Posts Tagged ‘ Iraq ’

Iraq: Thousands flee Falluja using first safe exit route secured by regime troops

June 13, 2016
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Reuters    

"The Iraqi army said on Sunday it had secured the first safe exit route for civilians to leave Islamic State's besieged stronghold Falluja, and a Norwegian aid group said thousands of people had already used it to flee in the first day it was open. While it pressed on with its offensive in Falluja, the army also launched a fresh advance in the direction of the northern city of Mosul, Islamic State's de facto Iraqi capital, under cover of airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition. The assaults by the Iraqi army are taking place at the same time as advances against Islamic State by U.S.-backed fighters and Russian-backed Syrian government forces in Syria, at the opposite end of the militants' self-proclaimed caliphate." (06/12/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-iraq-falluja-idINKCN0YY0EB  

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Iraq: NGO claims Islamic State troops shooting civilians who try to flee Falluja

June 6, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"ISIS is targeting civilians attempting to leave the militant-held city of Falluja, as Iraqi forces and militia attempt to wrest back control of the city, a European non-profit operating in Iraq says. As many as 50,000 residents remain trapped in the center of Falluja as Iraqi security forces close in, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) told CNN Monday. Many of those who try to escape the clutches of ISIS are being targeted and shot by militants, it said." (06/06/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/06/middleeast/falluja-iraq-military-advance-isis/  

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Iraq: Families flee as battle for Falluja rages on

May 31, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Suad had feared for so long that she would die. A mother in Falluja, Iraq, her city has been at the center of war for more than a dozen years and now it is the epicenter of a battle between ISIS and Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by the United States-led coalition. The coalition's push to take Falluja from ISIS, which began late Sunday, prompted ISIS gunmen to go door to door in the city and yank men, their wives and children from their homes. ... Hundreds of people like Suad and her family have fled the city and its surroundings since the Falluja offensive began last week. More than 500 families have arrived in displacement camps outside the city, the Norwegian Refugee Council said, including almost 300 since Sunday afternoon alone." (05/30/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/30/middleeast/iraq-operation-falluja/  

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Iraq: Regime forces begin battle to retake Fallujah from Islamic State

May 23, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"In a televised address on Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that, 'In the early hours of the morning today, the heroic fighters advanced from different sides' under the directive to recapture 'all the areas occupied by (the Islamic State) around Falluja.' Fallujah, about 30 miles west of Baghdad, has a recent history of heavy combat. The city served as the backdrop for two major American assaults in 2004 during the American Iraq War -- assaults where US troops saw some of the fiercest fighting since the Vietnam war. In January 2014 Fallujah was taken by anti-government fighters and established as a stronghold for the Islamic State." (05/23/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2016/0523/Iraqi-forces-begin-battle-to-retake-Fallujah-from-ISIS  

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Iraq: US claims Islamic State’s “Desert Lion” killed in airstrike

May 10, 2016
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Newsweek    

"The U.S.-led coalition killed a mid-level Islamic State militant group (ISIS) fighter named 'Desert Lion,' who became notorious for his brutality, in an air strike in Iraq, the Pentagon said on Monday. The Pentagon confirmed that an air strike killed Shaker Wahib in Iraq’s western Anbar province alongside three fellow militants on Friday." (05/10/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/us-kills-isis-desert-lion-executioner-iraq-air-strike-457858  

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Iraq: US Navy SEAL killed after Islamic State fighters break through Peshmerga lines

May 4, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in Iraq as a result of a 'coordinated and complex attack' by roughly 100 ISIS fighters nearly 30 kilometers north of Mosul, Pentagon officials confirmed Tuesday. ISIS used multiple vehicles, suicide car bombs and bulldozers to break through a checkpoint at the front line and drive 3 to 5 kilometers to the Peshmerga base where SEALs are temporarily visiting and were located as advisers, a U.S. defense official told CNN. The gun battle was around the town of Telskof in northern Iraq, the official added." [editor's note: I guess they think they can re-cycle the "advisers" fiction now that it's been half a century since it last fell apart - TLK] (05/03/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/03/politics/us-service-member-killed-iraq-mosul/  

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Iraq: Car bombing kills at least 18 pilgrims in Baghdad

May 2, 2016
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Seattle Times    

"An explosives-laden car detonated on Monday in the Iraqi capital, killing at least 18 Shiite pilgrims who were commemorating the anniversary of the death of a revered imam, officials said. Shortly after the explosion, the Sunni extremist Islamic State group, which sees Shiite Muslims as apostates, claimed responsibility for the attack in an online statement. It said the assault was carried out by a suicide bomber, but Iraqi officials denied that." (05/02/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/iraq-car-bombing-kills-at-least-13-pilgrims-in-baghdad/  

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Iraq: The interventionist hellhole

May 2, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"When Vice President Joseph Biden traveled to Iraq a few days ago, he did it, as always, under a shroud of secrecy. The mainstream press was asked in advance to keep the trip secret and dutifully complied. Biden declined to spend the night in Iraq, staying only 10 hours before whisking away to Italy, where presumably he slept safe and sound. Why all the secrecy? Why didn't Biden stay in Baghdad a few days, walk the streets, do a little shopping, visit with the people, and tour the country? After all, isn't this the country that the U.S. government invaded and regime-changed under the military rubric 'Operation Iraqi Freedom?'" (05/02/16)

http://fff.org/2016/05/02/iraq-interventionist-hellhole/  

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Iraq: Protesters leave Green Zone, but issue demands

May 2, 2016
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"Demonstrators who forced their way into the Green Zone, the fortified section of Iraq's capital, occupying the house of parliament over the weekend, have withdrawn today at the behest of key cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, though on their way out they warned they would be back. The protesters have backed a campaign of reform, including the installation of a technocrat cabinet, for months now, and after two solid weeks of parliament's inability to vote on the matter, this most recent failure to even achieve a quorum appeared to be the last straw, as protesters quickly moved in, smashing up parliament." (05/01/16)

http://news.antiwar.com/2016/05/01/iraqi-protesters-leave-green-zone-but-issue-demands/  

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Iraq: US, allied forces conduct strikes

April 27, 2016
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Reuters    

"The United States and its allies conducted 23 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq on Tuesday, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement on its latest round of daily strikes against the militant group. The strikes were concentrated near Falluja, Mosul, Qayyarah and Tal Afar, the Combined Joint Task Force said in the statement released on Wednesday." (04/27/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-airstrikes-idUSKCN0XO1E4  

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The US military: Back on the battlefield in Iraq

March 28, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn  

"The story of the 200 US Marines at Makhmour and the flight of the 15th Division illustrates more than just the fragility of the Iraqi armed forces. It underlines the degree to which the US already has combat troops in Iraq, while all the while claiming that there are no 'boots on the ground.' Sergeant Cardin was not officially even in Iraq when he died because he was one of 1,470 US service personnel only temporarily in the country. Taken together with the 3,870 officially there and 1,100 contractors working for the Pentagon in Iraq who are US citizens this brings the total to over 6,400." (03/28/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/28/the-us-military-back-on-the-battlefield-in-iraq/  

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Marines expanding combat role in Iraq, US official says

March 25, 2016
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Fox News    

"The American combat role in Iraq appeared to expand on Thursday as U.S. Marines operating from a small outpost provided targeting assistance and artillery fire to support Iraqi troops inching forward to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants. A senior U.S. official said the Marines fired illumination rounds to help the Iraqi forces locate IS fighters, and also fired artillery rounds in support of the operation, as Iraqi troops took control of several villages on the outskirts of Makhmour, southeast of Mosul. The official was not authorized to discuss the operation publicly and requested anonymity. Earlier this week, U.S. military officials confirmed the creation of the Marine outpost, dubbed Fire Base Bell." (03/24/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/03/24/marines-expanding-combat-role-in-iraq-us-official-says.html  

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War is easy when there’s nothing to learn

March 25, 2016
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Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald  

"March 19 was the 13th anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq. Today, as noted by Antiwar News'[s] Jason Ditz, US Marines have been deployed in Kurdistan in order to aid Iraqi forces as they attempt to take back oil fields from the Islamic State. In full, shameless JFK-in-Vietnam mode, the fact that there are combat troops in Iraq is not to be mentioned or overstressed. No, these aren't advisers, they're just helping the Iraqi forces, these [M]arines. Who are on the front lines. This is our Iraq in 2016, starring some 3200 American soldiers. This is the nation that has suffered the deaths of up to 175,000 civilians since the US decided Saddam Hussein had to go. This is the war which Barack Obama allegedly ended in 2011." (03/25/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2016/03/24/war-is-easy-when-there-is-nothing-to-learn/  

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Iraq: Turkish regime forces carry out airstrikes

March 14, 2016
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Detroit News    

"Turkey's air force hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq on Monday, hours after a suicide car bombing in the capital killed 37 people and heightened tensions with the militants. Nine F-16s and two F-4 jets raided 18 positions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in northern Iraq, including the Qandil mountains where the group's leadership is based, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Ammunition depots, bunkers and shelters were among the targets hit." (03/14/16)

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/world/2016/03/14/turkey-explosion/81754972/  

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Iraq: At least 47 killed in Baghdad suicide attack

March 6, 2016
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Fox News    

"An ISIS terrorist on Sunday detonated an explosive-laden fuel truck in bumper-to-bumper traffic at a security checkpoint south of Baghdad, killing at least 47 people, officials said, in the most deadly car bomb attack in Iraq this year. More than 70 people were wounded in the blast, according to Reuters and AFP. At least 39 of the dead were civilians, and the remainder were police, BBC reported." (03/06/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/03/06/at-least-11-killed-in-baghdad-suicide-attack.html  

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Iraq: At least 70 killed by Baghdad suicide bombs

February 28, 2016
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KLFM 96.7 News    

"At least 70 people have been killed and more than 100 wounded in twin suicide bombings in Baghdad, according to morgue sources. The bombings in a Shi'ite district of the Iraqi capital -- Sadr City -- were claimed by Islamic State. ... In a statement circulated online, Islamic State said the bombers had killed and wounded 'hundreds of polytheist rejectionists,' as the ultra-hardline Sunni group refers to Shi'ite Muslims." (02/28/16)

http://www.klfm967.co.uk/news/world-news/1900726/at-least-70-killed-by-baghdad-suicide-bombs/  

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Iraq: Kurdish special forces rescue Swedish girl from Islamic State

February 23, 2016
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Reuters    

"A teenage Swedish girl being held by Islamic State militants in Iraq was rescued in a raid by Kurdish special forces last week, the autonomous region's security council said in a statement on Tuesday. The 16-year-old traveled from Sweden to Syria last year and later crossed into Iraq, where she was rescued near the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul on Feb. 17 by forces from the Kurdish counter terrorism department, the statement said. The Kurdish security council identified the rescued teenager as coming from the Swedish town of Boras and said she had been 'misled' into making the journey to Syria by an Islamic State member in Sweden." (02/23/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamicstate-hostage-idUSKCN0VW18J  

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Iraq: Curtains on radioactive material security theater

February 21, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"A 'highly dangerous' radioactive material that went missing in Iraq has been found dumped near a petrol station in the southern town of Zubair, environment ministry spokesman Ameer Ali said on Sunday. Ali said it had not been damaged and there were no concerns about radiation from the material, the loss of which raised concerns it could be used as a weapon if acquired by ISIS militants. The material had been stolen in November from a storage facility belonging to U.S. oilfield services company Weatherford near the southern city of Basra." (02/21/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/missing-radioactive-material-found-dumped-south-iraq-n522991  

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Security theater: Iraqis search for stolen “highly dangerous” radioactive material

February 18, 2016
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Newsweek    

"Iraq is searching for 'highly dangerous' radioactive material stolen last year, according to an environment ministry document and seven security, environmental and provincial officials who fear it could be used as a weapon if acquired by Islamic State. The material, stored in a protective case the size of a laptop computer, went missing in November from a storage facility near the southern city of Basra belonging to U.S. oilfield services company Weatherford, the document obtained by Reuters showed and officials confirmed. A spokesman for Iraq's environment ministry said he could not discuss the issue, citing national security concerns." [editor's note: Probably sitting on a dusty shelf in a room someone forgot to check - TLK] (02/17/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/iraq-searches-stolen-highly-dangerous-radioactive-material-427692  

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Bush’s invasions made us less safe

February 17, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Jeb Bush says that his brother 'kept us safe.' Trump, on the other hand, points out the obvious: that the 9/11 attacks, which occurred when George W. was president, was not exactly 'keeping us safe.' But what Jeb is obviously referring to is 7-year aftermath of the 9/11 attacks while his brother was president. Since there were no further 9/11s, Jeb is suggesting, that shows that his brother W. 'kept us safe.' What Trump has failed to point out and what Jeb fails to recognize, however, is that Bush's decisions to invade Afghanistan and Iraq, along with his much-vaunted 'war on terrorism,' actually made America much less safe, owing to the never-ending threat of terrorist retaliation arising from the anger and rage those invasions produced, along with their subsequent long-term occupations." (02/16/16)

http://fff.org/2016/02/16/bushs-invasions-made-us-less-safe/  

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Report: Islamic State used mustard gas in Iraq

February 16, 2016
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"Islamic State militants attacked Kurdish forces in Iraq with mustard gas last year, in the first known use of chemical weapons in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein, a diplomat said. A source for the global chemicals arms watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), confirmed that laboratory tests had come back positive for the sulphur mustard, after about 35 Kurdish troops fell ill on the battlefield in August. The OPCW will not identify who used the chemical agent. But the diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity because the findings have not yet been released, said the result confirmed that chemical weapons had been used by IS fighters." (02/16/16)

http://www.smh.com.au/world/islamic-state-used-mustard-gas-in-iraq-20160215-gmv1g2.html  

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GOP frontrunner: “Bush lied, people died”

February 15, 2016
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Pardon me while I sit back and enjoy the panic of the Republican -- and media -- elites as the GOP frontrunner takes up that old left-wing antiwar slogan: 'Bush lied -- people died!' That's the essence of what Donald Trump said at Saturday's South Carolina GOP presidential debate when moderator John Dickerson -- who smirked his way through the entire debate -- asked Trump if he still thought George W. Bush should be impeached as he supposedly said in a long ago interview .... The storm of booing from that crowd, which seemed mainly to consist of members of the Lindsey Graham Ladies Home Garden Club, conjured in my memory another signal moment in the history of GOP presidential debates: when Ron Paul said that the 9/11 attacks were 'blowback' resulting from half a century of propping up Arab despots in the Middle East." (02/15/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/02/14/gop-frontrunner-bush-lied-people-died/  

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Coming to terms with Iraq

February 14, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"It seems that Iraq will continue to haunt the American people for the indefinite future. And it should. Including the Persian Gulf intervention, the 11 years of sanctions, the no-fly zones, the post-9/11 invasion and and occupation, and the post-occupation bombing, the U.S. government has killed, injured, and maimed several hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens. ... There is one significant fact that many Americans simply have not yet come to grips with: Neither the Iraqi government nor the Iraqi people ever attacked the United States or even threatened to do so." (02/12/16)

http://fff.org/2016/02/12/coming-to-terms-with-iraq/  

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Barzani: Time for Kurdish statehood referendum

February 3, 2016
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani has declared that the 'time has come' for the country's Kurds to hold a referendum on statehood, a move likely to raise tensions with Baghdad. ... Barzani, who has made similar calls in the past, did not specify when the vote would take place." (02/03/16)

https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2016/Feb-04/335526-barzani-time-for-kurdish-statehood-referendum.ashx  

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The five lamest excuses for Hillary Clinton’s vote to invade Iraq

January 28, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Stephen Zunes  

"Former senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton is the only candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination who supported the invasion of Iraq. That war not only resulted in 4,500 American soldiers being killed and thousands more permanently disabled, but also hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths, the destabilization of the region with the rise of the Islamic State and other extremists, and a dramatic increase in the federal deficit, resulting in major cutbacks to important social programs. Moreover, the primary reasons Clinton gave for supporting President George W. Bush’s request for authorizing that illegal and unnecessary war have long been proven false." (01/28/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/28/the-five-lamest-excuses-for-hillary-clintons-vote-to-invade-iraq/  

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