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36 min ago | Regina Leader Post

Emergency debate on ISIL draws only handful of MPs

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird , Liberal MP Marc Garneau, and NDP MP Paul Dewar, right, arrive at the airport, Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in Baghdad, Iraq. Fewer than two dozen MPs were on hand Tuesday evening for the start of an "emergency" debate on how Canada should respond to the threat posed by the terror group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

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Related Topix: North America, Canada, World News, Iraq, Stephen Harper, Conservatives (UK)

4 hrs ago | Reuters

Iraqi official briefs Syria's Assad on efforts against Islamic State

Iraq's national security adviser briefed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on efforts to counter Islamic State on Tuesday, in the first such meeting since the United States launched air strikes on the radical group in Iraq. The United States and other Western governments have dismissed the idea of cooperating with Syria in the fight against Islamic State, which has seized large areas of Iraq and Syria.

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Related Topix: Iraq, World News, Middle East, Syria, Terrorism

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Canada.com

ISIS makes drinking to forget harder as booze prices skyrocket in Baghdad

Baghdad's beer-drinkers have it tough. Already shot at and persecuted, they have found prices soaring since Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham militants seized large swaths of northern Iraq in June and barred alcohol.

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KABC-AM Los Angeles

US Military Airstrikes Hit Multiple ISIS Targets in Iraq

The U.S. military conducted five more airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in Iraq, U.S. Central Command said Tuesday. Two of the strikes were northwest of Irbil.

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The Star Online

Insight - U.S. scouts for Sunni allies on the ground in Iraq

Unwilling to send U.S. troops back to Iraq, Washington is trying to persuade armed Sunni factions and tribal figures to fight Islamic State militants in an echo of the "Awakening" movement that drove al Qaeda from the country six years ago. "There is a lot of traffic right now," James Jeffrey, a veteran diplomat who was U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2010-2012 and maintains close ties to the government in Baghdad.

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Nanaimo Daily News

Iraq's parliament rejects prime minister's picks for key posts of defence, interior

Iraq's parliament rejected defence and interior nominees on Tuesday, leaving the crucial ministerial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic extremists who have seized a third of the country. The two powerful security portfolios have long been a source of tension among Iraq's feuding political factions, and the failure to agree on the nominees marked the latest in a series of delays in forming a unified government that can confront the Islamic State extremist group.

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Related Topix: Iraq, World News, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Canada

MySanAntonio.com

Hagel, Dempsey defend Obama military strategy

The nation's top military leader on Tuesday raised the possibility of U.S. advisers joining Iraqi troops as they target Islamic extremists amid concerns in a war-weary nation of greater American involvement after more than a decade of fighting. Army Gen.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, Terrorism, Iraq, World News, Joe Biden, Senator Joe Manchin, US Senate, Democrat

National Public Radio

Iraq's Artists Defy Extremists With Bows, Brushes And A Low Profile

The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra performs in Baghdad. The concert was promoted by word of mouth to avoid being targeted by bombs.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

The Daily Star

Baghdad blast turns wedding joy into funeral grief

Relatives of Raghda Yaqub, a 24-year-old Iraqi Christian woman killed in a bombing a few days before her wedding, hold her portrait as they grieve over her death on September 13, 2014 in the capital Baghdad.AFP PHOTO / SABAH ARAR BAGHDAD: Raghda Yaqub was just days away from marriage, but a bombing in east Baghdad meant the 24-year-old Iraqi was buried wearing her wedding dress instead. "Last Thursday was her engagement, and this Thursday we buried her," the young woman's weeping mother Sana says at her home, where she and other family members are receiving condolences.

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Related Topix: Wedding, Iraq, World News

KCRA-TV Sacramento

US airstrike aims at ISIS near Baghdad

The airstrike southwest of the city appears to be the closest the U.S. airstrikes have come to the capital of Iraq since the start of the campaign against ISIS, a senior U.S. military official told CNN. And U.S. Central Command said in a statement that it was the first strike as part of "expanded efforts" to help Iraqi forces on the offensive against ISIS.

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Related Topix: Iraq, World News, US Politics, US News, Barack Obama

Brandon Sun

Harper says no root cause for rise of 'vile' ISIL, as Baird attends Paris talks

Prime Minister Stephen Harper denounced Monday the widely held view that fearsome new militants in Iraq and Syria have a "root cause" - a stark characterization that questions the reason for his foreign minister's recent trip to Iraq. In a speech to party faithful, Harper unequivocally branded the al-Qaida splinter group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, as "evil" and "vile," saying it must be opposed.

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The Lebanon Daily News

Bombings kill 8 people in Iraq

Police officials say the first attack happened Monday afternoon when a roadside bomb explosion hit a patrol of anti-militant fighters, known as Sahwa, in the town of Madain, just south of Baghdad, killing three fighters and one civilian. The Sahwa are made up of Sunni militiamen who joined U.S. troops in the fight against al-Qaida during the height of Iraq's insurgency in 2007 and 2008.

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Star-Telegram.com

Islamic State group issues new curriculum in Iraq

The extremist-held Iraqi city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year. But unlike years past, there will be no art or music.

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KDXY-FM Jonesboro

U.S. to help train people to spot potential violent extremists

IRAQ FIGHTING: In this Saturday, July 19 file photo Abdullah Ahmed walks outside his home that was damaged in a bombing, in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's prime minister Haider al-Abadi said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of "innocent victims" as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by fighters of the Islamic State extremist group this summer.

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WHTC

France opens Iraq conference urging 'global' fight on jihadists

French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for united international action to tackle the threat from Islamic State militants as he opened a conference on Iraq bringing together members of a U.S.-led coalition. The United States this week unveiled an outline plan to fight the Islamist militants simultaneously in Iraq and Syria.

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Hindustan Times

Crack the whip on Indians joining ISIS Centre may tell NIA

With security agencies identifying 22 radicalised youth leaving India in response to the 'jihadist' call of the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant , the government may ask the National Investigation Agency to file an FIR against unknown persons affiliated to the organisation. The action is aimed at preventing more Muslim youth from going to Iraq and taking action against those who return.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

Cybercast News Service

Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort

The Middle East has confounded outsiders for years, so it is no surprise that another U.S.-led project with a straightforward goal - destroying a marauding organization of extremists - is bumping up against age-old rivalries and a nod-and-a-wink-style political culture. U.S. secretary of state John Kerry has received backing for the principle of reversing the territorial gains of the Islamic State group in Iraq.

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Related Topix: Syria, World News, Middle East, Iraq, Muslim Brotherhood

Canada.com

Human Rights Watch calls for probe of Iraqi airstrike that killed 31 civilians

Sir Elton, now 67, was in fine vocal form, belting out the words with a thunderous tone matching the way he hammered the keys on his Yamaha grand piano. Annabel Gale had to wait 20 years and come "halfway around the world," but she finally met her prince - now an earl - and his wife.

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News 4 Jax

Who is part of the coalition to battle ISIS?

In his speech about ISIS last week, President Barack Obama said, "American military power is unmatched, but this can't be America's fight alone." Allies and partners of the United States, Obama vowed, would provide support to degrade and eventually destroy the militant group that has slaughtered many people in Iraq and Syria and beheaded two American journalists and a British aid worker.

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Related Topix: Europe, United Kingdom, US Military, US Air Force, Terrorism, Francois Hollande, Iraq

WMAL-AM Washington

WH Chief of Staff Expresses Confidence Iraqi Army Can Take on ISIS

Saying that the United States is at war with ISIS, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough expressed confidence in the Iraqi army to take on the militant Islamic group even though it has failed to do so effectively in the past. "There is now a new multi-ethnic government in Baghdad.

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