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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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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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