24 February 2018
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The members of the Security Council condemned the kidnappings and murders of scores of Sunni tribesmen in Anbar province, perpetrated by the terrorist organization operating under the name “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL), whose bodies were discovered in mass graves.  Many of these tribesmen had been combating terrorism, together with the Government of Iraq. This crime, like the Camp Speicher massacre in Tikrit, once again demonstrated ISIL’s brutality, clearly showing that terrorist groups in Iraq target all…
Iraqi government says it is close to breaking group's siege of country's biggest oil refinery Baghdad, Reuters—Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants executed at least 220 Iraqis in retaliation against a tribe’s opposition to their takeover of territory west of Baghdad, security sources and witnesses said.Two mass graves were discovered on Thursday containing some of the 300 members of the Sunni Muslim Albu Nimr tribe that ISIS had seized this week. The captives, men aged between 18 and…

Iraqi Christian refugees trapped in limbo Sunday, 02 November 2014 17:22

Amman, Jordan, Al Jazeera - Amnar knew to run when the church bells sounded in the middle of the night. Shelling rang throughout the city as fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters raged on. The Peshmerga assured residents the situation was under control, there was no need to leave.   "Around 11pm, the Peshmerga fell back and didn't tell us anything," Amnar, a Christian from Iraq's northern city of Qaraqosh, told Al Jazeera. "We…

Syrian Kurds face uncertain future in Iraq Saturday, 01 November 2014 12:17

Al Jazeera - Syrian Kurds are continuing to stream into Kurdish areas of northern Iraq, as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continues its offensive across much of Syria. Hundreds of Syrian Kurds fled the besieged Syrian town of Kobane finding refuge near Erbil, in an act that appears to be bringing the two embattled Kurdish communities closer. But with fighting showing no sign of abating, many face an uncertain future in the 'tent cities'. Al Jazeera's Charles…
Baghdad (AIN) - The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Monday highlighted the demanding humanitarian situation in Iraq as winter approaches.Having returned from a joint mission of OCHA and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) into Iraq last week, Rashid Khalikov, director of OCHA's Geneva Office, told journalists that Iraq was facing "an immense humanitarian emergency."He said 5.2 million Iraqis across the country were in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, and 1.8 million people had…
* Fate of vast Anbar province at stake * Tribes want guns but handing them out is difficult * Washington hopes new leader can rebuild alliance of 2006-07 "surge" * Dismantling Shi'ite militias a make-or-break issue By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, (Reuters) - When Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi took office, he was regarded as a moderate Shi'ite leader who could win over powerful Sunni tribal chiefs to the fight against Islamic State. Three months later, Sunnis who once helped U.S.…
BBC News - Islamic State (IS) militants have shot dead 30 Sunni Arab tribesmen in a town west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, local officials say. The killings reportedly took place in Hit, in Anbar province, which fell to the jihadist group earlier this month. Residents said the men were paraded through the streets before being shot. They belonged to the Al Bu Nimr tribe, which has allied with Iraqi government forces attempting to seize back territory claimed by IS…
Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has agreed to allow the creation of a 30,000-strong force of volunteers from Iraq’s Sunni-dominated Anbar province to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), following a meeting with expatriate tribal leaders from the province in the Jordanian capital Amman on Monday. Abadi was in Amman for an official state visit to meet King Abdullah II of Jordan, but also met with Anbar tribal leaders currently residing in the city after being…

Iraq fighting inflames Kirkuk ethnic tensions Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:47

ALJAZEERA - The Iraqi city of Kirkuk faces almost daily attacks as government forces take on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. It is adding to the deepening distrust between Arab, Turkmen and Kurdish populations in the area. Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports from Kirkuk.  Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2014/10/iraq-fighting-inflames-kirkuk-ethnic-tensions-2014102824412268502.html
(Reuters) - The Pentagon said in updated figures on Monday the average daily cost of the fight against Islamic State militants has risen to $8.3 million, or a total of $580 million between Aug. 8 and Oct. 16. The new average reflects an increase in the intensity of U.S. operations against the group in Syria and Iraq. The Pentagon said a week ago the average daily cost was $7.6 million, or a total of $424 million since Aug. 8. Read…
BAGHDAD, The Washington Post — Iraqi security forces said they cleared booby traps and explosives from a flash-point town south of Baghdad on Saturday after retaking it from Islamic State militants amid a push to shore up security ahead of a major religious commemoration. The Iraqi government said it had completely secured Jurf al-Sakhar, a town 40 miles southwest of the capital, after a two-day operation. In a statement Friday night, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi praised Iraq’s “hero forces” for delivering…

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