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  • FILE - This Sept. 21, 2008, file photo shows Iranian basij paramilitary volunteers, affiliated to the elite Revolutionary Guard, attending a parade ceremony, marking the 28th anniversary of the onset of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran.

    Iranian commanders on front line of Iraq's fight against ISIL

    A powerful Iranian general has emerged as the chief tactician in Iraq's fight against Sunni militants, working on the front lines alongside 120 advisers from his country's Revolutionary Guard to direct Shiite militiamen and government forces in the smallest details of battle, militia commanders and government officials say.

  • FILE - In this Wednesday January 1, 2014, file photo, al-Qaida fighters patrol in a commandeered police truck passing burning police vehicles in front of the main provincial government building, in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. With a new label - the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - the global terror network al-Qaida is positioning itself as a vanguard defending a persecuted Sunni community against Shiite-dominated governments across Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. The al-Qaida gains pose the most serious challenge to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite-led government since the departure of American forces in late 2011. (AP Photo, File)

    Iraq holding off on an offensive against al-Qaida

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's government is holding off on waging an all-out offensive to retake two key cities from al-Qaida because of fears that civilian casualties could incite Sunni anger and push moderate tribal leaders to side with the extremists, analysts and military officials said Thursday.

  • Dissidents blame camp attack on Iraq

    An Iranian dissident group says Iraq's government had a hand in a rocket and mortar attack on its refugee camp north of Baghdad where seven people were killed and dozens injured earlier this month.

  • Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is seen during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. Iraq's Prime Minister is defending a decision to ban hundreds of candidates from the upcoming election, saying that it would not hurt Sunni turnout for next Sunday's vote. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

    Inside the Ring: Iraq backing Iran

    Iraq's Shiite-dominated government, led by President Nouri al-Maliki, continues to align itself more closely with neighboring Iran.

  • **FILE** The Iraqi flag waves Nov. 22, 2011, while federal police parade in Baghdad. (Associated Press)

    U.S. audit: $200M wasted on Iraqi police training

    U.S. auditors have concluded that more than $200 million was wasted on a program to train Iraqi police that Baghdad says is neither needed nor wanted.

  • World Scene

    Insurgent threats and a lack of hotel space for delegations pose stiff challenges to Iraq's plan to host the annual Arab League meeting for the first time in 20 years, despite assurances from the body's leader Sunday.

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