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VIDEO: 'Too early' to say Iraq dam taken

Monday, August 18th 2014, 12:53
related places: Mosul

The BBC's Paul Wood says it is too early to say whether Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Iraqi troops have recaptured Mosul dam from Islamic State (IS) militants.
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VIDEO: Kurds 'break IS hold on Mosul dam'

Monday, August 18th 2014, 4:58
related places: Mosul

Kurdish officials say that their Peshmerga fighters have broadly taken control of a strategically important dam in northern Iraq from Islamist militants.
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Obama justifies strikes on Iraq dam

Monday, August 18th 2014, 4:26
related countries: United States United States
related places: Mosul

US air strikes to support Iraqi forces' efforts to retake Mosul dam are aimed at protecting US interests in Iraq, says President Obama.
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Kurds 'break IS hold on Mosul dam'

Sunday, August 17th 2014, 21:48
related places: Mosul

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq are largely in control of the Mosul dam previously held by Islamic State militants, Kurdish officials say.
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VIDEO: Refugee boy 'abandoned in desert'

Sunday, August 17th 2014, 21:43
related countries: Syria Syria

The BBC's Paul Wood has travelled through northern Syria and northern Iraq and has met with civilians who have had their lives destroyed by the crisis in the region.
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Cameron warns of IS threat to UK

Sunday, August 17th 2014, 20:44
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Islamic State militants in Iraq could grow strong enough to target people "on the streets of Britain" unless action is taken, warns David Cameron.
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Kurd forces 'take part of Mosul dam'

Sunday, August 17th 2014, 16:06
related countries: United States United States
related places: Mosul

Kurdish officials say their forces in Iraq have captured the eastern part of the Mosul dam from Islamic State militants, as the US steps up air strikes.
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VIDEO: Kurdish weapons 'not up to task'

Sunday, August 17th 2014, 9:25

Kurdish forces says them need improved weaponry in order to tackle Islamic State militants in Iraq.
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IS 'kill hundreds' in Iraq and Syria

Sunday, August 17th 2014, 1:54
related countries: Syria Syria

Islamic State militants are accused of massacring hundreds of people in areas under their control in northern Iraq and eastern Syria.
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US-Kurdish bid to retake Mosul dam

Saturday, August 16th 2014, 22:16
related places: Mosul

Kurdish troops backed by US air strikes battle to retake Mosul dam from Islamic State fighters in Iraq as reports of new atrocities emerge.
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Yazidi villagers 'massacred' in Iraq

Saturday, August 16th 2014, 12:01

Islamic State militants in northern Iraq massacre at least 80 Yazidi men, officials say, as air strikes are reported on IS positions near Mosul dam.
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UK welcomes fresh pressure on IS

Saturday, August 16th 2014, 11:23
related countries: Syria Syria

Britain welcomes the passing of a United Nations resolution it drafted, which is designed to weaken Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.
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The Iraqi Kurds yearning for a state

Friday, August 15th 2014, 23:27

Amid militant threat, Iraqi Kurds dream of a future state
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Sunni leaders propose Iraq deal

Friday, August 15th 2014, 21:09

Some leaders of Iraq's Sunni Muslim minority propose working with the new PM, a move that could help break political deadlock.
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UK 'would consider arming Kurds'

Friday, August 15th 2014, 18:25
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK would "consider favourably" any request for arms from the Kurds in their battle with extremists in Iraq, the foreign secretary has confirmed.
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VIDEO: BBC on board RAF mission in Iraq

Friday, August 15th 2014, 17:29
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A BBC crew has joined an RAF reconnaissance mission over Iraq to see how British Tornado aircraft are helping to plot Islamic State positions on the ground.
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EU condemns 'atrocities' in Iraq

Friday, August 15th 2014, 16:30
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels

EU foreign ministers condemn "atrocities and abuses" against religious minorities in Iraq, with Germany warning it cannot stand by and watch "slaughter".
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Iraq's Maliki quits to end deadlock

Friday, August 15th 2014, 5:22

Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki is to step aside in favour of Haider al-Abadi, ending the country's political deadlock, state TV says.
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Obama: 'We broke north Iraq siege'

Thursday, August 14th 2014, 19:15
related countries: United States United States

US President Barack Obama says US forces have "broken a siege" in north Iraq, to help rescue tens of thousands of people trapped on a mountain.
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VIDEO: Where have Yazidi refugees gone?

Thursday, August 14th 2014, 18:03

The BBC's defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt spends the day at an Iraqi hospital where the doctors have been treating Yazidi refugees.
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VIDEO: BBC gains access to Mount Sinjar

Thursday, August 14th 2014, 17:45

The BBC's world affairs correspondent Paul Wood reports from Mount Sinjar in Iraq where many refugees are still located.
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UN declares major emergency in Iraq

Thursday, August 14th 2014, 17:10

The UN declares its highest level of emergency in Iraq as a humanitarian crisis follows the rapid advance by Islamic State militants.
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UK ready to help over Iraq - Cameron

Thursday, August 14th 2014, 12:28
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK is ready to "help out in the right way" in Iraq where thousands of people have fled Islamist militants, Prime Minister David Cameron says.
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Iraq mountain rescue unlikely - US

Thursday, August 14th 2014, 4:27
related countries: United States United States

The US says it is unlikely to launch a mission to save Iraqis trapped by Islamist fighters on Mt Sinjar as there are fewer people there than expected.
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Gauging US strategy in Iraq conflict

Thursday, August 14th 2014, 1:01
related countries: United States United States

Why Obama needs to tread carefully in Iraq's new war
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10 days in Iraq: Aid drops, air-strikes and 200,000 new refugees

Thursday, August 14th 2014, 0:35

Aid drops, air strikes and 200,000 new refugees
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VIDEO: The long road from Mount Sinjar

Wednesday, August 13th 2014, 23:13

Caroline Wyatt reports on the refugees arriving in Iraqi Kurdistan after fleeing their homes across Mount Sinjar.
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More arms and aid planned for Iraq

Wednesday, August 13th 2014, 21:48

Delivery of arms and aid to Iraq is being stepped up, in an international push to tackle jihadist militants and help those who fled their advance.
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Cameron: UK 'role' in Iraq rescue bid

Wednesday, August 13th 2014, 17:59

Britain will "play a role" in an international mission to rescue Yazidi refugees who have fled Islamic extremists in Iraq, Prime Minister David Cameron says.
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Risks of Iraq mission creep

Wednesday, August 13th 2014, 16:33

The dangers of increasing military involvement in northern Iraq
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VIDEO: US Yazidis lobby for Iraq community

Wednesday, August 13th 2014, 12:30
related countries: United States United States
related places: Washington

The BBC's Barbara Plett Usher meets Yazidi Americans who have dropped everything to keep Washington's attention on the tragedy in their homeland.
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Oil prices dip to nine-month low

Wednesday, August 13th 2014, 11:45
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Global oil prices have fallen to their lowest level in nine months, despite fears that conflicts in Ukraine and Iraq would inflate prices.
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US sends more advisers to Iraq

Wednesday, August 13th 2014, 10:11
related countries: United States United States

The US has sent 130 more military advisers to the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says.
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UK drops third round of aid in Iraq

Wednesday, August 13th 2014, 9:47

The UK completes its third round of aid drops to help thousands of people fleeing Islamist militants in Iraq.
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VIDEO: 'Heart-breaking' scramble for survival

Wednesday, August 13th 2014, 9:33

Aid worker Taban Sami Shoresh describes the ''heart-breaking'' sight of people scrambling for survival during a delivery of aid to people fleeing Islamist militants in Iraq.
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Fleeing Yazidis bring tales of woe

Tuesday, August 12th 2014, 22:50

Yazidi refugees tell of horrors as they flee militants in Iraq
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'Thousands' trapped by Iraq rebels

Tuesday, August 12th 2014, 21:41

Tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped by militants on a mountain in northern Iraq and need "life-saving assistance", the UN warns.
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RAF jets in Cyprus for Iraq mission

Tuesday, August 12th 2014, 21:37
related countries: Cyprus Cyprus, United Kingdom United Kingdom

RAF Tornado jets from the UK arrive in Cyprus to support relief efforts in Iraq, as the Foreign Office says Chinook helicopters will also be sent to assist aid operations.
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UK makes second air drop in Iraq

Tuesday, August 12th 2014, 12:58
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

RAF planes dropped a second round of lifesaving aid to refugees in northern Iraq overnight, the UK government confirms.
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'Action needed' on foreign fighters

Tuesday, August 12th 2014, 7:26
related countries: Australia Australia, Syria Syria, United States United States

The US and Australia highlight the threat posed by foreign jihadi fighters returning from Syria and Iraq, amid horror in Australia over a graphic image of a young boy.
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General condemns UK stance on Iraq

Tuesday, August 12th 2014, 5:39
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A senior British military figure accuses the UK government of being "commitment-phobic" over the crisis in Iraq.
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Obama lauds Iraq's 'promising step'

Tuesday, August 12th 2014, 0:14
related countries: United States United States

US President Obama says the nomination of a new Iraqi PM is a "promising step forward", as US aid drops reach displaced Yazidis.
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Tornados to be ready for Iraq role

Monday, August 11th 2014, 20:29

RAF Tornado jets are to be sent for possible use in the aid operation in northern Iraq, where many thousands of people are fleeing Islamist fighters.
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Maliki spurned in new Iraq PM choice

Monday, August 11th 2014, 20:04

Iraq's president asks a Shia politician to replace embattled PM Nouri Maliki, as details emerge of the plight of Yazidis in Kurdistan.
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RAF aborts Iraq air drop over safety

Monday, August 11th 2014, 13:11

A Royal Air Force aid drop in northern Iraq is abandoned owing to fears those needing help could be injured by the cargo.
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Iraq thrown into political turmoil

Monday, August 11th 2014, 12:22

Iraq appears to be in the grip of fresh political turmoil, as Shia parties nominate an alternative to embattled PM Nouri Maliki.
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'Islamists' held in Kosovo raids

Monday, August 11th 2014, 12:05
related countries: Syria Syria

Forty men suspected of fighting in Iraq and Syria are arrested by police in Kosovo, in an operation targeting Islamist extremists.
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Iraq's political crisis deepens

Monday, August 11th 2014, 7:17
related places: Baghdad

Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki says he will sue the president for violating constitutional rules, as he struggles to manage a raging insurgency in the north.
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Iraqi Kurds ask for arms to fight IS

Sunday, August 10th 2014, 22:39
related countries: France France
related places: Baghdad

The leader of Iraq's Kurds, Massoud Barzani, appeals for weapons to help fight IS militants, who are threatening Kurdish areas in northern Iraq.
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UK to 'step up' aid drops to Iraq

Sunday, August 10th 2014, 17:29
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK is to "step up" aid supplies and send more "humanitarian advisers" to parts of Iraq under threat from Islamist militants, Downing Street says.
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UK plane drops first aid in Iraq

Sunday, August 10th 2014, 14:17
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A British military aircraft makes the first drop of UK humanitarian aid in northern Iraq, to help people who have fled from Islamist militants.
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US in new strikes on Iraq militants

Sunday, August 10th 2014, 8:20
related countries: United States United States

The US military says it has carried out four new air strikes on militants to defend Yazidi refugees trapped in mountains in northern Iraq.
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UK aid deliveries in Iraq 'imminent'

Saturday, August 9th 2014, 22:31
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The RAF will drop humanitarian aid supplies in northern Iraq for the foreseeable future, the foreign secretary says.
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No quick fix in Iraq, Obama warns

Saturday, August 9th 2014, 17:26
related countries: United States United States

US President Barack Obama warns it is "going to take some time" to help Iraqis overcome the jihadist-led Sunni rebellion and stabilise their country.
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Obama vows to stop jihadist state

Saturday, August 9th 2014, 13:28
related countries: Syria Syria, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

US President Barack Obama says he will not allow jihadist militants to carve out a "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq as the UK joins the humanitarian air drop.
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VIDEO: US launches airstrikes in Iraq

Saturday, August 9th 2014, 12:52
related countries: United States United States

The US carry out airstrikes in an attempt to stem the advance of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and help the Yazidi people.
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US aid drop follows fresh Iraq raids

Saturday, August 9th 2014, 10:26
related countries: United States United States

The US conducts its second drop of aid to Iraqis fleeing jihadist fighters in the north, hours after fresh air strikes against the militants.
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US steps up air strikes in Iraq

Saturday, August 9th 2014, 2:40
related countries: United States United States

The US launches a second round of air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq, and confirms the group has taken the country's largest dam.
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VIDEO: Fresh US strikes on Iraq militants

Friday, August 8th 2014, 21:49
related countries: United States United States

The United States has launched two additional air strikes on Islamist militants in Iraq, who are targeting Kurdish forces defending the northern city of Irbil.
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Markets rattled by air strike fears

Friday, August 8th 2014, 20:23
related countries: Australia Australia, Japan Japan, United States United States

Stock markets showed volatility on Friday over worries about the impact of conflicts in Iraq and Ukraine.
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US air strike on militants in Iraq

Friday, August 8th 2014, 19:42
related countries: United States United States

The US launches an air strike against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq, and confirms that the group has taken the country's largest dam.
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UK planes to drop aid in Iraq

Friday, August 8th 2014, 17:16
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

Britain is to drop emergency aid for those under threat from militants in Iraq to support the US - but rules out military action.
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Authority bans US flights over Iraq

Friday, August 8th 2014, 16:03
related countries: United States United States

The US Federal Aviation Administration bans all US airlines from flying over Iraq due to the "hazardous situation" as British Airways also suspends service.
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Obama authorises air strikes on Iraq

Friday, August 8th 2014, 8:16

US President Barack Obama says he will launch air strikes on Islamic militants in northern Iraq to prevent the slaughter of religious minorities.
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Christian exodus as Iraqi town falls

Thursday, August 7th 2014, 18:04

Thousands of Iraqi Christians are reported to be fleeing after Islamist militants seize the minority's biggest town in the country.
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Briton tells of his 'fighting in Iraq'

Thursday, August 7th 2014, 14:20
related countries: Syria Syria

A Briton who claims to be fighting alongside militants in Syria tells the BBC he also recently went to Iraq to be at the "forefront of the fighting".
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Mosul air strike 'kills dozens'

Wednesday, August 6th 2014, 21:25
related places: Mosul

At least 60 people have been killed in an Iraqi air strike on premises controlled by rebels in the northern city of Mosul, officials say.
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UN alarm over Iraqi Yazidi children

Tuesday, August 5th 2014, 13:48

The UN children's agency has expressed "extreme concern" over reports that 40 children from Iraq's Yazidi minority died after an offensive by jihadists.
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VIDEO: Militants 'may use dams as weapons'

Tuesday, August 5th 2014, 6:05

The BBC's Jiyar Gol reports on fears in Iraq that Isis militants could take control of the country's dams, bringing flooding to communities along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
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Iraq offers air support to Kurds

Monday, August 4th 2014, 16:24

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki orders the country's air force to provide support to Kurdish forces fighting militants in the north.
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Islamic State takes over Iraq towns

Sunday, August 3rd 2014, 15:28

The UN has warned that up to 200,000 people have been forced to flee after Islamic State militants take over more towns in northern Iraq.
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BA to continue flying over Iraq

Saturday, August 2nd 2014, 12:04
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British Airways flights says it will continue to fly through Iraqi airspace despite concerns over the threat from Islamic militants on the ground.
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