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Iraq Crisis: Gunman Kill at Least 29 in Baghdad

BBC – Gunmen have stormed two buildings in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least 29 people, officials say. At least 20 of those killed were said to be women.

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More than 50 Bodies, including 2 Children, Found in Iraq

CNN – Iraq witnessed another violent day Wednesday as the country’s security and political crises deepen. More than 50 unidentified bodies were found in the predominantly Shiite town of Alexandria on Wednesday, Iraqi security officials said.

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Iraq Crisis: ISIS Hunting Down Opponents

BBC – Isis rebels have been methodically hunting down non-Sunnis and those opposed to the militants, refugees from the rebel-held towns have told the BBC.

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Iraqi Parliament Delays First Session as ISIS Troubles Continue

CNN – After much anticipation over how it would address the country’s turmoil, Iraq’s new parliament postponed its first session until next week, citing a lack of a quorum.

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Obama Sends More Troops to Iraq to Protect US Embassy

THE GUARDIAN – The Obama administration said on Monday it has sent yet another complement of US troops to safeguard its Baghdad embassy, a measure intended to ward off another Benghazi-style assault on American diplomats.

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Isis Rebels Declare ‘Caliphate’ in Iraq and Syria

BBC – Islamist militant group Isis has said it is establishing a caliphate, or Islamic state, on the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria.

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Iraq Army Victory in Tikrit

BBC – Iraq’s army has routed Sunni militants in a major offensive on the northern city of Tikrit, state media say.

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Tony Blair: Conflict of Interest in the Middle East

THE GUARDIAN – Iraq’s latest bloody crisis and its links to the 2003 war brought Tony Blair back into the headlines this week, along with calls for him to step down as a Middle East peace envoy – but new evidence has emerged that his private business interests in the ever-volatile region are expanding.

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Armed US Drones Flying Over Iraq

BBC – Armed US drones are flying over Iraq to protect American military advisers on the ground, say officials.

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Syrian Warplanes Reportedly Strike in Iraq, Killing 57 Civilians

CNN – Reports that Syrian warplanes carried out a cross-border attack on Iraqi towns this week is further evidence of the blurring between the two countries’ borders as they face an offensive by Islamic extremists.

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