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Iraq Cuts Kurdistan Air Links with Outside World

The Iraqi government cut autonomous Kurdistan’s direct air links with the outside world indefinitely on Friday, partially isolating the northern region after it voted a massive “yes” in an independence referendum.

A man holds a flag of YPG, a Syria-based Kurdish militant group, during a protest against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in front of Brookings Institution in Washington, Thursday, March 31, 2016, where President Erdogan was speaking. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

Iraq Warns Kurds as They Claim Victory in Independence Vote

Iraq’s prime minister on Tuesday ordered the Kurdish region to hand over control of its airports to federal authorities or face a flight ban, as the Kurds claimed victory for the “yes” vote in an independence referendum rejected by Baghdad and Iraq’s neighbors.

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Iraq Ready to Use Force if Kurdish Referendum Turns Violent

Iraq is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region’s planned independence referendum results in violence, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Saturday.

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Crucifixions and Vice Patrols Show Islamic State Maintains Mosul Grip

Islamic State militants fighting to hold on to their Mosul stronghold have displayed the crucified bodies of five people they said gave information to “the enemy”, and are back on the city streets policing the length of men’s beards, residents say.

MOSUL, IRAQ - OCTOBER 20: Kurdish peshmerga fighters listen to a briefing from a commander as they prepare to recapture the village of Tiskharab from ISIS on October 20, 2016 near Mosul, Iraq. Kurdish and Iraqi forces, supported by numerous countries including Britain and the USA, have continued their advance …

Iraqi Special Forces Join Battle for Mosul; U.S. Soldier Dies

In a significant escalation of the battle for Mosul, elite Iraqi special forces joined the fight Thursday, unleashing a pre-dawn assault on an Islamic State-held town east of the besieged city, and the US military announced the first American combat death since the operation began.