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Dec 20, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from The Daily Beast: Kurdish forces declared victory and freed Yazidi holdouts, with help from U.S. air power. Is this just a ploy by the Islamic State—or the beginning of the road to retaking Mosul? Kurdish forces in northern Iraq celebrated their biggest victory yet over ISIS on Friday after breaking, with U.S. air ...

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Dec 19, 2014 No Comments ›› The Assassin

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Iraq says additional American troops will begin moving into the country in a couple of weeks to train local forces. But Army Lt. Gen. James Terry cautions it will take at least three years to build the capabilities of the Iraqi military. WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senior Islamic State ...

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Dec 18, 2014 No Comments ›› Helen Wheels

Excerpted from The Daily Mail: A number of militants have been killed in Islamic State's very first battle with U.S. ground troops after the extremists attempted to overrun an Iraqi military base. The militants attacked Ein al-Asad military base on Sunday where more than 100 U.S. military support troops are based. Despite launching the surprise attack just ...

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Dec 14, 2014 No Comments ›› Jack Flash

Excerpted from Christian Science Monitor: Iraqi Sheikh Naim al-Gaood was awakened before dawn Thursday, with the grim news that Islamic State fighters had launched a fresh attack on his Sunni tribal area 120 miles northwest of Baghdad. By nightfall, outmanned and outgunned by Islamic State (IS) forces, and with very little American or Iraqi government support, ...

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Dec 4, 2014 No Comments ›› Shannon Silver

Excerpted from The Hill: The new Iraqi government has pledged key “privileges and immunities” to keep U.S. troops free from prosecution, according to a Thursday report. The new U.S. ambassador to Baghdad, Stuart Jones, told The Associated Press that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had offered the “the assurances that we need" for U.S. service members ...

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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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