Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki declared “final war” on Al-Qaeda on Friday after dozens of people including a police chief were killed in bomb attacks blamed on the jihadists in Mosul city. Iraqi forces were moving towards Mosul, 370 kilometres (225 miles) north of Baghdad, for a major assault that would become a “decisive battle,” Maliki told a gathering in the central shrine city of Karbala. Full Story
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