming Kurdish fighters in Iraq - but Ireland won't be one of them

Aug 15th 2014, 5:35 PM 8,611 Views 113 Comments

The decision follows a rare summer meeting of EU foreign ministers, including Charlie Flanagan, in Brussels today.

Iraqi PM throws in the towel on his bid to stay in power
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Iraqi PM throws in the towel on his bid to stay in power

Aug 15th 2014, 9:11 AM 4,811 Views 21 Comments

Nuri al-Maliki was facing huge pressure to step down.

US troops in Iraq find plight of refugees 'better than feared'
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US troops in Iraq find plight of refugees 'better than feared'

Aug 14th 2014, 8:10 AM 6,128 Views 12 Comments

The Pentagon said an evacuation is now far less likely.

What to do? The EU is to hold an extraordinary meeting on Iraq
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What to do? The EU is to hold an extraordinary meeting on Iraq

Aug 13th 2014, 8:56 PM 5,554 Views 29 Comments

Charlie Flanagan says the EU needs a “strong and unified response to the terror in Northern Iraq”.

Ireland will take in a small number of families fleeing the violence in Iraq
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Ireland will take in a small number of families fleeing the violence in Iraq

Aug 13th 2014, 12:24 PM 7,039 Views 65 Comments

As much as €500,000 in emergency funding will also be provided to organisations working in the area.

20,000 Iraqis face 'mass atrocity and potential genocide within days or hours'
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20,000 Iraqis face 'mass atrocity and potential genocide within days or hours'

Aug 13th 2014, 7:25 AM 6,447 Views 56 Comments

The US is assessing how to evacuate up to 30,000 civilians off a mountain that is besieged by extremists.

Explainer: Why thousands of Yazidi people are trapped on an Iraq mountain
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Explainer: Why thousands of Yazidi people are trapped on an Iraq mountain

Aug 12th 2014, 8:20 AM 29,188 Views 129 Comments

We look at what’s happening in Northern Iraq as the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) continues its attacks, causing thousands to flee.

Who else, besides Americans, are flying military jets in Iraq? They might not be Iraqis...
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Who else, besides Americans, are flying military jets in Iraq? They might not be Iraqis...

Aug 11th 2014, 3:30 PM 20,614 Views 68 Comments

Russians or Iranians might have piloted planes that targeted Islamic State militants last week.

Irish oil and gas firm evacuates Iraq staff
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Irish oil and gas firm evacuates Iraq staff

Aug 11th 2014, 12:20 PM 8,031 Views 17 Comments

Petroceltic said the move is “precautionary”.

US considers rescue mission for trapped Yazidi refugees in Iraq
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US considers rescue mission for trapped Yazidi refugees in Iraq

Aug 11th 2014, 6:33 AM 6,648 Views 47 Comments

It comes as the country’s prime minister said he would sue the president in a desperate bid to cling to his job.

Opinion: The Syrian Civil War has moved out of the limelight – and towards its endgame
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Opinion: The Syrian Civil War has moved out of the limelight – and towards its endgame

Aug 10th 2014, 12:00 PM 28 Views 47 Comments

Moderate rebels are being squeezed simultaneously by IS and Assad regime forces.

Britain has started airdropping food and water to besieged Yazidi
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Britain has started airdropping food and water to besieged Yazidi

Aug 10th 2014, 10:56 AM 6,871 Views 63 Comments

US forces said they had “successfully (conducted) four airstrikes to defend Yazidi civilians being indiscriminately attacked”.

No end in sight: Obama warns that new US intervention in Iraq is a "long-term project"
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No end in sight: Obama warns that new US intervention in Iraq is a "long-term project"

Aug 9th 2014, 6:08 PM 6,775 Views 55 Comments

Air strikes began yesterday and don’t look like ending any time soon.

Over 28,000 meals and 5,600 litres of water dropped over northern Iraq amid continued air strikes
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Over 28,000 meals and 5,600 litres of water dropped over northern Iraq amid continued air strikes

Aug 9th 2014, 7:15 AM 6,007 Views 47 Comments

US warplanes bombed Islamic State positions in northern Iraq yesterday.

Here's What Happened Today: Friday
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Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Aug 8th 2014, 11:20 PM 16,265 Views 2 Comments

Everyone’s talking about US strikes on Iraq, a new weather warning, and an Irish woman charged over baby death.

US launches air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq
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US launches air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq

Aug 8th 2014, 11:18 PM 17,113 Views 121 Comments

President Obama had authorised the strikes to halt what he said was a potential “genocide.”

Poll: Should the US go ahead with Iraq air strikes?
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Poll: Should the US go ahead with Iraq air strikes?

Aug 8th 2014, 9:13 AM 11,773 Views 188 Comments

Obama said warplanes will launch strikes if neccessary – do you agree?

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday
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Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Aug 7th 2014, 11:05 PM 14,122 Views 6 Comments

Everyone’s talking about Obama considering hitting Iraq, Russia’s ban on EU food, and Denis O’Brien…

President Obama is considering air strikes in Iraq - reports
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President Obama is considering air strikes in Iraq - reports

Aug 7th 2014, 11:03 PM 15,323 Views 144 Comments

One source said his decision was “imminent.”

Thousands of Iraqis flee ISIS militants in panic as France calls 'urgent' UNSC meeting
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Thousands of Iraqis flee ISIS militants in panic as France calls 'urgent' UNSC meeting

Aug 7th 2014, 4:05 PM 6,128 Views 73 Comments

The situation for Iraqis in the north-west of their country ” is becoming increasingly dire” according to an Amnesty adviser in the area.

Opinion: 'Our children wake up crying in the night... Isis has stolen our lives'
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Opinion: 'Our children wake up crying in the night... Isis has stolen our lives'

Jul 29th 2014, 2:05 PM 233 Views 129 Comments

Christian families in Mosul are being given four stark choices: convert to Islam, pay a tax for non-Muslims, leave the city, or have their heads cut off.

Gardaí, Microsoft and Hello Kitty: The week in numbers
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Gardaí, Microsoft and Hello Kitty: The week in numbers

Jul 19th 2014, 7:30 PM 7,486 Views 10 Comments

Plus: At what age do people begin to feel most confident about their looks?

Tensions flare as Kurds claim control of disputed northern oilfields in Iraq
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Tensions flare as Kurds claim control of disputed northern oilfields in Iraq

Jul 11th 2014, 6:16 PM 6,593 Views 13 Comments

The move has put strain on the frayed relationship between Iraqi and Kurdish leaders.

Mass grave of 53 men, tied up and executed, found in Iraq
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Mass grave of 53 men, tied up and executed, found in Iraq

Jul 9th 2014, 4:51 PM 5,498 Views 18 Comments

Separately today, the Iraqi prime minister has accused the Kurdish government of protecting militants.

While chaos reigns in Iraq, the Kurds want to form an independent state
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While chaos reigns in Iraq, the Kurds want to form an independent state

Jul 3rd 2014, 7:58 PM 5,703 Views 35 Comments

Forces on the ground are struggling to break the stalemate with militants.

Iran might be helping Iraq to fight ISIS by providing military jets
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Iran might be helping Iraq to fight ISIS by providing military jets

Jul 2nd 2014, 7:35 PM 8,207 Views 52 Comments

Iraq had previously received a shipment of the SU-25 jets from Russia.