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# Iraq

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# hope springs
In war-torn Mosul, the hot springs and spa are a place to relax for soldier and refugee alike
Hammam al-Alil’s sulphur springs and reopened spa have become a spot where the soldiers fighting in Mosul and the civilians fleeing it meet for a rare moment of relaxation.
# Humanitarian
Ireland gives a further €6 million in aid to alleviate suffering in Yemen and Iraq
The UN has warned Temen is on the brink of a famine caused by conflict.
# Airstrikes
US says civilian casualties in Mosul were 'an unintentional accident of war'
Hundreds of thousands of civilians are still inside west Mosul, caught up in deadly fighting between Islamic State and Iraqi forces.
# islamic state
PHOTOS: Priceless remains lie in ruins at Mosul museum
Iraqi forces recently retook the building from the so-called Islamic State group.
# Mosul
Iraqi forces retake Mosul government headquarters from Islamic State
The fighting in west Mosul has forced more than 50,000 people to flee.
# Mosul
Suspected chemical weapons attack on Iraqi city slammed as 'horrible'
“There is never justification — none whatsoever — for the use of chemical weapons.”
# shifa gardi
Kurdish news anchor killed covering Iraq's battle for Mosul
The Rudaw news organisation described her as one of their “most daring journalists”.
# latest offensive
Iraqi soldiers recapture Mosul airport from Islamic State
A BBC reporter is on the front lines with the soldiers and is publishing regular updates.
# Jamal al-Harith
Islamic State suicide bomber was ex-Guantanamo Bay inmate who got £1m from UK taxpayers
The British fighter who died in yesterday’s suicide attack has been informally identified as Jamal al-Harith.
# serious dangers
350,000 children trapped in Mosul faced with grim choices as 'most brutal fighting yet' begins
Iraqi forces have launched an offensive against Islamic State in the contested town of Mosul.
# islamic state
'We have very little food left': People are burning their own clothes to stay warm in Mosul
The stage is set for what could be Iraq’s bloodiest battle yet in the fight against IS.
# terror attacks
IS claims responsibility as two separate bombings kill at least 122 in Pakistan and Iraq
A Pakistani shrine was targeted, and a car bomb exploded in Baghdad today.
# chaos reigns
Confusion and outrage over Trump migrant ban as UK secures exemption
The new American president has ruffled feathers globally with his ban on refugees from Muslim-dominated countries entering the US.
# Terrorism
Refugees detained at airports after Trump bans them from entering US
Trump has barred all refugees from entering the country for three months — and those from war-ravaged Syria indefinitely.
# warning
Warning of 'extreme risk' to citizens as the battle for Mosul rages on
The UN has warned about the risk to citizens in the battle-torn city.
# Sadr City
Suicide car bomb kills at least 32 in busy Baghdad neighbourhood
Many of the victims were labourers waiting for work.
# Iraq
'Entire families were killed' - Airstrike on IS controlled town hits civilians
The deadly strike came as Iraqi forces battled jihadists deep inside Mosul.
# joshua molloy
'You could be wiped out at any moment': Irishman on fighting Isis in Syria
Joshua Molloy, a Laois native and ex-British soldier, was arrested when trying to return to Ireland.
# Bomb Blast
'ISIS claims responsibility' for suicide bomb blast which killed at least 70 people
The explosion seemingly targeted Iranian pilgrims who were returning from a pilgrimage.
# door to door
Islamic State launches new wave of suicide bombings as Mosul battle rages on
Civilians are risking their lives to flee the city.
# Art Attack
How to save artworks in Iraq and Syria? Put them in the Louvre
French president Francois Hollande says it could help save a lot of artworks.
# Iraq
Irish jihadist 'Khalid Kelly' reported dead after Islamic State suicide bombing
Isis said the man had killed himself yesterday.
# Iraq
Isis leader 'calls for fight to the death' in audio recording
“Do not retreat. Holding your ground with honour is a thousand times easier than retreating in shame.”
# battle for mosul
'Beginning of true liberation': Iraqi army pushes into IS-held Mosul
Now two weeks into the offensive to retake the Islamic State stronghold, soldiers have forced their way in.
# the battle for mosul
Iraqi forces move to cut off Islamic State militant supply lines
The latest operation could bring fighters close to the largely Sunni city of Hatra, a UNESCO world heritage site.
# preparing to escape
"Scared" Islamic State fighters are shaving their beards as noose tightens around Mosul
Western defence chiefs are already looking towards IS’s other major stronghold of Raqa in Syria.
# battle for mosul
Iraqi forces battle through sniper fire and suicide bombs to retake IS-held city
Some 10,000 fighters are engaged in a huge assault to take back Iraq’s second city.
# Power Plant
Suicide bombers armed with rifles attack Iraqi city of Kirkuk
Nearly all such raids have been carried out by the Islamic State group.
# Mosul
US fears ISIS will use chemical weapons in battle for Iraq's second city
IS has claimed a string of deadly suicide bombings in Baghdad in recent days.
# ground war
The Battle for Mosul: Islamic State is vastly outnumbered in its last stand in Iraq
Iraqi forces are said to be ahead of schedule in their fight to take back the city.
# Iraq
The battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State has begun
The city fell to IS fighters in June 2014. It is their last stronghold in Iraq.
# family reunification
Irish citizen whose father and brother were killed by Islamic State denied permission to bring mother to Ireland
Rasheed’s* mother is unable to renew her passport and as a result a visa application from her will not be considered.
# History
Mosul: An Islamic State city soon to be the centre of a huge battle
Once a cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic hub, Mosul has become the last stronghold of IS in Iraq.
# operation iraqi freedom
UK says sorry for drowning of Iraqi boy forced into canal by British soldiers
The soldiers were acquitted of manslaughter in a British court.
# Genocide
Islamic State mass graves reveal thousands of dead bodies and extent of horror
As IS territory shrinks the grim process of recovering the dead can begin.
# Middle East
Iraqi forces arrest would-be teenage bomber days after Kurdish wedding attack
Meanwhile Turkey has backtracked on claims that a child bomber attacked a Kurdish wedding close to the Syrian border, in an attack that left 54 people dead.
# chilcot
'We were right all along': organisers of huge 2003 Dublin march against Iraq War
Some 100,000 Irish people protested on 15 February 2003 to oppose the invasion.
# lessons unlearned
Northern Ireland (and the PSNI) is all over the Chilcot Report - here's why
The British Army used the Northern Irish Troubles as its key reference point for dealing with the Iraq conflict.
# chilcot
'I will be with you, whatever': Conversations between Blair and Bush on the Iraq War
Memos the British Prime Minister sent to the US President before and during the war show the close relationship between them.
# Chilcot Inquiry
Blair: "I express more sorrow and regret and apology than you will ever know"
But, he says he would do it again.