Elite Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militias and the US-led coalition are advancing towards Fallajuh. The united front aims to drive out a thousand IS fighters who hold the city. Around 50,000 civilians are trapped in the city.
The Iraqi military has launched a "search and clear" operation targeting "Islamic State" pockets near the Iranian border. Iraqi forces have also attacked the "White Banners," an emerging militant group in the area.
Government troops have turned to the terrorists' last bastion on the Syrian border, having already recaptured 90 percent of Iraqi land from IS. At the same time, Baghdad was rekindling conflict with the country's Kurds.
Iraq's counter-terrorism forces have taken control of key government buildings in oil-rich Kirkuk. Thousands of Kurds have fled the city, fearing reprisal killings from Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Shiite militias.
Three people have been killed and 80 injured as protests over austerity and unpaid salaries intensify. The Kurdistan Regional Government is under increasing pressure amid heightened tensions with Baghdad.
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