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  • Turkey Refuses To Withdraw Troops From Iraq, Threatens To Slap Sanctions On Russia

    12/08/2015 12:39:36 PM PST · by amorphous · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8 Dec 2015 | Tyler Durden
    That sounds more dramatic than it actually was. Turkey sent around 150 soldiers and two dozens tanks to Bashiqa, just northeast of Mosul in what Ankara described as an effort to replace an existing contingent of around 90 troops that have supposedly been on a "training" mission with the Peshmerga for the better part of two years. As we documented over the weekend, this is hardly the first time the Turks have entered the country. However, the circumstances are quite different this time around. That is, this isn't a anti-terror mission aimed at tracking the PKK. Over the weekend, we...
  • New Video Shows Delta Force and Kurdish Forces Raiding ISIS Prison

    10/25/2015 8:03:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/25/2015 | Jim Geraghty
    Separately from the political news this morning, the Sunday shows like This Week and CNN are discussing this video from a Kurdish news site which features “helmet-cam” footage of the U.S.-Kurdish joint rescue mission that liberated 70 prisoners from an ISIS prison in northern Iraq. The video shows Kurdish Peshmerga special forces and supported by elite U.S. Delta Force soldiers, searching prisoners; then after a moment, in a darker passage, gunfire and prisoners running around a dark corner, waved along by armed troops. After a few moments, the offscreen gunfire increases in frequency and volume and the prisoners run...
  • Peshmerga are not U.S. priority for now: official (Kurds thrown under the bus)

    10/08/2015 7:20:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    Kurdpress ^ | 2015/10/05
    Peshmerga are not U.S. priority for now: official A Pentagon spokeswoman has said the priority of the U.S. right now is equipping the Iraqi government forces and Sunni tribal fighters not the Kurdish forces of Peshmerga. A chief goal of the Obama administration’s Iraq war policy is to train and arm the Iraqi army so it can retake territory, especially in the Islamic State stronghold of Sunni-dominated western Iraq. According to Washington Times, Kurdish officials say Baghdad is the obstacle on Kurds’ receiving weapons. Iraqi government alone decides what weapons get transferred from the capital to the semiautonomous Kurdistan Regional...
  • Islamic State 'used mustard gas' against peshmerga

    10/07/2015 5:10:54 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/7/15
    Islamic State (IS) militants fired mortar rounds containing mustard agent at Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq, Kurdish officials say. The Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs said blood samples from about 35 fighters revealed traces of sulphur mustard. It did not say if any of the peshmerga had died as a result of the attack, or how severely they had been wounded. Mustard gas can burn skin and cause severe respiratory problems, and is banned under international law.
  • REVEALED: Daring raids by SAS heroes leave 200 evil jihadis DEAD

    10/05/2015 10:36:13 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 20 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 5th October 2015 | Rebecca Perring
    'SAS TROOPS armed with sniper rifles and heavy machine guns have killed at least 200 evil Islamic State (ISIS) extremists in a series of deadly raids in the past year. Soldiers from the elite fighting unit have eliminated the barbaric terrorists in war-torn Syria and Iraq by calling in air strikes, carrying out deadly ambushes and using long-range sniper fire. They have even organised groups of Peshmerga fighters - forces in Iraqi Kurdistan who are fighting the blood-thirsty terror group - into guerrilla units. In one of the most effective raids British special forces destroyed an entire 20-vehicle fuel convoy,...
  • Kurdish forces retake villages and territory in Kirkuk from ISIS in major offensive

    09/30/2015 5:30:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Wire Update ^ | 09/30/2015
    Kurdish forces backed by coalition airstrikes have driven Islamic State (ISIS) militants from eight villages in northern Iraq and reclaimed an area of over 140 square kilometers (54 square miles), the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force reports. The large-scale offensive by Peshmerga fighters began early on Wednesday morning and focused on an area west of Kirkuk. "Peshmerga fighters successfully penetrated Daesh (ISIS) defensive positions, cleared fighters, liberated eight villages, and re-established government control over approximately 140 square kilometers between Huwayjah and Kirkuk," the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement. Coalition aircraft carried out more than 50 airstrikes over...
  • Kurdish Forces Free 7 Villages in Iraq From ISI

    08/28/2015 9:41:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Saturday, 29 August 2015
    Western-backed Kurdish fighters freed seven villages from the clasps of ISIS in northern Iraq in recent days, the U.S.-led coalition battling the militants said Friday. But the extremists still control broad swathes of land in the war-torn country, where ISIS has waged a terrifying offensive of forced religious conversions and beheadings. Bolstered by coalition airstrikes, the Peshmerga fighters wrestled back more than 200 square kilometers (80 square miles) near the town of Tuz since August 26, the Combined Joint Task Force said.
  • German army reports chemical attack in Iraq (no WMD?)

    08/13/2015 10:49:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Aug 2015 17:00 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) jihadists in northern Iraq have reported being attacked with chemical weapons, the German defense ministry said Thursday. “We have indications that there was an attack with chemical weapons” against the Peshmerga fighters that left many suffering from “respiratory irritation,” a ministry spokesman told AFP. […] IS has previously been accused of using chlorine against Kurdish forces in Iraq. In March, the autonomous Kurdish government in northern Iraq said it had evidence that the jihadist group used chlorine in a car bomb attack on January 23. …
  • North Carolina mom travels to Iraq to join Kurds in ISIS fight

    06/20/2015 6:33:02 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies
    Fox 46 ^ | Jun 17, 2015
    <p>A North Carolina mother of three young children has traveled to Iraq to join the Kurdish Peshmerga in the fight against ISIS terrorists.</p> <p>Samantha Johnston, 25, of Emerald Isle, N.C., is the only known American woman on the ground assisting in the fight against ISIS.</p>
  • ISIS reinforces its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa as Kurds get closer

    06/24/2015 9:02:18 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed June 24, 2015 | Salma Abdelaziz
    ISIS is reportedly digging trenches and calling on reinforcements to prepare for a possible assault by Kurdish forces on their stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria, activists and a Kurdish official told CNN on Wednesday. ISIS moved a convoy of nearly 100 military vehicles packed with arms, ammunition and fighters from the eastern countryside of Raqqa to one of the terror group's bases within the city, Rami Abdurahman, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told CNN on Wednesday. The observatory is a London-based monitoring group. Fortification of the group's de-facto capital in Syria comes just a day...
  • BOOM: Obama Takes Credit for Kurds’ Victory Over ISIS… But Kurds Fired Back With BRUTAL Response

    06/21/2015 4:35:29 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    Recently, the Kurdish Peshmerga won a major victory against the Islamic State group in northern Syria, taking back a town known as Tal Abyad. Amazingly, the Obama administration took credit for this hard-fought victory, even though it had next to nothing to do with it. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Kurdish victory was “actually a direct consequence of an earlier military operation that President Obama ordered” to break the siege of the Syrian city of Kobani last fall. This laughable claim was quickly shot down by the Kurds themselves, who stated that they could have taken the town back much more...
  • Islamic State has used chlorine as a weapon, says Australia’s Foreign Minister

    06/06/2015 12:57:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | June 6, 2015 | Reuters
    The comments follow allegations by Iraqi Kurdish authorities that they have evidence that ISIS used chlorine gas against their peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq. PERTH - Islamic State militants have used chlorine as a weapon and are recruiting highly trained technicians in a serious bid to develop chemical weapons, Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop warned. In a speech to an international forum of nations that works to fight the spread of such weapons, Bishop said the rise of militant groups such as ISIS, also known as Daish, posed “one of the gravest security threats we face today.” “Apart from some...
  • Iraq: ‘We Priests and Nuns Will Be the Last to Leave’

    05/09/2015 3:54:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | May 8, 2015 | Oliver Maksan
    ACN photo: Sister Suhama “At night we often hear gunfire. But luckily we are quite a bit away from the fighting,” Father Steven says. In fact, the town of Alqosh is only 10 miles away from the front line, where the heavily armed Kurdish Peshmerga forces and ISIS fighters are facing off.When the weather is good, you can see the Christian towns on the Nineveh Plane that are now under ISIS control. “Back there is my village Batnaya,” the Chaldean priest says, pointing in the direction of the once Christian community. “I was the last to leave Batnaya. The jihadists...
  • Skilled gunsmith helps Kurds turn ISIS' guns on terrorists

    03/18/2015 12:00:08 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 51 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 3/18/15 | Fox News
    In their fight against ISIS, the Kurdish army known as Peshmerga has a secret weapon – a second-generation gunsmith so skilled he can practically turn a bucket of rusty bolts into a killing machine for the rugged, but cash-strapped, fighting force. Bakhtiar Aziz works in a dimly lit basement shop in Erbil, refurbishing guns taken from the enemy, bringing broken and even decades-old firearms back to life and helping to outfit an army as short on weapons as it is long on heart. On a recent day, he inspected an M-16A4 assault rifle badly damaged in a coalition airstrike. Pocked...
  • Kurds: ISIS is using chemical weapons on us [What ever happened to Obama's "red line"?]

    03/15/2015 5:02:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/15/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    This is not the first time that Islamic State fighters have been accused of using the regionÂ’s loose chemical weapons on pro-Western forces, but this might be the most disturbing reported use of chemical agents by ISIS. The allegation that ISIS militants used chlorine gas on Kurdish soldiers in Iraq likely represents the ultimate failure of the Obama administrationÂ’s policy toward to the Syrian civil war. According to reports, Kurdish authorities have provided evidence to international investigators that indicates ISIS used low-grade chemical weapons, likely chlorine gas canisters, against Peshmerga fighters in an attack near the Syrian border in...
  • Disenchanted by Civilian Life, Veterans Volunteer to Fight ISIS

    03/11/2015 12:58:31 PM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11 March 2015 | DAVE PHILIPPS and THOMAS JAMES BRENNAN
    Last fall, Patrick Maxwell, a 29-year-old Iraq war veteran now selling real estate in this bustling city, saw something in news footage of Islamic fighters in Iraq that he never saw as an infantry Marine there: the enemy. “We patrolled every day, got shot at, mortared, hit by I.E.D.s, one of my friends was killed,” said Mr. Maxwell, a former sergeant who deployed in 2006 to Anbar Province. “But I never saw the enemy, never fired a shot.” With the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, hoisting its black flag above many Iraqi cities that United States troops...
  • WARNING GRAPHIC - Welcome to Hell: ISIS hang bodies of 'soldiers' from entrance to the city ... MORE

    03/07/2015 3:10:28 PM PST · by boycott · 139 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | March 3, 2015 | Jay Akbar
    Eight dead bodies hang from a metal frame in the Iraq's Kirkuk province in Islamic State's latest public display of barbarity. The gruesome images which emerged on social media show the men's limp bodies suspended from their feet off a tall structure in the town of Hawija. The notorious black flag used by Islamist groups like ISIS is displayed above them as horrified onlookers inspect the scene. Some of the deceased men appear to be wearing military fatigues but it is not known if they were Iraqi soldiers. An ISIS fighter believed to be Abu Al-Rahman poses triumphantly in one...
  • Canadian soldier killed by friendly fire in Iraq

    03/07/2015 4:23:43 PM PST · by Decombobulator · 8 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 03/07/2015 | Bruce Campion-Smith
    OTTAWA—Canada’s military mission in Iraq has turned deadly after Iraqi Kurdish troops fired on an approaching group of Canadian soldiers, killing one and wounding three others in a tragic mix-up. Killed in the incident was Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron, from the Canadian Special Operations Regiment, based at Garrison Petawawa. The friendly-fire death marks the first Canadian fatality since the mission to battle Islamic extremists began last fall. Three other members were injured and are being treated, the military said in a statement. They were part of the group of 69 Canadian special-operations soldiers who have been in northern Iraq since...
  • ISIS LOSES CONTROL OF OVER 20 SYRIAN VILLAGES TO KURDS–AND ASSAD

    03/04/2015 10:27:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/04/2015 | John Hayward
    File this report from The Daily Star of Lebanon under the category of “Yay … I Guess,” or perhaps “Two and a Half Cheers.” It’s good news that Islamic State (ISIS) forces have been pushed out of over 20 Syrian villages. The bad news is that Bashar al-Assad’s regime did most of the pushing, with an assist from Kurdish militia units. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which does not approve of most of what it observes the Assad regime doing, said that “after three days of clashes, regime forces bolstered by fighters from Arab tribes had...
  • Free Syrian Army Filmmaker Says Rebels ‘Laughing’ at U.S. Plan, ‘Don’t Take This Seriously’

    09/24/2014 5:26:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | September 23, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A documentary filmmaker who spent time with the Free Syrian Army said that moderate rebels are “laughing” at President Obama’s plan to arm them against the Islamic State, claiming they simply “don’t take this seriously.” Matthew VanDyke, an American filmmaker and a friend of executed journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, spoke with Fox News’s Shepard Smith about the White House’s plan to arm and train thousands of rebels affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, a more moderate rebel group that’s friendly with the West, in order to encourage them to fight the Islamic State. VanDyke warned that removing the...
  • Journalist from Baltimore is missing in Libya

    04/04/2011 5:44:21 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 14 replies
    The Balitmore Sun ^ | April 3, 2011 | Peter Hermann
    Matthew VanDyke didn't go into Libya to be in the middle of a war. The 31-year-old freelance journalist from Baltimore thought Moammar Gadhafi would be ousted from power by the time he arrived in early March. He would report on the changes sweeping the country and help friends he had met on previous visits build a new country. But VanDyke hasn't been heard from since mid-March, when he called his mother and girlfriend on a cellphone with a scratchy connection while on a truck headed from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi to the town of Brega. (snip) The journalist decided...
  • Onward Christian Soldiers: Self-Styled Revolutionary Trains Faithful To Fight ISIS (Crusaders?)

    02/27/2015 5:04:51 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-27-2015 | Hollie McKay
    Hollie McKay February 27, 2015 Just 12 miles north of the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul, an American filmmaker and self-styled revolutionary is running a boot camp for Christians willing and able to fight for their lives and faith against the murderous Islamic terror organization. Matthew VanDyke, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who escaped a Libyan prison after going there to help overthrow Col. Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, is helping to train hundreds of long-persecuted Assyrian Christians in everything from firearms to close quarters combat. VanDyke, who founded the security contracting firm company Sons of Liberty (SOLI), is working with an unnamed...
  • Onward Christian soldiers: US filmmaker, self-styled revolutionary trains faithful to fight ISIS

    02/27/2015 11:53:34 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 4 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 27 Feb 15 | Hollie McKay
    Just 12 miles north of the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul, an American filmmaker and self-styled revolutionary is running a boot camp for Christians willing and able to fight for their lives and faith against the murderous Islamic terror organization. Matthew VanDyke, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who escaped a Libyan prison after going there to help overthrow Col. Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, is helping to train hundreds of long-persecuted Assyrian Christians in everything from firearms to close quarters combat. VanDyke, who founded the security contracting firm company Sons of Liberty (SOLI), is working with an unnamed U.S. military veteran to get...
  • Army of Assyrian Christians Aims to Fight Islamic State

    02/28/2015 6:11:37 AM PST · by xzins · 21 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | February 25, 2015 | Therese Apel
    Assyrian Christians in the Nineveh Plain, with the help of a group of Americans, are building a fighting machine to stand toe-to-toe with the Islamic State group to preserve their homeland, their history and their heritage. The Nineveh Plain Protection Unit, or NPU, is a battalion of 350 to 500 men trained by Sons of Liberty International, an American-led nonprofit group aimed at “stepping in where governments in the international community have failed.” SOLI founder Matthew VanDyke of New York, a filmmaker who became a freedom fighter in the Libyan civil war and spent six months as a prisoner of...
  • DHS Secretary: To call the Islamic State Islamic would be “dignifying them as occupying...

    02/22/2015 3:09:53 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 33 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 2/22/15 | Robert Spencer
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was reduced to stammering tautologies when George Stephanopoulos asked him why the Administration won’t call the Islamic State Islamic: “Now I have to say, when I travel around the country and meet with Muslim leaders in this country in these engagements that I have, they all tend to say pretty much the same thing, which is that ‘ISIL has hijacked my religion.’ And so, in my view, if we start referring to ISIL as occupying any form of the Islamic theology, we’re pretty much dignifying them as occupying some form of, of that faith, and...
  • Bodies of ISIS terrorists piled onto flat-bed truck after more than 60 are killed...

    02/22/2015 2:45:33 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 02/22/2015 | Dan Bloom
    More than 60 Islamic State terrorists have been killed after fierce fighting broke out overnight in northern Iraq, Kurdish officials have said. Their bodies were piled into a digger claw and onto the back of a flat-bed truck today in the strategic village of Sultan Abdullah, which extremists have targeted repeatedly in the past two months.
  • New ISIS video shows Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers in cages in Iraq

    02/22/2015 11:54:11 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | February 22, 2015 | By Yousuf Basil and Holly Yan, CNN
    (CNN)ISIS has released a new propaganda video showing what appears to be Kurdish Peshmerga fighters paraded down Iraqi streets in cages. The video features a man saying the Peshmerga soldiers were captured by ISIS. CNN cannot independently verify the authenticity of the video. But it shows at least 21 men in orange outfits hauled in the cages atop the beds of pickup trucks. A man with a microphone bearing the ISIS logo interviews some of the captives, who say they are Peshmerga soldiers. Most of those interviewed say they are from Kirkuk. The prisoners, under duress, call on their fellow...
  • Iraqi Kurdish president meets US senator in Iraq

    02/22/2015 4:10:49 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    Anadolu Agency ^ | 22 February 2015 | N/A
    US senator said that United States would continue to help Peshmerga forces in providing air support, training and with provision of arms ERBIL, Iraq The Kurdistan Regional Government’s president, Masoud Barzani, met with U.S. Senator Jack Reed, who is ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Saturday, an official statement said. According to the official statement, Barzani and the U.S. senator discussed the progress of the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and U.S.- led coalition support for Peshmerga forces. During the visit, Barzani expressed his gratefulness to the U.S. senator and the American...
  • Paraded in cages 'to be burned alive' like Jordanian pilot: (truncated)

    02/14/2015 10:11:29 AM PST · by Cementjungle · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 02/14/2015 | Tim Macfarlan
    Heads bowed in terror the orange-clad Kurdish fighters are paraded through streets filled with jeering militants in the latest horrifying video release from Islamic State. In a grim echo of the terrible fate which befell Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh the captives, reportedly Peshmerga fighters, are dressed in orange jumpsuits and shackled in cages. Just as Lt. al-Kaseasbeh was burned alive on camera, IS are planning to do the same with their latest prisoners, according to posts on social media.
  • Paraded in cages 'to be burned alive' like Jordanian pilot: ISIS releases video

    02/14/2015 2:38:54 AM PST · by lowbridge · 66 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | february 13, 2015 | tim macfarlan
    Heads bowed in terror the orange-clad Kurdish fighters are paraded through streets filled with jeering militants in the latest horrifying video release from Islamic State. In a grim echo of the terrible fate which befell Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh the captives, reportedly Peshmerga fighters, are dressed in orange jumpsuits and shackled in cages.  Just as Lt. al-Kaseasbeh was burned alive on camera, IS are planning to do the same with their latest prisoners, according to posts on social media.  -snip But the Pentagon said the capture of the town did not represent a major setback in the war effort...
  • The Secret Best Way To Keep Muslims Far Far Away

    02/13/2015 3:26:28 PM PST · by george76 · 60 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | February 13, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    If you want to annoy ISIS terrorists, just blow a horn or play a musical instrument. Muhammad, the prophet of Islam said so:  “Anas narrated that the prophet said, “Two sounds are accursed in this world and the hereafter: (the sound of) musical instruments in time of happiness and wailing during calamity.” (Al-Bazzaar). And if you think I am kidding, just take a look how the Kurds annoy ISIS during a fire fight: ... Its the proven method, sort of like pig fat. It is all written in their books and hundreds of millions of these bigots hate the...
  • Westerners join Kurds fighting Islamic State group in Iraq

    02/04/2015 1:07:04 PM PST · by Java4Jay · 7 replies
    As Kurdish fighters gathered around a fire in this damp, a surprising recruit wearing a tactical vest with the words "Christ is Lord" scribbled on it joined them. "I'm not going back until the fight is finished and ISIS is crippled. I decided that if my government wasn't going to do anything to help this country, especially Kurdish people who stood by us for 10 years and helped us out while we were in this country, then I was going to do something."
  • Earnest: "Not Sure" Biden Will Attend Netanyahu; Obama "Looking Forward" Meeting Muslim Leaders @WH

    02/04/2015 1:04:46 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 8 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 4, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest said there is no decision yet as to whether Vice President Joe Biden will attend a joint session of Congress next month where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will give an address... The question immediately following the Netanyahu discussion pertained to President Obama's meeting with Muslim leaders Wednesday afternoon, which Earnest said that "the president is looking forward" to it.
  • UN claim: ISIS selling, crucifying, burying children alive in Iraq

    02/04/2015 12:53:56 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 33 replies
    news24.com ^ | Feb. 4 2015 | Reuters
    Geneva - Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday. Iraqi boys aged under 18 are increasingly being used by the militant group as suicide bombers, bomb makers, informants or human shields to protect facilities against US-led air strikes, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said. "We are really deeply concerned at torture and murder of those children, especially those belonging to minorities, but not only from minorities," committee expert Renate Winter told a...
  • Turkey indicts Dutch reporter over 'terror propaganda'

    02/03/2015 1:15:27 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | 03 Feb 2015 | Umut Uras
    A Dutch journalist based in southeastern Turkey has been officially indicted by Turkish prosecutors for spreading "terrorist propaganda" on social media. ... "The document refers to tweets and Facebook posts as well as her weekly column on Diken.com.tr, an independent Turkish news website," she said. The Prosecutor's office charges Geerdink with spreading propaganda for the outlawed armed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) group that has been fighting against the Turkish state since mid-1980s. She is facing one to five years in prison. ...
  • US congratulates Kurds over Kobane as Turkey slams celebrations

    01/29/2015 2:35:17 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Rudaw ^ | January 28, 2015 | Yerevan Saeed
    The United States pledged to continue military and humanitarian assistance to the Kurdish city of Kobane in Syria, after Kurdish forces defeated the Islamic State (known as ISIS or ISIL) following a four-month siege. "We congratulate its (Kobane's) brave defenders," US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a briefing to reporters, referring to the Kurdish forces that have been fighting there. "We'll continue to support them as we look to the coming weeks ahead... As there are humanitarian needs, whether it's in Kobane and other places, I expect that we will contribute -- continue to be major contributors," she...
  • Who saw it coming: Jordan’s negotiations with ISIS over hostages collapse

    01/29/2015 12:41:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/29/2015 | Noah Rothman
    When the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria set terms for the release of a Jordanian fighter pilot captured when his plane was disabled over Syria, it was only marginally shocking that Jordan signaled it was willing to negotiate with ISIS fighters. That decision had some shock value not only because it is generally rare to see Western coalition partners negotiate with groups they admit to be terrorist organizations, but because the prisoner ISIS demanded in exchange was involved in one of the worst terrorist attacks in that countryÂ’s history. No sooner had bilateral negotiations between the Hashemite Kingdom...
  • Australians fighting for Isis reportedly killed in battle for Kobani

    01/28/2015 10:55:09 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 28 January 2015 | Michael Safi
    Australians were among the largest contingent of foreign jihadists killed in the battle for Kobani, a senior US state department official has said, after Kurdish forces announced the “liberation” of the Syrian city on Monday. A coalition of Kurdish and Syrian rebel fighters claimed full control over Kobani, located less than a mile from the Turkish border, after a bloody four-month siege by the militia group known as Islamic State (Isis or Isil). Their victory was confirmed by a senior US state department official on Tuesday, who told AFP: “[Isis] is now, whether on order or whether they are breaking...
  • ISIS threatens Obama, Japanese and Jordanian hostages in new online messages

    01/27/2015 10:13:51 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 27 Jan 15 | Fox staff
    A new, grisly beheading video from ISIS includes a direct threat against President Obama and is one of at least three new warnings from the terror organization, including pledges to kill Jordanian and Japanese hostages if a hostage held by Jordan is not freed. In a new online video discovered by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Tuesday, three Islamic State fighters stand behind a kneeling Kurdish fighter as one of the extremists launches into a diatribe against the U.S. and other Western nations. “Know, oh Obama, that will reach America,” says one of the fighters, clad...
  • Celebrations on Turkish border as Kurds raise their flag in Kobane after driving out Islamic State

    01/27/2015 8:26:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/27/2015 | By DARREN BOYLE
    Kurdish troops now control more than 90 per cent of Kobane after U.S. led coalition aircraft pounded Isis positions 17 times in just 24 hours Thousands of civilians celebrated the Isis defeat in Kobane city centreKurdish troops are advancing east of the city in a 'mopping up' operationIsis jihadis abandoned heavy weapons and fresh food during their retreat Kurdish forces have managed to oust Isis terrorists from their Kobane stronghold on the Syrian - Turkish border after months of intense fighting. It is believed that 1,800 people have died in the battle which lasted more than four months. Foreign...
  • US, Iraq preparing for assault to recapture Mosul from ISIS

    01/23/2015 9:35:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    News24 ^ | 01/23/2015
    Washington - The United States and Iraq have started preparing for an offensive by summer to recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul, which was taken by Islamic State (ISIS) militants last June, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Preparations include selecting and training military units for the planned assault and cutting supply lines to ISIS fighters, General Lloyd Austin, head of the US military's Central Command, told the Journal. Mosul is the largest city in a self-declared ISIS caliphate straddling the border between northern Iraq and eastern Syria. A senior Iraqi official told Reuters in November that Mosul was...
  • After ‘Historic Victory,’ a Flag Was Raised on a Hill in Key Syrian Border Town

    01/26/2015 10:08:34 PM PST · by BeauBo · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jan. 26, 2015 | Jason Howerton
    Jubilant Kurdish fighters ousted Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after a four-month battle – a significant victory for both the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition.
  • Peshmerga hitting ISIS on major Offensive to reach Mosul, Good use of MILAN ATGM

    01/25/2015 7:04:19 AM PST · by fella · 7 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | 21-01-2015
    Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched a major offensive against Islamic State (ISIS) forces west of Mosul Wednesday morning to assist Iraqi troops in their effort to retake the city from the radical group.
  • Peshmerga hitting ISIS on major Offensive to reach Mosul, Good use of MILAN ATGM (Video)

    01/23/2015 4:50:59 PM PST · by Red Steel · 6 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | 21-01-2015
    Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched a major offensive against Islamic State (ISIS) forces west of Mosul Wednesday morning to assist Iraqi troops in their effort to retake the city from the radical group. Iraqi and coalition fighter jets led the fight by bombing ISIS positions, while the Peshmerga pounded the militants with heavy artillery on the ground. In the early hours of the offensive the Peshmerga forces controlled the villages of Tel Reem, Tel Khidir and Jamrud, where they killed six of the insurgents and took another prisoner. Iraqi officials had earlier said that the Mosul operation might be launched in...
  • Kurds recapture strategic Kobani hilltop from Daesh

    01/20/2015 12:18:52 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 7 replies
    Albawaba ^ | 19 Jan 15 | Unknown
    Kurdish fighters have managed to claim a strategic hilltop from Daesh in the Syrian border town of Kobani. Fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) retook a strategic position known as Mishte-ur early Monday. The recapture, which came after hours of fierce combat, is significant progress for Kurdish fighters battling Daesh in the area. Eleven Daesh terrorists were reportedly killed during the clashes which also saw the militants lose a large amount of ammunition and weapons to Kurdish fighters. Daesh took control of the strategic hills nearly four months ago, which gave the militants an advantage in battles in Aleppo...
  • German parliament concerned training mission in Iraq could be unconstitutional

    01/18/2015 11:49:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01/15/2015 | [ng/sb (dpa, AFP)]
    The German parliament’s scientific research service says the government’s legal argument to justify a training mission for Kurds in Iraq has “no constitutional basis,” according to a survey seen by both the news agency DPA and Der Spiegel magazine. Berlin is planning to send up to 100 soldiers to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil to help train Kurdish Peshmerga forces fighting “Islamic State” (IS) terrorists. The cabinet approved the plans last December. As the mission is not part of a formal NATO or United Nations operation, it is not clear whether it is legal. The parliamentary survey says the...
  • Rare footage of Female Peshmerga Fighters

    01/17/2015 4:25:56 PM PST · by BBell · 19 replies
    liveleak.com ^ | 1/17/15 | KurdishGirl90
    The Kurdish Female Peshmerga fighters operates inside Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Their main task is to keep the civillian population safe from terrorist activity. Some female Peshmerga fighters operates as civillian (Asayish) and the primary intelligence agency operating in the Kurdistan region to keep an eye on the area for security reason. They investigative arms and intelligence gatherers operating in the Kurdistan Region. There is a small number of female Peshmerga fighters on the frontlines with the PKK members fighting the Islamic State in Kerkuk and Shingal.
  • ISIS leader orders failed fighters executed, says report

    01/15/2015 12:56:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/15/2015 | By Nadiah Sarsour
    Some 56 members of ISIS learned their so-called “caliph” doesn’t tolerate losing in battle, according to reports which said Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had them executed after they survived a rout by Kurdish fighters. Saed Mimousini, media spokesperson for the Kurdish Democratic Party, told Alsumaria news agency that Al-Baghdadi’s harsh decision came following their defeat at the hands of Peshmerga fighters in Kobar, south of the Kurdish capital Erbil. “ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi executed 56 of his men after their defeat at the hands of the Peshmerga forces in the Cowir area south of Erbilm," he said. “Executions took place...
  • Syria Prominent ISIS leader killed in Kobani

    01/02/2015 8:12:27 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 1 Jan 15 | Unknown
    KOBANE BORDER—A prominent leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) was killed in an airstrike in Kobani on Thursday, news reports said. Social media pages of ISIS also confirmed the death of Othman Al Nazih, a Saudi national in the Kurdish city of Kobani on the Syria-Turkey border. Al Nazih, was a professor at King Khalid University in Saudi Arabia before he was sacked on charges of membership in the al-Qaeda organization. At the outset of the war in Syria Al Nazih traveled to that country and joined ISIS. Soon he became a prominent leader and was posted to front in...
  • Has the Kurdish Victory at Sinjar Turned the Tide of ISIS War?

    12/28/2014 12:26:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 12/28/2014 | Niqash
    Extremist fighters from the group known as the Islamic State have left the Sinjar area the same way they came in during August this year: without any real combat or pitched battles. “I feel as if I’m watching the same thing I saw five months ago,” says Maizar al-Shammari, standing in front of his house, which is on the road into Sinjar, watching Iraqi Kurdish troops move forward. “At that time the Peshmerga [Iraqi Kurdish forces] withdrew without a fight. Today the Islamic State group is doing the same thing. It’s as if they just decided to swap roles,” he...