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Middle East Online - An Iraqi court sentenced former Sunni MP Ahmed al-Alwani to death on Sunday for murder, a verdict that could damage Baghdad's ties with a powerful tribe that is battling jihadists. "The central criminal court sentenced Ahmed al-Alwani to death... for his killing of two soldiers," judicial spokesman Abdelsattar Bayraqdar said, without saying when the murders took place. He has a month to appeal the decision, Bayraqdar said. Alwani is a member of the Albu Alwan tribe, members…

Iraqi troops retake 2 towns in eastern province Wednesday, 26 November 2014 19:43

Associated Press, Baghdad - Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militiamen and Kurdish security forces have recaptured two eastern towns from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants after fierce clashes, Iraqi officials said Monday. Police officials in the Diyala province said that Iraqi forces entered the towns of Saadiya and Jalula late Sunday after fierce clashes with fighters from the Sunni extremist group, which controls much of northwestern Iraq and northeastern Syria. The fighting is still continuing with some pockets…

Iraq air strikes blamed for civilian deaths Monday, 24 November 2014 00:19

Al Jazeera - A total of eight civilians, including at least two women and four children, have been killed in an air strike that hit residential homes in Anbar province during an offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), medical sources say. Five others were injured in Saturday's raids, which hit a house in the city of Heet, the sources told Al Jazeera. Anbar is a predominantly Sunni Muslim province that has been largely controlled by…
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress. The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of the larger, $1.6 billion spending request to Congress focusing on training and arming Iraqi and Kurdish forces. But the document underscored the importance the Pentagon places on…
Al Arabiya - Islamist militants have shot dead 25 people from the Albunimr tribe in the Sunni-stronghold province of Anbar in Iraq, sources told Al Arabiya News Channel on Saturday. Other security and tribal sources said militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) radical group funneled more military backup from the eastern bank of the Euphrates to the al-Sajariya area - where the Albunimr tribesmen were killed - in east Anbar. ISIS’s military maneuvers have forced the tribal…
(Reuters) - Iraq will need about 80,000 effective military troops to retake the terrain it lost to Islamic State militants and restore its border with Syria, the top U.S. general said on Thursday. "We're going to need about 80,000 competent Iraqi security forces to recapture territory lost, and eventually the city of Mosul, to restore the border," Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff, told a congressional hearing.Dempsey said the request for more U.S. forces in…
STORY HIGHLIGHTS ISIS' communication, resupply lines in Iraq disrupted by airstrikes and Iraqi military action ISIS controls vast areas in Iraq and Syria but has lost "element of surprise," analyst says Despite gains against ISIS, group remains flexible fighting force capable of guerrilla tactics (CNN) -- Is the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria finally beginning to feel the pressure?  The first signs are emerging that a combination of coalition airstrikes and more assertive Iraqi and Kurdish forces are forcing…
(Reuters) - Among the thousands of militia fighters who flocked to northern Iraq to battle militant group Islamic State over the summer was Qais al-Khazali. Like the fighters, Khazali wore green camouflage. But he also sported a shoulder-strapped pistol and sunglasses and was flanked by armed bodyguards. When he was not on the battlefield, the 40-year-old Iraqi donned the robes and white turban of a cleric.Khazali is the head of a militia called Asaib Ahl al-Haq that is backed by Iran.…
Iraq must put an immediate halt to its flagrant violations of human rights, and especially the torture of prisoners to obtain confessions, Amnesty International has demanded. And Iraq should not use the presence of the Islamic State terror group within its borders to delay making genuine reforms and putting an end to rampant abuses.Amnesty International said in a statement: “Prior to the review in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group, Amnesty International urges Iraq to engage constructively in the review…

Iraqi refugees forced to live under ISIL Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:36

Zakho, Iraq, Al Jazeera - The unfinished brick apartment buildings rise above a muddy square teeming with children and crowded with makeshift stalls selling chocolate bars and second-hand jackets. Inside, between the concrete pillars, families have strung clothing lines and draped them with sheets to create the illusion of rooms.  Each one holds an individual tragedy. Murad Qassim and his family fled the village of Wardia near Sinjar on August 12 when ISIL surrounded the community. He left behind his father, who was…
United Nations News - The Security Council this evening strongly condemned the kidnapping and murder by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists of “scores” of Sunni tribesmen whose bodies were found in mass graves in Anbar province, and once again urged the world to unite in a “common effort” to defeat the group and “stamp out” the violence and hatred it espouses. In a statement to the press issued in New York, the Council deplored the incident…

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