Posts Tagged ‘ Iraq ’

Iraq: Gunmen storm mall, killing at least 18

January 11, 2016
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Fox News    

"Gunmen stormed into a Baghdad mall on Monday after setting off a car bomb and launching a suicide attack at its entrance, killing at least 18 people and wounding 50 in the city's mainly Shiite east, Iraqi officials said. The officials initially described the attack as a hostage situation, estimating that 50 people were trapped inside the complex. But Iraqi forces soon surrounded the building and landed troops on the roof. They clashed with the attackers inside, killing two of them, arresting another four and declaring the standoff over." (01/11/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/01/11/gunman-kill-10-in-baghdad-mall-take-hostages-iraqi-officials-say.html  

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Iraq: PM says Turkey not respecting agreement to withdraw troops

December 31, 2015
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Reuters    

"Iraq's prime minister accused Turkey on Wednesday of failing to respect an agreement to withdraw its troops from the country's north and its foreign minister said if forced, Iraq could resort to military action to defend its sovereignty. The diplomatic dispute flared after Turkey deployed a force protection unit of around 150 troops earlier this month, citing heightened security risks near Bashiqa military base where its troops were training an Iraqi militia to fight Islamic State insurgents in nearby Mosul." (12/30/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-turkey-idUSKBN0UD1GJ20151230  

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Iraq: Regime forces retake center of Ramadi from Islamic State

December 28, 2015
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New York Times    

"Iraqi forces said on Monday they had seized a strategic government complex in the western city of Ramadi from the Islamic State after a fierce weeklong battle, putting them on the verge of a crucial victory following a brutal seven-month occupation of the city by the extremist group. The loss of Ramadi, the capital and most populous city of the western Iraqi province of Anbar, would be the most significant in a string of recent defeats for the Islamic State, which has occupied a large stretch of Iraq and Syria since the middle of last year." (12/28/15)

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/29/world/middleeast/iraq-ramadi-isis.html  

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Iraq: Regime troops advance in battle for IS-held city of Ramadi

December 23, 2015
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Beloit Daily News    

"Iraqi forces on Tuesday reported progress in the military operation to retake the city of Ramadi from the Islamic State group, saying they made the most significant incursion into the city since it fell to the militants in May. Losing Ramadi -- the capital of sprawling western Anbar province and Iraq's Sunni heartland -- was a major blow to the Iraqi government. It was the government's biggest defeat since IS militants swept through areas in the country's north and west, including Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul, in the summer of 2014." (12/22/15)

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_IRAQ?SITE=WIBEL&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-12-22-13-23-21  

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Iraq: Regime troops advance in Ramadi, retake army headquarters

December 9, 2015
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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review    

"Iraqi forces claimed to have taken control of a large area of Ramadi on Tuesday, entering the army headquarters in the city, which has been held by Islamic State terrorists for seven months. Counterterrorism forces took control of the Tamim neighborhood southwest of the city, commanders said, as troops entered the Anbar Operations Command headquarters to the north. ... The stuttering operation, backed by U.S. airstrikes, has gained momentum in recent weeks. However, Iraqi forces face significant challenges in expelling Islamic State fighters from the city, which is laced with explosives and has a significant civilian population." (12/08/15)

http://triblive.com/usworld/world/9594099-74/forces-iraqi-anbar  

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France deploys aircraft carrier to support al Qaeda in Syria

November 6, 2015
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Akron Beacon Journal    

"France will deploy an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf to assist the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The Charles de Gaulle, France's only aircraft carrier, will boost the air power of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes in Iraq and Syria." [editor's note: The US airstrikes in Syria seem more aimed at "regime change" than at "fighting the Islamic State." The US and its allies have objectively allied themselves with al Qaeda in the region - TLK] (11/05/15)

http://www.ohio.com/news/world/france-deploying-aircraft-carrier-to-help-fight-against-islamic-state-1.638208  

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Ahmed Chalabi, 1944-2015

November 3, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Ahmed Chalabi, a leading Iraqi political figure and a vociferous advocate of the 2003 U.S. invasion against Saddam Hussein, has died of a heart attack, a senior Iraqi military official said Tuesday. He was 71. A colorful and charismatic politician, Chalabi served in a variety of senior posts in the post-invasion Iraqi government. But his image in the West was tainted by his role in providing intelligence to the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush about Saddam's supposed weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program." (11/03/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/03/middleeast/iraq-ahmed-chalabi-death/  

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Blair says sorry for Iraq

October 25, 2015
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Politico    

"Tony Blair offered a couched apology for the Iraq war. Speaking to CNN this weekend, the former U.K Prime Minister expressed regret over the 'huge political problem' created by the war, adding that what happened in Iraq after the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003 was a 'mistake in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the regime.' ... Blair’s critics, particularly vocal in his own Labour Party, characterized the interview as attempted 'spin' ahead of the conclusions of the Chilcot inquiry, which was created in 2009 to look into the U.K. role in the conflict. [editor's note: Well, he didn't apologize for lying over and over again, for a full year in advance of the invasion, pretending to be weighing the matter when he had already made his decision - TLK] (10/25/15)

http://www.politico.eu/article/blair-says-sorry-for-iraq-us-cnn-saddam/  

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Iraq: First US soldier killed since 2011

October 23, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Elite American and Kurdish forces raided an Islamic State prison in northern Iraq on Thursday, freeing about 70 captives and leaving one U.S. service member dead, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. The raid marked the first time a member of the U.S. military had been killed in a combat situation in Iraq since the United States launched its campaign against the Islamic State last year." (10/22/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/reports-us-iraqi-commandos-raid-islamic-state-outpost-hostages-freed/2015/10/22/f0586b60-78bd-11e5-bc80-9091021aeb69_story.html  

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Iraq: Islamic State figures killed in air strike; Baghdadi not believed among them

October 12, 2015
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Reuters    

"Eight senior figures from Islamic State were killed in an air strike while meeting in a town in western Iraq, but the group's reclusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not appear to be among them, residents of the town and hospital sources said. Iraq said on Sunday its air force had hit the meeting and had also struck a convoy that was carrying Baghdadi to attend it. It said Baghdadi had been driven away from the convoy in an unknown condition." (10/11/15)

http://reut.rs/1K2omwr  

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Iraq: Regime announces anti-Islamic State cooperation plan with Russia, Syria, Iran

September 28, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"Iraq will begin sharing 'security and intelligence' information with Russia, Syria and Iran to help combat the advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS,) the Iraqi military announced Sunday. A statement issued by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said the countries will 'help and cooperate in collecting information about the terrorist Daesh group,' using the Arabic acronym for ISIS. ... In response to the deal's announcement, a Pentagon spokesperson told CBS News the U.S. remains committed to working with Iraq to defeat ISIS. 'As a sovereign nation, Iraq has relations with many nations and the agreements the Iraqis take that work to our common objective are up to them,' said Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Steve Warren in Baghdad. 'We recognize that Iraq has an interest in sharing information on ISIL with other governments in the region who are also fighting ISIL. We do not support the presence of Syrian government officials who are part of a regime that has brutalized its own citizens.'" (09/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/orblqza  

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Iraq: Suicide blasts kill 21; Islamic State claims responsibility

September 18, 2015
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"Two suicide bombers targeted Iraqi police checkpoints in commercial areas in central Baghdad during rush hour Thursday, killing at least 21 people, officials said. The self-styled Islamic State (IS) group swiftly claimed responsibility for the blasts. Both attacks were carried out by bombers on foot, wearing explosives-laden vests, two police officers said." (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o4dax8e  

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How George W. Bush destroyed the temple of Baal

September 15, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Gary Leupp  

"First he bombed mercilessly, cruelly grinning throughout. Costumed in a flight suit, he proclaimed a 'Mission Accomplished' after he had, with what they call 'bipartisan support' (as though this lends some sort of legitimacy), destroyed the modern country of Iraq. George W. Bush destroyed Iraq's infrastructure, its institutions, its ruling party and its army. Then he destroyed its social fabric, which had permitted widespread Sunni-Shiite intermarriage and religiously integrated neighborhoods." (09/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nq7z38s  

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Iraq: Turkish workers kidnapped in Baghdad

September 2, 2015
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Fox News    

"Masked men in military uniforms captured at least 18 Turkish workers and engineers in Baghdad early Wednesday, bundling them into several SUVs and speeding away, Iraqi and Turkish officials said. Officials say the 18 are employed by Nurol Insaat, an Ankara-based construction company contracted to build a sports complex in the Shiite district of Sadr City. The kidnappers stormed the construction site, where the workers were sleeping in caravans, and disarmed the guards before taking the workers away. There were no immediate reports of violence. The Iraqi officials said an Iraqi national was kidnapped along with the Turks." (09/02/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/09/02/turkish-workers-kidnapping/  

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Recognize that Iraq is history

September 1, 2015
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Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"For much of its history, Iraq has been an artificial country held together by Sunni strongmen, of which Saddam Hussein was only the last in a long line. After World War I, the British and French carved up the spoils of the losing Ottoman Empire, creating most of the artificial states that have stoked most of the violence in Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. To snatch oil, the British combined three provinces of the old Ottoman Empire together, which had more ties to the Ottoman capital in Turkey than they did to each other. Thus, anyone who knew anything about the Middle East -- which George W. Bush didn't bother to consult before carrying out his whim of finishing off Saddam, the Bush family's mortal enemy -- would have predicted that Iraq would be one of the least likely countries in the region to be converted into a stable democratic state." (08/31/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=7498  

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Iraq: Two regime commanders killed in Islamic State attack

August 28, 2015
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Cyprus Mail [Cyprus]    

"Two senior Iraqi military commanders were killed on Thursday in suicide car bomb attacks claimed by Islamic State in Anbar province where pro-government forces are battling the insurgents, a military spokesman and police sources said. ... In a statement distributed online by supporters, Islamic State said it had targeted a main military headquarters, 'seeking revenge' for the killing of a senior fighter in a nearby battle. It said the attack involved four car bombs and machinegun fire and killed tens of 'rejectionist' officers and soldiers -- as the group refers to Shi'ite Muslims." (08/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pt5ecws  

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Let the Kurds mind their own business so we can mind ours

August 26, 2015
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The Canal The Canal
by Zachary Yost  

"US interventionists may have good intentions, but it is extreme hubris to believe that our government can redraw the world map on a whim. In his August 4 article for Rare, Tyler Koteskey highlights the Turkish government's recent offensive against Kurdish militia groups, who have been our strongest allies in the fight against ISIS. Unfortunately, Koteskey seems to buy wholesale into the idea that the United States should be the almighty arbiter of justice in the world. As a result, his analysis is off track." (08/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nrzqzfz  

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Iraq: Baghdad truck bomb kills 76

August 13, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"At least 76 people were killed in a Baghdad food market after a massive truck bombed ripped through the area Thursday, reports said. Around 200 people were wounded in the blast in Sadr City, a district of Iraq's capital, Reuters said. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the attack." (08/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nadrn2f  

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Jeb Bush’s confused mindset over Iraq

August 12, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Poor Jeb Bush. He just can't get his mind straight on Iraq. Perhaps that's because he's reluctant to criticize his brother George W. Perhaps it's because he wants desperately to be president and is willing to take any position on Iraq that will garner him votes. Whatever the reason is, when it comes to Iraq Bush just keeps digging himself a deeper hole, as reflected most recently by an attack regarding Iraq that he leveled yesterday against Hillary Clinton, accusing Clinton and President Obama of a 'premature withdrawal' from Iraq, which, Bush says, enabled the rise of ISIS." (08/12/15)

http://fff.org/2015/08/12/jebs-bushs-confused-mindset-iraq/  

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Iraq: Parliament unanimously passes “anti-corruption” plan

August 11, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"Iraq's parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved an ambitious reform plan that would cut spending and eliminate senior posts, including the three largely symbolic vice presidencies, following mass protests against corruption and poor services. Lawmakers approved the plan without debate, in a dramatic departure from the heated arguments and delays that have slowed previous efforts to enact reforms or approve important laws. Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, had backed the plan, which was announced Sunday amid mounting public pressure." (08/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qzeuesf  

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Iraq and American Sniper

August 9, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"The Left criticized the movie for glorifying war and for celebrating Kyle's heroics. Clint Eastwood, who directed the movie and who is a conservative, responded that the movie made 'the biggest anti-war statement any film' can make. Both the Left and the Right, however, miss the central issue with respect to Iraq, one that I believe is the principal reason that Kyle and so many other American troops came back from the war psychologically disturbed: In this conflict, the United States was the aggressor nation and Iraq was the defending nation." (08/07/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/iraq-american-sniper/  

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US-led strikes in Iraq, Syria killed 459 civilians

August 4, 2015
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Spartanburg Herald Journal    

"An independent monitoring group says some bombings carried out by the U.S.-led coalition targeting the Islamic State group likely have killed hundreds of civilians. The coalition had no immediate comment on the report released Monday. The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group, says it counted at least 459 suspected civilian fatalities in 57 airstrikes it believes the coalition carried out in Iraq and Syria over the last year." (08/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/njx9bzh  

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Bernie Sanders: Savior or seducer of the anti-war left?

July 27, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Howard Lisnoff  

"In spite of claims of being antiwar, his 'hawkish' support of Clinton's military actions in the 1999 Kosovo War caused one of his advisers to quit. When antiwar activists occupied Sanders'[s] office in 1999 because of that support of Clinton's war policies, he had them arrested. In 2001, Sanders did not support the vote in Congress to oppose the war in Afghanistan. Congresswoman Barbara Lee stood alone! This vote was followed by his support for appropriations to support both the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2003 he supported the resolution that gave support to George W. Bush in both Iraq and in the larger war against terrorism, although Sanders has been a critic of the Iraq War." (07/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nkfwbp3  

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Iraq: Regime forces launch operation to dislodge Islamic State from Anbar

July 13, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"A military spokesman says a large-scale military operation to dislodge Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants from Iraq's western Anbar province has begun. The spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, announced in a televised statement that the operations started at dawn Monday. Rasool didn't clarify whether the U.S.-led international coalition is taking part, mentioning only government forces and allied Shiite and Sunni paramilitary troops." (07/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5hc5wx  

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Iraq: 29 killed in bombings across Baghdad, officials say

July 13, 2015
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Fox News    

"A series of bombings Sunday across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killed at least 29 people and wounded 81, police officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. However, the Islamic State militant group is often behind assaults on checkpoints and other locations across the capital as it seeks to challenge Iraqi security forces and Iraq's Shiite-led government amid intensifying battles in northern and western Iraq." (07/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/opyemvc  

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