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  • Reports Say ISIS Hits U.S. Embassy in Baghdad with Mortars

    10/22/2014 1:02:46 PM PDT · by AU72 · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Oct. 22, 2014 | Patrick Poole
    RIA Novosti is confirming reports seen on Twitter in the past few hours that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has been hit by rockets/mortars by ISIS: The report: BAGHDAD, October 22 (RIA Novosti) – The US Embassy in Iraq located in central Baghdad has been shelled with rockets, Al-Mustakillah news agency reported Wednesday citing a security source. “On Tuesday night the US Embassy was hit with three rockets. They were fired from a park area in the Dora district [in southern Baghdad],” the agency’s source said. Earlier on Tuesday, Al-Sumaria TV channel reported a mortar shelling of the so-called “green...
  • ISIS Mortar Shells Now Landing in Baghdad’s Green Zone

    10/21/2014 10:08:52 PM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 40 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 10/21/14 | Noah Rothman
    In a bad sign for the future of security in Baghdad, ISIS forces are apparently close enough to the center of the Iraqi capital that they are firing mortars which are landing inside the heavily fortified Green Zone. Officials in Baghdad confirmed on Tuesday that two mortars landed within 500 meters of the United States embassy in the Green Zone. That portion of the city houses Iraqi government facilities as well as American and British diplomatic installations. ISIS militants on Twitter reportedly claimed credit for striking targets inside the Green Zone moments after the attack.
  • Iraq: Former PM Reveals Secret Service Data on Birth of Al-Qaeda in Iraq (Great News)

    05/23/2005 7:15:19 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 128 replies · 7,652+ views
    Baghdad, 23 May - The number two of the al-Qaeda network, Ayman al-Zawahiri, visited Iraq under a false name in September 1999 to take part in the ninth Popular Islamic Congress, former Iraqi premier Iyad Allawi has revealed to pan-Arab daily al-Hayat. In an interview, Allawi made public information discovered by the Iraqi secret service in the archives of the Saddam Hussein regime, which sheds light on the relationship between Saddam Hussein and the Islamic terrorist network. He also said that both al-Zawahiri and Jordanian militant al-Zarqawi probably entered Iraq in the same period. "Al-Zawahiri was summoned by Izza Ibrahim...
  • No WMD Stockpiles in Iraq? Not Exactly ...

    10/08/2004 4:00:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 53 replies · 2,445+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 10/08/04 | Carl Limbacher
    Is it really true that Saddam Hussein had no "stockpiles" of weapons of mass destruction before the U.S. invaded in March 2003? Not exactly - at least not if one counts the 500 tons of uranium that the Iraqi dictator kept stored at his al Tuwaitha nuclear weapons development plant. The press hasn't made much of Saddam's 500-ton uranium stockpile, downplaying the story to such an extent that most Americans aren't even aware of it. But it's been reported - albeit in a by-the-way fashion - by the New York Times and a handful of other media outlets. And one...
  • Iraq: Exclusive Photos Show Al-Hanooti's Political Clout

    03/28/2008 10:26:14 AM PDT · by llevrok · 13 replies · 619+ views
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | 3/27/08 | Steven Emerson
    Before he was alleged to have become a spy for Saddam Hussein's regime, Muthanna Al-Hanooti's charity work and political activism provided him with access to the highest echelons of government. Newsletters collected by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, some published now for the first time, show Al-Hanooti photographed with dignitaries ranging from First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1996 and Vice President Al Gore along with significant members of Congress. That may explain why Iraqi intelligence agents had confidence that Al-Hanooti would be able to persuade Congress to lift economic sanctions against Iraq. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses him of...
  • Attacks in Baghdad kill at least 50 people

    10/16/2014 11:43:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 10-16-2014 | AP
    Militants unleashed a wave of attacks in Iraq on Thursday, mainly targeting Shiite areas in and around the capital of Baghdad, killing at least 50 people and wounding dozens, authorities said. The Islamic State group has overrun vast areas in western and northern Iraq as well as parts of neighboring Syria, and has vowed to destabilize and eventually take over Baghdad. It claimed responsibility for the day's deadliest strike. In that attack, two parked car bombs exploded simultaneously in a commercial area in the northern Dolaie neighborhood, killing 14 civilians and wounding 34 others, a police officer said.
  • ISIS reaches Baghdad suburbs, US troops block the way to BGW Int'l Airport (boots on the ground)

    10/10/2014 5:53:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 64 replies
    Examiner ^ | October 10, 2014
    Abu Gharib is a mere 8 miles from the runway perimeter, while the distance from BGW to the US Embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone is roughly 9.5 miles. The Washington Times reported earlier this summer that ISIS captured upwards of 52 American made M198mm howitzer heavy artillery pieces, capable of hitting targets 14-20 miles away. The captured M198's reportedly cost $500,000 per piece. To add insult to injury, the Islamists have also seized 1,500 up-armored Humvees which cost the American taxpayer $220,000 each.
  • The New Jihadi Plan To Capture Baghdad

    10/15/2014 4:23:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | John Batchelor
    Iraq and Syria no longer exist as sovereign states with international borders. Instead, the vast territory from the gates of Baghdad to the gates of Aleppo is in the hands of the revolutionary actors of the Islamic State.
  • Finally, America’s new war in Iraq and Syria has a name: Operation Inherent Resolve

    10/15/2014 3:34:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    So says a senior military source to Fox News. Fun fact: The Pentagon rejected “Inherent Resolve” a few weeks ago because it was, in the words of one officer, too “bleh.” The Wall Street Journal, October 3rd: One senior official said Inherent Resolve was a placeholder name and never seriously considered for the overall war effort. Other officials said had the name been better received it might well be the new war’s moniker.“It is just kind of bleh,” said a military officer…The delay over naming the Iraq and Syria mission has led some to suggest politics is at play. The...
  • 5 Key Implications if Baghdad Falls to ISIS

    10/15/2014 9:01:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/15/2014 | Patrick Poole
    Reports that ISIS has surrounded Baghdad and is quickly closing in on the Baghdad International Airport (armed with MANPADS, no less) are troubling. Baghdad itself has been rocked by a series of VBIED attacks in the past 24 hours by ISIS, indicating that the battle for Baghdad has begun.The possible fall of Baghdad could be the most significant development in the War on Terror since 9/11. And yet many among the D.C. foreign policy “smart set” were not long ago mocking such a scenario.So what happens if such a situation comes to pass? Here are five key implications (by...
  • Islamic State suicide bomber kills Badr militia leader in Baghdad

    10/14/2014 10:19:25 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Longwar Journal ^ | RoggioOctober 14, 2014 | Bill Roggio
    The Islamic State claimed credit for today's suicide attack in Baghdad that killed Ahmed al Khafaji, who was a senior commander in the Shiite Badr militia and a member of parliament, along with at least 20 other Iraqis. Khafaji's death was confirmed by another member of Iraq's parliament as well as by a hospital official. "Khafaji was a member of the main Shiite bloc in parliament, the State of Law coalition, of which Prime Minister Haidar al Abadi's Dawa party is also part," AFP reported. The Islamic State said that Khafaji was the target of the suicide attack, which was...
  • At least 30 dead as bombs grip Baghdad, ISIS militants take Iraq army camp

    10/13/2014 1:38:54 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 10/13/14 | ap/Greg Palkot
    BAGHDAD – Militants with the Islamic State group on Monday claimed control of a key military training camp in Anbar province -- which Iraqi officials called a "tactical retreat" -- as a spate of deadly bombings shook Baghdad, hitting mostly Shiite neighborhoods and leaving at least 30 dead. Meanwhile, a source tells Fox News that ISIS fighters hold nearly 50 percent of the Syria border town of Kobani, which has been the focus of fierce fighting between ISIS and Kurdish forces, backed up by US-led coalition airstrikes. The fall of Kobani would be a major victory for the Islamic State,...
  • Baghdad rocked by bombs during Shia festival

    10/13/2014 12:14:50 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 10-13-2014
    At least 33 people have been killed in three bomb attacks in Shia areas of Baghdad as residents distributed sweets for the Eid al-Ghadir Shia Muslim feast. Monday’s attacks, at least two of which were carried out with suicide car bombs, happened in or near the frequently targeted, predominantly-Shia districts of Kadhimiyah and Sadr City, police said. Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad, said that the bombings followed a familiar pattern and ISIL, which is fighting in northern and western Iraq, has carried out many similar attacks in the last few months. "No one has claimed the attacks but...
  • ISIS nearly made it to Baghdad airport, top U.S. military leader says

    10/13/2014 6:46:51 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/13/14 | Mary Grace Lucas
    The leader of U.S. military efforts to fight ISIS in Iraq says the terror group came within 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) of the Baghdad airport. Offering what appeared to be previously unreported details, Gen. Martin Dempsey told ABC's "This Week" that the United States had to risk bringing in low-flying attack helicopters to keep ISIS at bay. "The tool that was immediately available was the Apache [helicopter]. The risk of operating in a hostile environment is there constantly," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. "You're not going to wait until they're climbing over the wall," Dempsey said....
  • Administration tacitly admits that the air war against ISIS is not working

    10/12/2014 10:56:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 12, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Perhaps Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey did not intend to make the startling admissions he did when he appeared on ABC News on Sunday morning. Perhaps the chairman did not seek to confirm for the public that the Islamic State’s advance in Iraq has been more effective and wider spread than previously reported. Maybe he did not set out to corroborate the increasingly evident fact that the coalition air war against ISIS is failing to achieve its objectives. He probably did not want to do these things, but that is what he accomplished. Reports broke late last...
  • Baghdad car bombs kill 43 in Shia neighborhoods

    10/11/2014 5:46:51 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-11-2014 | Ralph Ellis
    At least 43 people were killed and more than 40 injured in three car-bomb attacks in Baghdad, Iraqi medical sources said Saturday. The three attacks took place in Shia neighborhoods, the sources said.
  • ISIS Bearing Down On Baghdad Even As World Watches Kobani Siege [Blood & Treasure Wasted?]

    10/10/2014 12:29:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 10, 2014
    ISIS Bearing Down On Baghdad Even As World Watches Kobani Siege October 10, 2014 Waves of U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State fighters appear to have done little to stem the terrorist army’s advance in Syria, and now the militants are close to overrunning key positions on the outskirts of Baghdad. With the world’s eyes on the terrorist army’s siege of the Syrian border city of Kobani, where U.S.-led airstrikes are backing Kurdish fighters, some 500 miles southeast, Islamic State fighters are within eight miles of the Iraqi metropolis. The Islamic militants have reportedly infiltrated the Baghdad suburb of Abu...
  • ISIS within 8 miles of Baghdad Airport

    10/10/2014 7:58:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 31 replies
    CBS via Newsplex.com ^ | Oct. 10, 2014
    CBS News - Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have infiltrated one of Baghdad's outer suburbs, Abu Ghraib which is only eight miles from the runway perimeter of Baghdad's international airport. It's cause for serious concern now that the Iraqi Defense Ministry has confirmed ISIS has MANPADs, shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles. The Iraqi army is still patrolling Abu Ghraib, but they play cat and mouse with the ISIS fighters who stage hit and run attacks on security forces. It's a mixed picture around the city. ISIS took over the city of Fallujah -- only about 40...
  • ISIS TAKES ABU GHRAIB – Within Artillery Range of Baghdad Airport

    10/05/2014 10:36:40 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/03/14 | Jim Hoft
    The Islamic State and its tribal allies have dominated Anbar since a surprise offensive last December, but this week’s push was particularly worrisome, because for the first time this year Islamist insurgents were reported to have become a major presence in Abu Ghraib, the last Anbar town on the outskirts of the capital.
  • Islamic State reportedly on Baghdad’s outskirts after week of victories

    10/03/2014 6:12:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 10/3/2014 | Mitchell Prothero
    <p>Islamic State militants have taken control of key cities in Iraq’s western province of Anbar and have begun to besiege one of the country’s largest military bases in a weeklong offensive that’s brought them within artillery range of Baghdad.</p> <p>The Islamic State and its tribal allies have dominated Anbar since a surprise offensive last December, but this week’s push was particularly worrisome, because for the first time this year Islamist insurgents were reported to have become a major presence in Abu Ghraib, the last Anbar town on the outskirts of the capital.</p>
  • Is Baghdad about to fall to ISIS?

    10/01/2014 6:49:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/01/2014 | Rick Moran
    Two days ago, the British newspaper, the Independent, carried a story that ISIS was "one mile" from Baghdad.Editor Lifson and I went back and forth on whether we should post on the startling news. In the end. we couldn't find another reliable source so we decided to hold off. Today, other sources are reporting that there are, indeed, "intense clashes" on the outskirts of Baghdad with a combination of ISIS and al-Qaeda fighters. And the Iraqi army appears to be wavering. To highlight the serious nature of the threat to Iraq's capital, British and American planes have pounded ISIS positions...
  • ISIS fighters now 'at the gates of Baghdad

    09/29/2014 9:18:37 PM PDT · by Signalman · 38 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 9/29/2014 | John Hall
    Fierce fighting has been reported on the outskirts of Baghdad where ISIS militants are attempting to seize control of the Iraqi capital - despite ongoing Western airstrikes against the terror group. The fighting is taking place just one mile to the west of the city, with government forces desperately trying to hold off the militants, who allegedly killed up to 1,000 soldiers during clashes yesterday. ISIS have held a number of towns and villages close to the Iraqi capital since earlier in the year, when government troops melted away following a lightning advance in the west of the country -...
  • Isis now 'just one mile from Baghdad' as al-Qaeda joins militants' fight against West

    09/29/2014 7:36:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 09/29/2014 | Jack Moore
    Isis fighters are reportedly just one mile away from Baghdad as reports emerge of al-Qaeda militants bolstering their ranks in Syria. According to the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, Isis was approaching the Iraqi capital on Monday morning, report The Independent. "The Islamic State are now less than 2km away from entering Baghdad," a spokesperson said. "They said it could never happen and now it almost has. Obama says he overestimated what the Iraqi Army could do. Well you only need to be here a very short while to know they can do very very little."...
  • ISIS militants less than 2 miles from Baghdad, fierce fighting reported near Iraqi capital

    09/29/2014 4:03:51 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 159 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 09/29/14 | Dan Friedman , Sasha Goldstein , Corky Siemaszko
    Fierce fighting has gotten closer and closer to Baghdad, with some reports saying the Islamic State is within one mile of the city limits.
  • Iraq: Islamic State militants close in on Baghdad

    09/29/2014 8:10:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 09/29/14 | Carey Lodge
    The BBC reports that there has been "fierce fighting" between ISIS and government troops to the west of Baghdad, and intense airstrikes from the US-led coalition against the jihadists. However, "the insurgents have not retreated". "The Islamic State are on the verge of entering Baghdad...Over 1,000 Iraqi troops were killed by them yesterday," warned Canon Andrew White, vicar of Baghdad this morning. "As I said all military strikes are doing nothing. If we ever needed your prayer it is now."
  • First Complex Attack by ISIS in Baghdad

    09/20/2014 12:02:41 PM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies
    Sofrep ^ | 9/19/2014 | Peter Nealen
    While there have been plenty of low-level terror bombings in Baghdad in recent months, until Sept 18, the more complex, infantry-based combat had been limited to the north....But in the evening of the 18th, utilizing a combination of VBIEDs, suicide bombers, mortars, and, according to Shafaaq, RPGs, ISIS fighters struck in the Khadhmiya Neighborhood in northern Baghdad. Khadimiyah is a majority-Shi’a neighborhood, actually a Shi’a holy city subsumed by Baghdad. It is the site of a major Shi’a shrine, the Al Khadhimiya Mosque, which is was built over the tombs of two major Shi’a imams. It is also the site...
  • ISIS Carried Out A 'Complex And Penetrating Attack' In The Capital Of Iraq For The First Time

    09/18/2014 9:27:56 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    BI ^ | 9-18-2014 | The Institute for the Study of War
    The Institute for the Study of War September. 18, 2014 On September 18, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) launched a complex attack likely targeting the Adala Prison in Baghdad’s Kadhmiyah neighborhood in northern Baghdad. According to the Baghdad Operations Command, the attack was intended to break into the prison but was foiled. ISIS also launched another attack in Baghdad’s Iskan neighborhood that likely targeted the offices of the Iraqi Shi’a political group and militia, the Badr Organization.Institute for the Study of War The Attack ISIS’s attack included mortar rounds, Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs), and Suicide Borne...
  • US in first air strike near Baghdad on IS: officials

    09/15/2014 5:24:38 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 15 Sep 2014
    Washington (AFP) - The United States bombed the Islamic State near Baghdad, the first time the US has targeted the militants close to the Iraqi capital, US officials said Monday. A US defense official told AFP on condition of anonymity that American warplanes carried out one air strike near Baghdad and another near Mount Sinjar, in the north of Iraq, in the past 24 hours. The United States last month began a campaign of air strikes against IS positions in northern Iraq, but Monday's announcement that US warplanes had targeted the militants near Baghdad marks an escalation in the scope...
  • Breaking: Obama approves sending 350 more troops back into Baghdad

    09/02/2014 7:01:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2014 | Mary Katherine Ham
    These troops are being sent to protect the American embassy and the airport in Baghdad, and allow a contingent of troops already there to exit safely. They will “not serve in a combat role,” according to the White House. U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday authorized a request for an additional 350 troops to be sent to Iraq to protect American diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad, according to a statement released by the White House. “The request he approved today will allow some previously deployed military personnel to depart Iraq, while at the same time providing a more...
  • Islamic State Militants Mass North of Baghdad

    08/14/2014 11:09:45 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 55 replies
    Reuters via Newsweek ^ | 8/14/14 at 5:02 PM
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants are massing near the Iraqi town of Qara Tappa, 122 km (73 miles) north of Baghdad, security sources and a local official said, in an apparent bid to broaden their front with Kurdish peshmerga fighters. The Sunni militants have made a dramatic push through the north to a position near Arbil, capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region. The movement around Qara Tappa suggests they are getting more confident and seeking to grab more territory closer to the capital after stalling in that region. "The Islamic State is massing its militants near Qara Tappa," said...
  • Charles Lister: Sources Say ISIS Battle For Baghdad Has Begun

    08/11/2014 3:54:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 11, 2014 | by Katie Pavlich
    Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institute Doha Center and working in the Middle East is reporting credible sources have declared ISIS' battle for Baghdad has begun. Lister is working to confirm source statements.
  • Coup underway in Iraq Confirmed. Video added

    08/10/2014 11:22:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 10, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This was popped up in the headlines, and details are still sketchy, but something potentially big is afoot in Iraq. (And for once, we’re not talking about their being under attack by ISIS.) We were first tipped off on Twitter as well as a quick draw compilation of tweets from inside Iraq provided at Pundit Press. Here are a few, along with Pundit Press’s summary, keeping in mind that this isn’t confirmed yet: Iraq’s parliament just chose a new President who refused to rename Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki to a third term. Maliki declared the move unconstitutional and his...
  • Troops surround Baghdad ‘Green Zone’ as embattled Prime Minister Maliki appears to cling to power

    08/10/2014 3:11:57 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    News.com.au ^ | 8-10-2014 | News.com
    UNCONFIRMED reports suggest troops have sealed off Baghdad’s “Green Zone” in an apparent coup. Controversial Iraqi PM Maliki won a fresh round of elections, but does not hold a clear majority in parliament. He technically remains prime minister until parliament sits and votes. But Mr Maliki has this morning lashed out against his opponents, calling them “ministers for ISIS”. “Today I will file a formal complaint to the federal court against the president,” he said, in a surprise address at midnight Iraq time. Controversial Iraqi PM Maliki won a fresh round of elections, but does not hold a clear majority...
  • U.S. Relocates 'Limited Number' of Staff in Iraq

    08/10/2014 2:01:20 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 10 | Felicia Schwartz
    WASHINGTON—Following a dozen airstrikes from the U.S. military in Northern Iraq this weekend, the U.S. State Department on Sunday relocated "a limited number" of staff from the American embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. consulate in Erbil. The staff from the embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in Erbil will be transferred to the U.S. consulate in Basrah, Iraq and to Amman, Jordan. The State Department also issued a travel warning for Iraq, cautioning U.S. citizens against nonessential travel to the country, citing the security situation. The U.S. embassy's ability to assist U.S. citizens is limited, the State Department said.
  • Through the looking glass Iraq | At the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, war zone meets wonderland

    08/09/2014 5:14:57 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 8 replies
    World Magazine ^ | August 9, 2014 | Mindy Belz
    To get to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad you first must present proper identifying credentials to pass Iraqi army checkpoints. Then turn through Assassin’s Gate, into what’s now known as the International Zone, or IZ. Nearing the banks of the Tigris, you turn right onto a boulevard, see the first guard tower marking the embassy compound, then drive—and drive—some minutes fronting its fortress-high walls before you reach an entry gate. The embassy—opened in 2009 at a cost to U.S. taxpayers of over $750 million—is the largest diplomatic compound in the world. At 104 acres (that’s 80 football stadiums) it’s about...
  • ‘When ISIS takes Baghdad…’

    08/05/2014 11:44:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/05/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The headlines out of the Middle East leave the reader with the unmistakable impression that Islamic State militants are on the advance. A combined assault on a variety of positions in Lebanon by ISIS fighters resulted in the fall of a series of border posts and a small city to the Sunni militant group. The fighting in Lebanon worsened on Monday. “It’s another front for ISIS and another sign containment of the Syria crisis has failed, a Middle East analyst told The New York Times. Reports indicate that ISIS has also expanded the front in Iraq’s north and has...
  • Gunmen kill 29 women in attack on Baghdad brothel

    07/16/2014 6:01:50 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 36 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 14 Jul 2014 | anon
    Religious militias are suspected of carrying out a massacre in a brothel in Baghdad in which 29 women and two men were killed. ... an notorious brothel-keeper known only as "Aws", who used to bribe police and soldiers in the neighbourhood to turn a blind eye to his rackets. The side street where the compound was located was routinely guarded by members of the security forces. Grisly photographs obtained by the AFP news agency showed crouching bodies of five women huddled together in a corner of a bathroom with blood-spattered tiled walls and floor ...
  • Iraqi Kurds take over two northern oil fields

    07/11/2014 9:37:48 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    Stars & Stripes.com ^ | July 11, 2014 | Sinan Salaheddin (AP)
    BAGHDAD — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Maliki. The president of the Kurdish (prior, no fly) zone has said the areas won't be returned — including the highly disputed, flashpoint city of Kirkuk — and he called for Kurdish lawmakers to prepare to hold an independence referendum in the area, a move strongly opposed by Baghdad, Turkey and the United States. //Snip// http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/7/11/iraq-parliament-dysfunction.html,...
  • Iraqi capital nervously awaits Isis attack

    07/03/2014 8:51:28 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 50 replies
    FT ^ | July 1, 2014 | Borzou Daragahi
  • Iraq chases Baghdad sleeper cells as 'Zero Hour' looms over capital

    07/03/2014 7:33:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 3, 2014 | By Ned Parker
    Iraqi insurgents are preparing for an assault on Baghdad, with sleeper cells planted inside the capital to rise up at "Zero Hour" and aid fighters pushing in from the outskirts, according to senior Iraqi and U.S. security officials. Iraqis speak of a "Zero Hour" as the moment a previously-prepared attack plan would start to unfold. A high-level Iraqi security official estimated there were 1,500 sleeper cell members hibernating in western Baghdad and a further 1,000 in areas on the outskirts of the capital. He said their goal was to penetrate the U.S.-made "Green Zone" - a fortified enclave of government...
  • Obama Sending 200 More US Troops to Iraq [Now 300]

    06/30/2014 2:36:26 PM PDT · by sunmars · 57 replies
    <p>President Barack Obama says he's sending about 200 more U.S. troops to Iraq to protect Americans and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.</p> <p>The announcement will bring to nearly 800 the total number of U.S. forces in and around Iraq to train local forces, secure the embassy and protect American interests.</p>
  • Pentagon: Armed drones guard US interests in Iraq

    06/27/2014 2:46:45 PM PDT · by don-o · 2 replies
    AP - via Yahoo ^ | June 27, 2014 | PAULINE JELINEK
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has armed drones flying over Baghdad to protect U.S. troops that recently arrived to assess Iraq's deteriorating security, the Pentagon said Friday. The military for more than a week has been flying manned and unmanned aircraft over Iraq, averaging a few dozen sorties daily for reconnaissance.
  • Isis Reaches The Suburbs Of Baghdad

    06/26/2014 6:07:22 PM PDT · by kingattax · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Jun 2014 | by CHRISS W. STREET
    The Islamic State of Syria and Sham (ISIS) and their Sunni tribal allies reached the strategic Mahmudiyah district southwest of Baghdad in large numbers on June 26th. Kurdish officials said that militants had seized the towns of Iskandariyah and Mahmudiyah. The depleted Iraqi Army 17th Division is still fighting in the area, but it lacks air support and armored vehicles. Since Mahmudiyah district controls the key supply routes linking Baghdad with the Shiite majority in the south, more Iraqi Army units will have to be pulled back from fighting in the north. According to reports by Stratfor Global Intelligence, unnamed...
  • As ISIS Advances Toward Baghdad, a Call for Fighting Volunteers is Answered

    06/21/2014 1:09:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat June 21, 2014 | Anderson Cooper and Chelsea J. Carter
    They answered the call by the thousands, some walking miles in sweltering heat to volunteer to fight an al Qaeda splinter group barreling towards the Iraqi capital. With reports that fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the terror group also known as ISIS, was some 40 miles from the gates of Baghdad, the country's top religious and political leaders appealed for able-bodied men of fighting age to volunteer to defend the country. "Mosul, Tal Afar, Falluja, wherever, by God's will we will be ready to defend any location," said 23-year-old Ahmed, who showed up Thursday at a...
  • Iraq crisis: US 'urging Maliki to resign'

    06/19/2014 6:21:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | June 19, 2014
    The US is reported to have demanded the resignation of Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki as a condition for US military intervention. The Wall Street Journal says the US has signalled its desire for unity government in Iraq without Maliki. Maliki's government has rejected calls for the prime minister to quit. His spokesman, Zuhair al-Nahar, said the west should focus instead on providing immediate military help to the Iraqi government.
  • Iraqi PM fires four top security officers for fall of Mosul: statement

    06/17/2014 2:50:28 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 17, 2014
    raq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki fired four of his top security officers on Tuesday for abandoning their "professional and military duty" a week after the fall of the northwest city of Mosul to Sunni militants, the government said. Top officers, including Lieutenant General Mehdi Sabah Gharawi, the top commander for Nineveh province where Sunni fighters have gained ground, were fired because they "failed to fulfill their professional and military duties", according to a government statement read out on state television.
  • Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker: John Kerry should be on a plane to Baghdad (VIDEO)

    06/17/2014 12:48:09 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 13 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | June 17 2014 | Dan Butcher
    John Kerry is too busy spreading BS about climate change to worry about the Middle East going up in flames. On Tuesday. former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker said that “Secretary Kerry, in my view, should be on a plane right now for Baghdad.” “Diplomacy is what is crucial right now. “We need to work with the Iraqis at the highest level. That would be Secretary Kerry, backed by the president, so that they can demonstrate the national unity, Kurdish, Sunni and Shia, that is going to be essential, if there is going to be any hope of turning...
  • Iraq conflict: PM fires senior officers over rebel advance

    06/17/2014 12:24:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 17, 2014
    Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki has fired senior officers for failing to halt a sweeping advance by Sunni Islamist rebels. Four army commanders were dismissed for failing to perform "their national duty", a government statement said on Tuesday. Iraqi forces have been engaged in heavy clashes with the rebels who have seized several key cities in the past week.
  • Analysis: ISIS, allies reviving 'Baghdad belts' battle plan

    06/17/2014 9:22:57 AM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 6/14/2014 | Bill Roggio
    The lightning advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and its allies from Mosul to the outskirts of Samarra, as well as its capture of several towns in eastern Diyala, all over the course of several days, appears to be part of a greater strategy to surround the capital of Baghdad before laying siege to it. This plan, to take over the "belt" region outside of Baghdad and cut off the capital, appears to be the same strategy used by the ISIS' predecessor back in 2006. The 2006 plan, which was drawn up by the Islamic State...
  • Obama announces 275 US troops WILL be sent to Iraq to protect American embassy

    06/17/2014 8:33:08 AM PDT · by yoe · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 1, 2014 | David Martosko & Jamds Nye
    President Obama announced that American troops are being deployed to Iraq. Returning nearly three years after the United States withdrew in 2011 Deployed to protect American personnel and embassy staff in Baghdad This comes as John Kerry says Washington is 'open to discussions' with Tehran about military cooperation He also told Yahoo! News correspondent Katie Couric that drone strikes also 'may well be' an option in the coming days Just a year ago, Obama was weighing ever-tougher sanctions against Iran's mullahs ISIS captured Tal Afar, a key northern town along the highway to Syria, early on Monday, with a population...