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# Iraq

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US authorises $25m in military aid to help Iraq fight IS
US President Barack Obama authorised the aid today.
John Kerry travels to Middle East to hold anti-IS talks
Saudi has confirmed the Arab anti-IS talks with Kerry for Thursday.
Steven Sotloff's family speak out for the first time since his death
“He ultimately sacrificed his life to bring their story to the world.”
Obama vows US 'will not be intimidated' by Islamic State jihadists
Terrorism experts say the group is not as strong as pre-911 Al-Qaeda.
US journalist Steven Sotloff 'beheaded by Islamic State' in newly released video
Sotloff appeared in the video in which James Foley was killed.
Opinion: Croke Park war plane stunt betrayed the history of the GAA
The fly-past of two US war planes was no doubt great entertainment for many, but it also trivialises the brutal machinery of war.
Amnesty: IS have carried out "acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale"
The human rights group says IS fighters have carried out “systematic ethnic cleansing” in northern Iraq.
Irish and UK authorities to launch new terrorist flight watchlist
Irish and UK intelligence sharing is “at an all time high.”
Breakthrough against IS: Iraqi troops reach town of Amerli, ending 2-month siege
It’s the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since IS militants overran large areas of the country in June.
'We will go home one day': Yazidis determined to return to their temples and normal lives
“We were pushed out of Sinjar, but even if (the jihadists) come here, I would rather die for this temple than leave Iraq.”
UK increases terror threat level from "substantial" to "severe"
There is no evidence however to suggest that an attack is imminent.
Islamic State releases another beheading video
The video shows a Kurdish man being killed and follows the release of a number of videos which militants claim show the mass killing of Syrian soldiers.
Opinion: Dramatic change is needed in American foreign policy – the people have no appetite for war
The US must no longer be impulsively ready to employ its military around the world either for its own or for others’ ends.
Obama okays spy planes over Syria... but no airstikes yet
The US has long resisted taking action against IS inside Syria, but it’s believed the militants’ murder of journalist James Foley may have altered the President’s approach.
James Foley wrote a letter to his family while in captivity and it's beautiful
“Dreams of family and friends take me away and happiness fills my heart.”
Opinion: The killing and imprisonment of journalists should concern us all
Worrying press arrests in Ferguson and the grisly murder of James Foley underlines it is in all of our interests to ensure journalists can report without fear.
Opinion: The murder of James Foley will backfire spectacularly on Isis
Western powers were growing increasingly weary of military engagements in the Middle East – but this provocation will ensure a sustained, focused campaign to eliminate Isis.
Urgent action needed to avoid "massacre" in Iraq
The UN says that the town of Amerli is seriously at risk.
To pay or not to pay? James Foley's death underscores an agonising dilemma
It is estimated that terrorists net about $120m between 2004 and 2012 in ransoms.
Islamic State will "have to be defeated" says America's top general
The militants have an “apocalyptic, end of days vision”, it has been said.
Reports: 70 killed as Shiite militiamen open fire at Sunni mosque
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Kurds are backed by American air strikes.
Dozens of Yazidi villagers 'massacred' in Iraq
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
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.
US troops in Iraq find plight of refugees 'better than feared'
The Pentagon said an evacuation is now far less likely.
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”.
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.
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.
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”.