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Iraq still needs US help to defeat Islamic State, foreign minister says
Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein made the remarks ahead of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s visit to Washington on Monday.
Al-Monitor Staff | Iraq | Jul 24, 2021
Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein (L) and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speak to the press at the State Department in Washington on July 23, 2021.
Baghdad explosion kills at least 28 in busy Sadr City market
The attack occurred in a crowded marketplace as residents were shopping for the holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Al-Monitor Staff | Iraq | Jul 19, 2021
Has Turkey changed its anti-Islamic State strategy?
Although Turkish authorities have increased security operations against Islamic State cells in the country, Ankara’s anti-IS strategy remains riddled with gaping holes. 
Fehim Tastekin | Turkey | Jul 15, 2021
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Islamic State uses hit-and-run tactics in Iraq
Islamic State cells continue to target Sunni areas while armed groups thought to be close to Iran step up attacks on facilities hosting international coalition forces.
Shelly Kittleson | Iraq | Jul 11, 2021
Islamic State suspected of sabotaging Iraqi electrical towers
Power transmission towers have recently been targeted in Iraq, which already is suffering from major electricity shortages.
Mustafa Saadoun | Iraq | Jul 3, 2021
Islamic State exploits economic downturn in Iraq, Syria, US envoy says
John Godfrey said the thousands of suspected Islamic State fighters held in northeast Syria constitute a security threat to the region.
Al-Monitor Staff | Syria | Jul 1, 2021
Iraq seeks to rehabilitate Islamic State families
Baghdad’s program to allow families of Islamic State adherents to return from a Syrian camp and to reintegrate them back into Iraqi society stirs controversy.
Adnan Abu Zeed | Iraq | Jul 1, 2021
Explosion at Baghdad's Sadr City injures at least 15
At least 15 people were injured in an explosion at a crowded market in Baghdad's Sadr City.
Al-Monitor Staff | News Brief | Jul 1, 2021
Turkey's mixed record against Islamic State
Structural problems continue to keep Turkey from putting in place a comprehensive strategy to combat Islamic State elements in the country, despite numerous operations against networks linked to the radical Islamist group.
Metin Gurcan | Turkey | Jun 30, 2021
Iraq-Syria border strikes on pro-Iran ‘militias’ spark retaliation
Airstrikes on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border near Qaim conducted by the United States were followed by retaliatory strikes by Iran-linked groups against a Kurdish-led SDF base housing coalition forces in eastern Syria.
Shelly Kittleson | Iraq | Jun 29, 2021
Turkey arrests 26 in raids against Islamic State
There are concerns about the Islamic State's ability to still operate within and close to Turkish territory.
Al-Monitor Staff | News Brief | Jun 28, 2021
Intel: Blinken urges allies to repatriate IS fighters from Syria 
The Syrian Democratic Forces are holding an estimated 10,000 suspected Islamic State fighters, a situation Secretary of State Antony Blinken said is "untenable."
Elizabeth Hagedorn | Syria | Jun 28, 2021
Turkey attacks Kurdish militants in northern Syria
The fighters attempted to infiltrate territory held by Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies, according to Turkish state media.
Al-Monitor Staff | News Brief | Jun 25, 2021
Russia gains foothold in Syria’s Palmyra through archaeological restoration
Russia has begun a project to rehabilitate Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra in its latest efforts to gain a foothold in the country’s vital sectors.
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