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Daesh Militants Kill 10 Comrades In Western Iraq

The Levant News — Daesh terrorists killed 10 fellow extremists on the grounds that they wanted to desert the group and had tried to escape clashes between the militants and Iraqi forces in the town of al-Karma, located 48 kilometers (30 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad, Arabic-language al-Baghdadia satellite television …

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ISIS target Iraq’s Haditha town with vehicle bombs

THE LEVANT NEWS — BAGHDAD: An ISIS militant blew up an explosive-laden bulldozer near Haditha, killing seven Iraqi soldiers in one of a wave of bomb attacks on the northwestern town Monday, a police source said. Haditha and its nearby dam lie in one of the few parts of the …

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UN: ISIS destruction of heritage sites a war crime

ٍٍSource: Associated Press – BERLIN: The U.N.’s cultural agency says the destruction of antiquities and heritage sites in conflict zones by ISIS and other groups could amount to war crimes. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee Monday adopted a resolution condemning “intentional attacks against buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or …

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ISIS arrests 54 people for espionage

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Translated by Imen Khemiri–The Islamic State (ISIS) arrested 54 people, including women, in Mosul, in Nineveh Province in northern Iraq on charges of spying, according to a security source. Ahmed Jabouri, a police officer in Nineveh, said that ISIS group arrested 54 inhabitants of Mosul and …

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Does Iran Control Iraq?

By Graham E. Fuller – Source: grahamefuller.com– Saudi, Israeli and US neoconservative voices warn us tirelessly that Iran’s imperial sway has now come to dominate the governments of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and now Yemen, and still threatens Bahrain. Analytically speaking such views are not just exaggerated, but misleading and dangerous, …

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Iraqi Forces Start Anbar Operation

Agence France Presse– The operation by Iraqi government and allied forces to liberate Anbar and its capital Ramadi from ISIS was launched too soon, Parliament Speaker Salim al-Juburi said Wednesday. “Zero hour was announced but this important battle should have been better prepared, especially because Anbar is a bastion,” he …

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The Shiite Religious Authority of Najaf

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem — The hawza (seminary) in Najaf, which consists of religious schools where Shiite clerics are trained, was founded by the most prominent Shiite religious scholar, Sheikh Muhammad al-Tusi, in 1028 — even though some tend to believe that the hawza was established in Najaf decades before …

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The Red Lines of U.S. Strategy Towards ISIS

  THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Dr. Saif Nusrat Al-hermezi* – Translator: Hadi Nehme —     This article evokes an important problematic dilemma regarding the link between ISIS’ protraction in the region and the boundaries the United States has set before the organization. The term “red lines”, frequently mentioned in …

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Second Yazidi mass grave unearthed in Iraq this week

Reuters – IRBIL: A mass grave containing the remains of at least 16 Yazidis was unearthed in northern Iraq Friday as the atrocities committed by ISIS against the religious minority gradually come to light. The grave in the northwestern district of Zumar is the second to be discovered this week. …

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ISIS attacks near Kirkuk, bombs kill 18 in Baghdad

Reuters – Islamic State militants struck at Kurdish forces southwest of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday morning, while bombs in Baghdad and Samarra killed at least 21 people, security and medical sources said. Police in the northern province of Kirkuk said Islamic State launched mortars and attacked positions …

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Top Iraq Kurd office among six killed in ISIS attack

A member of the Kurdish security forces checks his weapon after previous clashes with Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Kirkuk. (File photo: Reuters) Source: AFP, Kirkuk  -The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Islamist group killed a senior Kurdish commander and five other fighters on Friday in …

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Iraq forces ‘not ready’ to fight Isis

By Rowena Mason – Source: The Guardian – Islamic State (Isis) will not be pushed out of Iraq for another year or two because the country’s armed forces are not ready or equipped to fight back on the ground yet, the foreign secretary has said. In the runup to a …

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Jihadists launch major attack on Iraq’s Ramadi

THE LEVANT – The Islamic State group launched a major attack on the Iraqi city of Ramadi Friday, attempting to seize one of the last urban pockets under government control in troubled Anbar province. Parts of Ramadi, the provincial capital, and all of Fallujah to its east, fell to anti-government forces …

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Iraqi forces push Daash out of Baiji

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE  – By Hussain Choukri – Iraqi forces broke a months-long siege by jihadist fighters of the country’s largest oil refinery Saturday as the top US officer flew in to discuss the expanded war against the Islamic State group. Iraqi forces broke the Islamic State group’s months-long siege …

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Daash’ killing rampage in Iraq

THE LEVANT – Islamic State group militants shot and killed 36 Sunni tribesmen, women and children in public Monday, an Iraqi official and a tribal leader said, pushing the total number of members slain by the extremists in recent days to more than 200. Sheik Naim al-Gaoud, a senior figure …

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Islamic State kills 50 Iraqis

THE LEVANT  – Islamic State group extremists lined up and shot dead at least 50 Iraqi men, women and children from the same tribe on Sunday, officials said, in the latest targeting of the group by militants. The killings, all committed in public, raise the death toll suffered by the …

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Iraq: New Mass grave with 150 bodies

THE LEVANT – Evidence emerges of another massacre by ISIL forces advancing on the Iraqi city of Ramadi A mass grave containing 150 bodies has been discovered in central Iraq, raising fears of a posssible massacre carried out by Isil on their march towards Baghdad. The grave was found on Thursday …

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