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US Defense Secretary to visit Turkey, Jordan, Ukraine

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Comments Off

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday will begin a five-day trip to Jordan, Turkey and the Ukraine, Pentagon officials announced Friday. The trip is intended “to reaffirm the enduring US commitment to strategic partnerships,” the officials said. Mattis will begin his engagements Monday in Jordan by meeting with King Abdullah II and Chairman of […]

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Iraq: Popular Mobilization to field 20.000 fighters for Tal Afar battle

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Comments Off

Iraq: The pro-government Popular Mobilization Forces will field 20.000 fighters for the anticipated offensive to retake the town of Tal Afar, Islamic State’s last bastion i Nineveh province, a spokesperson said. PMF spokesman Ahmed al-Assadi said Friday that 20.000 fighters will take part in the imminent battle, saying that the recapture of the enclave “will […]

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Iraq cities can take up to 25 years of work to clear explosives

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Comments Off

The wires protruding from the small, misshapen stuffed animal revealed the deadly booby-trap tucked inside. For the people of Mosul, the sophisticated bomb was a reminder of how difficult it will be to return to homes littered with hidden explosives by Daesh militants and dotted with the remnants of undetonated bombs dropped by the US-led […]

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US-led coalition raids kill 17 Daesh terrorists in Tal Afar

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Comments Off

U.S.-led coalition warplanes and Iraqi forces pounded Daesh positions in the northwestern city of Tal Afar on Tuesday, killing at least 17 terrorists, according to an Iraqi military officer. Lieutenant Colonel Shams al-Din al-Anbari said the attacks targeted Daesh arms depots and training sites in the city.

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Saudi, Iraq to re-open border crossing

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Comments Off

Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to open the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time since 1990, when it was closed after the countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, Saudi local media reported on Tuesday. Saudi and Iraqi officials toured the site on Monday and spoke with Iraqi religious pilgrims, […]

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40k Iraqi troops prepare to retake Tal Afar

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Comments Off

Some 40,000 Iraqi troops are preparing for military operations to retake the Iraqi town of Tal Afar from Daesh. Iraqi authorities have announced that the town, located 80 kilometres west of Mosul, will be the next target in the war against Daesh following the recapture of Mosul. Tal Afar, which had a population of 200,000, […]

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Lebanon army to dislodge Daesh from area near Syrian border

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Comments Off

Lebanon’s US-backed military is gearing up for a long-awaited assault to dislodge hundreds of Daesh militants from a remote corner near Syrian border, seeking to end a years-long threat posed to neighbouring towns and villages by the extremists. The campaign will involve cooperation with the militant group Hezbollah and the Syrian army on the other […]

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Turkey restricts cross-border movement with Syria

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Comments Off

Turkey is limiting cross-border movement at Bab Al-Hawa (Cilvegözü) crossing with Syria after the area was taken by a terrorist group, Customs Minister Bülent Tüfenkci said Wednesday. Tüfenkci told reporters that the restrictions were imposed after Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants took control of the area.

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Iraq army to secure post-Daesh Mosul until police ready

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Comments Off

The Iraqi army will remain responsible for security in the northern city of Mosul until local police forces restore their pre-Daesh capabilities, a military spokesman said Monday. “There are no plans to withdraw military units from newly recaptured Mosul; it’s still too early for that,” Brigadier-General Yehia Rasul, a spokesman for the army’s joint operations […]

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Iraq: Security troops destroy Islamic State rest houses in Diyala

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Comments Off

Two Islamic State rest houses were destroyed in Hamreen Mountains area, Diyala government, local police source announced on Thursday. “A joint force of Diyala police and al-Hashd al-Ashaeri (Tribal Mobilization Forces) carried out an operation in Al Safra village in Hamreen Mountains,” the Diyala Police Command said in a statement.

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Iraq, French leaders discuss fight against terrorism

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the bilateral ties and the combat against terrorism on Monday. During a phone conversation, initiated by Macron, the French leader reiterated support for the Iraqi government in its efforts to restore security and stability and rebuild the state

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Senior IS leader killed by airstrike in Kirkuk

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Comments Off

A senior Islamic State (IS) leader and five other elements were killed as an air raid targeted a rest house, south of Kirkuk governorate, Alsumaria News reported on Tuesday. A local source told Alsumaria News that an air raid targeted a rest house belonging to the IS on the outskirts of al-Riyad town, killing Abu […]

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UN warns of more evacuations amid fighting in Iraq

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Comments Off

The UN’s humanitarian aid coordinator for Iraq on Tuesday warned of major evacuations due to three possible additional military operations against Daesh-held areas of the country. The deputy special representative of the United Nations’ Assistance Mission for Iraq, Lise Grande, told reporters in Geneva that, after Mosul, the UN expected more operations in Tal Afar, […]

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U.S. makes base near Tal Afar to back anticipated invasion

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Comments Off

A U.S. military base has been established near Iraq’s northwestern Tal Afar city, according to an Iraqi military source. “The establishment of the base came upon talks held between U.S. and Iraqi forces Friday in Mosul’s Zammar district,” Lt. Col. Mahdi al-Khafaji said.

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13 IS killed by Iraqi airstrikes in western Anbar

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off

Thirteen Islamic State militants were killed in an airstrike in western Anbar on Wednesday. “Army jets shelled IS members gathering in Rawa and Qaim towns, western Anbar, killing 13 members, most of whom are foreigners,” the source said. “IS transferred its main headquarters on main roads in the two towns to residential areas in the […]

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UK supports Iraq in progress to liberate its land from IS

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off

Britain’s Chief of the Armed Forces, Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach affirmed Thursday on his country’s support for Iraq to liberate the remaining cities from the grip of terrorist groups. Peach met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and conveyed to him congratulations of Britain on the liberation of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State […]

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US warns on danger of Idlib takeover

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off

The United States warned a takeover of rebel-held northwestern Idlib province by Syrian militants linked to a former Al Qaeda affiliate would have grave consequences and make it difficult to dissuade Russia from renewing bombing that recently stopped. In an online letter posted late on Wednesday, the top State Department official in charge of Syria […]

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Lebanese army destroys IS sites near eastern Syrian borders

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off

The Lebanese army targets with artillery the positions of the so-called Islamic State (IS) terrorists group in the outskirts of Ras Baalbek and Qaa. The source added the army shelling resulted in destroying IS centers used for storing and digging, including injuries to many IS fighters.

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Iraqi general sees easy victory over exhausted Daesh in Tal Afar

Monday, July 31, 2017 Comments Off

A senior Iraqi general predicted a relatively easy victory for his forces in the upcoming battle for the Daesh terror group haven of Tal Afar as up 2,000 fighters and their families there are “worn out and demoralised”. Less than one month after declaring victory in the city of Mosul, Iraqi forces are poised to […]

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Washington says committed to rebuilding Iraq’s Fallujah

Monday, July 31, 2017 Comments Off

The US has pledged to provide further assistance for the reconstruction of the city of Fallujah and other areas of Al-Anbar province, roughly 70 kilometers west of Baghdad. In a press conference with Al-Anbar governor Suhaib Al-Rawi on Monday, the US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman that Washington is committed to helping in the reconstruction […]

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UN, NATO condem attack on Iraqi Embassy in Kabul

Monday, July 31, 2017 Comments Off

Office of The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has strongly condemned the suicide attack by the Daesh militant group on the embassy of Iraq in Kabul that left two Afghan civilians dead. “The attack, which occurred in a residential area of central Kabul, lasted around five hours and involved several armed men who killed […]

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US drone strike kills 12 IS terrorists east of Tal Afar

Monday, July 31, 2017 Comments Off

A drone guided by the U.S.-led coalition killed 12 Islamic State militants near the group’s last stronghold west of Nineveh, an air force officer said in a statement. Maj. Abbas al-Khozami said in a press state,ent that the drone fired two rockets at an Islamic State residence in Alawliya, east of Tal Afar, the town […]

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Iraq PM pledges to liberate last ISIL haven in Nineveh

Thursday, July 27, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi prime minister Haider Al Abadi is ready to liberate ISIL’s last haven in Nineveh amid rising concerns that Shiite militias who were accused of torture and killings in Sunni-majority cities, might enter the city along with the Iraqi army. Speaking during a weekly conference in Baghdad, Mr Al Abadi said a plan had been […]

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US assists Iraq with $685m to enhance its navy

Thursday, July 27, 2017 Comments Off

The Untied States is to donate USD 685 million to assist Iraq in enhancing its naval forces, US Consul General in Basra Win Dayton announced Wednesday. The donation will be in the form of equipment, maintenance services for the country’s infrastructure, and joint military exercise with other countries on protecting Iraqi regional borders,

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US coalition carries on strikes against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Thursday, July 27, 2017 Comments Off

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria conducting 27 strikes, consisting of 32 engagements, inflicting major damage to radical Islamic forces and tactical units. These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS […]

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Trump, Lebanon PM discuss region issues

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Comments Off

Donald Trump labelled the juggernaut Lebanese militant group Hizbollah as “a menace to the entire region” as he stood next to Lebanon’s Prime Minister during their first official meeting. The U.S. President made the damning comments during a joint press conference with Saad Hariri following an 85-minute meeting between the two leaders at the White […]

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Iraq: Paramilitary troops kill 2 IS members

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Comments Off

Pro-government paramilitary forces killed two Islamic State members and seized their ammunition truck west of Anbar on Tuesday, a security source was quoted saying. Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that a force from “Al-Jazeera Shield”, a regiment affiliated with the “Tribal Mobilization”, ambushed three IS militants at the Kilo 160 region, west of Ramadi. […]

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US confirms CIA is ending support for Syria rebels

Friday, July 21, 2017 Comments Off

The head of the U.S. military’s special operations confirmed Friday that the Central Intelligence Agency is shutting down its program to support rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad. Gen. Tony Thomas denied that the 4-year-old operation was brought to an end as a way to placate Russia and earn its support for a cease-fire […]

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Syria: Recent air raids kill 11 terrorists

Friday, July 21, 2017 Comments Off

Up to 11 Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters were killed during recent air attacks in eastern Nangarhar province. The ISIS fighters targeted in their hideouts this morning in Acheen, Roudat and Koot districts of the province.

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US to deploy 2,100 troops to Iraq

Friday, July 21, 2017 Comments Off

The U.S. Army announced Thursday that 2,100 soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) will deploy to Iraq this fall. The soldiers from 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, based in at Fort Polk in Louisiana will replace the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, in a regular rotation of forces in support of […]

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Iraqi FM to visit India

Friday, July 21, 2017 Comments Off

India is likely to seek from Baghdad the latest information on the fate of 39 Indians missing in Iraq for the last three years when Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari pays his first official visit to India from 24 July. These Indians, mostly from Punjab, were abducted by ISIS militants in June 2014 when they […]

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Iraq paramilitary troops kill three senior IS leaders

Friday, July 21, 2017 Comments Off

Three senior Islamic State leaders were killed in Tal Afar town, west of Mosul, the Shia-led paramilitary troops said on Friday. A statement by Saraya al-Jihad militia, affiliated to al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said troops “identified the bodies of IS members, who were killed on Thursday while infiltrating behind the troops in Tal al-Zalat […]

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Egypt launches largest military base in Middle East

Friday, July 21, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated on Saturday the largest military base of the Middle East in the coastal city of Alexandria. The president raised the Armed Forces flag on the new base in el Hammam city, west of Alexandria. The military base was named after late president Mohamed Naguib, who orchestrated 1952 revolution which […]

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US welcomes UAE anti-terror steps

Thursday, July 20, 2017 Comments Off

The US State Department on Wednesday released the Country Reports on Terrorism 2016, where it highlighted the UAE’s increased counterterrorism efforts. “The nation increased its counter-terrorism prosecutions in the last year, with the Federal Supreme Court’s State Security Court hearing more than three dozen separate terrorism-related cases,” it said.

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Iraqi forces recapture village in Mosul

Thursday, July 20, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi forces on Thursday regained control over Imam Gharbi, a village south of Mosul, from Daesh militants who had seized it as their defence of their stronghold in the city crumbled, Iraqi police said. The action formed part of the next phase of the US-backed government’s campaign to drive Daesh from Iraq and dismantle their […]

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