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Iraq's Fallujah falls to Qaeda-linked militants

Iraq has lost Fallujah to Al-Qaeda-linked fighters, a senior security official said on Saturday, putting militants who repeatedly battled American forces for the city back in control. Parts of the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, west of Baghdad, have been held by militants for days, harkening back to the years after the 2003 US-led invasion when both were insurgent strongholds.

Qaeda-linked militants control half of Iraq's Fallujah

Al-Qaeda-linked militants were on Wednesday in control of half of the Iraqi city of Fallujah, an interior ministry official told AFP. "Half of Fallujah is in the hands of ISIL (the Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) group, and the other half is in the control of" armed tribesmen, the official said. mah/wd/bpz

Qaeda-linked militants control half of Iraq's Fallujah

Al-Qaeda-linked militants were on Thursday in control of half of the Iraqi city of Fallujah, an interior ministry official told AFP. "Half of Fallujah is in the hands of ISIL (the Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) group, and the other half is in the control of" armed tribesmen, the official said. mah/wd/bpz

Increase in Iraq executions draws international ire

Iraq's use of the death penalty has increased despite international condemnation, with some fearing execution rates could rise further as officials seek to appear tough on security ahead of elections. At least 169 people were put to death in 2013, by far the country's highest such figure since the 2003 US-led invasion, and one that puts it third in the world, behind just China and Iran.

UK's Iraq war inquiry 'to report in 2014'

The inquiry into Britain's involvement in the Iraq war could publish its long-awaited conclusions in 2014 after discussions between Tony Blair and George W. Bush are published, news reports said on Monday. A government source told the Independent newspaper that "good progress" had been made in talks between the inquiry body and the government on declassifying many of the records of their conversations.

UK's Iraq war inquiry 'to report in 2014'

The inquiry into Britain's involvement in the Iraq war could publish its long-awaited conclusions in 2014 after discussions between Tony Blair and George W. Bush are published, news reports said on Monday. A government source told the Independent newspaper that "good progress" had been made in talks between the inquiry body and the government on declassifying many of the records of their conversations.

US sending missiles, drones to Iraq

The United States is sending Iraq dozens of missiles and surveillance drones to help combat a recent surge there in Al-Qaeda-backed violence, a State Department official said Thursday. The official confirmed a New York Times report about the weapons shipment. The daily said 75 Hellfire missiles were purchased by Iraq and delivered by Washington last week.

Al-Qaeda group claims attack on Iraq TV station

An Al-Qaeda-linked militant group claimed an attack on an Iraqi television station headquarters that killed five journalists, while the UN envoy on Tuesday condemned the targeting of media in Iraq. At the direction of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's "war ministry," militants attacked "the headquarters of the Salaheddin satellite (channel) which... distorts the facts and fights the Sunni people," the group said on online jihadist forums.

Qaeda claims attack that killed five Iraqi journalists

An Al-Qaeda-linked militant group has claimed an attack on an Iraqi television station headquarters in which five journalists were killed. At the direction of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's "war ministry," militants attacked "the headquarters of the Salaheddin satellite (channel) which... distorts the facts and fights the Sunni people," the group said on online jihadist forums. It said two militants took part in the attack on Monday, although police said four suicide bombers assaulted the channel's headquarters in Tikrit, north of Baghdad.

Qaeda claims attack that killed five Iraqi journalists

An Al-Qaeda-linked militant group has claimed an attack on an Iraqi television station headquarters in which five journalists were killed. At the direction of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's "war ministry," militants attacked "the headquarters of the Salaheddin satellite (channel) which... distorts the facts and fights the Sunni people," the group said on online jihadist forums. It said two militants took part in the attack on Monday, although police said four suicide bombers assaulted the channel's headquarters in Tikrit, north of Baghdad.
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