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# Insurgency

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# Quetta
At least 70 mourners killed in 'appalling' bomb blast at hospital in Pakistan
About 200 people had gathered at the hospital to mourn the death of a senior local lawyer.
# crisis
Tensions flare as Kurds claim control of disputed northern oilfields in Iraq
The move has put strain on the frayed relationship between Iraqi and Kurdish leaders.
# Baghdad
Mass grave of 53 men, tied up and executed, found in Iraq
Separately today, the Iraqi prime minister has accused the Kurdish government of protecting militants.
# Vote
While chaos reigns in Iraq, the Kurds want to form an independent state
Forces on the ground are struggling to break the stalemate with militants.
# CALIPHATE
Iran might be helping Iraq to fight ISIS by providing military jets
Iraq had previously received a shipment of the SU-25 jets from Russia.
# Insurgency
Iraq receives delivery of Russian warplanes... but it might not have any pilots to fly them
The only pilots with experience of the jets are those from Saddam Hussein’s air force.
# Insurgency
US support for Iraq will be "intense, sustained"... but only if leaders work towards lasting peace
The US Secretary of State John Kerry made the remarks today during a visit Baghdad’s Green Zone.
# isis
The Pentagon thinks Iran has sent a 'small number' of operatives into Iraq
There is no sign of a large deployment of army units.
# Insurgency
Iraq officially calls on the US to carry out air strikes on militants
However, a “military approach will not be enough”, Iraq’s foreign minister said.
# Insurgency
Iraqi security forces stage major counter-attack against militants
As many as 279 “terrorists” have been killed in the past 24 hours, security officials said.
# Insurgency
Iran offers help against militants in Iraq... but only if the US makes the first move
The offer came as Iraqi commanders said the army had recaptured two towns north of Baghdad as they prepared a fightback.
# Kabul
Afghanistan: 7 killed in gun battle and bomb attack
Five people were killed in the gun battle today just outside Kabul while two NATO service members were killed in a separate bomb attack in the south of the country.
# Afghanistan
NATO to limit airstrikes on Afghan homes
A spokesperson for the military alliance says that airstrikes will not be used on civilian dwellings unless it’s a matter of ‘self-defence for troops on the ground’.