24 February 2018
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BAGHDAD / NINA / Vice-President, Ayad Allawi discussed with Ambassador of the European Union in Iraq Jana Haabiskova Iraqi relations with EU countries. A statement by his press office today cited that "Allawi explained that reason for participating in the current government is the work to collect all the parties on the principle of national reconciliation where security or stability cannot be achieved, but with the existence of a genuine reconciliation between all the Iraqi people." For its part, Haabiskova confirmed EU's…
ALJAZEERA - Ground offensives by the Iraqi army and Kurdish forces, backed by a barrage of US air raids, have forced ISIL fighters from several key towns in the north and south of Iraq, officials say. Kurdish Peshmerga forces said on Saturday they had recaptured several towns and villages held by ISIL, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in northern Iraq, while Iraqi government forces claimed to have retaken the town of Jurf al-Sakhr, 50km to the south of Baghdad.…

UK brings guns and training to peshmerga Sunday, 26 October 2014 21:26

Deutsche Welle - As the US airdrops supplies and weapons to Kurds fighting "Islamic State" (IS) militants, the UK has sent a group of soldiers to Iraqi Kurdistan to arm and train the peshmerga with heavy-duty machine guns. At the bottom of an arid valley in Iraqi Kurdistan, bullets crack as they fly toward their targets, sending clouds of dust flying. Overseen by UK soldiers from the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, Kurdish peshmerga fighters are carrying out drills on new…
Baghdad (AIN) –The Vice-President, Ayad Allawi, received the head of the Judicial Authority in Iraq, Midhat al-Mahmoud. A statement by Allawi's office received by AIN cited "The two sides discussed the performance of the Judicial Authority and the importance of brining justice to the oppressed persons." "Allawi assured the importance of the independent of the judiciary to achieve the rights of the Iraqi citizens," the statement concluded. Read more: http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index.php/political-news/59743-allawi-assures-importance-of-judiciary-independence.html

More than 1,700 bombs dropped in war on ISIL Saturday, 25 October 2014 21:28

US and allied aircraft have flown nearly 6,600 sorties in the air war against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and dropped more than 1,700 bombs, the American military said. The flights for "Operation Inherent Resolve" include thousands of mid-air fuelling runs, surveillance sorties and 632 air strikes in Iraq and Syria, according to US Central Command on Thursday. The latest tally was released one month since the US-led coalition extended its air campaign from Iraq…

US official: 'Islamic State' a petrostate Saturday, 25 October 2014 21:24

Deutsche Welle - David Cohen, US treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said the "Islamic State" (IS) pulls in 790,000 euros daily, selling up to 50,000 barrels produced in captured refineries. Speaking to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC, Thursday, Cohen said the group took in at least $20 million in ransom payments this year from kidnappings. He said IS gets several million dollars a month from wealthy donors, extortion rackets and other criminal activities, such…

Iraqi army starts to ‘act like one’: U.S. Saturday, 25 October 2014 21:20

Al Arabiya News - Iraq’s fractured army began to reform and stage local attacks on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants, but was still shy of hurling a major offensive, senior U.S. military officials said on Thursday. The officials, who were not authorized to be quoted by name, added that it would take the army many months to stage and launch a major attack against the militant group. “We've seen them start to act like an army,” one official…
BAKU, Azerbaijan/The New York Times — Germany is sending a mission to northern Iraq to examine whether its military, and possibly those of other European nations, can expand the training of Kurdish forces battling jihadists there, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Thursday. Asked about reports in the German news media that training by Germany’s armed forces in Erbil, in northern Iraq, would soon expand, Mr. Steinmeier noted that his country’s cabinet had approved both humanitarian aid and the delivery of military weapons,…
Al-Monitor - The Islamic State (IS) project goes beyond making a political change for the region’s map. The organization seeks a comprehensive and fundamental change at all levels, whether culturally, socially, economically or politically. It is a major ideological revolution akin to the communist revolutions in Russia and China. Commonly, such ideological revolutions introduce radical cultural changes in the educational system, as soon as the groups that have launched them take up the reins of political power. Cultural goals are the main priorities of these…
RIGA, Middle East Online - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that 200 Iraqi Kurd peshmerga fighters would travel through Turkey to the flashpoint Syrian border town of Kobane under assault by the Islamic State group. The regional administration in northern Iraq and Syrian Kurdish group, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) "finally agreed according to information yesterday that 200 peshmerga would be going" to Kobane, Erdogan told reporters in the Latvian capital Riga. There are an estimated 2,000 Kurdish…
Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Political and media figures welcomed the return of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper to Iraq’s newsstands on Tuesday after a 10 month absence. A Baghdad newsstand owner, Abu Zaina, said he was happy to see the return of the pan-Arab daily to Iraq; he erected a large sign alerting passers-by that the newspaper is once again being sold in the country. “Every day, many people would ask where their copy of Asharq Al-Awsat was, before the ban the newspaper would sell out within hours,” he…

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