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Iraqi PM announces new military operation against ISIL

Thursday, September 7, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced the launch of a new military operation against militants of the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) terrorist group in the cities of Hawijah and Anbar, the Iraqi media outlets reported Sept. 7.

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Syria army breaks 3 years-long ISIL siege

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Comments Off

Syria’s army broke a years-long Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) siege on the government enclave of Deir Ezzor city on Tuesday as it battles to expel the jihadists from a key stronghold. The jihadist group has already lost more than half of its nearby bastion of Raqqa to U.S.-backed forces, and the […]

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Turkey jets kill 8 PKK in North Iraq

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Comments Off

Turkish Air Force conducted an operation in northern Iraq, killing at least eight PKK militants, the Turkish military said Tuesday. The PKK militants were plotting an attack on Turkish military locations on the Turkish-Iraqi border, according to a statement issued by Turkish General Staff.

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Turkey welcomes Tal Afar’s liberation

Friday, September 1, 2017 Comments Off

Turkey will continue to stand with the people of Tal Afar in the post-Daesh period just as it helped and harbored tens of thousands people that escaped there, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Thursday, welcoming the liberation of the predominantly Turkmen town by Iraqi forces from the terrorist group. “Hereby we […]

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Iraq announces Tal Afar victory

Friday, September 1, 2017 Comments Off

Iraq declared on Thursday that its forces had retaken the northern city of Tal Afar and the surrounding region in another major victory over Daesh group extremists. Daesh, which seized nearly a third of Iraq in 2014 in a stunning defeat for the army, now controls just 10 per cent of the country, according to […]

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Iraq, Jordan reopen Trebil border crossing

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Comments Off

The Kingdom of Jordan and Iraq have reopened the Turaibil border crossing, as part of their efforts to forge closer bilateral ties. A joint statement by the Jordanian and Iraqi government said that the border crossing was reopened after the international highway was secured, adding that the measure will further boost

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Iraq PM congratulates military for ‘overwhelming victory’ in Tal Afar

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi prime minister Haider Al Abadi has congratulated the military for an “overwhelming victory” against ISIL in Tal Afar, as an officer likened continuing fighting in a nearby town to opening “the gates of hell”. Mr Al Abadi is expected to announce the full liberation of Tal Afar from ISIL within days. The military says […]

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Lebanon claims ‘victory’ over terror near Syria border

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Comments Off

Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Wednesday announced his country’s “victory over terrorism” following a 10-day army campaign against Daesh terrorists holed up near the Syrian border. Earlier Wednesday, Lebanese Army Commander General Joseph Aoun (no relation) officially announced the successful completion of the Lebanese army’s Operation Fajr al-Juroud.

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Turkey, Romania, Poland discuss counterterrorism at tripartite summit

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Comments Off

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu participated on Friday in a Turkey, Romania and Poland trilateral meeting of foreign ministers in Poland along with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, where strengthening NATO’s role in the fight against terrorism was reportedly discussed. Çavuşoğlu visited Warsaw, Poland yesterday for talks and attended the foreign ministers’ meeting. Polish Foreign […]

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Mattis in Turkey for talks on Syria, Kurds

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Comments Off

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis held talks with Turkish leaders in Ankara on Wednesday focusing on Washington’s arming of a Syrian Kurdish militia viewed as a terror group by Turkey, a move which has strained ties between the NATO allies. Mattis flew in for the one-day visit after stopping in Iraq to review progress in the […]

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Iraq forces advance towards Daesh

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi forces on Wednesday recaptured several districts and advanced towards the centre of Tal Afar, one of the Daesh group’s last strongholds in the country, as aid workers braced for an exodus of civilians fleeing the fighting. Armoured personnel carriers full of soldiers and fighters of the Hashed Al-Shaabi paramilitary coalition moved into Al-Nur district […]

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Iraq urges Turkey to withdraw forces from Mosul

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Comments Off

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has urged Turkey to swiftly withdraw its military forces from his country’s northern territories. Al-Abadi made his remarks Wednesday while meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Baghdad.

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Lebanese army continues anti-IS operation

Monday, August 21, 2017 Comments Off

The Lebanese army continued for a third consecutive day to target ISIS group positions on the country’s eastern border with Syria after capturing a third of the territory held by militants in the area. The army had begun its operation in the Arsal, Baalbek and Jurud al Qaa region early on Saturday.

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US Defence Secretary visits Jordan

Monday, August 21, 2017 Comments Off

US Defence Secretary James Mattis arrived Monday in the Jordanian capital Amman, state-run news agency Petra reported, part of a tour that also includes stops in Turkey and Ukraine. Mattis met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, where they discussed Syrian safe zones, the refugee crisis the war has produced, and the fight against the Islamic […]

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US forces shell Daesh positions in Iraq’s Tal Afar

Monday, August 21, 2017 Comments Off

U.S. forces are taking part in an ongoing military operation to dislodge the Daesh terrorist group from Iraq’s northwestern Tal Afar district, according to an Iraqi military source. “U.S. forces stationed at the Kahrez base are pounding Daesh positions inside the city,” Army Captain Ihab al-Yasseri said on Monday.

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Iraqi troops retake 5 villages in Tal Afar

Monday, August 21, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi troops have retaken five villages in Tal Afar town, located northwest of Iraq, from Islamic State, Tal Afar Operations Command announced on Monday. In a statement by the Joint Operations Command and the War Media Cell, Lt.Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah said the army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service managed to free Tal Rihal, Jabbara, Hussein Idris, […]

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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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