An estimated 50,000 civilians still in the Iraqi city of Falluja struggle to stay alive. They're caught between the frontlines as fighters of the so-called Islamic State try to hold off an offensive by Iraqi government forces and Shiite militias.
A court in Baghdad has issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan for allegedly calling Iraqi troops "occupying forces" in Kirkuk. Tensions have soared since last month's independence referendum.
The Iraqi government has bloodlessly seized more territory from the Kurds after retaking Kirkuk. Baghdad's rapid advances have triggered bitter Kurdish infighting.
Kurdish authorities have upped their troop presence in the oil-rich region around Kirkuk. Iraqi PM al-Abadi has said he has no plans to attack the territory, but Baghdad wants to nip any independence drive in the bud.
Iraq has launched a major operation to retake Hawija, one of the last "Islamic State" strongholds in the country. Plans to oust the militants have been complicated by a referendum on Kurdish independence due next week.
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