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IS has 20,000-31,500 fighters in Iraq and Syria – CIA

IS has 20,000-31,500 fighters in Iraq and Syria – CIA

Sep 12, – Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria now have about 20,000 to 31,500 fighters on the ground, the Central Intelligence Agency said, much higher than a previous estimate of 10,000. Among those in Syria are 15,000 foreign fighters including 2,000 Westerners, some of whom have joined IS, a US intelligence official told […]

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Iraq car bomb attacks kill 9

Iraq car bomb attacks kill 9

Sep 11, – Police officials say a car bomb exploded on a commercial street in the Shiite city of Diwaniyah, killing six people and wounding 16 others. Diwaniyah is 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Baghdad. Iraqi authorities say car bomb attacks have killed nine people in two Shiite cities south of Baghdad. Police later […]

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U.S. Iraq air raids help Kurds and Shi’ites at expense of Sunnis

U.S. Iraq air raids help Kurds and Shi’ites at expense of Sunnis

Sep 09, – A small group of people pick through putrefying human remains laid out on plastic sheets by the side of a road in northern Iraq, searching for any trace of missing friends and relatives. Some had brought spades to help dig up the mass grave near Suleiman Beg after the town was retaken […]

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Iraq welcomes US plan for coalition against jihadists

Iraq welcomes US plan for coalition against jihadists

Sep 07, – US President Barack Obama outlined the plan at a NATO summit on Friday, calling for a broad coalition to defeat the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group which led an offensive that overran chunks of five Iraqi provinces in June and holds significant territory in neighbouring Syria. Iraq welcomed Obama’s plan for an […]

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Iraq attacks kill 17 as mass grave found

Iraq attacks kill 17 as mass grave found

Sep 05, – Police officials said the deadliest attack happened when a car bomb went off on a commercial street in Baghdad’s mainly Shiite Zafaraniyah district, killing seven people and wounding 15 others. Several shops were damaged. A series of attacks across Iraq on Friday killed 17 people, including four Shiite militiamen and a Sunni […]

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Iraqi town celebrates end of ISIS siege

Iraqi town celebrates end of ISIS siege

Sep 04, – Residents of the small Iraqi town of Amerli took to the streets in celebration today after local security forces backed by U.S. airstrikes broke a two-month siege by ISIS militants. About 150,000 Shiite Turkmen have been stranded in the town with dwindling water and supplies since June – but this morning aid […]

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Amnesty accuses IS of ‘systematic ethnic cleansing’ in Iraq

Amnesty accuses IS of ‘systematic ethnic cleansing’ in Iraq

Sep 02, – The military gains came as a senior UN rights official said IS jihadists had carried out “acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale” in Iraq, and caretaker premier Nuri al-Maliki vowed the country would be the group’s “graveyard”. Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Islamic State fighters of “systematic ethnic cleansing” in northern […]

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Iraq violence killed at least 1,420 in August – U.N.

Iraq violence killed at least 1,420 in August – U.N.

Sep 01, – Another 1,370 Iraqis were wounded and 600,000 people forced to flee, the U.N. added, as Islamic State militants, who have grabbed large areas of territory since June, pushed into land controlled by Kurdish troops and targeted religious minorities. At least 1,420 people were killed in Iraq in August, the United Nations said […]

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U.S., foreign fighters in Syria pose ‘very serious threat’ to U.S. – lawmaker

U.S., foreign fighters in Syria pose ‘very serious threat’ to U.S. – lawmaker

Sep 01, – Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, urged the Obama administration to aggressively prosecute U.S. citizens who had trained overseas as it weighed options for how to respond to escalating violence by Islamic State militants in Iraq. Hundreds of U.S., British and Canadian citizens who have trained with Islamic State […]

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Iraq breaks months-long jihadist siege

Iraq breaks months-long jihadist siege

Aug 31, – It is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the Sunni Islamic State (IS) jihadist group overran large areas of five provinces in June, sweeping security forces aside. Iraqi forces broke through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli Sunday, where thousands of people have been trapped […]

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