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#Iraq

# iraq - Friday 15 August, 2014

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

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

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

# iraq - Thursday 14 August, 2014

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

The Pentagon said an evacuation is now far less likely.

# iraq - Wednesday 13 August, 2014

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

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

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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

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'

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

# iraq - Tuesday 12 August, 2014

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

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

# iraq - Monday 11 August, 2014

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

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

Irish oil and gas firm evacuates Iraq staff

Petroceltic said the move is “precautionary”.

US considers rescue mission for trapped Yazidi refugees in Iraq

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

# iraq - Sunday 10 August, 2014

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

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

Britain has started airdropping food and water to besieged Yazidi

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

# iraq - Saturday 9 August, 2014

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

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

US warplanes bombed Islamic State positions in northern Iraq yesterday.

# iraq - Friday 8 August, 2014

Here's What Happened Today: Friday

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

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

The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Poll: Should the US go ahead with Iraq air strikes? Your Say This post contains a poll

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

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

The 9 at 9: Friday

It’s Friday – and here’s everything you need to know as you start your day.

# iraq - Thursday 7 August, 2014

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

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

One source said his decision was “imminent.”

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

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

# iraq - Tuesday 29 July, 2014

Opinion: 'Our children wake up crying in the night... Isis has stolen our lives' Iraq This post contains images

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

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.

# iraq - Saturday 19 July, 2014

Gardaí, Microsoft and Hello Kitty: The week in numbers

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

# iraq - Friday 11 July, 2014

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.

# iraq - Wednesday 9 July, 2014

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.

# iraq - Thursday 3 July, 2014

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.

# iraq - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

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.

# iraq - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

US sends 300 more troops to Iraq

The move raises the total U.S. troop presence in Iraq to approximately 750, the Pentagon said.

# iraq - Monday 30 June, 2014

Declaration of Isis caliphate doesn't mean anything, says US

The militants, who have seized a large swath of territory in northern and western Iraq.

ISIS declares a new Islamic state in Iraq

Muslim extremists have long dreamed of recreating the Islamic state, or caliphate, that ruled over the Middle East, much of North Africa and beyond in various forms.

# iraq - Sunday 29 June, 2014

Iraqi forces attempt to retake northern city of Tikrit

Tikrit is said to be a hotbed of antipathy toward Iraq’s Shiite-led government.

Opinion: An opponent like ISIS cannot be defeated through standard military action

Conventional military action by America, along the lines of their previous tactics in Iraq, will be ineffective in defeating ISIS.

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.

# iraq - Saturday 28 June, 2014

The US has begun flying armed drones over Iraq

The US says that drones are purely to protect their military advisers.

# iraq - Friday 27 June, 2014

"We were afraid for our children": 10,000 flee Iraq town

The mostly Christian town was shelled with mortars, residents and the UNHCR said today.

$500 million to be spent training rebels, as US steps up Syria involvement

They White House says it intends to “ramp up US support to the moderate Syrian opposition”.

# iraq - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

US troops flow into Iraq as ISIS continues advances

Another four teams will arrive in the coming days.

# iraq - Tuesday 24 June, 2014

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Islamic militants congratulate Messi on goal, invite him to 'join the jihadist call'

Lionel Messi picked up some new admirers with his last-minute winner against Iran.