21 May 2018
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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…
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…

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