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Nov 20, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish forces, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, launched a new offensive Wednesday targeting the Islamic State group in areas of Iraq that the extremists had captured this past summer. The operation came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said details haven't been finalized for a deal that would have his country train rebels to ...

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Nov 17, 2014 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - The Iraqi army's next target is to isolate militants holding the city of Tikrit, after having broken the Islamic State group's hold on Baiji and its refinery, a senior officer said Monday. "Over the next three days, we will work on reinforcing our capacity because we are planning to clear areas on ...

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Nov 15, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Iraq's army chief Gen. Babakir Zebari, right, meets with U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, left, in Baghdad on Saturday. Dempsey, arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit as U.S. commanders prepare to expand American assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish forces battling ISIS. (Reuters) BAGHDAD – America's top military leader arrived Saturday to Iraq, state television ...

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Nov 14, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via CNS NEWS: In a new audio message, the leader of the Islamic State said that the U.S. is “stumbling in failure” because it is “unable to send ground forces to fight” ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was thought to be wounded or even killed in a recent U.S. airstrike. But, an audio recording ...

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Nov 14, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

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Nov 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

WASHINGTON – Citing the escalating threat of the Islamic State, the U.S. announced it would delay delivery of eight F-16 fighter planes to Iraq, instead re-routing them to Arizona, where Iraqi pilots are participating in a U.S.-run training program, the Defense Department said. The Iraqis purchased the F-16 fighters -- the first of its kind ...

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Nov 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

BAGHDAD – Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State group recaptured most of the town of Beiji, home to the country's largest oil refinery, state television and a provincial governor said Tuesday. The strategic town, 155 miles north of Baghdad, will likely be a base for a future push to take back Saddam Hussein's hometown just ...

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Nov 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

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Nov 10, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via FOX NEWS: A team of about 50 military personnel are visiting a U.S. military airbase in Iraq’s Anbar province after President Obama authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more American troops to bolster Iraqi forces in the region in the fight against the Islamic State. A Defense Department spokesperson confirmed to Fox News that the ...

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Nov 10, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

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Nov 10, 2014 No Comments ›› Helen Wheels

Excerpted from The Hill: The Obama administration will not send an additional 1,500 troops to Iraq until Congress approves its $5.6 billion request to pay for the deployment, the Pentagon said Monday. Defense officials said the White House had made the decision to not send the troops until after a congressional vote. They said the White House ...

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Nov 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx

Excerpted from Fox News: Pentagon officials expressed skepticism Sunday over Iraqi claims that airstrikes wounded the head of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Iraq's Defense and Interior ministries both issued statements Sunday afternoon saying al-Baghdadi had been wounded in western Anbar province, without elaborating, and the news was broadcast on state-run television Sunday night. ...

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Nov 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx

Related - Al Arabiya Tribal Sources: Leader Of ISIS “Critically Wounded” In U.S. Airstrike BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials said Sunday that an airstrike wounded the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Pentagon officials said they had no immediate information on such a strike or al-Baghdadi being wounded. Iraq's Defense and Interior Ministries issued ...

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Nov 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx

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Nov 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Jack Flash

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Excerpted from Fox News: A series of U.S.-led airstrikes launched Friday targeted what was thought to be a gathering of Islamic State leaders in Iraq, a defense official told Fox News. The airstrikes, that took place near the Iraqi town of Mosul near the Syrian border, destroyed a vehicle convoy of ...

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Nov 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior military official says that American military advisory teams will now go to Iraq's western Anbar province where Islamic State militants have been gaining ground and slaying men, women and children. The teams are part of President Barack Obama's new directive to expand the U.S. mission in Iraq by deploying another ...

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Nov 4, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Via CNS News: U.S. Central Command is using its Youtube channel to great effect.

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Nov 3, 2014 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State group militants shot and killed 36 Sunni tribesmen, women and children in public Monday, an Iraqi official and a tribal leader said, pushing the total number of members slain by the extremists in recent days to more than 200. Sheik Naim al-Gaoud, a senior figure in the Al Bu Nimr tribe, ...

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Oct 31, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric called on the government on Friday to rush to the aid of Sunni tribes battling Islamic State, after the militant group executed at least 220 tribesmen west of Baghdad this week. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's comments show how the threat posed by Islamic State, which follows an ultra-hardline ...

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Oct 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces arrive at Iraqi-Turkish border carrying heavy weapons requested by the Kurdish militia. Excerpted from The Guardian: The first Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters have entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani through the border crossing with Turkey, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The British-based monitoring group said 10 fighters moved ...

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Oct 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The bodies of 150 members of an Iraqi Sunni tribe which fought Islamic State have been found in a mass grave, security officials said on Thursday. Islamic State militants took the men from their villages to the city of Ramadi and killed them on Wednesday night and buried them, an official in a ...

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Oct 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Marine Corps should not be retrying a sergeant whose murder conviction in a major Iraq war crime case was overturned by the military's highest court after he served half of his 11-year sentence, his defense attorneys say. Civilian defense attorney Chris Oprison said he has filed nine motions that he will ...

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Oct 29, 2014 No Comments ›› Darby Crash

Baghdad (AFP) - Jihadists from the Islamic State group executed Wednesday more than 40 members of a tribe that fought against them in Iraq's Anbar province, sources said. The men from the Albu Nimr tribe were killed in the Heet area, northwest of Baghdad, which was overrun by the militants earlier this month, a local leader ...

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Oct 29, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

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Oct 27, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

BAGHDAD — Two car bombings in Iraq, including one where a suicide attacker drove a Humvee into a checkpoint manned by Iraqi troops and pro-government Shiite militiamen, killed at least 34 people Monday, authorities said. The deadliest attack struck the outskirts of the Sunni town of Jurf al-Skhar, where the suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden Humvee ...

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