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  • Car bombs, suicide attack kill at least 22 in Iraq 18 hours ago

    At least 22 people were killed in explosions across Iraq on Sunday, including a suicide car bomb attack on a military post in western Anbar province, police and medical sources said. "Deash terrorists used a suicide car bomb attack to distract our soldiers and then they clashed with soldiers, but we managed to repel the attack," an army officer from Anbar operations command told Reuters, using a derogatory acronym for Islamic State. Another six people were killed and 17 others wounded when a car bomb went off near Khilani Square in central Baghdad, police and medical sources said. A car bomb killed three people and wounded seven in the town of Mahmoudiya, about 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, police sources said. More »

  • Iraqi army claims progress in Anbar amid Baghdad bombings
    Iraqi army claims progress in Anbar amid Baghdad bombings 18 hours ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's army announced it was making progress in the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province Sunday even as it struggled to retake territory lost over the weekend and a string of bombings rocked the capital. More »

  • U.S. official denies report of Islamic State plot in California Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    CNN reported on Saturday that the FBI was investigating a possible Islamic State-inspired terrorism plot in California but a U.S. law enforcement official in Los Angeles denied there was any such threat. "There is no known or specific threat to Los Angeles or any airport in our territory," an official in Los Angeles told Reuters. Homeland Security Department spokesman Peter Boogaard declined to discuss specific intelligence, but said the authorities had made a number of "security adjustments" in the last few months "reflecting an evolving threat picture." He said there was an increased law enforcement presence at U.S. federal facilities in February and many extra security arrangements were still in place. The United States is engaged in a military campaign with allies in the Middle East to fight Islamic State militants who have taken over parts of Iraq and Syria and created cells in other countries racked by conflict in the region. More »

  • Four displaced Iraqi men kidnapped, killed
    Four displaced Iraqi men kidnapped, killed Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Four men who had fled Iraq's western Anbar province for Baghdad were kidnapped by gunmen Saturday and later found shot in the head, security and medical officials said. More »

  • Drone killing accidents reveal Obama’s tough war choices Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Barack Obama became commander in chief vowing to end America’s foreign wars as quickly as possible. Instead, he found those politically unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan shifting into something else – violent conflict with different boundaries (or no boundaries), enemies from supposedly friendly countries (including American recruits), the capture and grisly killing of western hostages. More »

  • U.S., allies conduct 15 air strikes in Syria, Iraq - military Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces targeted Islamic State militants in Syria with four air strikes from Friday to Saturday morning and conducted 11 strikes against the group in Iraq, the U.S. military said. All of the strikes in Syria hit targets near Kobani, destroying four fighting positions and a boat, and also hitting an Islamic State tactical unit, according to a military statement on Saturday. In Iraq, five strikes near Fallujah hit tactical units, disabled a fighting position and destroyed vehicles, machine guns and an improvised explosive device. ... More »

  • Car bombs driven by foreigners hit Iraq-Jordan border post
    Car bombs driven by foreigners hit Iraq-Jordan border post Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Three suicide car bombs driven by foreigners targeted the remote desert border crossing between Iraq and Jordan Saturday killing at least four Iraqi soldiers, said Iraqi officials. More »

  • ISIL fighters make gains in Iraq's Anbar province
    ISIL fighters make gains in Iraq's Anbar province Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Fighters took partial control of a dam and base guarding it, as group's advance on Ramadi forces civilians to flee city. More »

  • Three Islamic State car bombs hit Iraq-Jordan border crossing, four dead Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    BAGHDAD/AMMAN (Reuters) - Three suicide car bombs exploded at a border crossing between Iraq and Jordan on Saturday, killing four soldiers, a witness and an Iraqi border police source said, in an attack claimed shortly afterwards by Islamic State. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in a video, saying it had targeted a government complex, control point for the border crossing, and army patrol, according to monitoring group SITE. The Iraqi government announced a new offensive this month to recapture parts of Anbar, Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland, from Islamic State, but the Sunni militants struck back by attacking Ramadi, the Baiji refinery, and al-Thirthar dam. More »

  • Jordan increases security at border crossing with Iraq after car bombs - of … Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Jordan increased security at its border crossing with Iraq on Saturday after three suicide car bombs exploded on the Iraqi side, an official source said. "We have taken precautionary measures and beefed up security in such circumstances," the official Jordanian source said. An Iraqi police source said the attack targeted an army barracks near the crossing and was perpetrated by Islamic State. More »

  • Islamic State takes military barracks, dam in Iraq's Anbar - sources
    Islamic State takes military barracks, dam in Iraq's Anbar - sources Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Islamic State militants in Iraq took partial control of a water dam and military barracks guarding it in the western Anbar province after fierce fighting through the night that continued on Saturday, security sources and witnesses said. The Iraqi government announced a new offensive this month to recapture parts of Anbar, Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland, from Islamic State, in an attempt to build on an earlier victory against the group in the central city of Tikrit. More »

  • IS suicide bombers kill four at Iraq-Jordan crossing
    IS suicide bombers kill four at Iraq-Jordan crossing Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    The Islamic State group claimed an attack Saturday by French, Belgian and Senegalese suicide bombers on the Iraq-Jordan border that officials said killed at least four Iraqi security personnel. More »

  • Iraq lacks DNA results to test body of 'Saddam deputy'
    Iraq lacks DNA results to test body of 'Saddam deputy' Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Iraq's health ministry does not have DNA test results from a close relative of Izzat al-Duri that could determine whether Saddam Hussein's long-fugitive deputy has been killed, a spokesman said Friday. More »

  • Falling prices, rising threats cool interest in Kurdish oil
    Falling prices, rising threats cool interest in Kurdish oil Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The hall for the Irbil Oil and Gas Exhibition this week was crowded with company displays, executives and investors. But conspicuously absent were international oil giants like Shell, Exxon-Mobil and Chevron that only a year ago were eager to exploit the promising reserves of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region. More »

  • U.S.-led coalition targets Islamic State with 15 air strikes - statement Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies conducted 15 air strikes since early on Thursday targeting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operation said on Friday. Eleven air strikes in Iraq were conducted near the cities of Ramadi, Falluja, Mosul and Tal Afar, while four air strikes in Syria targeted Islamic State forces near the key border town of Kobani, the task force said in a statement. (Reporting by Washington Newsroom) More »

  • Islamic State behind Riyadh police deaths, say Saudi authorities Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The Saudi Arabian man arrested on suspicion of shooting dead two policemen and injuring two others in separate attacks in Riyadh was acting on instructions from the Islamic State group in Syria, the Interior Ministry said on Friday. Mohammed Abdulrahman Abu Niyan, 23, has confessed to carrying out the shootings in March and April on behalf of Islamic State, after meeting a representative of the group in the Saudi capital, the ministry said in a statement carried by state media. Islamic State last year called on followers in the kingdom to carry out attacks against the authorities, Western expatriates and members of the Shi'ite Muslim minority there instead of travelling to Syria or Iraq to join the group. Abu Niyan recorded footage of the shooting on a mobile phone, the ministry said in its statement, and was preparing car bombs for use in future attacks. More »

  • Bombings in Iraq near market and courthouse kill 7 Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say two bombings, one near a marketplace and the other near a courthouse, have killed seven people. More »

  • Iraq Army 'Kills Hundreds' In IS Fightback
    Iraq Army 'Kills Hundreds' In IS Fightback Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    A senior commander in the Iraqi army has told Sky News they are taking back crucial territory from Islamic State militants. Special forces on the frontline in the city of al Karmah, in Anbar province, have amassed heavy artillery and deployed hundreds of troops. "We've killed many - more than 250 terrorists in the past few days," Lieutenant General Abdul Amir al Shammari told Sky News from the frontline. More »

  • An inglorious postscript to the career of Gen. David Petraeus Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    At the height of his career, David Petraeus was seen by many as the greatest US military leader since Omar Bradley – the last officer to wear five stars as “General of the Army.” Adding that fifth star, which many pundits recommended, would have made him equal in rank with such World War II military leaders as Dwight Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George Marshall, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey. “Like these great leaders, Gen. Petraeus's breadth of experience and outstanding results deserve to be recognized and honored,” Iraq War veterans Pete Hegseth and Wade Zirkle wrote in The Wall Street Journal. Instead, retired four-star US Army general and former CIA director David Petraeus appeared in a federal court in North Carolina Thursday to learn his punishment for having provided highly classified documents to his biographer, with whom he was having an adulterous affair. More »

  • Experts tell U.N. council - Feeling left out drives youth to Islamic State Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Most European youth who travel to Iraq and Syria to fight with Islamic State militants do so because they do not feel at home in Europe, academics told a United Nations Security Council meeting chaired Thursday by Jordan's 20-year-old crown prince. Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II is the youngest person to chair the 15-member Security Council, said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Peter Neumann, a professor at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King's College London, said that his centre had tracked 700 young Europeans fighting with Islamic State on social media and had spoken to nearly 100 of them to find out their stories. They often felt that ... they weren't European, they didn't belong, that they'd never succeed however hard they tried." He said this had opened their minds to an ideology that "you can't be European and Muslim at the same time." Anthropologist Scott Atran of the University of Michigan and the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris, said that countries needed to focus on the "inherent energy and idealism" of their youth. More »

  • U.S.-led forces conduct 21 air strikes in Iraq, Syria - U.S. military Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and coalition forces conducted 16 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and five in Syria since Wednesday, the American military said. The strikes in Iraq targeted Islamic State tactical units, buildings, sniper positions and vehicles around seven cities including Falluja, Mosul, Ramadi and Sinjar, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on Thursday. The strikes in Syria were near Kobani and al Hasaka, it said. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Susan Heavey) More »

  • Iraq expects new US-made F-16s in July to boost IS fight Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq will at long last be getting the first batch of F-16 fighter jets it ordered four years ago, its air force commander said Thursday, a shipment that is expected to boost Iraq's capabilities in battling the extremist Islamic State group. More »

  • Active online, foreign women become Islamic State widows Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    By Alistair Bell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At least 15 young Western women who joined Islamic State and married jihadi fighters are now widows after the militant group suffered losses in clashes in Syria and Iraq, according to researchers who closely monitor Islamist radicals online. The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) think tank in London gave Reuters access to its database of 106 foreign women it says have moved to IS territory and are active online. Fifteen of the women have either mentioned on social media that they lost their husbands in fighting, or other known IS supporters have announced the men's deaths online, said ISD researcher Melanie Smith. Although Reuters could not independently confirm the identities of the women, many of them have been said by relatives to have left their home countries for Syria and Iraq. More »

  • Afghan, NATO officials doubt IS links to Jalalabad bombing Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    By Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan officials and NATO forces in Afghanistan said they doubted that a recent suicide attack on the eastern city of Jalalabad was the work of an offshoot Islamic State, the Islamist militant group fighting mainly in Syria and Iraq. The bombing, in which at least 33 people were killed, was claimed by a spokesman pledging allegiance to IS, also known as ISIS and locally in Afghanistan as "Daesh". President Ashraf Ghani was quick to blame the group for the atrocity. Any direct involvement by Islamic State would mean the ultra-violent movement had spread beyond the Middle East and north Africa, and increase the challenge faced by Afghan forces already struggling to counter Taliban insurgents. More »

  • U.S. allies conduct 18 air strikes in Syria, Iraq - military Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces targeted Islamic State militants in Syria with seven air strikes from Tuesday to Wednesday morning and conducted 11 strikes against the group in Iraq, the U.S. military said. Six of the strikes in Syria hit targets near Kobani, destroying Islamic State fighting positions and a vehicle and damaging tactical units, according to a military statement released on Wednesday. In Iraq, the strikes were concentrated near Bayji, where they hit a tactical unit and a command-and-control facility and destroyed a dump truck, motorcycle and armoured vehicle. ... More »

  • Russia arms Iraq, Syria to help combat Islamic State - Lavrov
    Russia arms Iraq, Syria to help combat Islamic State - Lavrov Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Russia is arming Iraq and Syria to help them fight Islamic State, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday, calling the radical militant group the main threat to his own country's security. "Islamic State is our main enemy at the moment. "They are already coming back... and to enjoy themselves could stage vile acts at home." Russia has criticised air strikes by a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State positions in Syria and Iraq, and encouraged Washington to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against IS. More »

  • Iraqi tribesmen fight their own after breaking with IS group
    Iraqi tribesmen fight their own after breaking with IS group Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    MAKHMOUR, Iraq (AP) — When Islamic State militants swept across northern Iraq last summer, the Sunni al-Lehib tribe welcomed them as revolutionaries fighting the Shiite-led government in Baghdad. But less than a year later, the tribe is bitterly split between those who joined the extremist group and those resisting its brutal rule. More »

  • Turkey faces delicate battle against Islamic State sympathisers at home
    Turkey faces delicate battle against Islamic State sympathisers at home Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Now, she is among the hundreds of Turks using social media to show support for Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. Turkey, a Sunni Muslim nation with a secular constitution, is a member, albeit reluctantly, of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State. This sympathy is of growing concern to officials in Ankara, diplomats and security experts say, as they fear a network of fighters, recruiters and facilitators is being cultivated in Turkey to support Islamic State operations over the border. Turkey has stepped up its efforts to destroy these networks but analysts say pushing the militants too far could lead to the EU candidate nation becoming a target itself, particularly ahead of June elections. More »

  • Why Pentagon is cool to Cruz bid to let troops carry personal firearms on b … Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R) of Texas believes that troops should be able to carry their personal firearms with them on base – a point of view that puts him at odds with a number of top US military officials, including former commanders in America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Likewise, military brass has at times spoken out against the National Rifle Association, for example, when the organization launched a bid to keep commanders from talking to soldiers about the safety of keeping personal firearms in their homes. Asked about whether there is a need to change policy established by the George W. Bush administration in 1992, which prevents most troops from bringing personal firearms on base, General Odierno, who previously served as commander of US forces in Iraq, argued that military bases already provide considerable security for their soldiers. More »

  • Al Baghdadi 'Not In Charge Of IS After Attack'
    Al Baghdadi 'Not In Charge Of IS After Attack' Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is no longer in day-to-day command of the terrorist group after he was seriously wounded in an airstrike, Sky News has been told. He was apparently hit by shrapnel "all over his body" as the convoy he was travelling in was struck by a coalition aerial raid in western Iraq near the Syrian border on 18 March. The claim was made by Dr Hisham al Hashimi, a regional adviser to the Iraqi government, citing a source in the Mosul hospital which treated him. Dr al Hashimi said Baghdadi's main organs were working but he was unable to move due to the shrapnel. More »

  • Was ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi injured? Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    On Tuesday, The Guardian reported that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) has been seriously wounded in an airstrike in Iraq. The US-led airstrike took place on March 18 and aimed to destroy a three-car convoy between the Umm al-Rous and al-Qaraan villages in Northern Iraq, close to the Syrian border. Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, a spokesman for the Iraqi interior ministry, agreed with Mr. Hashimi, telling BBC News Tuesday that Baghdadi had been seriously injured in a coalition air strike in March. Officials were unaware that Baghdadi was in one of the three cars. More »

  • Flee or return: Ramadi residents face a tough choice
    Flee or return: Ramadi residents face a tough choice Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    ON THE BZEBIZ BRIDGE, Iraq (AP) — In the two weeks since militants from the Islamic State group overran central Ramadi, thousands of people have streamed out of the city, fleeing the brutal clashes between the extremists and Iraqi security forces. More »

  • Turkey calls for more help to stop foreign fighters
    Turkey calls for more help to stop foreign fighters Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Turkey appealed for more help Tuesday in cracking down on foreign fighters flooding to join militant ranks in Iraq and Syria, revealing it had placed 12,800 people on a no-entry list. More »

  • Global support urged to save Iraq's cultural heritage Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iraq and Germany urged all countries on Tuesday to support a U.N. resolution aimed at saving Iraq's ancient cultural heritage from further destruction by the Islamic State extremist group. More »

  • Germany, Iraq seek UN action to protect Iraqi cultural sites
    Germany, Iraq seek UN action to protect Iraqi cultural sites Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Germany and Iraq asked UN member-states on Tuesday to take action against the destruction by jihadist groups of Iraq's cultural sites, which they said was tantamount to a war crime. More »