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Iraq: Regime says Baiji oil refinery retaken from Islamic State

April 20, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Iraqi government forces have fully liberated the strategic Baiji refinery from Islamic State militants, state media said Saturday, and military reinforcements were reportedly arriving at the embattled western city of Ramadi. Airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition continued to pound positions, with the U.S. Central Command on Saturday reporting half a dozen new strikes near Baiji and Ramadi, capital of Anbar province." (04/18/15)

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Iraq: Car bombs kill at least 11 near Baghdad

April 14, 2015
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The Australian The Australian [Australia]    

"Seven people were killed when an explosives-laden car was detonated in a commercial area in the town of Mahmoudiyah, about 30km south of Baghdad, a police officer said. The car was parked in a mainly Shi'ite section of town near a bakery and went off as people were standing in line to buy bread. Another 13 civilians were wounded in Tuesday's attack. Hours later, another car bomb exploded in a parking lot outside Yarmouk hospital in western Baghdad, killing four civilians and wounding 10, an official said." (04/14/15)

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Four Blackwater guards sentenced in Iraq shootings of 31 unarmed civilians

April 13, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A federal judge Monday sentenced a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for killing 14 unarmed civilians in a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007, an incident that fomented deep resentments about the accountability of American security forces during one of the bloodiest periods of the Iraq war. U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the District rejected a claim of innocence by Nicholas A. Slatten, 31, of Sparta, Tenn., who received the life sentence after being convicted of murder in October for firing what prosecutors said were the first shots in the civilian massacre. The three others -- Paul A. Slough, 35, of Keller, Tex.; Evan S. Liberty, 32, of Rochester, N.H.; and Dustin L. Heard, 33, of Maryville, Tenn. -- were sentenced to 30 years plus one day after being convicted of multiple counts of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter." (04/13/15)

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Iraq: Regime forces, Shiite militias take central Tikrit, PM says

April 1, 2015
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Today Online [Singapore]    

"Iraqi troops aided by Shi'ite paramilitaries have driven Islamic State out of central Tikrit, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday, but the fight to retake all of Saddam Hussein's home town continued. Government forces have been in a month-long fight for the city, which became a bastion for the Sunni jihadists who are at war with Baghdad and have been targeted by U.S.-led air strikes. Hundreds of insurgents ready to fight to the death are still holed up in Salahuddin province's capital city and at least three neighborhoods remain under Islamic State control, along with a palace complex in the city's north." (03/31/15)

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Some form of formal partitioning is still the answer for Iraq

April 1, 2015
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Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"It has long been apparent that Americans prefer to remain ignorant to the fact that their own government has had a big role, stretching back to the Cold War, of facilitating the rise of Islamist radicalism in one way or another. As for the devolution of Iraq, I counted only four analysts -- including myself and Joe Biden before he became vice president -- who thought the United States could extricate itself from Iraq by helping the three groups -- Shi'a, Sunni, and Kurds -- peacefully devolve into a loose confederation of autonomously governed entities or even and outright 'soft' partition by negotiation. In my book, Partitioning for Peace: An Exit Strategy for Iraq, written some years ago but never more relevant now, I said that if Iraq was not partitioned peacefully, it would be divided by war. Unfortunately, the latter has occurred." (03/30/15)

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Iraq: US orders air strikes in Tikrit

March 26, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The United States has ordered air strikes against Islamic State militants in the city of Tikrit, US officials say. The order followed a request for assistance by the authorities in Baghdad, after an Iranian-backed ground offensive in the city stalled. Until now, Washington has had no involvement in the operation in Tikrit. The Iraqi ground offensive also resumed on Wednesday targeting IS positions, Reuters reports." (03/25/15)

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Iraq: US trains regime forces as battle for Tikrit continues

March 23, 2015
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Bradenton Herald    

"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 to train Iraqi forces on issues like weaponry and better coordination and integration of ground action with coalition airstrikes." (03/22/15)

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Iraq: Kurds claim Islamic State forces used chlorine gas

March 16, 2015
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Times of Malta [Malta]    

"There is evidence that the Islamic State group used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against peshmerga fighters, Kurdish authorities in Iraq said. The allegation by the Kurdistan Region Security Council in relation to a suicide truck bomb attack in northern Iraq on January 23 has not yet drawn a reaction from the Islamic State group, which holds a third of Iraq and neighbouring Syria in its self-declared caliphate. However, Iraqi officials and Kurds fighting in Syria have made similar allegations about the militants using the low-grade chemical weapons against them.
In a statement, the council said the alleged chemical attack took place on a road between Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, and the Syrian border, as peshmerga forces fought to seize a vital supply line used by the Sunni militants." (03/14/15)

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Iraq: 226 killed in fighting, 300 found in mass graves

March 12, 2015
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"Security forces have made their way into Tikrit and claim to be in control of as much as 90 percent of the city. Seven snipers were killed by security forces. Over 300 bodies were found in two mass graves near Abu Ajil. They may belong to soldiers massacred at Camp Speicher last summer. At least 17 suicide bombers were part of a 21-bomb attack on Ramadi army targets that left at least 17 dead and 30 wounded. Security forces killed another 26 militants." (03/11/15)

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Iraq: Regime forces, Shiite militias close in on Tikrit

March 11, 2015
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Columbus Dispatch    

"Iraqi security forces and Iranian-backed Shiite militias on Tuesday pushed to the outskirts of the encircled city of Tikrit, residents and Iraqi officials said, after 10 days of heavy fighting that have seen government-aligned forces take control of two key towns north and south of the city. News that government forces had arrived on the outskirts of Tikrit, which has been occupied by Islamic State since last summer, was greeted triumphantly on state television, with officials claiming the militants had withdrawn from the city and predicting a quick victory. But officials have made similar claims in the past about the success of operations against Islamic State only to see the gains they claimed evaporate before fierce counterattacks." (03/10/15)

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Iraq: Regime troops, militia enter strategic town near Tikrit

March 10, 2015
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Reuters    

"Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite militia took the center of a town on the northern edge of Tikrit from Islamic State on Tuesday as they closed in on Saddam Hussein's home city. Al-Alam is the last Islamic State stronghold that needs to be cleared before government forces and militiamen can enter the city of Tikrit itself, which has been under militant control since last summer. Military commanders said Islamic State militants were still holding out in houses in the northern section of al-Alam, but the army and mainly Shi'ite militia had retaken the town center and were preparing for street fighting to seize the rest." (03/10/15)

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Iran won the US war against Iraq

March 10, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"U.S. officials tell us that their invasion and occupation of Iraq was a tremendous success because it brought freedom to the Iraqi people. That's why Americans are exhorted to thank the troops for their service in Iraq -- because of the sacrifices that the troops made to bring a free society to Iraq. That's the myth part. The reality is that Iraq is nothing but a hellhole, one that is now run by a regime that is every bit as brutal as the Saddam Hussein regime. Arbitrary arrests, state kidnappings, forced disappearances, torture, executions, assassinations, and socialism. They were all part and parcel of the Saddam regime. They are also all part and parcel of the current regime in Iraq. The only difference between the two regimes is the religious affiliation of the victims." (03/09/15)

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Iraq: 128 killed in battles, attacks

March 4, 2015
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"Iraq forces are making slow progress in their battles to liberate Salah ad-Din province. At least 128 were killed in fighting and other violence. At least six were wounded. The Iraqi army, Shi'ite militias, and volunteer fighters are seeking to seal off Tikrit. The town of Dour is effectively surrounded. But, the only complete victories appear to be Albu Rayash and Hamrin. Roadside bombs and snipers are making it difficult for the troops to arrive at their destinations let alone fight for them." (03/03/15)

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Iraq: Fierce clashes, no major progress in regime’s operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

March 3, 2015
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US News & World Report    

"Iraqi troops fought on Tuesday with Islamic State extremists south of the militant-held city of Tikrit but their offensive to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown was slowed by roadside bombs, local officials said. ... Fierce clashes were underway mainly outside the town of al-Dour, south of Tikrit, while government troops were shelling militant bases inside the city, they said. The officials spoke anonymously as they were not authorized to brief media. The military operation is seen as a litmus test for the capability of Iraqi troops to dislodge the militants from major cities they conquered in the country's Sunni heartland in the north and west during an onslaught last summer. Previous attempts to capture Tikrit all failed because of tough resistance from the militants." (03/03/15)

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Iraq: Regime launches offensive to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

March 2, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"Iraq's state TV says government forces backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters have begun a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremist group. Al-Iraqiya television said Monday that the forces were attacking the city of Tikrit, backed by artillery and airstrikes by Iraqi fighter jets. It said the militants were dislodged from some areas outside the city, but gave no details." (03/02/15)

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A pretext for cyber COINTELPRO?

February 26, 2015
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CounterPunch
by Eric Draitser  

"In its ever expanding war against Syria, now under the broader pretext of 'fighting ISIS,' the US Government has employed a variety of tactics. From arming terrorists whom it dishonestly labels 'moderates,' to encouraging Turkey and Jordan to host jihadi training centers, to the CIA working with the Muslim Brotherhood to funnel weapons and fighters into Syria, the US and its allies have demonstrated the multi-faceted approach they're taking to fighting ISIS, extremism, and the Syrian Government. The war, once believed to be relegated solely to Syria and Iraq, has now been broadened to a regional, and indeed, a global war with no geographical boundaries or time limits. And now, the Obama administration has announced that its war will also be waged in cyberspace. " (02/26/15)

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UK: Chilcot inquiry “will not be published until after the election”

January 22, 2015
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The Telegraph [UK]    

"The long-awaited Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war will not be published until after the general election in May, it has emerged. The inquiry chairman, Sir John Chilcot, will set out his reasons for the further delay in an exchange of letters with Prime Minister David Cameron, according to Government sources. ... The Chilcot inquiry, which was originally set up by the then prime minister Gordon Brown in 2009, took public evidence from its last witness in 2011. However publication of the report has been held back by negotiations over the publication of private communications between Tony Blair, prime minister at the time of the 2003 conflict, and then US president George Bush." (01/20/15)

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American Sniper

January 21, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"U.S. soldiers were sent into a war in which they were the aggressors and the Iraqi forces and Iraqi people were operating in defense. It's clear from the movie that Kyle never gets that point. Any Iraqi trying to kill an American soldier, thus, was automatically considered a bad guy -- a terrorist. U.S. soldiers were automatically considered to be the good guys notwithstanding the fact that they were clearly violating the principles against wars of aggression set forth at Nuremberg." (01/20/15)

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Iraq: Suicide attacks kill 23

January 9, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Suicide attacks targeting security checkpoints and Shiite worshippers killed 23 people in Iraq on Thursday, officials said. Police said a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint in the town of Youssifiyah .... Later on, a suicide bomber driving a pickup loaded with explosives struck a checkpoint manned by police and Shiite militiamen near the city of Samarra .... After noon prayers, a suicide bomber set off his explosives belt among Shiite worshippers who were leaving a mosque in western Baghdad ..." (01/08/15)

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US-led forces conduct airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

January 6, 2015
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Reuters    

"U.S.-led forces conducted 10 air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, mostly targeting the contested city of Kobani, and two strikes in Iraq since Monday, the U.S. military said." (01/06/15)

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Iraq: Suicide bomber kills 11

December 29, 2014
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Reuters    

"A suicide bomber killed 11 people and wounded 23 others when he detonated explosives in a crowd of Shi'ite pilgrims walking north of Baghdad to the shrine city of Samarra, police and medical officials said. The Shi'ite faithful had stopped at a tent serving pilgrims in Taji on Baghdad province's northern edge, the officials said." (12/29/14)

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Iraq: US airstrikes allegedly kill three Islamic State leaders

December 19, 2014
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FRANCE 24 [France]    

"US-led airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq have killed three of the group’s top leaders, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. In an interview with the newspaper, General Martin Dempsey said the senior leaders were killed in recent weeks as part of expanding effort with partner nations to combat the militants. 'These are high-value targets, senior leadership,' Dempsey told the Journal." (12/18/14)

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Iraq: Haider appeals to US for more air power in anti-ISIS war

December 9, 2014
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Iraq appealed to visiting Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Tuesday for the United States to escalate its air war against ISIS and to provide more powerful weapons. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made the request at the start of discussions with Hagel, who insisted the outcome of the war was up to the Iraqis themselves." (12/09/14)

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Iran denies airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic State targets

December 3, 2014
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Sky News [UK]    

"Iran has denied Pentagon claims that it has carried out airstrikes in neighbouring Iraq against Islamic State militants. A senior official also insisted that cooperation with the US in such attacks was out of the question. The denial comes after a Pentagon spokesman said Iran had carried out raids in eastern Iraq, but said the US had not coordinated with Tehran over the strikes." (12/03/14)

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Iraq: Regime troops take two towns from Islamic State

November 25, 2014
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"raqi troops backed by Shia militiamen and Kurdish security forces recaptured two eastern towns from Islamic State group militants after fierce clashes, officials said on Monday. Police in Diyala province said Iraqi forces entered the towns of Saadiya and Jalula late on Sunday after heavy fighting with the extremist group, which controls territory in Iraq and Syria. The fighting continued on Monday, with some pockets of resistance outside the two towns, police officials said, adding that teams were defusing roadside bombs." (11/25/14)

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