Posts Tagged ‘ Iraq ’

Iraq: US forces bomb Mosul hospital

December 9, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS says it carried out an airstrike on a hospital complex in the Iraqi city of Mosul at the request of Iraq's military. Air Force Col. John L. Dorrian, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters that the coalition did not 'have any reason to believe civilians were harmed.' However, when specifically asked whether there were patients at the city's main hospital, Dorrian said that was 'very difficult to ascertain with full and total fidelity.' A review of the intelligence that led to the decision is underway, he said." (12/08/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/08/504815234/u-s-led-coalition-hits-main-mosul-hospital-with-airstrike  

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Iraq: Amnesty accuses possible regime forces of crimes in Mosul

November 10, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Rights group Amnesty International has accused men in Iraqi police uniforms of torture and unlawfully killing villagers 'in cold blood,' in the operation to liberate the city of Mosul from ISIS control. Amnesty said in a statement Thursday that up to six people were extrajudicially executed in late October, apparently due to suspicions they had ties to the ISIS militant group." (11/10/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/10/middleeast/amnesty-iraqi-forces-killings/  

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Iraq: Suicide bombers in ambulances kill 25

November 7, 2016
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Suicide bombers driving ambulances packed with explosives detonated their vehicles at a checkpoint and a car park for Shiite pilgrims in two Iraqi cities Sunday, killing at least 25 people and wounding dozens, officials said. The twin attacks took place in Tikrit and Samarra, as Iraqi troops and security forces battled to retake the northern city of Mosul from Daesh (ISIS) militants who have controlled it for more than two years. They appeared to be part of a series of diversionary attacks by the extremists, who have struck the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk, the capital Baghdad and a western desert town during the three-week Mosul campaign." (11/06/16)

https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2016/Nov-07/379975-suicide-bombers-in-ambulances-kill-25-people-in-iraq.ashx  

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Iraq: Regime, Islamic State forces battle on streets of Mosul

November 3, 2016
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CNN CNN    

Iraqi forces have entered ISIS-held Mosul for the first time in more than two years and are battling ISIS militants on the front line, defense officials told CNN. Iraqi Ministry of Defense spokesman Brig. Gen. Tahsin Ibrahim told CNN that units of the 9th Armored Division had entered the city on Thursday, adding that troops had stormed the neighborhood of al Intisar in the east. ... Officials had warned that entering Mosul would likely trigger the fiercest fighting yet, and that the battle is expected to be fought 'street to street,' or even 'house to house.'" (11/03/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/03/middleeast/mosul-offensive-iraq-troops-in/  

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Iraq: Islamic State forces attack Kirkuk

October 21, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"ISIS militants attacked several security buildings in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, officials said, even as Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle the terror group for control of the second-largest city of Mosul. Dozens of militants targeted four police stations and Kurdish security offices in Kirkuk, spreading themselves out through several residential neighborhoods. The clashes were ongoing in the southern part of the city as of Friday morning, security officials said. A number of people were killed and wounded, but officials could not provide an exact figure." (10/21/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/21/middleeast/iraq-kirkuk-attacks/  

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Iraq: “Heavy losses” for Islamic State in battle for Mosul, regime forces say

October 18, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Iraqi security forces on Monday said the Islamic State has had 'heavy' losses of militants and equipment as the long-awaited battle for Mosul wages. ... Mosul is considered one of the most important battles in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq, as it is considered the militant Islamist group's last major stronghold in the country." (10/17/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/10/17/Heavy-losses-for-Islamic-State-in-battle-for-Mosul-Iraqi-forces-say/1871476706804/  

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The horror of endless interventionism

October 18, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"When the U.S. government invaded Iraq in 2003, I wonder how many U.S. officials contemplated the possibility that the cycle of death and destruction that they were initiating would be continuing 13 years later. And yet, here we are -- more than a decade after Operation Iraqi Freedom was launched -- and U.S. and Iraqi soldiers are, once again, battling over control of Mosul. The battle for Mosul is being met with considerable indifference or nonchalance among many Americans. After all, there are so many more important things to talk about, such as sex scandals. But the fact that U.S. troops are still fighting, killing, and dying in Iraq 13 years after the U.S. invasion of the country (and 26 years after the U.S. government's Persian Gulf intervention) is truly remarkable." (10/17/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/17/horror-endless-interventionism/  

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Iraq: Regime launches Mosul offensive to drive out Islamic State

October 17, 2016
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Cyprus Mail [Cyprus]    

"Iraqi government forces, with air and ground support from the US-led coalition, launched an offensive on Monday to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, the militants' last major stronghold in the country. Helicopters released flares overhead and explosions could be heard on the city’s eastern front, where Kurdish fighters moved forward to take outlying villages, a Reuters correspondent said. The United States predicted Islamic State would suffer 'a lasting defeat' as Iraqi forces mounted their biggest operation since the US withdrew its own troops in 2011. Some 30,000 Iraqi soldiers, Kurdish Peshmerga militia and Sunni tribal fighters were expected to take part in the offensive to drive an estimated 4,000 to 8,000 Islamic State militants from Mosul, a city of 1.5 million people." (10/16/16)

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/10/17/iraq-launches-mosul-offensive-drive-islamic-state/  

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US Army to deploy 1st Infantry Division troops to Iraq

October 16, 2016
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Military.com    

"The U.S. Army announced Friday it will deploy about 500 soldiers from the Big Red One to Iraq this fall. The 1st Infantry Division Headquarters troops will assume the role of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, according to an Oct. 14 Army press release. The Fort Riley, Kansas, unit will replace soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), providing command and control of coalition troops training, advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces." (10/14/16)

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/10/14/army-deploy-1st-infantry-division-soldiers-iraq.html?ESRC=todayinmil.sm  

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Turkey: Regime says its troops will stay in Iraq until Islamic State cleared from Mosul

October 12, 2016
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Reuters    

"A planned U.S.-backed operation to drive Islamic State from the Iraqi city of Mosul could cause 'blood and fire' in the region if not carefully handled, Turkey warned on Wednesday, saying it would keep troops nearby despite Baghdad's opposition. President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey, locked in an escalating row with Iraq over who should take part in the planned Mosul assault, would do all it could to prevent the operation from deepening sectarian conflict on its borders. ... Soldiers from Turkey, a regional power with the second largest armed forces in NATO, have been training Sunni Muslim and Kurdish Peshmerga units at the Bashiqa camp in northern Iraq and want them to take part in the expected battle for Mosul." (10/12/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-turkey-idUSKCN12C0KF  

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Obama regime sends 600 more troops to Iraq

September 30, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"U.S Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said the U.S. has agreed to send an additional 600 troops to Iraq, in anticipation of the major upcoming operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. These additional troops 'will increase the number of U.S. forces in Iraq to around 5,000,' NPR's Tom Bowman told our Newscast unit. American troop levels in Iraq peaked at 170,000 in November 2007." (09/28/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/28/495808708/the-u-s-is-sending-600-more-troops-to-iraq  

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Iraq: Blasts kill at least 17 in Baghdad

September 27, 2016
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Reuters    

"Three blasts killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50 in predominantly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said. A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a commercial street in the eastern Baghdad al-Jadida area of the Iraqi capital, killing nine people and wounding more than 30, they said. Another suicide attack hit a commercial street of Bayaa in western Baghdad, killing six and wounding 22, the sources added. A roadside bomb exploded near a gathering of cattle herders and merchants in al-Radhwaniya, also in western Baghdad, killing two people, they said." (09/27/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-blast-idUSKCN11X0PW  

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Iraq: Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly wedding blast

August 29, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"ISIS has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 15 people and injured 16 others at a wedding Sunday in the Iraqi city of Karbala. A statement released by the ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency said four suicide attackers targeted 'a Shiite gathering.' Iraqi authorities said there were five would-be suicide bombers, and that security members killed four." (08/29/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/29/middleeast/iraq-isis-wedding-attack/  

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Iraq: Regime employees kill 36

August 22, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Iraq has hanged 36 Islamic State militants convicted of involvement in the June 2014 massacre of hundreds of Iraqi military recruits near Tikrit, government officials said. The victims, among thousands of unarmed Air Force recruits at Camp Speicher military base, were Shiites and non-Muslims who were tied up and driven from the camp. They were taken to multiple locations, shot and their bodies were dumped in trenches or rivers. Sunnis apparently were spared. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack and released video of some killings." (08/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/08/21/iraq-islamic-state-executions/89072146/  

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Iraq: Court drops charges against parliament speaker

August 9, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"A Baghdad court dropped corruption charges against Iraq's parliament speaker on Tuesday, citing insufficient evidence to support accusations first raised by the country's defense minister during a questioning in parliament. During last week's session, Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi told lawmakers that the speaker, Salim al-Jabouri, four sitting lawmakers, one former lawmaker and two parliamentary officials affiliated with the speaker had tried to persuade him to secure specific contracts and to reinstate employees fired due to corruption." (08/09/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iraqi-parliament-strips-speaker-immunity-probe-41228908  

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Iraq: Suicide bomber kills at least 14, including police officers, in Baghdad

July 24, 2016
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Allentown Morning Call    

"A suicide bomber attacked a security check point in northern Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 14 people, Iraqi officials said. The bomber, who was on foot, detonated his device at one of the busy entrances of the Shiite district of Kadhimiyah, killing at least 10 civilians and four police officers, a police officer said. At least 31 other people were wounded, he added." (07/24/16)

http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/ct-iraq-suicide-bombing-20160724-story.html  

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Carter: More US troops to deploy to Iraq before Mosul offensive

July 12, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"During a surprise trip to Baghdad, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the U.S. will deploy another 560 troops to Iraq -- bringing the total U.S. troop levels authorized for the country to 4,647. The additional troops will deploy in the coming days and weeks and will provide infrastructure and logistical support to the Qarayyah airfield, about 40 kilometers south of Mosul. Earlier in the day, Carter said that U.S. and coalition forces will use the airfield, recently seized by Iraqi Security Forces, as a logistical hub in advance of the upcoming battle for ISIS-held city of Mosul." (07/11/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/us-deploy-560-troops-iraq-preparation-mosul-offensive/story?id=40489879  

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Unintended consequences and the warfare state

July 11, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mel Gurtov  

"'The danger is, as ever with these things, unintended consequences.' So wrote Prime Minister Tony Blair to President George W. Bush in 2002, as Bush prepared to invade Iraq. Blair's unstinting support of US policy, notwithstanding numerous unknowns and acknowledged large-scale obstacles, is more than a case of over-optimism or misplaced friendship. For as the Chilcot Commission has just concluded after a seven-year long investigation of British policy, bad judgment was multiplied by hubris, a deeply flawed decision-making process, and an unquestioned faith in the ability of military power to resolve political and economic problems." (07/11/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/11/unintended-consequences-and-the-warfare-state/  

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The real lesson of Iraq: Nothing was learned, no good was done

July 7, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn  

"Denunciations of Tony Blair as the evil architect of Britain's involvement in the Iraq War often dominate discussions of what happened there and many will look to the Chilcot inquiry to provide further evidence of his guilt. But the demonisation of Mr Blair is excessive and simple-minded and diverts attention from what really happened in Iraq and how such mistakes can be avoided in future. He may have unwisely followed the US into the quagmire of Iraq, but British government policy since 1941 has been to position itself as America's most loyal and effective ally in peace and war." (07/07/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/07/the-real-lesson-of-iraq-nothing-was-learned-no-good-has-been-done/  

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Remarks on the Chilcot Inquiry Report

July 7, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Jeremy Corbyn, MP (Labour, Islington North)  

"Mr Speaker, the decision to invade and occupy Iraq in March 2003 was the most significant foreign policy decision taken by a British government in modern times. It divided this House and set the government of the day against a majority of the British people as well as against the weight of global opinion. The war was not in any way as Sir John Chilcot says a 'last resort.' Frankly, it was an act of military aggression launched on a false pretext as the inquiry accepts and has long been regarded as illegal by the overwhelming weight of international legal opinion. ... The Chilcot Report has rightly dug deep into the litany of failures of planning for the occupation, the calamitous decision to stand down the Iraqi army and to dissolve the Iraqi state. But the reality is it was the original decision to follow the US president into an unprovoked war in the most volatile region of the world and impose a colonial-style occupation that led to every other disaster." (07/06/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/06/the-iraq-war-was-an-act-of-military-aggression-launched-on-a-false-pretext-on-the-chilcot-inquiry-report/  

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The damned man: Blair scorched by Chilcot report

July 6, 2016
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Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd  

"Surprised -- but glad -- to see how scathing the Chilcot Report turned out to be. It's not a criminal indictment, but already, just the bullet points from Chilcot's press conference are highly damning of Blair as a leader: rushing headlong into a totally unnecessary war, with very dubious legal backing, ignoring reports on the likely consequences of the invasion, bowing to belligerent US wishes at every turn, showing incredible disregard for the soldiers he was sending in to occupy a country (and for the innocent civilians of that country, who, Chilcot notes, died in vast numbers) and knowingly exaggerating murky intelligence to justify the unnecessary campaign. All of these points are now thoroughly established and can't be disputed, whatever else one might say about Blair's motives or moral turpitude or criminal responsibility." (07/06/16)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/the-damned-man-blair-scorched-by-chilcot-report-06072016.html  

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The crucifixion of Tony Blair

July 5, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Tim Black  

"The politically subconscious point of the Chilcot report, the reason why it has been fetishised, lies not in the tedious 12 volumes themselves, but in a massive act of political-class projection -- a projection of their political and moral failure to oppose the invasion of Iraq on to the figure of Tony Blair specifically, and New Labour generally. The Chilcot report promises nothing less than absolution for this political class. In its attribution of blame and responsibility, in its identification of official errors and decision-making flaws, it promises to exculpate the political class, to absolve it of responsibility for failing to make the case against the war, for failing to recognise, as spiked did 13 years ago, that appealing to the UN for a legal sanction to invade Iraq was not actually an objection to intervention on principle. In Chilcot, a political establishment, in which an overwhelming majority of MPs voted in favour of invading Iraq in 2003, sees its redemption." (07/05/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-crucifixion-of-tony-blair-chilcot-iraq/  

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Iraq: Bombings in Baghdad kill at least 23

July 2, 2016
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New York Times    

"Bombs went off early Sunday in two crowded commercial areas in Baghdad, killing at least 23 people and wounding 61, according to hospital and police officials. The bombings came near the end of the holy month of Ramadan when the streets were filled with young people and families out after sundown. In the first attack, a car bomb exploded in the Karada district in central Baghdad, killing 18 people and wounding 45. Shortly afterward, an improvised explosive device went off in eastern Baghdad, killing 5 people and wounding 16." (07/02/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/07/02/world/middleeast/ap-ml-iraq-bombing.html  

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Iraq: US official claims airstrikes kill at least 250 Islamic State fighters

June 30, 2016
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Fox News    

"A series of American airstrikes killed at least 250 ISIS fighters driving in a convoy outside Fallujah on Wednesday, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News. The strikes occurred on the outskirts of the Iraqi city in 'southern Fallujah,' a second U.S. defense official told Fox News. 'There was a strike on a convoy of ISIS fighters trying to leave a neighborhood on the outskirts of southern Fallujah that we struck,' the official said. At least 40 vehicles were destroyed in the airstrikes, a U.S. official told Reuters, which was first to report the air assault." (06/29/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/06/29/us-airstrikes-kill-at-least-250-isis-fighters-in-convoy-outside-fallujah-official-says.html  

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Iraq: Regime probes war crimes in Falluja offensive

June 14, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Iraq said Monday it had launched an investigation into possible human rights abuses against civilians fleeing the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah as a senior U.N. official said more than 7,300 people had left the city in the last two days. Iraqi government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said some fighters suspected of violating human rights during the three-week-old operation to retake the city have been arrested over the past few days and are under investigation." (06/13/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/aid-group-4000-flee-held-city-fallujah-iraq-39809949  

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