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  • Baghdad attacks kill 126, including 25 children; ISIS claims responsibility

    07/03/2016 1:30:23 PM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | July 3, 2016 | Mohammed Tawfeeq and Susanna Capelouto,
    For the third time in a week terrorists carried out a mass slaughter of civilians - with ISIS claiming responsibility. A suicide car bomb killed 125 people, including 25 children, Saturday evening in a busy shopping district in Baghdad. It was the deadliest attack in Iraq in many years. Families had gathered in the popular area to break the Ramadan fast and watch the Euro 2016 soccer tournament in a cafe when a suicide car bomb exploded, ripping through a multi-level building that also housed stores and a gym.
  • Obama retreats from Putin in Syria again

    07/02/2016 8:41:31 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    WaPo ^ | July 2, 2016
    Obama retreats from Putin in Syria again By Editorial Board July 2 at 4:46 PM FOR SEVERAL years, the Obama administrations Syria policy has been stuck in a cycle of failure. Secretary of State John F. Kerry negotiates deals with Russia to end the fighting or create a new government in Damascus, while warning that if they are not respected by Russian President Vladimir Putin or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the United States will consider other options, such as stepping up support for Syrian rebels. In every case, the Russian and Syrian regimes have betrayed their commitments, continuing to...
  • 91 Killed In Two ISIS-Claimed Baghdad Bombings

    07/03/2016 7:18:46 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    BREITBART LONDON ^ | July 3,2016
    At least 91 people were killed Sunday in two bombings in the Iraqi capital, including a large-scale attack claimed by the Islamic State group that killed 86 people among them 15 children in a central shopping district, officials said. The bombings demonstrated the extremists ability to mount significant attacks despite major battlefield losses, including the city of Fallujah, which was declared fully liberated from IS just over a week ago. The deadliest attack took place in the central Karada district of Baghdad, where a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laded pickup truck outside a crowded shopping center, killing...
  • At least 75 dead in Isil-claimed Baghdad suicide bombing

    07/03/2016 1:51:16 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 57 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 3, 2016 | Agence France-Presse
    A suicide car bombing claimed by Isil killed at least 75 people in a Baghdad shopping district in the early hours of Sunday, officials said, the deadliest single attack in the capital this year. The blast, which ripped through a street in the Karrada area where many people go to shop ahead of the holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, also wounded more than 130 people, security and medical officials said. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) issued a statement claiming the suicide car bombing, saying it was carried out by an Iraqi...
  • Baghdad Wakes to Sounds of Helicopters, Talk of a Peoples 'Revolt'

    05/21/2016 5:34:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    VOA News ^ | May 21, 2016 | Sharon Behn
    Baghdad Wakes to Sounds of Helicopters, Talk of a Peoples 'Revolt' Sharon Behn May 21, 2016 4:58 AM BAGHDAD Baghdad woke Saturday to the early morning sounds of helicopters flying overhead, most of them heading in and out of the fortified International Zone after protesters defied bullets and tear gas to storm the area. As they fled the gunfire and tear gas Friday afternoon, some carrying their injured friends across the bridge away from the IZ, the anti-government protesters vowed they would return but with weapons. Many are followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr who, like many of the...
  • Storming of the barricades: Hundreds of Shia protesters invade Baghdad's Green Zone, tearing down th

    04/30/2016 10:43:22 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 28 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 4/30/16 | DailyMail
    Hundreds of supporters of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed into Baghdad's Green Zone and broke into the Iraqi parliament building. The protesters, who had gathered outside the heavily fortified district, known as the Green Zone, crossed a bridge over the Tigris River chanting: 'The cowards ran away!' in apparent reference to departing lawmakers before breaking into the parliament building. The staggering scenes came after Sadr denounced Iraq's politicians' for their failure to reform a political quota system blamed for rampant corruption.
  • It was a childrens soccer game. Of course he knew he was going to kill children

    04/10/2016 6:17:00 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/08/2016 | Liz Sly
    The suicide bomber who blew up a youth soccer match late last month left barely a dent in the hard, dry earth, and only a faint scorch on a concrete wall nearby. But he gouged a chasm of grief in the heart of the small community that lost more than two dozen of its sons in a single moment, at 6:15 on the evening of March 25. A total of 43 people died in the bombing at the game, according to figures provided by the local government. Of those, 29 were boys younger than 17 who had either been participating...
  • Ethnic cleansing: Iran-backed militia seize Christian neighborhoods in Baghdad

    02/08/2016 2:43:05 PM PST · by Fali_G · 17 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 02/08/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    Iran-backed militias have seized homes, businesses and cultural sites, including churches belonging to Baghdad’s Christian communities, forcing individuals to resettle and forfeit all their belongings, according to members of the Christian members of the Iraqi Parliament. The militias have targeted properties belonging to Christians, forcing individuals to leave the area, according to Christian community leaders, including representatives from the Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac minorities, as well as the Chaldean Patriarch of Iraq who have condemned the attacks, calling them a form of ethnic cleansing aimed to rid Baghdad of its Christians. “Their claim is that the property of a non-Christian...
  • Iraq planning to build giant "wall" around Baghdad

    02/07/2016 2:44:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    cbs/ap ^ | 02/07/2016
    Saad al-Hadithi spoke to The Associated Press after an earlier statement from the prime minister's office seemed to dismiss the idea entirely. "Baghdad is the capital for all Iraqis and it's not possible for a wall or a fence to isolate the city," the earlier statement said. The plan for the wall was originally drafted by the Interior Ministry as an effort to curb near-daily attacks carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and cut down on checkpoints inside the city that snarl traffic. The Interior Ministry's spokesman, police Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, told The Associated...
  • 4 ex-Blackwater contractors appeal convictions in shootings

    02/01/2016 2:56:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2016 5:42 PM EST | Eric Tucker
    Four former Blackwater security contractors found guilty in a deadly Baghdad shooting appealed their convictions on Monday, saying a key witness against them had changed his testimony after the trial and that prosecutors lacked jurisdiction to even bring the case. The appeals, long expected, represent the latest legal volley in a criminal case that's spanned years in Washington's federal court and that concluded with guilty verdicts following a months-long trial in 2014. Nicholas Slatten is serving a life sentence on a charge of first-degree murder. Three other former guards - Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Herd - were found...
  • 3 American contractors missing in Iraq

    01/18/2016 6:38:24 AM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | January 18, 2016
    Three American contractors are missing in Iraq, a senior security official in Baghdad says. "A company filed a report Sunday about three of its staff going missing. ... They are American contractors. We are looking into this report," the official told CNN. Separately, an Iraqi security official with knowledge of the case said that two of the contractors are dual Iraqi-American citizens and that the third is an American national. Gunmen grabbed the men at an apartment in Baghdad's southeastern Dora neighborhood late Friday afternoon, the source said.
  • Report: Three Americans kidnapped in Baghdad

    01/18/2016 12:17:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 17, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Three Americans have been kidnapped in Baghdad by "militias," according to Arab news channel Al Arabiya, citing its own sources. The State Department said it is aware of the report and is working with Iraqi authorities to locate the missing Americans. Officials, however, would not confirm that anyone been kidnapped. "We are aware of reports that American citizens are missing in Iraq," State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement to The Hill. "The safety and security of American citizens overseas is our highest priority, he continued. "We are working with the full cooperation of the Iraqi authorities to...
  • Whoa: CIA director just called out Obama in LARGE way

    01/13/2016 3:24:37 PM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 19 replies
    Allen West website ^ | 01/13/2016 | Allen West
    In full disclosure, I wrote this last night before the State of the Union address. I guessed then and I was right - none of this was addressed by Obama in his speech. Last week we shared how horrific January 2016 began in its first week. Week two doesn't look much better. President Obama tried to present a world of rainbows and unicorns in his final State of the Union address, but that's about as real as the Land of Oz. Barack Obama and his minions can attempt to create an alternative universe in which they live, but the truth...
  • SAS hit squad to wipe out ISIS: UK, US and French forces to pick off terror nuts

    11/22/2015 9:11:12 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 28 replies
    Daily Star ^ | Nov. 22, 2015 | Jimmy McCloskey
    The new unit, comprised of around 300 Nato special forces troops, will be tasked with hunting down the world's most dangerous jihadis. They will serve under the US Joint Special Operations Command, based in a secret location near Baghdad, Iraq. But the SAS will also be able to carry on with their missions at home in the UK. A source close to the new unit, set up to seek and destroy fanatics in the Middle East, said they will "relentlessly target" terror groups. Our insider added: "We are at war and will be merciless in the pursuit of those who...
  • Breaking on Twitter: Extremely huge explosion rocked Baghdad, Casualties unknown yet..

    10/12/2015 2:06:54 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 19 replies
    https://twitter.com/RamiAlLolah ^ | 10/12/2015 | https://twitter.com/RamiAlLolah
    Rami ‏@RamiAlLolah · 2h2 hours ago Double extremely huge explosions rocked #Baghdad a while ago.. Casualties unknown yet.. #Iraq بهرامpirzadGeddy DavisIntifadahFdeStVمتفائل من العراقarbaramziDaniele MonigattiErcenk Rami ‏@RamiAlLolah · 2h2 hours ago Extremely huge explosion rocked #Baghdad a while ago.. #Iraq
  • Iraqi PM to share anti-ISIS intel with Russia

    10/04/2015 6:24:03 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 22 replies
    trtworld ^ | 10/4 | trtworld
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi says Baghdad is willing to share anti-ISIS intelligence with Russia, Iran and Syria Oct 4, 2015 08:06 GMT Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi announced on Saturday that Iraq will share anti-ISIS intelligence with Russia, Iran and Syria if cooperation is requested. We have been fighting ISIS more than a year and we have some important security information that no other country has regarding ISIS, Abadi stated during a press conference which took place at the presidential office in the capital. Abadi also stated that he would welcome military equipment assistance from Iran, Syria...
  • Thousands of Iraqis protest against government corruption

    08/07/2015 7:22:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 7, 2015 6:14 PM EDT | Vivian Salma
    Thousands of Iraqis braved the scorching summer heat to stage a huge protest in central Baghdad on Friday, calling on the prime minister to dissolve the parliament and sack corrupt government officials. Security forces and riot police sealed off Iraqs iconic Tahrir Square and searched anyone who entered the area, but tens of thousands of men, women and children thronged the sprawling square, waving Iraqi flags. In the name of religion, the thieves robbed us, they chanted long into the evening. Men with the government-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, the umbrella group made up predominantly of Shiite militias, pulled up in...
  • Iraq: ISIS fighters close Ramadi dam gates, cut off water to loyalist towns

    06/04/2015 12:24:14 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | June 4, 2015 | y Hamdi Alkhshali and Laura Smith-Spark
    Baghdad, Iraq (CNN)ISIS has closed off a dam to the north of the Iraqi city of Ramadi -- seized by its forces last month -- cutting water supplies to pro-government towns downstream and making it easier for its fighters to attack forces loyal to Baghdad, local officials and residents said. ISIS militants are opening only two or three of the dam's 26 gates on the Euphrates River for brief periods daily, the officials and residents said. The head of the security council in the town of Khalidiyah, Sheikh Ibrahim Khalaf al-Fahdawi, and two residents of the nearby town of Habbaniya...
  • Suspects linked to bin Laden, Iraq: Arrests of Arabs in Idaho, New York target terror financing

    02/28/2003 12:06:23 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 494+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, February 28, 2003 | By Art Moore
    The Saudi man arrested by the Joint Terrorism Task Force yesterday in Idaho has ties to close associates of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and to four Arab men charged at the same time with channeling funds to Iraq. Sami Omar Al-Hussayen a University of Idaho doctoral candidate supported by the Saudi government was a terrorist bagman, according to a federal criminal justice source quoted by a Seattle newspaper. Saudi student Sami Omar al-Hussayen "He's in touch with people who could pick up the phone, call [bin Laden], and he would take the call," the source told the...
  • 'Ten killed' by Baghdad car bombs

    05/28/2015 3:21:52 PM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/28/2015
    Ten dead in twin bomb attacks outside central Baghdad hotels, say Iraqi police This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly
  • Recollections and Insights of an Iraqi Christian

    05/19/2015 1:35:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 19, 2015 | LUMA SIMMS
    I was born in Baghdad, but all my ancestors before me, including my parents, where born in Mosul and neighboring cities in Northern Iraq. Even now when I speak Arabic it is still with a Moslouy dialect. For many years, no matter where I was living or what I was doing, the answer to “Where are you from?” was one of identity: “Ana Maslouy.” I am a Mosulian. And I am, all the way down, in spite of my thoroughly Americanized personality—such is the deep and dual identity of immigrants.Born to a Chaldean Catholic mother and a Syriac Orthodox...
  • Iraqis shut gates of Baghdad to desperate families fleeing terror

    05/19/2015 5:53:36 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    Over 20,000 trapped in no man's land at the mercy of advancing ISIS horde after the fall of Ramadi Thousands are stranded between ISIS-held Ramadi and the city of Baghdad Refused entry to Iraqi capital because of concerns they could be militants ISIS has reportedly taken control of a village between Ramadi and Fallujah Indicates the terror group are moving eastwards towards the Iraqi capital Meanwhile Shia militias are said to be moving to head off ISIS Homeless families 'face danger from all sides', Human Rights Watch said
  • Iraqi troops drop weapons and flee as ISIS takes Ramadi

    05/18/2015 8:41:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/18/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Ramadi, a crucial city in the Anbar province and a strategic part of the gateway to Baghdad Even as U.S. Special Forces had just taken out a major ISIS commander in Syria, the people of Ramadi have now become the latest witnesses to what happens when the United States fights a battle in a half-hearted manner. We lose, and when the enemy is a sadistic group of monsters like ISIS, our allies pay a horrifically high price. Reports overnight are that Ramadi, a crucial city in the Anbar province and a strategic part of the gateway to Baghdad, has now...
  • Baghdad's first female mayor set to take the reins

    02/22/2015 5:58:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Zekra Alwach, a civil engineer and director general of the ministry of higher education, becomes the first female to be given such a post in the whole country, where international rights groups have condemned women's rights abuses. As mayor -- the most important administrative position in the capital -- Alwach will deal directly with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and holds has the prerogatives of a cabinet minister.
  • Shiite militias add to insecurity in Baghdad, some say

    02/01/2015 7:05:24 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 1, 2015 | By MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE AND NABIH BULOS
    When his father disappeared Dec. 18, Alaa Dawood reported him missing to the police but had little faith that they would find the elderly man, who had suffered brain damage when he was kidnapped six years ago and tortured by militants. Shiite militias empowered by the government to fight Sunni militants have been asked to stand down by Prime Minister Haider Abadi, and police say they have assumed control of investigations and patrols. But many Baghdadis, including Shiites like Dawood, said they still fear the militias, which they said operate with impunity. Casualty figures in 2014 were the highest since...
  • How Saddam tracked foes in U.S.

    07/14/2003 2:48:47 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 19 replies · 149+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 14 2003 | DAVE NEWBART
    The documents kept by the Iraqi Intelligence Service were meticulous in detail and sweeping in scope. In some, Iraqi intelligence officers in the United States are directed to use informers to track the "criminal'' actions of one current and one former Chicago area resident, both Assyrian Christians from Iraq who founded an anti-Saddam Hussein political party. Another accuses the group of being influenced by "imperialists'' and "Zionists.'' Others include the exact dates of the group's meetings and conventions in Chicago and elsewhere, the names of the people who ran the events, those in attendance and what statements were made. Trips...
  • Iraq: Suicide attack kills 24 people near Baghdad

    12/24/2014 5:38:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 24, 2014 8:00 AM EST | Sinan Salaheddin
    A suicide bomber detonated his payload among a group of pro-government Sunni militiamen near the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 24 people. The attacker mingled with the militiamen as they gathered at a military base in the town of Madain, about 20 kilometers (14 miles) south of Baghdad, to receive their monthly paychecks, two police officers said. At least 15 of the dead were Sunni militiamen and the rest were soldiers, while 55 others were wounded, they said.
  • The Mother of All Connections (New evidence of collaboration between Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda)

    07/09/2005 10:39:42 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 151 replies · 15,521+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 18, 2005 | Stephen F. Hayes & Thomas Joscelyn
    "In August 1998, the detainee traveled to Pakistan with a member of Iraqi Intelligence for the purpose of blowing up the Pakistan, United States and British embassies with chemical mortars." U.S. government "Summary of Evidence" for an Iraqi member of al Qaeda detained at Guantanamo Bay, CubaFOR MANY, the debate over the former Iraqi regime's ties to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network ended a year ago with the release of the 9/11 Commission report. Media outlets seized on a carefully worded summary that the commission had found no evidence "indicating that Iraq cooperated with al Qaeda in developing or...
  • ISIS Set to Destroy [ALL] Biblical History in Iraq

    07/07/2014 9:39:24 AM PDT · by drewh · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 6 hours ago
    Last week, al-Baghdadis men returned to the Mosul Museum. They broke the lock to the storage rooms, and they have occupied the building ever since. They say they are awaiting instructions from their guide [al-Baghdadi] to destroy these statues, says Rashid, the National Museum director who is in touch with the local staff. Typically, al-Baghdadi is looking for the moment when he can get the most global attention We as Iraqis are incapable of controlling the situation by ourselves, Abbas Qureishi, director of the recovery program for the Iraqi Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, told me. Its not just a...
  • Vicar of Baghdad: Four Iraqi Christian Kids Beheaded After Refusing to Convert to Islam

    12/02/2014 2:22:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/02/2014 | Samuel Smith
    Vicar of Baghdad: Four Iraqi Christian Kids Beheaded After Refusing to Convert to Islam, Telling ISIS Militants 'No, We Love Jesus' Four Iraqi Christian children, who were all beheaded by the Islamic State, refused to betray Jesus and graciously died in his name when the ISIS militants gave them one last chance to say the Islamic words of conversion, the Rev. Canon Andrew White revealed in a recent interview. In an interview last week with the Christian Broadcast Network published on the Orthodox Christian Network, White, who is the only Anglican vicar in Iraq and is know as "The Vicar...
  • 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 agencys source said. Earlier on Tuesday, Al-Sumaria TV channel reported a mortar shelling of the so-called green...
  • ISIS Mortar Shells Now Landing in Baghdads 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, Americas 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. Mondays 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 States 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 armys advance in Syria, and now the militants are close to overrunning key positions on the outskirts of Baghdad. With the worlds eyes on the terrorist armys 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 weeks 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 Baghdads 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 Iraqs western province of Anbar and have begun to besiege one of the countrys largest military bases in a weeklong offensive thats 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 weeks 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>