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Two Brits and Irish man released from Kurdish jail

Two British men and one Irish man have been freed from jail in Iraq after being detained as they travelled home from fighting against the so-called Islamic State, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said.

Former soldier Joe Akerman, Jac Holmes, and former Royal Irish Regiment soldier Joshua Molloy were incarcerated in a Kurdish-controlled area of northern Iraq after crossing a border with Syria.

It is understood the men, who are believed to have been fighting alongside the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), were freed last night.

Mr Molloy's father Declan said the family was "jumping for joy".

"You know that Christmas morning feeling, it's a bit like that, when you find your most sought-after present under the tree, the dream present. That's how we feel," he said.


US marine killed by rocket attack in northern Iraq

US soldiers in Iraq in 2011 Credit: Reuters

A US marine fighting the Islamic State in Iraq has been killed in an attack on a base in the north of the country, defence officials have said.

The serviceman died in a rocket attack on a base in Makhmur, the Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.

The identity of the slain marine has not yet been released publicly.

CNN quoted a defence source as saying that a small number of other American troops were also wounded in the attack. The source declined to give any further details.

Today's fatality is one of only two US military deaths in combat in Iraq since 2011.

The last US serviceman to die in the conflict was Army Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, who was killed during a rescue mission last October.

'American' Islamic State fighter captured in Iraq

An Islamic State fighter from the United States has reportedly been taken into custody in northern Iraq, according to CNN.

An Islamic State militant with an American passport has reportedly been captured Credit: Reuters

The fighter, who has an American passport, was captured near Sinjar, after emerging from territory controlled by the militant group in Syria.

He was handed over to Kurdish authorities in the region.


At least 70 dead after Baghdad suicide bomb attack

At least 70 people have died and more than 100 others were wounded after two suicide bombers attacked a crowded market in Baghdad, police and medical sources said on Sunday.

Two police sources said the assailants rode motorbikes through a crowded mobile phone market in the mainly Shi'ite district of Sadr City, adding that police had sealed off the area to prevent further attacks.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts, but so-called Islamic State group has regularly claimed attacks on Shi'ite targets in the capital and said they had attacked Iraqi security forces in the western outskirts overnight.

'Islamic State launch attack on Baghdad suburb'

Suicide bombers and gunmen have attacked Iraqi army and police bases on the outskirts of Baghdad, killing at least 12 security forces, officials said.

Members of the Iraqi counter-terrosism operation during training in 2014. Credit: Reuters

The assault is taking place about 18 miles from the capital in Abu Ghraib, situated halfway between Baghdad and Fallujah, which is controlled by IS.

Suicide bombers in vehicles and on foot attacked government positions and dozens of militants driving pickup trucks fixed with machine guns attacked from both Fallujah and nearby Garma, army and police sources added.

Officials say the situation is ongoing.

'Highly dangerous' radioactive material found

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A "highly dangerous" radioactive material stolen from a warehouse in Iraq last year has been found dumped.

Fears were sparked that the material could be acquired by so-called Islamic State and used as a weapon after it went missing from a site belonging to US company Weatherford near Basra in November.

But now the Iraqi Environment Ministry have announced it was recovered undamaged after being left dumped in the southern town of Zubair.

The ministry added there were no prevailing safety concerns.

A passer-by found the radioactive device dumped in Zubair and immediately informed security forces which went with a special prevention radiation team and retrieved the device.

"After initial checking I can confirm the device is intact 100% and there is absolutely no concern of radiation.

– Jabbar al-Saidi, Basra provincial council
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