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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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Iraqi Air Raid Targets ISIL Terrorists

Iraqi Air Raid Targets ISIL Terrorists

 Iraqi air strikes targeted the ISIL Takfiri militants in a district in al-Karmah town in the province of Anbar, killing 7 terrorists.The Iraqi air strike hit the ISIL terrorists in al-Sajr area in al-Karmah town, East of Fallujah, killing seven of them, Commander of the 3rd Battalion of the Iraqi Army s 30th Brigade Colonel Mahmoud Murdhi al-Jumaili said Wednesday.The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and

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IRGC Quds Commander Meets Leaders of Iraq s Kurdistan Region

IRGC Quds Commander Meets Leaders of Iraq s Kurdistan Region

 Local media in Iraqi Kurdistan region reported that Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani has recently held meetings with the Kurdish officials in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah cities.According to a report by Rudaw news website, during his meetings with Hêro Ahmed, the spouse of the Leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party, Kusrat Rasoul, Barham Salih and other leaders of the

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Ex Saudi Soldier Jailed for Joining ISIL

Ex Saudi Soldier Jailed for Joining ISIL

 A former Saudi soldier was on Monday found guilty of joining the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) takfriri group, a news report on the Saudi Al Arabiya TV said.A special criminal court in Jeddah has sentenced the man to 9 years in jail and fined SR5,000 as well as slapping a travel ban of 9 years has also been imposed on him, which will begin from the date of his completing the jail term.The verdict was challenged

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1500 Anbar Schools Damaged or Destroyed by ISIL in Iraq

1500 Anbar Schools Damaged or Destroyed by ISIL in Iraq

 More than 1,500 schools have been damaged or destroyed as a result of the attacks by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) takfiri group in Anbar province alone, a spokesman said Monday.Anbar is Iraq s largest province. It has been rocked by violence since the beginning of 2014, months before ISIL launched a massive nationwide offensive that saw it conquer swathes of northern Iraq.It is currently the main focus of

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Nusra Front Posts Video of ’Capture’ of US-Trained Militants

Nusra Front Posts Video of ’Capture’ of US-Trained Militants

 Al-Qaeda s Syria branch, Nusra Front, has posted a video purportedly showing its capture last week of members of a US-trained militants it accuses of aiding US-led air strikes against the Takfiris.The video released by Al-Nusra on its YouTube account on Saturday appears to show at least some of the captured militants.Nusra Front militantsIt depicts five men walking through a field in a straight line, hands behind their heads, supervised by

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Security Expert: Iraqi Army, Popular Forces to Take Full Control of Anbar Soon

Security Expert: Iraqi Army, Popular Forces to Take Full Control of Anbar Soon

 The Iraqi army and popular forces will take full control of Anbar province in the coming weeks, security experts announced."The Iraqi army and popular forces have made considerable advances in Al-Anbar province, Western Iraq, an indication that the ISIL will be fully defeated in the next few weeks," Iraqi security expert Saeed al-Jayashi told FNA on Sunday.He underlined that the status of affairs in Anbar province is moving on a course

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Iraqi Shiite, Sunni Endowment leaders meet in Baghdad

Iraqi Shiite, Sunni Endowment leaders meet in Baghdad

 The heads of Iraq’s Shi’ite and Sunni Endowment organizations have met in Baghdad where they discussed the need to combat terrorism and extremism in the war-torn Arab nation.Shaykh Abdul-Latif al-Hamim, the head of the Sunni Endowment of Iraq, has met with Hujjat al-Islam Sayyid Ala al-Mousawi, the head of the country’s Shi’a Endowment, at the office in Baghdad for dialogue over the importance of a sustained fight against fanaticism

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Thousands of Sunni Fighters Join Anti-ISIL Iraqi Forces

Thousands of Sunni Fighters Join Anti-ISIL Iraqi Forces

  At least 6,000 Sunni tribal fighters joined the Iraqi volunteer forces fighting the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.Habib al-Tarfi, a lawmaker in the Citizen coalition, which represents the interests of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, said on Tuesday that the fighters have joined the ranks of Iraqi volunteer forces "to battle the terrorists who seek to destroy Iraq and rip the country to shreds".He further said that Iraqi security personnel

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Dozens of ISIL Terrorists Killed in Iraq

Dozens of ISIL Terrorists Killed in Iraq

Iraqi security forces and volunteer forces conducted military operations in various areas across the country, leaving at least 93 ISIL terrorists dead.Commander of the 30th Brigade of the Popular Mobilization units Abu Abdullah al-Fahdawi said that 30 ISIL Takfiri militants were killed as his forces launched an operation in the al-Rashad district of the town of al-Karmah, situated about 48 kilometers (30 miles) West of the capital. A number of

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Iraq s Hezbollah Leader Abducted in Baghdad

Iraq s Hezbollah Leader Abducted in Baghdad

 Unknown gunmen abducted Secretary-General of Iraq s powerful Hezbollah group in the capital, Baghdad, on Monday.Abdul Rahman Abdul Zahreh al-Jazayeri, whose party s military wing known as Al-Hashad Al-Shabi has proved to be an invincible force in the war on ISIL, was kidnapped in Karadeh region of Baghdad and taken to an unknown place, the Arabic-language Al-Furat News website reported."Several gunmen in military uniforms arrived at the

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Iraqi PM: Iran’s Success Benefits Whole Region

Iraqi PM: Iran’s Success Benefits Whole Region

 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi hailed the conclusion of nuclear talks between Tehran and major world powers, saying Iran’s success is equivalent to the whole region’s success.In a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Baghdad on Monday evening, Abadi said Iran’s success to finalize the text of a nuclear agreement with the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) has delighted the

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Nuclear Conclusion Can End Regional Issues: Iran’s FM

Nuclear Conclusion Can End Regional Issues: Iran’s FM

 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif referred to the recent nuclear conclusion reached between Tehran and world powers as a possible means to facilitate the resolution of ongoing issues in the Middle East.What accomplished in recent nuclear talks can be the beginning of an end to regional problems, Zarif said in a Monday meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Baghdad.Zarif further explained the common dangers

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Iran Raps “Illusive” Support for Terrorism

Iran Raps “Illusive” Support for Terrorism

 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leveled criticism at certain countries in the Middle East for adding fuel to the flames of terrorist activities just for their illusions.“Our region is gripped by violence and extremism, and we feel that some regional countries are also provoking that without any reason and just for the sake of illusion,” the top Iranian diplomat said on Monday, in a meeting with Head of the Islamic Supreme

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Western official confirms Turkey-ISIL secret oil business

Western official confirms Turkey-ISIL secret oil business

 A Western official has confirmed the existence of clandestine business links between Takfiri ISIL terrorists and the Turkish government.In a report published on Sunday, The Guardian quoted an unnamed senior Western official as saying that evidence on direct dealings between Turkish officials and ranking ISIL members was “undeniable.”According to the Western official, the documents on the undeclared alliance were obtained following a US

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Zarif Arrives in Najaf: Extremism, Terrorism a Major Threat to the Whole Region

Zarif Arrives in Najaf: Extremism, Terrorism a Major Threat to the Whole Region

 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in the Holy City of Najaf on Monday morning as part of a regional tour that took him to Kuwait and Qatar on Sunday.ZarifTalking to reporters after a meeting with Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali al-Sistani, he said extremism and terrorism now pose a major threat to the whole region. He urged cooperation and coordination among all to fight the phenomenon.Zarif underlined the effective role of

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13 die as bombers target swimming pool in northern Iraq

13 die as bombers target swimming pool in northern Iraq

 Medical and police officials in Iraq say over a dozen people have been killed and tens of others injured when two bombers struck a crowded swimming pool in the country’s northern province of Salahuddin.The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a bomber detonated his explosive-laden vest at the pool in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, situated 175 kilometers (110 miles) north of Baghdad, as dozens of men and children had gathered to

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PKK Claims Killing of ‘ISIL-linked’ Turkish Police

PKK Claims Killing of ‘ISIL-linked’ Turkish Police

 The military wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) said on Wednesday it killed two ISIL-linked Turkish police officers in a town on the Syrian border as a reprisal for a suicide bombing blamed on terrorists that killed 32."A punitive action was carried out... in revenge for the massacre in Suruc," the military wing of the outlawed PKK, the People s Defence Forces (HPG), said in a statement on its website.Turkish security

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Israel-made ISIL drone downed in Iraq: Report

Israel-made ISIL drone downed in Iraq: Report

 Iraq’s Popular Mobilization units and regular army forces have downed an Israeli-manufactured surveillance drone operated by the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group near the restive city of Fallujah, west of the capital, Baghdad.The downing of the drone came on Sunday after the Iraqi forces detected the unmanned aircraft roaming around, the local al-Maalouma news agency reported citing a security source.The drone was reportedly taking

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Senior ISIL Commander Killed in Iraq’s Anbar during Clashes

Senior ISIL Commander Killed in Iraq’s Anbar during Clashes

 Iraqi government forces, backed by Popular Mobilization forces, killed on Wednesday a top commander of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group in the province of Anbar, south east of Iraq.Iraqi forces killed the ISIL commander, known as Mohammad Eid, in al-Tash region, located about 120 kilometers (74 miles) West of Baghdad. The region was liberated on Tuesday.Meantime, Iranian Fars news agency reported

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Iraq welcomes Iran nuclear agreement as cause of regional stability

Iraq welcomes Iran nuclear agreement as cause of regional stability

 The Iraqi prime minister expressed the hope that the nuclear achievements and the outcome of the agreement will put an end to calamities and tragedies of war and regional conflicts.Iran and the six world powers struck a deal in Vienna earlier today.The hitherto elusive agreement was finally nailed down on Tuesday in the ritzy Palais Coburg Hotel in the Austrian capital of Vienna, where negotiators from Iran and the six other countries had

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ISIL explodes baby to teach members explosive booby-trapping

ISIL explodes baby to teach members explosive booby-trapping

 The ISIL Takfiri terrorist group has blown up a baby in order to teach its members the booby-trapping mechanisms during a training mission. They “brought a baby, the son of a civilian [who] was executed a few weeks ago… in one of [their] training camps near Sharqat, northern Salahuddin... booby-trapped and blew up the child in front of dozens of ISIL militants by a remote,” Sadiq al-Husseini, chairman of the security committee in

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Iraqi Forces Start Operation to Recapture Fallujah

Iraqi Forces Start Operation to Recapture Fallujah

 Iraqi troops and voluntary forces have launched an operation to cleanse the city of Fallujah in al-Anbar province of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists.The operation to liberate Fallujah has come as security forces on Sunday tightened the siege on ISIL militants in the city.Local media quoted Iraqi sources as saying that all escape routes have been closed for ISIL militants, and forces are ready to retake the city.The

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ISIL releases new footage of massacre at Iraq’s Speicher base

ISIL releases new footage of massacre at Iraq’s Speicher base

 The ISIL Takfiri terrorist group has released new footage showing last year’s mass execution of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers in the northern city of Tikrit.The 22-minute video, including both newly and previously released footage of the massacre at the Tikrit Air Academy (formerly called COB Speicher), was posted on ISIL-linked forums on Saturday.The horrific footage shows industrial-scale executions, with victims falling out of dump trucks

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ISIL Takfiri militants ban Eid al-Fitr prayers in Iraq’s Mosul

ISIL Takfiri militants ban Eid al-Fitr prayers in Iraq’s Mosul

 Residents in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul have been banned from performing prayers for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.Ismat Rajab, an official with Iraq’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), told local media outlets on Friday that the terrorist group has warned residents to avoid the prayers.The militant group has described the practice as un-Islamic, claiming that the Eid prayer

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ISIL Starts Withdrawal from Palmyra City

ISIL Starts Withdrawal from Palmyra City

 The ISIL Takfiri terrorist group has started massive troops pullout from the city of Palmyra (Tadmor) in Homs province following a series of gains by the Syrian army in the region, informed military sources announced on Saturday.Hundreds of ISIL terrorists have started retreating from Palmyra towards the Reqqa province as the army regained control of the surrounding areas of the city and Syrian forces are now only one kilometer away from

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ISIL arrests over 40 members over fleeing Iraq battlefield

ISIL arrests over 40 members over fleeing Iraq battlefield

 ISIL Takfiri militant group has reportedly arrested over 40 of its own members in the northern Iraqi province of Salahuddin on charges of fleeing the battlefield, and transferred them to the neighboring Kirkuk Province for trial.Sadeq al-Hussaini, a member of the Diyala provincial council, told Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network on Thursday that ISIL detained the fellow extremists after accusing them of escaping clashes

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Iraqi scholars laud Imam Khomeini for initiative of Int l Quds Day

Iraqi scholars laud Imam Khomeini for initiative of Int l Quds Day

 On International Quds Day Iraqis showcased their Islamic unity, closing their ranks against plots of enemies of Islam.Distinguished scholars have taken part in interviews with IRNA, calling on Iraqi people to take part in the Quds rallies massively:In an interview with IRNA, Seyyed Saleh Al-Heidari, head of Awqaf Office of Iraqi Shias, underlined unity of Muslims and said the International Quds Day marks massive rally of Muslims in pursuit

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Iraqi MP Reveals Al-Baghdadi s Last Minute Escape from Assassination Attempt

Iraqi MP Reveals Al-Baghdadi s Last Minute Escape from Assassination Attempt

 A senior Iraqi lawmaker disclosed details of a plan to assassinate the ISIL s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his escape in the last moments."An intelligence force affiliated to the Iraqi government was due to carry out the assassination plan on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIL leader, in Mosul, the capital city of Nineveh province," Nahlah al-Hababi told FNA on Wednesday."The Iraqi intelligence forces staged unique operations to

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45 ISIL militants killed by poison, dozens others taken to hospital

45 ISIL militants killed by poison, dozens others taken to hospital

 Forty-five ISIL Takfiri terrorists have been killed by eating poisoned food in the Iraqi city of Mosul, while dozens of others have been taken to hospital.A young man from Mosul doctored their iftar prepared for the terrorists with the deadly poison and managed to kill 45 of them and send 100 others to hospital, some of them reportedly in critical condition, Iraqi local sources said on Tuesday.The incident reportedly occurred in the Wadi

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Prominent ISIL Commanders Killed in Iraq Airstrikes

Prominent ISIL Commanders Killed in Iraq Airstrikes

Prominent commanders in the ranks of the Takfir group, ISIL (so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant) were killed in nine wide-scale operations in Iraq.US fighter jetTop Iraqi officer, Lieutenant General Abdel Amir al-Zaidi, told Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network that the Iraqi and the US-led coalition aircraft carried out several airstrikes on ISIL’s strongholds in the northwestern province of Salahudin.The operations

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Hakim: Nuclear deal a step forward to resolve regional disputes

Hakim: Nuclear deal a step forward to resolve regional disputes

 President of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) Ammar al-Hakim said on Saturday that nuclear deal between Iran and G5+1 would be significant stride to resolve the regional disputes and restoration of global peace.He urged other parties to seize the opportunity and signed comprehensive final deal with Iran.Comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and G5+1 would play significant role to restore security, stability and peace in the

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Kurdish Fighters Regain Tal Abyad after ISIL Attack

Kurdish Fighters Regain Tal Abyad after ISIL Attack

 Syrian Kurdish forces regained full control of Tal Abyad on Wednesday, expelling militants of ISIL, the Takfiri group, a monitor said."Kurdish fighters expelled ISIL from the Mashur al-Fawqani district that they had captured yesterday (Tuesday)," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.Kurdish fightersHe said at least three fighters of the Kurdish People s Protection Units (YPG) and four ISIL Takfiris

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Spokesman: Liberating Anbar Province, Huwaija Town Top Priority of Iraqi Popular Forces

Spokesman: Liberating Anbar Province, Huwaija Town Top Priority of Iraqi Popular Forces

 Liberation of the restive province of al-Anbar and Huwaija town from terrorists control is the priority of the Iraqi popular and army forces, a spokesman said on Wednesday."At present, the top priority of the Iraqi popular forces and the military units is the full freedom of al-Anbar province and then Huwaija from the ISIL hands," Spokesman of the Iraqi popular forces Karim al-Nouri told FNA.He underlined that purging the terrorists

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Ian Williams: You Cannot Win Hearts and Minds with Bombing and Strafing

Ian Williams: You Cannot Win Hearts and Minds with Bombing and Strafing

 As Saudi Arabia continues to pound the Yemeni cities, the living conditions for the people of Yemen becomes increasingly agonizing.The US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power has admitted in a tweet that around 16 million Yemenis “are desperately in need of aid.” Over 90 days of ceaseless bombardment and aerial strikes by Saudi Arabia has made Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, a “ghost town”, as the Middle East expert Dr.

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ISIL: The Magic Turns Against the Magicians

ISIL: The Magic Turns Against the Magicians

 There is no question that US militarism constantly strengthens exactly that which it is pitched as trying to prevent, ensuring that the interventionists never lose their supply of reasons to continue the destructive war on terror and state demolition.Any doubters should ask Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, who four years ago said the war on Syria and the interwoven cycle of violence and chaos in the Middle East knows no

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ISIL Attacks on Three Continents: Political Spin and Deception

ISIL Attacks on Three Continents: Political Spin and Deception

 Those who still believe that the three attacks carried out recently by ISIL in France, Tunisia and Kuwait have had something to do with the terrorist group’s considerable reach, are simply being used to advance the United States’ supremacist agenda.The first Friday of Ramadan was a bloody one indeed, with three major attacks on three continents: A bombing claimed by an ISIL affiliate on a Shia mosque in Kuwait killed 27, then 39 more

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