Norway to send 120 soldiers to Iraq to help train army

The Norwegian government said Thursday it would send about 120 troops to Iraq to help train its armed forces in the fight against the Islamic State jihadists.

Baghdad car bombs kill 13: Police

Three car bombs blasts killed at least 13 people and wounded 41 in Shiite-dominated neighbourhoods of the Iraqi capital Baghdad Tuesday, police and hospital sources said.

Iraqi Army launches offensive on Islamic State in three cities

 BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces launched an intense military operation against Islamic State insurgents in three cities in central Iraq on Wednesday, fighting to regain control of lost ground, security sources said.

Iraq forces hit militants as UN readies major aid effort

Iraqi forces battled Sunni militants along a string of fronts on Tuesday, including in Saddam Hussein`s hometown Tikrit, as the United Nations readied a massive aid operation for displaced Iraqis.

Iraq Army kills 17 in anti-jihadist raid: Doctor, tribal head

An Iraqi government raid on jihadist targets in a flashpoint town southwest of Baghdad killed 17 people on Monday, including at least three civilians, medical and tribal sources said.

Iraq Army kills 17 in anti-jihadist raid: Doctor, tribal head

An Iraqi government raid on jihadist targets in a flashpoint town southwest of Baghdad killed 17 people on Monday, including at least three civilians, medical and tribal sources said.

Iraq Army general killed by shelling: Spokesman

Shelling west of Baghdad killed the commander of the Iraqi army`s 6th division on Monday, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki`s security spokesman said.

Iraq`s Maliki tells army that Sunni insurgents will be defeated

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told Army officers in the city of Samarra that volunteers were arriving to help defeat Islamist militants who have swept through Sunni Muslim territory towards Baghdad.

Iraq forces preparing for counter-offensive: Officer

Iraqi security forces readied a counter-offensive against militants north of Baghdad on Saturday, an Army colonel said, after the prime minister announced the cabinet granted him "unlimited powers."

Iraqi leaders to blame for army`s collapse: United States

Iraqi leaders failed to strengthen and support the nation`s military after US troops withdrew despite billions of American dollars poured into equipping the army, officials said Friday.

Iraq Kurds seize Kirkuk; Sunni militants surge towards Baghdad

In yet another indication of worsening situation in Iraq, Kurds seized control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk on Thursday, while surging Sunni Islamist rebels advanced towards Baghdad, as the central government`s army abandoned its posts in a rapid collapse that has lost it control of the north.

Car bombs, clashes kill 18 civilians in Iraq

Two car bombs targeted commuters in Baghdad and clashes between security forces and militants killed at least 18 civilians, officials said today, amid an ongoing standoff between Iraqi forces and al-Qaeda-linked militants west of the Iraqi capital.

Two killed, 11 injured in Iraq attacks

At least two people were killed and 11 wounded in separate bombing and shooting incidents in Iraq Tuesday, police said.

`Mortars hit Iranian dissident camp in Iraq`

Hillary Clinton welcomed the agreement between Iraq and the UN on Camp Ashraf, saying it "represents significant progress on this issue."

Iraq Army delays pullout from cities over security

Violence is supposed to increase when
American troops complete their own withdrawal from the country
at year`s end.