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US Troops Arrive in Iraq for Mosul Operation

US Troops Arrive in Iraq for Mosul Operation

 US soldiers have arrived at a camp in northern Iraq in preparation for an assault on Mosul after being held by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) takfiri group, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s security and defense committee said Saturday.Nayef al-Shammari said 90 troops arrived at the base in Makhmur, southwest of Iraq’s Kurdish capital Erbil, and the “Iraqi government and Mosul town council will decide

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Iraqi Analyst: US Pressuring Baghdad to Exclude Popular Forces from Anti-Terrorism Campaign in Anbar

Iraqi Analyst: US Pressuring Baghdad to Exclude Popular Forces from Anti-Terrorism Campaign in Anbar

 The US is using some tribesmen in the Western province of Anbar to pressure the government in Baghdad to keep the popular forces away from the battle against terrorists in the volatile region, an Iraqi analyst said.Mohammad Na na expressed regret that Washington has succeeded in persuading certain tribal leaders in Anbar to join its so-called war on the ISIL."Washington is pressuring the Iraqi government to exclude the popular forces from

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PKK Attacks Kill 3 Turkish Policemen

PKK Attacks Kill 3 Turkish Policemen

 Three Turkish policemen were killed by Kurdish militants on Sunday in two separate attacks in Turkey s southeast, security sources said, as weeks of violence showed no sign of abating.Two officers were killed and five wounded on a highway outside the southeastern city of Sirnak in a car bomb attack carried out by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the sources told AFP.Security forces on attack helicopters then pursued the militants

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Zawahiri Declares War on ISIL’s Baghdadi

Zawahiri Declares War on ISIL’s Baghdadi

 The leader of Al-Qaeda terrorist organization, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a new audio message accused top leader of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) takfiri group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, of “sedition” and insisted the Iraqi terrorist recluse was not the leader of all Muslims as al-Baghdadi had claimed 14 months ago in a Mosul mosque, a report in ABC news said.In the new audio tape, which was released online

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Iraq Puts New F-16s into Action against ISIL

Iraq Puts New F-16s into Action against ISIL

 Iraq has put F-16 warplanes acquired from the United States into action against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) takfiri group for the first time, the commander of the air force said Sunday."Fifteen air strikes were carried out in the past four days," Staff Lieutenant General Anwar Hama Amin said following a news conference in Baghdad."Smart weapons" were used in the strikes, Amin said, without specifying

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Iraqi DM Unharmed after Sniper Hits Convoy

Iraqi DM Unharmed after Sniper Hits Convoy

 Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi s convoy came under sniper fire Monday but he was unharmed, a ministry spokesman said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which joint operations spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool said took place in the western outskirts of the town of Baiji, 190 km (120 miles) north of Baghdad.Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said the battle over Baiji and its refinery, Iraq s

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Sources: Al-Baghdadi Alive, Returns to Mosul

Sources: Al-Baghdadi Alive, Returns to Mosul

 Leader of the ISIL terrorist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive and has returned to Mosul in Northern Iraq along with a number of other ISIL ringleaders, sources said on Monday."Al-Baghdadi has returned to Mosul along with two Arab and non-Arab ISIL ringleaders from Raqqa in Syria," Soumeriya news website quoted informed local sources as saying today.The sources added that Baghdadi has secretly returned to Iraq on Sunday evening

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47 Killed as ISIL Battles Rival Militants in Northern Syria

47 Killed as ISIL Battles Rival Militants in Northern Syria

 A battle between ISIL terrorists and rival militants operating in Syria for control of a militant-held stronghold in northern Syria has killed at least 47, activists said Saturday.Twenty terrorists and other militant fighters were killed in the clashes in Aleppo province throughout Friday, along with 27 ISIL insurgents, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.The fighting centered on the town of Marea, a key rebel bastion

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Ex-Daesh militant recounts life under Takfiri rule

Ex-Daesh militant recounts life under Takfiri rule

 The Daesh Takfiri group, as confirmed by international rights groups, has been recruiting children and exposing them to ultra-extremist Wahhabi ideology as well as military training in the areas under its control. An Iraqi boy, who escaped from the terrorist group’s grip, recounts how he lived under the rule of the Takfiri group, Press TV reports.“They took me to serve in the Iraqi city of Tikrit for a month. I learned how to use arms

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US and Clients: Making the World Safer for Hypocrisy

US and Clients: Making the World Safer for Hypocrisy

 Until yesterday, they were aiding and abetting ISIL. Today, the United States and Turkey claim they are busy launching airstrikes against the terrorist group’s positions in Syria. That’s where unbridled hypocrisy begins.Turkey’s willingness to participate in “counter-ISIL” air operations alongside other US-led coalition nations comes after months of reluctance from Ankara to act. Turkey claims the shift in its stance follows

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Iraq Rejects Presence of US Troops in Anbar Province

Iraq Rejects Presence of US Troops in Anbar Province

 Iraqi Counterterrorism Forces categorically dismissed the news reports about presence of the US troops in Al-Anbar province."The news reports on the presence of the US troops in the military operations in Anbar province to help Iraq take the province from the ISIL s control are not true," the Arabic-language al-Sumrya news website quoted Commander of Iraqi Counterterrorism Forces Brigadier General Abdol Ghani al-Assadi as saying on

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Religious Leadership Optimistic about Political Reforms in Iraq: Cleric

Religious Leadership Optimistic about Political Reforms in Iraq: Cleric

 A prominent Iraqi cleric underlined that the country’s religious leadership is optimistic about political reforms by the government in the midst of its campaign against terrorism.Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency on Monday, Sadr al-Din al-Qubanchi, the Friday Prayers Leader of the holy city of Najaf, emphasized that the introduction of political reforms while the fight against terrorism is underway is good sign.Undoubtedly, Iraq is

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