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Majority of Turks question timing of resumed fighting with Kurds: Analyst

Majority of Turks question timing of resumed fighting with Kurds: Analyst

 Press TV has conducted an interview with Barcin Yinanc, a journalist and political commentator in Istanbul, about a recent warning by Turkey’s opposition parties that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) may resort to any possible means, even a civil war, to delay the November elections and maintain its grip on power.What follows is a rough transcription of the interview.Press TV: Is it really possible do you think that

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Iraqi Forces Gain Control of 11 Villages in Kirkuk

Iraqi Forces Gain Control of 11 Villages in Kirkuk

 The Iraqi army and popular forces won back nearly a dozen villages in Kirkuk province from the ISIL Takfiri militants.The Iraqi forces took control of 11 villages along the Touz Khourmato-Daquq road which paved the way for purging terrorists from the strategic Baghdad-Kirkuk highway.At least 40 ISIL terrorists, including Arab nationals were killed in the Kirkuk mop-up operations.In a similar development on Thursday, the Iraqi Kurdish

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White House Says Deputy of ISIL’s Baghdadi Killed in Iraq Strike

White House Says Deputy of ISIL’s Baghdadi Killed in Iraq Strike

 The White House said Friday that the second-in-command of the Takfiri group, ISIL (so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant), has been killed in a US air strike in northern Iraq.The National Security Council identified the slain militant as Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as Haji Mutaz, and said he was ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi s senior deputy.US forces say they were able to kill him, along with an ISIL "media operative"

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US: Daesh used mustard gas against Kurdish fighters in Iraq

US: Daesh used mustard gas against Kurdish fighters in Iraq

 A top US military official has confirmed that traces of a chemical agent have been found in mortars used by Daesh against Kurdish fighters in Iraq.Brigadier General Kevin Killea, chief of staff for American military operations in Iraq and Syria, said on Friday that the terrorist group used sulfur mustard agent."That is a presumptive field test and it is not conclusive, and what those results tell us is merely the presence of that chemical.

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Iraqi VP Condemns S. Arabia for Spreading Terrorism

Iraqi VP Condemns S. Arabia for Spreading Terrorism

 Iraq s Vice-President Nuri al-Maliki took Saudi Arabia and Turkey responsible for spreading terrorism through their huge continued support for terrorist groups, specially the ISIL."The ISIL was a movement created by certain regional states, headed by Saudi Arabia, with sectarian and political goals," Maliki, a former Prime Minister, told FNA in the Northeastern city of Mashhad on Wednesday."The ISIL is supported by Saudi Arabia and

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Top Security Official: US Using ISIL to Legitimize Long-Term Presence in Middle East

Top Security Official: US Using ISIL to Legitimize Long-Term Presence in Middle East

 Secretary of Iran s National Security Council Ali Shamkhani underlined that the ISIL is a US protégé, serving Washington s long-term interests in the region."The US is not seeking destruction of the ISIL, but it is using the terrorist group as a publicity tool to legitimize its long-term presence in the Middle East and the Muslim states," Shamkhani said in a meeting with Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) Ammar

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Mission Partition: A False Solution for Iraq

Mission Partition: A False Solution for Iraq

  For the White House it’s hardly a new concept. But partitioning Iraq is a formula for more war - for decades to come.Not surprisingly, the leading Sunni, Shia and secular parties, as well as Iraqi government officials denounce the colonial idea. For instance, Prime Minister Haidar Abadi’s office has said recent comments by the most senior US army official about the possibility of Iraq being partitioned are “irresponsible, reflecting

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Iraq PM Condemns US Army Chief’s Remarks on Partition

Iraq PM Condemns US Army Chief’s Remarks on Partition

 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office condemned today outgoing US army chief General Raymond Odierno’s “irresponsible” statement on the possibility that Iraq might be partitioned.It was “an irresponsible statement and reflects an ignorance of the Iraqi reality,” Abadi’s media office said.Odierno, who served as the top US commander in Iraq from 2008 to 2010, said yesterday that partitioning the country “is something

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Iraqi Kurdish Forces Hit with Suspected Chemical Attack

Iraqi Kurdish Forces Hit with Suspected Chemical Attack

 Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists in northern Iraq appear to have been attacked with chemical weapons, Germany’s Defense Ministry said.The allegations, deemed "plausible" by a US official, follow claims in March by the autonomous Kurdish government in northern Iraq which said it had evidence that the terrorist group used chlorine in a car bomb attack on January 23."We have indications that

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ISIL Kills 77 Iraqis in Baghdad Truck Bombing Massacre

ISIL Kills 77 Iraqis in Baghdad Truck Bombing Massacre

 Dozens of people have been killed in Baghdad when a terrorist bombing rocked a popular market on Thursday, in one of the deadliest single attacks in the city in months.The blast, which killed 77 people, came after the outgoing US army chief warned that reconciliation in Iraq is becoming increasingly difficult and that the country may ultimately have to be partitioned.The bomb went off in a wholesale vegetable market in the Sadr City area of

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ISIS executes 300 Election Commission members in Mosul, Iraq

ISIS executes 300 Election Commission members in Mosul, Iraq

 The official spokesman for al-Hashed al-Shaabi, Mahmud al-Surja, announced that ISIS has executed 300 members of the office of the elections in Mosul, confirming the presence of women among the executed.Al-Surja said that “The organization executed 300 members of the Election Commission in Mosul,” noting that “the process of the executions was by firing squad in Ghazlani camp on Friday afternoon.”He also asserted “the presence of

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Iraqi PM Removes Key Officials, Vows to Fight Corruption

Iraqi PM Removes Key Officials, Vows to Fight Corruption

 Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi abolished top government positions and vowed to crack down on graft after thousands protested against corruption.Abadi, in a decree announced on Facebook and Twitter Sunday, said the positions of vice presidents and deputy prime ministers will be abolished immediately, Bloomberg reported.The posts are now occupied by Sunni and Shiite officials, including former prime ministers Nouri al-Maliki and Ayad

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