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  • ISIS Claims Killing of Senior Iranian Military Officer

    12/28/2014 2:16:55 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/12/14
    ISIS has claimed responsibility for killing a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards officer earlier Sunday. Iranian military sources had simply stated that Brigadier General Hamid Taghavi was killed in Samarra, north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, but did not elaborate ...
  • Iraq dislodges insurgents from city of Samarra with airstrikes

    06/11/2014 11:17:39 AM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/11/2014 | Ghazwan Hassan
    Iraqi helicopters bombed the city of Samarra after insurgents overran parts of it early on Thursday, bringing them within striking distance of a Shi'ite shrine the destruction of which in a 2006 attack unleashed a bitter sectarian war. The offensive is part of an escalating conflict between Iraq's Shi'ite Muslim-led government and Sunni Islamist militants who have been regaining momentum in the past year, particularly in the west of the country bordering Syria. The Iraqi army and SWAT forces had regained control in Samarra, killing dozens of insurgents and forcing the rest to retreat from the city after they moved...
  • Tony Blair Testimony To Iraq War Inquiry – The Influence Of Iran

    01/21/2011 4:59:45 PM PST · by Starman417
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-21-11 | Curt
    Former British PM Tony Blair testified in front of another Iraq inquiry today and for the second time this year he testified about the very real danger of Iran and al-Qaeda working together. Of course the storyline by the British papers, the biased MSM, and the lefty blogosphere, is regarding the regret offered by Blair over the loss of life: At the end of his evidence this afternoon he said it had never been his meaning. "Of course I regret deeply and profoundly the loss of life," I'm sure everyone else would cheer the loss of life huh? I...
  • Baghdad leaders reveal that coup plot duped MI6

    02/07/2004 4:39:52 PM PST · by Valin · 6 replies · 245+ views
    Baghdad leaders reveal that coup plot duped MI6 Julie Flint explains how rumours of Saddam's overthrow caused British intelligence to miss vital information about Iraq's weapons programme British intelligence took its eyes off Saddam Hussein's weapons programmes because it had been duped into believing a military coup would leave Sunni Muslims in power in Iraq. Sources in the country say what they missed was a push to convert chemical and biological organisms into dry agents that could be hidden until pressure on the regime was lifted. 'From the second half of 2000, the focus of the British was not on...
  • IRAQ: Killer of prominent TV journalist confesses

    08/05/2009 12:03:03 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 1,317+ views
    Babylon & Beyond ^ | Aug 4 2009 | Liz Sly and Saif Hameed
    A member of an extremist Sunni group has confessed to the 2006 rape and murder of prominent Iraqi TV reporter Atwar Bahjat, whose brutal death at the height of the sectarian violence shocked even battle-scarred Iraqis. The confession was made in a videotape broadcast at a press conference today. Suspect Yasser al-Takhi described how he and three others abducted and killed Bahjat and her two-man crew, Adnan Abdullah and Khaled Mohsen, in the central Iraqi town of Samarra. His two brothers also confessed to killing Abdullah and Mohsen. Bahjat, who worked for the Arabiya TV network, had gone to Samarra...
  • Iraq hopes shrine rebuild can reconcile sects

    10/06/2008 12:33:58 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 169+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct 6, 2008 | Tim Cocks
    A ring of scaffolding around charred bricks is all that now stands in place of the golden dome that adorned one of Shi'ite Islam's holiest shrines. Militants bombed the al-Askari mosque in the Iraqi city of Samarra in February 2006, destroying the dome and setting off a wave of sectarian bloodshed that killed tens of thousands of people and nearly tipped the country into all-out civil war. Now, with violence sharply down and Iraq's coffers swollen with oil revenues, officials hope the mosque can be restored to its former majestic glory in a few years. That could help heal bitter...
  • An Appointment in Samarra - As I prepare to return to that ancient and long-troubled city, I'll...

    08/06/2008 6:11:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 131+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 06, 2008 | Pete Hegseth
    August 06, 2008, 0:15 a.m. An Appointment in SamarraAs I prepare to return to that ancient and long-troubled city, I'll be expecting the unexpected. By Pete Hegseth SAMARRA, Iraq: A few days after insurgents killed two of his bodyguards, Asaad Ali Yaseen sat in his living room with a pistol beside him and pondered the challenges of running this city. As if on cue, a U.S. soldier burst in to announce that a sniper’s bullet had just struck a military vehicle parked outside. Mr. Yaseen and his guest, U.S. Army Maj. Steven Delvaux, barely stirred. “It would be good...
  • The Longest Morning

    04/29/2008 3:25:22 PM PDT · by Hazwaste · 1 replies · 55+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 11/1/2007 | Jeff Emanuel
    Samarra, Iraq THE DAY OF AUGUST 26, 2007, began like any other for the soldiers of Charlie Company, 2-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment (from the 82nd Airborne Division) -- with a mission in the city. Over a year into its deployment to Samarra, Iraq, and now working on the three-month extension announced by Secretary of Defense Gates in the spring, the company knew the city like the back of its collective hands and had its operational routine down to a science, whatever the mission it might be tasked with. On this morning, that mission was to establish a defensive perimeter around...
  • Last Week’s Iraq Ops Leave 10 Terrorists Killed, 16 Captured

    03/09/2008 10:42:10 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 268+ views
    WASHINGTON — Ten terrorists were killed and 16 captured in operations across Iraq Friday, military officials reported. Northeast of Samarra, Coalition forces targeted an alleged al Qaeda in Iraq leader for the Kanan village. In the raid, forces killed eight terrorists, including the wanted individual. Seven suspects were detained. Also in Samarra, forces captured three suspected terrorists. One of the suspects allegedly is a leader for the al Qaeda in Iraq network in Samarra. Another is believed to be a direct associate of al Qaeda in Iraq senior leadership. North of Tarmiyah, forces captured an alleged associate of the al...
  • 34 al Qaeda killed in day's fighting during Phantom Phoenix

    01/13/2008 10:02:50 AM PST · by Tennessean4Bush · 28 replies · 229+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 1/12/2008 | Bill Roggio
    General Mustaffa in his office in Arab Jabour. Photo by Bill Roggio. Click to view. Coalition and Iraqi security forces were active on Thursday and Friday in fighting as part of Operation Phantom Phoenix. Two senior al Qaeda in Iraq operatives were killed along with 32 foot soldiers during fighting in Arab Jabour, Miqdadiyah, and the Samarra region. Another 34 al Qaeda fighters were reported captured. Operation Marne Thunderbolt and Arab Jabour The most high-profile fighting occurred in the Arab Jabour region, which sits just southeast of Baghdad. US and Iraqi forces are conducting Operation Marne Thunderbolt, a subordinate...
  • Balad Airmen help improve quality of life for Soldiers in Iraq

    01/11/2008 4:18:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 58+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Senior Airman Terri Barriere
    1/11/2008 - BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- A 13-man team from Balad Air Base made quality-of-life improvements, security repairs and facilitated more than 85 emergency maintenance repairs during a 30-day assignment in December and January to an Army patrol base in Samarra, Iraq. Among the improvements the group of Airmen made were improvements to the Patrol Base Olson aid station to include new lighting and updated plumbing. The Airmen also repaired a damaged security forces facility, built new living quarters, added power panels, and installed new receptacles, lighting, electrical panels, water heaters, water tank and pressure pumps. "We'll go...
  • UPDATE: Coalition forces positively identify terrorist killed in raid

    12/26/2007 8:26:53 AM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies · 144+ views
    BAGHDAD, Iraq – A terrorist killed south of Samarra Nov. 8 has been positively identified as Abu Abdullah. Abu Abdullah, also known as Muhammad Sulayman Shunaythir al-Zuba’i, was a high-level al-Qaeda in Iraq leader for a network operating in the Salah ad Din province. Reports indicate Abdullah was an experienced bomb-maker and attack planner who coordinated numerous attacks on Coalition and Iraqi forces over the past three years, using a variety of improvised explosive devices combined with small-arms fire. Abdullah was also allegedly responsible for the kidnapping, extortion and murder of local Iraqis, and it is believed he led a...
  • Ten killed, eight detained as Coalition forces target al-Qaeda senior leaders (Samarra, Iraq)

    11/25/2007 6:09:21 PM PST · by Son House · 7 replies · 290+ views
    BAGHDAD – Ten terrorists were killed and eight suspects detained during Coalition forces operations Saturday north of Samarra. During three coordinated operations early Saturday, Coalition forces targeted senior al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders and associates, killing a wanted individual, believed to be associated with the Badush prison escape in March. Reports indicate that the wanted individual had previously been imprisoned for weapons smuggling. As the ground force approached the target area, they were engaged by armed men who were then observed maneuvering into defensive positions near a reed line. Responding in self-defense, the ground force called for supporting aircraft to engage,...
  • The Longest Morning (paratroopers tell tale of ambush in Samarra -- cover of AmSpectator)

    11/01/2007 4:42:12 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 43 replies · 806+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 11/1/2007 | Jeff Emanuel
    THE DAY OF AUGUST 26, 2007, began like any other for the soldiers of Charlie Company, 2-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment (from the 82nd Airborne Division) -- with a mission in the city. Over a year into its deployment to Samarra, Iraq, and now working on the three-month extension announced by Secretary of Defense Gates in the spring, the company knew the city like the back of its collective hands and had its operational routine down to a science, whatever the mission it might be tasked with. On this morning, that mission was to establish a defensive perimeter around a block...
  • Samarra and Kirkuk: A strategic city update

    10/08/2007 12:10:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 224+ views
    Gulf Region North district encompasses 66,000 square miles in seven of Iraq’s 18 provinces, north and east of Baghdad. Its four strategic cities are Mosul, Samarra, Kirkuk and Baqubah. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has project and construction management responsibility for the Iraq Reconstruction Program; and it assists Iraq’s provincial governments as they assume responsibility for managing their infrastructure development, and the capability to sustain it. COB SPEICHER — In the city of Samarra, Iraq, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed 40 of the 45 planned projects in the Iraq Reconstruction Program. “We’re joining the Iraqi people...
  • Army Paratrooper Awarded Silver Star in Iraq

    08/01/2007 5:52:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 401+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
    U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon (left), commander, 25th Infantry Division and Multi-National Division - North, pins the Silver Star on Capt. Brennan Goltry, platoon leader, 2nd Platoon, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, during a ceremony July 31, 2007, at Patrol Base Olson in Samarra, Iraq. Goltry also received two Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantryman Badge. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden Army Paratrooper Awarded Silver Star in Iraq Platoon leader honored for his heroism and courage under fire. By Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden 3rd Brigade Combat Team82nd...
  • Samarra: Symbol of Islam's Great Divide

    06/17/2007 4:59:58 PM PDT · by forty_years · 15 replies · 792+ views ^ | 6/17/2007 | Andrew Jaffee
    There can be no "negotiated" settlement between radical Islam and outsiders (infidels). The horrific war raging inside Islam is proof positive. Muslim versus Muslim terrorism confirms that Islam hates itself as much as, or more than, it does the Western World. Democratic leaders have ignored this internal Muslim conflict, choosing a peevish course, and misguidedly called our conflict with Islam a "war on terror." They have forgotten the sacrifices required for victory in WWII. (Could we have "negotiated" with Kamikazes?) Consequently, our war of wars will last decades, not just years. Experts like Daniel Pipes have pointed out in these...
  • Iraq - Blast at revered Shi'ite shrine in Iraq's Samarra (Golden Dome Mosque)

    06/12/2007 11:32:39 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 84 replies · 4,406+ views
    BAGHDAD, June 13 (Reuters) - An explosion struck a revered Shi'ite Muslim shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra on Wednesday that was badly damaged in February 2006, senior Shi'ite officials and a witness said. The witness said two minarets at the Golden Mosque were damaged in the blast. Last year's attack on the mosque triggered a wave of sectarian violence in Iraq that has killed tens of thousands of people.
  • 12 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attacks

    05/06/2007 11:58:41 AM PDT · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 18 replies · 3,500+ views
    AP thru ^ | 5/06/2007 | Ravi Nessman
    12 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attacks Email this Story May 6, 2:47 PM (ET) By RAVI NESSMAN (AP) Residents gather at the scene of a car bomb blast in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, May 6, 2007. A car... Full Image BAGHDAD (AP) - A roadside explosion outside the Iraqi capital on Sunday killed six American soldiers and a journalist, the military said, among 12 U.S. deaths reported on a day when two car bombs killed at least 44 Iraqis at a Baghdad market and a police headquarters. A car bomb in the capital, where U.S.-led forces are in the midst...
  • Iraqis Fleeing Samarra Say Extremists Control City

    02/26/2007 7:15:39 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 25 replies · 715+ views
    asharq alawsat ^ | February 26 2007 | Haidar Najem
    A number of families have fled the city of Samarra, north of Baghdad, saying that if the government does not intervene, their city will end up like Kabul during the Taliban era. The fleeing families say that extremists have renamed the city "the Islamic Emirate of Samarra, which is one of the emirates of the Islamic State of Iraq, declared by Al-Qaeda in the Land of Two Rivers last year. Abdul-Karim Sadi, 46, said: "We and our families have gradually fled our city leaving behind our possessions except for some money that will sustain us for a few months. The...