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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Islamic State has reportedly taken captive dozens of family members of Iraq's defense minister in Mosul, Iraq, a Kurdish official says - @RudawEnglish

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The US and partner nations conducted 9 airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria over the past 3 days, 15 in Iraq, according to US Central Command - @NBCNews

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chemical weapons

US recovered thousands of old chemical weapons in Iraq from 2004 to 2009 and destroyed almost all of them in secret and via open-air detonation, OPCW says - @nytimes

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Iraq

US Vice President Joe Biden welcomes oil agreement between Iraq's central government and northern Kurdistan region - @Reuters

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

US and allies have conducted 30 airstrikes on Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq since Wednesday - @CENTCOM statement

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Iraq crisis

Pentagon: Some of the additional 1,500 US troops authorized for Iraq are expected to begin deploying to the country in the next few weeks - @Reuters

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., introduces legislation to provide arms directly to Kurdistan regional government forces fighting the Islamic State - document

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

US-led sources conducted 24 air strikes against Islamic State positions in Iraq since Monday, per Central Command - @Reuters

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says France will send 6 mirage fighter jets to Jordan to target Islamic State militants in Iraq - @Reuters

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

France's defense ministry says 2 Rafale jets had struck Islamic State targets alongside coalition planes near the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk - @Reuters

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Suicide bomber driving car packed with explosives blew himself up in the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region, killing at least 5 in 1st big attack there in more than a year - @Reuters

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Suicide car-bomb explodes outside of the governor's office in Erbil, Iraq, official confirms - @RudawEnglish

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Car bomb targets government building in Iraqi Kurdish capital, Irbil, local media say - @BBCBreaking

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Iraqi security forces push back Islamic State militants and enter the country's large Baiji refinery for the first time in 5 months, a police colonel says - @Reuters

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Iraqi army's next target is to isolate militants holding the city of Tikrit, after having broken the Islamic State group's hold on Baiji and its refinery, senior officer says - @AFP

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Defense Secretary Hagel on death of American aid worker: 'On behalf of all the men and women of the Department of Defense, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known to us as Peter, who time and again volunteered his service during times of war - first as an Army Ranger in Iraq, and later as a devoted humanitarian, providing aid to victims of the conflict in Syria. Like his fellow veterans of the 9/11 Generation, his strong desire to continue making a difference in the world after serving in uniform - to continue leading a life of purpose - is an inspiration to us all' - statement

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Editor's note: Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper is reporting that the Islamic State beheading suspect known as 'Jihadi John' may have been injured in an airstrike on an Iraqi town close to the Syrian border. A British Foreign Office spokesperson was unable to confirm the report. - Jimmy

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Top US military officer makes unannounced trip to Iraq, 1st trip since start of US campaign against Islamic State - @Reuters

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Iraq crisis

Iraqi officials: Car bomb blast in northern Baghdad kills 15, injures 34 - @AP

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Editor's note: The Associated Press is reporting that Iraqi government forces have driven out Islamic State militants from the oil refinery town of Beiji. This comes soon after Reuters reported, based off information from army officers and a witness, that government forces were about 1/2 a mile from the town. - Aaron

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