12 December 2019
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Al Arabiya - Islamist militants have shot dead 25 people from the Albunimr tribe in the Sunni-stronghold province of Anbar in Iraq, sources told Al Arabiya News Channel on Saturday. Other security and tribal sources said militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) radical group funneled more military backup from the eastern bank of the Euphrates to the al-Sajariya area - where the Albunimr tribesmen were killed - in east Anbar. ISIS’s military maneuvers have forced the tribal…
(Reuters) - Iraq will need about 80,000 effective military troops to retake the terrain it lost to Islamic State militants and restore its border with Syria, the top U.S. general said on Thursday. "We're going to need about 80,000 competent Iraqi security forces to recapture territory lost, and eventually the city of Mosul, to restore the border," Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff, told a congressional hearing.Dempsey said the request for more U.S. forces in…
STORY HIGHLIGHTS ISIS' communication, resupply lines in Iraq disrupted by airstrikes and Iraqi military action ISIS controls vast areas in Iraq and Syria but has lost "element of surprise," analyst says Despite gains against ISIS, group remains flexible fighting force capable of guerrilla tactics (CNN) -- Is the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria finally beginning to feel the pressure?  The first signs are emerging that a combination of coalition airstrikes and more assertive Iraqi and Kurdish forces are forcing…
(Reuters) - Among the thousands of militia fighters who flocked to northern Iraq to battle militant group Islamic State over the summer was Qais al-Khazali. Like the fighters, Khazali wore green camouflage. But he also sported a shoulder-strapped pistol and sunglasses and was flanked by armed bodyguards. When he was not on the battlefield, the 40-year-old Iraqi donned the robes and white turban of a cleric.Khazali is the head of a militia called Asaib Ahl al-Haq that is backed by Iran.…
Iraq must put an immediate halt to its flagrant violations of human rights, and especially the torture of prisoners to obtain confessions, Amnesty International has demanded. And Iraq should not use the presence of the Islamic State terror group within its borders to delay making genuine reforms and putting an end to rampant abuses.Amnesty International said in a statement: “Prior to the review in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group, Amnesty International urges Iraq to engage constructively in the review…

Iraqi refugees forced to live under ISIL Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:36

Zakho, Iraq, Al Jazeera - The unfinished brick apartment buildings rise above a muddy square teeming with children and crowded with makeshift stalls selling chocolate bars and second-hand jackets. Inside, between the concrete pillars, families have strung clothing lines and draped them with sheets to create the illusion of rooms.  Each one holds an individual tragedy. Murad Qassim and his family fled the village of Wardia near Sinjar on August 12 when ISIL surrounded the community. He left behind his father, who was…
United Nations News - The Security Council this evening strongly condemned the kidnapping and murder by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists of “scores” of Sunni tribesmen whose bodies were found in mass graves in Anbar province, and once again urged the world to unite in a “common effort” to defeat the group and “stamp out” the violence and hatred it espouses. In a statement to the press issued in New York, the Council deplored the incident…
Baghdad/Middle East Online, By Salam Faraj and Ammar Karim – The Islamic State group has carried out a fresh wave of mass killings, officials said Sunday, executing more than 200 members of an Iraqi tribe which took up arms against the jihadists. Women and children were said to be among the scores of members of the Albu Nimr tribe executed over the past 10 days in western Iraq's Anbar province. Reports of the killings came with Iraq on edge as…

Iraq blast targeting Shiites kills at least 13 Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:18

AFP - A car bomb blast targeting Shiites in Baghdad ahead of the major Ashura religious commemorations killed at least 13 people on Sunday, security and medical officials said. The blast struck near a tent from which they were distributing tea and water in the Al-Ilam area in southwest Baghdad, also wounding at least 29 people, the sources said. Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims will flock to the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala for Ashura, which marks the death…

Kurdish forces battle ISIL in northern Iraq Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:12

Al Jazeera - Al Jazeera has captured exclusive footage of Kurdish Peshmerga forces battling ISIL fighters in northern Iraq. They are defending the town of Rabia, which is close to the Syrian border. Rabia is strategically important because it is the main route for ISIL between Syria and the city of Mosul, which is controlled by ISIL. Charles Stratford reports from Iraq. Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2014/11/kurdish-forces-battle-isil-northern-iraq-201411264755518723.html

ISIL 'kills scores' in Iraqi province Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:04

AFP - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has killed at least 200 people from the Albu Nimr tribe, which had taken up arms against the fighters, police officers cited by news agencies said. Women and children were said to be among those executed over the past 10 days in western Iraq's Anbar province which has been largely overrun by ISIL. Accounts varied as to the number and timings of the executions in Anbar, but all sources…

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