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  • UK's Cameron returns to London to discuss Islamic State video

    LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron will interrupt his holiday and return to London on Wednesday after Islamic State released a video that appeared to show the beheading of a man identified as a U.S. journalist, featuring comments by a man with a British accent.
  • Iraqis, U.S. recapture Mosul Dam from Islamic State, Obama says

    IRBIL, Iraq Iraqi and Kurdish troops, backed by heavy U.S. air support, recaptured Iraq's largest dam Monday, the most significant victory over the Islamic State since the militants overran almost half of Iraq in mid-June. It remained to be seen...

    Iraq's Maliki finally steps aside, paving way for new government

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Nuri al-Maliki finally bowed to pressure within Iraq and beyond on Thursday and stepped down as prime minister, paving the way for a new coalition that world and regional powers hope can quash a Sunni Islamist insurgency that threatens...

    Obama: 'We broke the ISIL siege'

    Obama: 'We broke the ISIL siege'
    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday the Islamist militant siege of Iraq's Mount Sinjar had been broken and most U.S. military personnel sent to assess the situation would be pulled out of Iraq in coming days. He told reporters he did not...

    White House commends Maliki for stepping aside as Iraqi prime minister

    EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday praised Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for dropping his bid for a third term and throwing his support behind a designated replacement, Haider al-Abadi. "Today, Iraqis took another major step...