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Kurdistan Islamic Union bloc emphasizes the importance of activating the role of Parliament
Kurdiu - 2017-03-30 00:56

Turkey ends Euphrates Shield military campaign in Syria
BBC - 2017-03-30 00:53
The Euphrates Shield operation targeted Islamic State fighters and also Syrian Kurdish militias. ...

IS Holds Only 7% of Western Mosul: Commander
BAS News - 2017-03-29 22:57
SOFIA — The Islamic State (IS) areas of influence in western Mosul are estimate to be only 7% of the entire region, an Iraqi commander said on Wednesday. The spokesperson of the Joint Operations Command, Brig. Gen. Yahia Rasoul, said on Wednesday that th ...

Iraqi Forces Kill IS "Health Minister" In West Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-29 22:57
SOFIA — Iraqi forces managed to kill the "Health Minister" of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul during an operation to liberate the western areas of the city, Iraqi media reported on Wednesday. According to recent reports by the Iraqi News agency ...

Iraqi VP: Mosul Operation Distancing from Its Goal
BAS News - 2017-03-29 22:57
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Vice-president Usama al-Nujaifi has warned about the military plans in anti-Islamic State (IS) operations west of Mosul, saying the mission is going out of control and distancing from its main goal. The Sunni leader told reporters on Wedn ...

Iran Training PUK Electoral Officials
BAS News - 2017-03-29 22:15
ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran is running a training course for the electoral officials of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). According to the information BasNews has obtained from a confidential source, the 15-day-long course has already star ...

Syrian army captures Islamic State village near Aleppo
Reuters - 2017-03-29 17:53
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army captured the small town of Deir Hafer east of Aleppo from Islamic State on Wednesday, a Syrian military source said, part of its operations to drive back the jihadist group and consolidate its control in that area. ...

22 IS Militants Killed in West Mosul: Police
BAS News - 2017-03-29 15:53
Seven civilians were killed by IS mortar shelling MOSUL — Iraqi troops managed to neutralize 22 Islamic State (IS) militants during an operation to liberate Raas al-Jadda area in west Mosul. Colonel Zahir Hussein from the Iraqi federal police told BasNew ...

Three Children Killed by IS Shelling in East Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-29 13:14
The Iraqi troops are advancing towards Mosul Grand Mosque in the western part MOSUL — An Islamic State (IS) offensive on the previously liberated east Mosul killed and injured a number of civilians including children. A source from Nineveh province told ...

Islamic State shelling forces engineers to evacuate Syrian dam: Reuters witness
Reuters - 2017-03-29 13:08
TABQA DAM, Syria (Reuters) - Islamic State shelled positions held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at the Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates River on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of engineers who were on site to open spillways, a Reuters wit ...

Iraqi forces battle toward landmark Mosul mosque
Reuters - 2017-03-29 11:43
MOSUL (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site in the battle to recapture Iraq's second city, military ...

US-Backed Kurdish Forces Capture Islamic State Armaments Following Clashes Around Al-Tabqa Airport [Video]
Yahoo - 2017-03-29 08:37

Turkey’s main Islamic human rights organization faces internal upheaval
Al Monitor - 2017-03-29 05:02

Obama's defense chief doesn't see big changes in Iraq campaign
Reuters - 2017-03-29 01:14
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ash Carter, who until January was U.S. defense secretary, said on Tuesday he did not see major changes in the campaign against Islamic State since President Donald Trump took office, amid accusations the U.S. military may be relaxin ...

The ‘Black MBW’ Sold after Saving Dozens of Lives in Kirkuk Attack
BAS News - 2017-03-29 00:59
ERBIL — The owner of the ‘Black BMW’, who saved 70 people during an Islamic State (IS) attack on Kirkuk, has sold his bulletproof car despite a worldwide reputation it had gain. Ako Duzi, a Kurdish Peshmerga from Tuz Khurmatu district, told BasNews on Tu ...

Strike in Syria hit militants, not civilians: U.S. general
Reuters - 2017-03-29 00:48
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Iraq told reporters on Tuesday that a strike near the Islamic-State-held Syrian city of Raqqa last week appears to have killed dozens of militants and not civilians. ...

UN: Protection of Mosul Civilians Paramount
BAS News - 2017-03-28 21:20
GENEVA — UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday deplored the massive loss of civilian lives in west Mosul in the recent days, victims of actions by the Islamic State (IS) and of airstrikes. “Bodies continue to be found in ...

U.S. probably had role in Mosul blast that killed civilians: U.S. general
Reuters - 2017-03-28 19:12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. commander in Iraq on Tuesday acknowledged the likelihood that the U.S.-led coalition had a role in blasts in Mosul that killed civilians this month but said an investigation was underway and that Islamic State may also ...

Guns silent as engineers work to ease pressure on Syrian dam
Reuters - 2017-03-28 17:52
TABQA DAM, Syria (Reuters) - Syrian engineers worked on Tuesday to open spillways and ease pressure on a major dam across the Euphrates River, amid a pause in a U.S.-backed assault to capture it from Islamic State, a Reuters witness said. ...

Iraqi farmers desperate to go home as cattle perish
Reuters - 2017-03-28 17:06
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - In a field off a main road south of Mosul, a stray dog picked at the body of a dead buffalo calf, part of an exhausted herd brought 20 miles on foot by farmers forced to abandon their land in the fight against Islamic State. ...

Six IS Militants Killed by Peshmerga in Sinjar
BAS News - 2017-03-28 13:51
They were ambushed by the Peshmerga forces SINJAR — Six militants from the Islamic State (IS) were killed in eastern Sinjar district by the Peshmerga forces. According to a source from Peshmerga, six IS militants were eliminated by the Peshmerga forces a ...

Muslim Cleric Abducted in Sulaymaniyah Involved in US Consulate Attack in Erbil
BAS News - 2017-03-28 12:38
Vital information may get lost by his abduction, Erbil security forces say ERBIL — Siddiq Omar Mustafa, a Kurdish Islamic cleric, who was wanted by Erbil Asayish (security forces) over terrorism charges, was kidnapped in Hajiawa subdistrict in Sulaymaniy ...

Investigators probe Mosul blast as Iraqi forces push into Old City
Reuters - 2017-03-28 12:07
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Investigators are in the Iraqi city of Mosul to determine whether a U.S.-led coalition strike or Islamic State-rigged explosives caused a huge blast that destroyed buildings and killed more than 200 people, a U.S. military commande ...

U.N.'s Zeid says Iraq must avoid civilian deaths in west Mosul
Reuters - 2017-03-28 12:07
GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 307 civilians have been killed and 273 wounded in western Mosul since Feb 17 as Islamic State fighters herd people into booby-trapped buildings as human shields and fires on those who flee, the United Nations human rights chief ...

Raqqa could be part of Syria’s Kurdish federation: Salih Muslim
KurdPress - 2017-03-28 08:28
The co-Leader of Syrian pro-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) stated that the northern Syrian city of Raqqa could join a decentralized system of government being set up by Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies once it is freed from Islamic State (IS). ...

Ankara, Damascus must unite to halt Kurdish state in northern Syria: observers
KurdPress - 2017-03-28 08:28
Political observers claim that when the war against the Islamic State (IS) comes to an end, Washington may push for a Kurdish autonomy or even an independent Kurdish state in northern Syria. ...

Syrian troops control large part of Sweida province
KurdPress - 2017-03-28 08:28
Syrian troops freed a great swathe of southern Sweida province from the Islamic State (IS) on Monday as the terrorists’ retreat continued. ...

U.S.-coalition sees no 'imminent risk' to Syria's Tabqa dam
Reuters - 2017-03-28 02:23
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition said on Monday it saw no imminent danger to a major hydroelectric dam that allied Syrian militias are fighting to take from Islamic State, unless the jihadists planned to blow it up. ...

Iranian Missile Tests on the Rise
Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-03-28 00:17
In February 2017, the Islamic Republic of Iran conducted a test of its Soumar cruise missile. The test was declared a success, and according to reports, the missile flew 600km during flight. The test occurred only a few days after Iran conducted a flight ...

Bomb factories, village command posts: Islamic State's rural fight
Reuters - 2017-03-27 22:48
BADUSH, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters have pulled out of this deserted village on the Tigris river, which Iraqi commanders say was a crucial outpost defending their nearby stronghold of Mosul, but signs of their presence abound. ...

Blasts rock western Mosul as Iraqi forces push to expel Islamic State
NRT - 2017-03-27 22:19

Anti-IS Operations in West Mosul Concluded on Military Level: Commander
BAS News - 2017-03-27 22:17
SOFIA — Iraqi forces said on Monday that the battle against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in western Mosul has concluded on military level. The spokesperson of the Joint Operations Command, Yahia Rasoul, said on Monday that the government forces in th ...

US-led Coalition Conducts 34 Airstrikes against IS in Syria, Iraq
BAS News - 2017-03-27 22:17
SOFIA — Operation Inherent Resolve said on Monday that the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq carried out 34 airstrikes on Sunday on the territories of the two countries, consisting of 80 engagements. Operation Inherent Res ...

PKK Kidnaps Swedish Peshmerga Volunteer near Sinjar
BAS News - 2017-03-27 21:58
Swedish Foreign Ministry has confirmed ERBIL — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) affiliates around the Yezidi town of Sinjar kidnapped a Swedish national who had joined the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces to fight the Islamic State (IS). 51-year-old Swe ...

After civilians killed in Mosul, Pentagon denies loosening rules in fight vs IS
Reuters - 2017-03-27 21:18
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon, facing allegations that a coalition air strike may have killed scores of civilians in Iraq's city of Mosul, on Monday said it was not loosening its rules of engagement in the fight against Islamic State but that resour ...

Head of the Islamic Movement warns of the high rate of joining the ranks of the "popular mobilization forces"
Kurdiu - 2017-03-27 21:05

London attacker interested in jihad but no evidence of IS link: police
Reuters - 2017-03-27 18:19
LONDON (Reuters) - British police said on Monday they had found no evidence that Khalid Masood, who killed four people in an attack on Britain's parliament last week, had any association with Islamic State or Al Qaeda, but he was clearly interested in jih ...

Islamic State tunnels under al-Bab point to hard fighting ahead
Reuters - 2017-03-27 17:22
AL-BAB, Syria (Reuters) - Syrian rebels who drove Islamic State from the town of al-Bab in northwest Syria this year discovered an extensive network of tunnels dug by militants as part of their defenses, a tactic that has slowed the military campaign agai ...

Civilian deaths, Old City fight force Mosul battle rethink
Reuters - 2017-03-27 16:11
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Perched in bombed-out apartments overlooking west Mosul, Iraqi police snipers have in the last few days advanced to within a few hundred meters of the mosque where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al—Baghdadi declared his caliphate ne ...

Israel urges citizens to leave Egypt's Sinai, citing IS threat
Reuters - 2017-03-27 14:39
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Monday urged citizens vacationing in Egypt's Sinai peninsula to leave immediately, saying the threat of attacks inspired by Islamic State and other jihadi groups was high. ...

Syria's Raqqa expected to join Kurdish-led federalism: Kurdish leader
Reuters - 2017-03-27 14:21
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The northern Syrian city of Raqqa is expected to join a decentralized system of government being set up by Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies once it is freed from Islamic State, a leading Kurdish politician told Reuters on Monday. ...

Kurdish US-backed forces take ISIS-held airport near Raqqa
Waar Media - 2017-03-27 13:10
WAAR-DUHOK: Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, on Sunday seized a military airport from the Islamic State jihadist group in northern Syria (Rojava), a spokesman said. The capture of Tabqa airbase comes as ...

Head of PUK Information Agency Lahur Talabani Kidnaps a Muslim Cleric in Sulaymaniyah
BAS News - 2017-03-27 12:31
ERBIL — Siddiq Omar Mustafa, a Kurdish Islamic cleric was kidnapped in Hajiawa sub district in Sulaymaniyah province on March 19 by a number of armed men belonging to Lahur Jangi Talabani, the head of the Information Agency of the Patriotic Union of Kurd ...

Mosul residents flee thirst, hunger and Islamic State
NRT - 2017-03-26 23:18

[Video] Mosul residents flee thirst, hunger and Islamic State
NRT - 2017-03-26 22:55

Mosul: Iraqi forces Liberate Badush Dam
BAS News - 2017-03-26 21:14
MOSUL — Iraqi government forces on Sunday liberated Badush dam from the grip of the Islamic State (IS) in western Mosul, officials confirmed. Abdul Amir Rasheed Yarallah, the commander of Nineveh operations, confirmed the report today evening and stated ...

U.S-backed forces storm IS-held Tabqa military airport in northern Syria: spokesman
Reuters - 2017-03-26 19:26
AMMAN (Reuters) - A United States-backed alliance of militias fighting Islamic State have stormed the Tabqa military airport held by militants, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman said on Sunday. ...

IS Chief Al-Baghdadi's Role in Mosul Ended: Commander
BAS News - 2017-03-26 18:17
He has no longer a role in the fight in Mosul MOSUL — The Islamic State (IS) chief Abubakir al-Baghdadi is not in central Mosul where the military operations are taking place, and he has no role over the fight in Mosul, said Nineveh operations commander ...

'No pause to attacks against IS' in West Mosul
BBC - 2017-03-26 17:33
Iraqi forces are continuing their offensive to drive Islamic State fighters out of western Mosul as concern grows over civilian deaths. ...

Iraqi Air Force Strikes Several IS Leaders in Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-26 16:10
MOSUL — Iraqi Air Force hits the Islamic State (IS) positions in western Mosul on Sunday, resulting in the killing of several leaders of the group, as the operations continue in the area. The Iraqi Air Force released a statement on Sunday, saying that ac ...

Iraqi Forces Liberate 4 More Areas In West Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-26 16:10
MOSUL — Four more areas in western Mosul were liberated from the Islamic State (IS) by the Iraqi forces on Sunday, according to a military media source. The Iraqi Defence Ministry's War Media Cell announced on Sunday that the counter-terrorism forces rec ...

Nine Civilians Killed and Dozens Wounded in IS Attack on East Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-26 14:17
The attack was conducted by 3 mortars and a suicide bomber MOSUL — Nine civilians were killed and dozens others wounded in an offensive conducted by the Islamic State (IS) militants on east Mosul on Sunday morning. The militants conducted a violent attac ...

Islamic State warns Syrian dam at risk of collapse
Reuters - 2017-03-26 14:16
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State has warned that the Tabqa dam, which a U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab militia is trying to capture from the militant group, is at imminent risk of collapse because of airstrikes and increased water levels. ...

IS Trainer of Al-Baghdadi's Snipers Captured in Anbar
BAS News - 2017-03-26 13:44
He was in charge of training the IS snipers tasked with protecting al-Baghdadi ANBAR — The Iraqi military intelligence managed to locate and capture the trainer of the snipers who are tasked with protecting the Islamic State (IS) chief Abubakir al-Baghda ...

U.S.-backed Syrian militia makes gains against Islamic State
Reuters - 2017-03-26 13:40
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Kurdish and Arab Syrian militia backed by the United States has captured the town of Karama as it prepares for an assault on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa that it expects to take place in early April, it said on Sunday. ...

IS Captures Nearly 200 Children in Mosul to Use Them As Human Shields
BAS News - 2017-03-26 13:03
The number of civilian casualties is increasing in Mosul MOSUL — The Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly taken nearly 200 children hostage in west Mosul in order to use them as human shields to resist the Iraqi forces' advance on the IS-held are ...

Iraqi military says 61 bodies pulled from collapsed Mosul site
Reuters - 2017-03-26 10:31
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi's military said on Sunday 61 bodies had been recovered from a collapsed building that was boobytrapped by Islamic State in Western Mosul, but there was no sign it had been hit by a coalition strike though a large vehicle bomb was ...

Kurdish-led SDF forces advance in Raqqa
KurdPress - 2017-03-25 22:56
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) made a fresh progress on Friday against the Islamic State (IS) group in the countryside of the northern city of Raqqa, a Kurdish official told Mayadeen TV. ...

U.S.-led coalition helps train Raqqa police: Syrian Kurdish officials
KurdPress - 2017-03-25 22:56
The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State is helping to train a police force for the Syrian city of Raqqa in anticipation of its capture from the militants, two Kurdish officials said on Friday. ...

Iran Executed 138 Kurds in One Year
BAS News - 2017-03-25 21:58
ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran executed 138 Kurds during the last twelve months, said a monitoring group. Hangaw website, which observes the human rights situation and abuses inside Iran, has released the list of executed people with one woman amon ...

Iraqi Forces Halt Military Operation in Mosul Due to Civilian Casualties
BAS News - 2017-03-25 21:01
SOFIA — The Iraqi Army is forced to pause the operation against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul due to the “catastrophic” rate of civilian casualties reported in the city. The US-led coalition who has been backing the ...

Scottish Parliament recognizes the ISIS genocide against Êzidîs
ANF/English - 2017-03-25 17:28
The Scottish Parliament has recognized the genocide of Êzidîs by the terrorist "Islamic State" (ISIS). ...

Iraqi forces pause Mosul push over concern for civilian casualties
Reuters - 2017-03-25 12:15
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces paused in their push to recapture western Mosul from Islamic State militants on Saturday because of the high rate of civilian casualties, a security forces spokesman said. ...

Thousands flee Mosul over fear of airstrikes
BBC - 2017-03-25 11:50
Eyewitnesses say that many Iraqi civilians have been caught up and killed in the US led airstrikes against so-called Islamic State in the battle for Mosul. ...

Fifth Batch of F-16s Delivered to Iraq
BAS News - 2017-03-24 23:48
BAGHDAD — Iraqi military authorities on Friday received the fifth batch of F16s which were purchased form the US, said the Iraqi Air Force. The new delivery contains four aircrafts which are said to soon join the war against Islamic State (IS) in the nor ...

18 Western Mosul Neighborhoods Freed So Far: Commander
BAS News - 2017-03-24 22:15
MOSUL — Since the beginning of the western Mosul operation in February, the Iraqi army has managed to liberate 18 neighborhoods from the grip of Islamic State (IS), said an Iraqi counter-terrorism official. In the remaining neighborhoods, IS uses civilia ...

U.S.-led coalition helps train Raqqa police: Syrian Kurdish officials
Reuters - 2017-03-24 21:11
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State is helping to train a police force for the Syrian city of Raqqa in anticipation of its capture from the militants, two Kurdish officials said on Friday. ...

IS gunmen target civilians fleeing Mosul by night
Reuters - 2017-03-24 16:39
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State gunmen are opening fire on men, women and children as they try to flee Mosul under cover of darkness, civilians who escaped the besieged Iraqi city said on Friday. ...

Shi'ite cleric Sadr says only Iraq's military should hold land seized from IS
Reuters - 2017-03-24 14:46
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Influential Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Friday that only Iraq's military should hold territory recaptured from Islamic State, an apparent sign of concern that rival militias might use the gains to expand their influen ...

Syria's Ja'afari says U.S. action on Raqqa would be illegitimate
Reuters - 2017-03-24 14:46
GENEVA (Reuters) - Any U.S.- or Turkish-backed attack on Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa would be illegitimate unless coordinated with President Bashar al-Assad's government, the Syrian chief negotiator at peace talks in Geneva said on Friday. ...

Syrian SDF forces reach Tabqa dam: Raqqa campaign spokeswoman
Reuters - 2017-03-24 14:46
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reached the entrance to the Tabqa dam where they are clashing with Islamic State, Jihan Sheikh Ahmed, the SDF's spokeswoman for the campaign to drive the jihadist group from Raqqa, sai ...

KRG Collecting Evidence to Recognize Yezidi Case As Genocide
BAS News - 2017-03-24 12:55
KRG has formed a committee to gather evidence on IS atrocities against Yezidis ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has established a committee to document the crimes committed by the Islamic State (IS) against the Yezidi community to help recogni ...

Mosul's east begins to bustle but healing a long way off
Reuters - 2017-03-24 11:49
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Eastern Mosul is coming back to life. In the few weeks since Iraqi forces drove Islamic State from this side of the city, markets have opened and bulldozers have begun to clear the debris left by battle. ...

Iraqi forces prepare new push, tactics in Mosul as civilians flee city
Reuters - 2017-03-24 11:19
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces are preparing a fresh push against Islamic State using new tactics, but operations to drive the militants out of their last stronghold in the country are on hold, military officials said on Friday. ...

French defense minister sees Raqqa battle starting in coming days
Reuters - 2017-03-24 08:58
PARIS (Reuters) - A battle against Islamic State to recapture the Syrian city of Raqqa is likely to start in the coming days, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday. ...

Yazidis who suffered genocide are fleeing again, but this time not from the Islamic State
Nadia Murad - 2017-03-24 04:10
Salam Mukhaibir’s death this month, along with four other Yazidi fighters, marked the latest dark turn for an Iraqi minority sect that has suffered genocide at the hands of the Islamic State. Read more in The Washington Post. ...

IS leaves trail of destruction in Syria's Palmyra
BBC - 2017-03-24 02:08
Lyse Doucet finds the trail of destruction left by Islamic State militants in Palmyra extends beyond the ancient Syrian city's famous ruins. ...

Mosul: Iraqi Forces Recapture District of al-Yabessat
BAS News - 2017-03-23 22:33
LEEDS — Iraqi forces liberated the district of al-Yabessat in western Mosul on Thursday as the operation against the so-called Islamic State (IS) continues. The Joint Operations Command reported that the counter-terrorism forces took over the area and ra ...

Iraqi Forces Deny Civilian Casualties in Mosul Airstrike
BAS News - 2017-03-23 22:33
LEEDS — Iraqi Forces denied causing civilian casualties during airstrikes in the ongoing operation against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the western parts of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. According to a statement released by the Iraqi Defense M ...

In Pictures: Coalition Forces Continue Training Peshmerga
BAS News - 2017-03-23 22:33
ERBIL — The US-led coalition continues training Kurdish peshmerga forces as part of the global anti-Islamic State (IS) efforts. The trainings, according to the official Facebook page of the US Consulate General in Erbil, is mainly focused on counter-IED ...

Dozens killed, buried in rubble after Mosul air raid - Iraqi officials, residents
Reuters - 2017-03-23 20:30
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Dozens of residents were buried in collapsed buildings in the Iraqi city of Mosul after an air strike against Islamic State triggered a massive explosion last week and rescuers are still recovering bodies, civil defense agency official ...

Tillerson: Defeating ISIS ‘No. 1 Goal’ for U.S., But Others Should Do More
Waar Media - 2017-03-23 15:51
WAAR-DUHOK: Defeating the Islamic State is the top U.S. priority in the Middle East, but other countries will be expected to contribute more to stabilize Iraq and Syria once the militants are expelled, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday. “Th ...

U.S.-backed Syrian force expects to attack Tabqa soon
Reuters - 2017-03-23 15:03
BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Syrian militias are expected to attack soon an Islamic State-held dam and air base west of the Syrian city of Raqqa, their spokesman said on Thursday, part of an accelerating campaign to capture the hardline group's strongho ...

Are Syrian Kurds the missing ingredient in the West’s recipe to defeat Islamic State? — JNS.org
JNS - 2017-03-23 13:10

Child victims of Mosul battle fill emergency hospital
Reuters - 2017-03-23 11:25
BARTELLA, Iraq (Reuters) - The 9-year-old Iraqi boy was playing football on a patch of wasteground during a lull in the battle for Mosul when a mortar round fired by Islamic State militants landed nearby. It sprayed shrapnel into his lower legs and virtua ...

State Department spokesman says U.S. supports a unified Iraq
E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
WASHINGTON,— The U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner reiterated on Monday his country’s support to Iraq in defeating Islamic State (IS) and restoring stability to the liberated areas. Toner, during a press conference, told NRT that Iraq’s unity is ...

Iraq’s Abadi meets with U.S. president Trump at White House
E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
WASHINGTON,— Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he won assurances of greater U.S. support in fighting Islamic State militants in talks on Monday with President Donald Trump and top advisers, but cautioned that military might alone would not be suf ...

Islamic State shells areas recaptured by Iraqi forces in western Mosul
E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
MOSUL,— Islamic State militants shelled areas recaptured by Iraqi forces in western Mosul, hitting civilians fleeing the fighting early on Wednesday as troops edged their way through the narrow, dangerous streets of the Old City. Heavy mortar fire killed ...

U.S. Marines deployed in Syria, Kurds say
E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— A U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish coalition says the U.S. has landed infantry behind Islamic State lines to spearhead an assault on the town of Tabqa. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces SDF say the U.S. has airlifted several ...

US-led Coalition Gathering to Discuss End of IS
BAS News - 2017-03-23 00:46
LEEDS — Diplomats from all 68 member states of the international US-led coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria met on Wednesday in the capital of the United States, Washington. US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, welcomed ...

IS Mortar Attack Kills and Injures Civilians in Central Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-23 00:46
LEEDS — Mortar shelling conducted by the so-called Islamic State (IS) killed one civilian and injured another three, including a security soldier, in the areas of central Mosul on Wednesday. A police source said that one girl was killed and two other civ ...

Mosul: Iraqi Forces Kill 15 IS Militants, Arrest Several Others
BAS News - 2017-03-22 22:24
MOSUL — Iraqi security forces killed 15 Islamic State (IS) militants and arrested several sleeper cells belonging to the extremist group in central Mosul, a federal police officer said on Wednesday. Captain Khalil Haider from the Iraqi Federal Police sai ...

Shi'ite aid convoys enter Mosul, bringing relief and suspicion
Reuters - 2017-03-22 18:33
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Aid convoys linked to paramilitary groups have begun making regular deliveries to Mosul districts recaptured from Islamic State, bringing much-needed relief but also fears that their Shi'ite backers are encroaching into the mostly ...

U.S.-led coalition air-drops forces in Raqqa province
Reuters - 2017-03-22 17:24
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition have air-dropped ground forces near the Islamic State-held town of Tabqa in northern Syria, opening a new front in the campaign to capture the jihadist group's nearby stronghold of Raqqa city. ...

Islamic State shells recaptured areas in west Mosul
Reuters - 2017-03-22 14:23
MOSUL (Reuters) - Islamic State militants shelled areas recaptured by Iraqi forces in western Mosul, hitting civilians fleeing the fighting early on Wednesday as troops edged their way through the narrow, dangerous streets of the Old City. ...

Scorched earth: If Islamic State can't have it, no one can
Reuters - 2017-03-22 13:10
CAIRO (Reuters) - As Islamic State loses ground in Iraq and Syria, the Sunni militant group which once held territory amounting to a third of those countries is turning to sabotage to ensure its enemies cannot benefit from its losses. ...

Air strike kills more than 30 near Raqqa, Syrian Observatory says
Reuters - 2017-03-22 09:23
BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least 33 people were killed in an air strike that hit a school sheltering displaced people near Islamic State-held Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, and the U.S.-led coalition was believed to have carried out the a ...

Trump administration hosting first meeting of anti-ISIS coalition
Reuters - 2017-03-22 05:56
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from 68 countries meet in Washington on Wednesday to agree on the next steps to defeat Islamic State, the first such gathering of the U.S-led military coalition since the election of President Donald Trump in Novem ...

Yazidis who suffered genocide are fleeing again, but this time not from Islamic State | Albuquerque Journal
Abqjournal - 2017-03-21 22:48

Lessons learned, Belgian PM still on guard a year after attack
Reuters - 2017-03-21 21:55
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium has learned lessons about keeping violent Islamists in check but cannot rule out more attacks, its prime minister said on Tuesday, a year after Islamic State suicide bombers killed 32 people in Brussels. ...

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