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Baghdad (AIN) –The British Government announced its readiness to provide the surveillance cameras to Iraq and train the Iraqi officers.  A statement by the Ministry of Interior received by AIN "The Interior Minister, Mohammed al-Ghabban, received the British Ambassador to Iraq at his office in Iraq where they discussed the mutual relations and the security support to Iraq."  "The British Ambassador assured that the British Government is ready to provide the surveillance cameras to Iraq and train the security officers…

Fierce fighting rages in Iraq's Anbar Saturday, 29 November 2014 14:19

The Iraqi army says it has held off a fierce assault by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on the city of Ramadi. The claim comes amid an announcement by the Iraqi government that it will triple its defence budget in an effort to defeat the group.  Ramadi is one of the last major urban areas in the crucial Anbar province under Baghdad's control. ISIL holds thousands of kilometres of territory across Iraq, posing a threat to…
Middle East Online, BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces and allied tribesmen were battling Wednesday to defend the governor's office in Anbar province capital Ramadi from an attack by the Islamic State jihadist group, officers said. Kurdish peshmerga forces also engaged in hours of heavy fighting in Kirkuk province in northern Iraq against IS, which spearheaded a major offensive in June that overran key parts of the country. "We are defending and protecting the governmental complex" in Ramadi, said police Colonel Hamid…

Iraqi probe delves into Speicher Camp massacre Saturday, 29 November 2014 14:12

Al Arabiya - Iraq’s initial report by a committee tasked with investigating the June massacre in Spiecher Camp found that there were no military orders to withdraw and that “criminals” helped militants to kill 276 soldiers, a local news website reported Thursday. While other news outlets previously reported that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militant group killed at least 1,566 Iraqi Air Force cadets in an attack on Camp Speicher in Tikrit city on June 12, al-Sumaria News reported…

Hezbollah arrives in Iraq Wednesday, 26 November 2014 20:01

Al - Monitor - For years, Iraqi Shiites have been immune to the Iranian copy of Shiism; the chemistry didn’t work. Iranians strained for years during the post-Saddam Hussein era to establish a solid footprint, but they always failed to reach their goals due to differences in mentality, ethnicity, the approach to political Islam and the de facto hostility that ruled the relationship between both nations. That is not to say Iran wasn’t influential, but that it failed all this time to win…
Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, backed by thousands of Yazidi volunteers, are preparing for a decisive battle to liberate Mount Sinjar from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a senior Kurdish official told Asharq Al-Awsat. “Peshmerga forces and Yazidi volunteers, backed by [US-led] international coalition airstrikes, are ready to move on Mount Sinjar,” a Kurdish official overseeing Peshmerga fighters in the area, Mahama Khalil, told Asharq Al-Awsat. ISIS militants took control of the Sinjar area in early August after fierce…

Iraq's Anbar grapples with devastation Wednesday, 26 November 2014 19:52

Al Jazeera, Anbar, Iraq - A 10-month siege of Anbar province has sparked one of the worst humanitarian crises to hit Iraq. The province, which borders Syria, has seen fierce fighting between Iraqi forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has controlled most of Iraq's western province for the past two months. "The siege has also seen a blockade of food, medical supplies and other goods," 26-year-old Hadi Othman, a resident of Amiriyat al-Fallujah in Anbar,…
Middle East Online - An Iraqi court sentenced former Sunni MP Ahmed al-Alwani to death on Sunday for murder, a verdict that could damage Baghdad's ties with a powerful tribe that is battling jihadists. "The central criminal court sentenced Ahmed al-Alwani to death... for his killing of two soldiers," judicial spokesman Abdelsattar Bayraqdar said, without saying when the murders took place. He has a month to appeal the decision, Bayraqdar said. Alwani is a member of the Albu Alwan tribe, members…

Iraqi troops retake 2 towns in eastern province Wednesday, 26 November 2014 19:43

Associated Press, Baghdad - Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militiamen and Kurdish security forces have recaptured two eastern towns from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants after fierce clashes, Iraqi officials said Monday. Police officials in the Diyala province said that Iraqi forces entered the towns of Saadiya and Jalula late Sunday after fierce clashes with fighters from the Sunni extremist group, which controls much of northwestern Iraq and northeastern Syria. The fighting is still continuing with some pockets…

Iraq air strikes blamed for civilian deaths Monday, 24 November 2014 00:19

Al Jazeera - A total of eight civilians, including at least two women and four children, have been killed in an air strike that hit residential homes in Anbar province during an offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), medical sources say. Five others were injured in Saturday's raids, which hit a house in the city of Heet, the sources told Al Jazeera. Anbar is a predominantly Sunni Muslim province that has been largely controlled by…
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress. The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of the larger, $1.6 billion spending request to Congress focusing on training and arming Iraqi and Kurdish forces. But the document underscored the importance the Pentagon places on…

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