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SADR AL-YUSUFIYAH — Thousands of families fleeing Iraq’s western city of Ramadi choked checkpoints leading to Baghdad on Friday, after an Islamic State advance spread panic and left security forces clinging to control. A column of traffic several vehicles wide snaked for miles at a checkpoint in Sadr al-Yusufiyah, on the edge of Baghdad province, ...

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Apr 17, 2015 No Comments ›› ...........

Via FOX NEWS: One of Saddam Hussein’s former top aides and his nine body guards were killed in a shootout with Iraqi military troops and Shiite militiamen near Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit Friday, Iraqi officials said. Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri was known as the "king of clubs" in the deck of playing cards issued to help U.S. troops ...

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Apr 16, 2015 No Comments ›› ...........

BAGHDAD – Clashes between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants pressing their offensive for Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar province, has forced more than 2,000 families to flee from their homes in the area, an Iraqi official said Thursday. The Sunni militants' push on Ramadi, launched Wednesday when the Islamic State group captured three ...

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ISIS released images on Thursday that show members destroying Christian graves in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. (courtesy of MEMRI) Via FOX NEWS: Even Iraq's dead Christians aren’t safe from ISIS. The Islamic State's campaign of terror across the war-torn nation, which has already seen countless beheadings, destruction of priceless art and religious artifacts and insistence that ...

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Apr 13, 2015 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces launched a counter-attack on Islamic State in the western province of Anbar on Monday, seeking to reverse an early setback in a new campaign to recapture the country's Sunni heartland. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the new Anbar offensive last week, but Islamic State (IS) then overran two ...

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Apr 13, 2015 No Comments ›› ...........

WASHINGTON – A federal judge sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others. The carnage in Baghdad's Nisoor Square caused an international uproar over the use of private security guards ...

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Apr 12, 2015 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx

Excerpted from WND: The horrors just keep getting worse for Palestinians in the Damascus refugee camp in Yarmuk, where, after enduring two years of famine and siege, an eyewitness says he saw ISIS terrorists beheading civilians and playing soccer with their heads. That’s when Abdel Fatah fled for his life. “I saw severed heads,” he said. “They ...

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Apr 12, 2015 No Comments ›› ...........

Attack: An ISIS militant uses a sledgehammer to destroy a several thousand years old stone slab in a video allegedly showing the group's attack on the ancient ruins of the city of Nimrud, near Mosul, Iraq BAGHDAD – Islamic State militants hammered, bulldozed and ultimately blew up parts of the ancient Iraqi Assyrian city of ...

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Apr 7, 2015 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

(Reuters) - Iraqi forensic teams began on Monday excavating 12 suspected mass grave sites thought to hold the corpses of as many as 1,700 soldiers massacred last summer by Islamic State militants as they swept across northern Iraq. The mass killings last June of Shi'ite soldiers from Camp Speicher, a former U.S. base outside the Sunni ...

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Apr 2, 2015 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

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Via FOX NEWS: Iraq's defense minister said security forces have achieved a "magnificent victory" over Islamic State fighters in Tikrit Wednesday, but a senior defense official told Fox News that the fighting is “block to block, especially in the northern part of Tikrit where ISIS still has fighters.” Khalid al-Obeidi said Wednesday that security forces have "accomplished ...

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Mar 29, 2015 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx

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Mar 27, 2015 No Comments ›› ...........

Via POLITICO: Barack Obama faces a slew of Middle East crises that some call the worst in a generation, as new chaos from Yemen to Iraq — along with deteriorating U.S.-Israeli relations — is confounding the president’s efforts to stabilize the region and strike a nuclear deal with Iran. The meltdown has Obama officials defending their management ...

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Mar 26, 2015 No Comments ›› ...........

Yemenis search for survivors under the rubble of houses that allegedly were destroyed by a Saudi air strike, in Sana'a, Yemen, March 2015. (SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt) — Egyptian security and military officials say Saudi Arabia and Egypt will lead a ground operation in Yemen against Shiite rebels and their allies after a campaign of airstrikes ...

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Mar 25, 2015 No Comments ›› ...........

An Iraqi Shiite militiaman with the so-called Imam Ali Brigades in Tikrit on Wednesday, as the U.S. said it had begun airstrikes against Islamic State militants there because of the failure of Iran-backed Shiite fighters to retake the city. Photo: Associated Press WASHINGTON — U.S. warplanes began hitting the Islamic State extremist group in ...

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Mar 25, 2015 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Kinda like everybody told him should've been the plan for Iraq.

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Mar 25, 2015 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

AFP: Washington is considering launching air strikes, possibly within days, to back up Iraqi and Shiite forces battling to recapture Tikrit from the Islamic State jihadist group, US officials said. The statement came Tuesday after an official said the US was already providing reconnaissance support for Iraqi forces there, the first confirmation of American involvement in ...

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Mar 22, 2015 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx

TAJI, Iraq (AP) — As the U.S. mission to Iraq expands, so do its efforts to arm and train the country's security forces to combat the Islamic State group, with large-scale operations continuing to recapture territory from the Sunni militants. Hundreds of American advisers are working at the Camp Taji military base just north of Baghdad ...

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Mar 22, 2015 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

The militia in question, Kataib Hezbollah, is an offshoot of the Iranian-backed Mahdi Army. (Reuters) - Two Iraqi local officials and a police officer accused Shi'ite paramilitary forces on Saturday of burning and looting homes in the town of al-Dour after capturing the area during a military campaign to oust Islamic State fighters. A spokesman for ...

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Mar 18, 2015 No Comments ›› ...........

Clashes between Iraqi security forces and allied Shiite militias and Islamic State fighters in Tikrit, Tuesday Photo credit: AP Via Israel Hayom: U.S. officials tell The New York Times they believe Iran brought in the heavier weaponry because after nearly eight weeks of fighting, Islamic State fighters are still entrenched in large parts of Tikrit. ...

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Mar 12, 2015 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

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Mar 8, 2015 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — A Canadian special forces soldier was killed in a friendly fire incident after he and others showed up to the front line unannounced to call in airstrikes, Kurdish officials said Sunday. The death Friday of Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron marked Canada's first casualty as part of the U.S.-led coalition's war on the ...

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Mar 7, 2015 No Comments ›› Jack Flash

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Mar 5, 2015 No Comments ›› Darby Crash

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells northeast of the city of Tikrit to obstruct an assault by Shi'ite militiamen and Iraqi soldiers trying to drive them from the Sunni Muslim city and surrounding towns, a witness said. The witness and a military source said Islamic State fighters ignited the ...

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