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Iraq News

Obama warns of jihadist 'cancer' as U.S. reveals failed rescue

Washington - U.S. President Barack Obama demanded Wednesday the world take action against the "cancer" of jihadist extremism in Iraq, as Washington revealed it had failed in an operation to free U.S. hostages in neighboring Syria.
In the Media by Jerome Cartillier (AFP)

Obama warns of jihadist 'cancer' in Iraq as reporter slain

Washington - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday demanded the world take action against the "cancer" of jihadist extremism in Iraq, after militants murdered an American reporter.
In the Media by Jérôme Cartillier (AFP)

UN launches aid operation for 500,000 in northern Iraq

Arbil - The UN refugee agency said it had launched a huge operation Wednesday to bring desperately needed aid to half a million Iraqis driven from their homes by jihadist rebels.
In the Media by AFP

IS claims beheading of journalist, warns US on Iraq strikes

Baghdad - Jihadists released a video apparently showing the beheading of an American journalist kidnapped in Syria, in the most direct retaliation yet to nearly two weeks of US air strikes on Iraq.
In the Media by AFP

Jihadists claim beheading of US journalist

Washington - Jihadist group the Islamic State on Tuesday claimed to have executed American journalist James Foley in revenge for US air strikes against its fighters and threatened to kill a second reporter.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: IS threatens to drown America in blood

Sydney - It will come as no surprise to most that the “Islamic State” has issued what is effectively a declaration of war on the US. Following American airstrikes, the threat is to hit America “in any place” if strikes hit its fighters.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 3 comments

UN announces emergency aid for 500,000 in northern Iraq

Geneva - The UN refugee agency said Tuesday it was poised to mount a massive aid operation for 500,000 Iraqis driven from their homes by jihadist rebels.
In the Media by Jonathan Fowler (AFP)

Iraq forces hit militants as UN readies major aid effort

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces battled Sunni militants along a string of fronts Tuesday, including in Saddam Hussein's hometown Tikrit, as the United Nations readied a massive aid operation for displaced Iraqis.
In the Media by Marwan Ibrahim (AFP)

Iraqi Kurds assault IS positions as Obama vows support

- Kurdish fighters, backed by Iraqi forces and a new wave of US air strikes, pressed their offensive against jihadist rebels as President Barack Obama urged a joint counterterrorism effort.
In the Media by Serene Assir (AFP)

Op-Ed: Summing up the nature of the new Anglo-American missions in Iraq

Britain's Defense Minister, Michael Fallon, recently announced that Britain will be involved in the campaign against Islamic State in Iraq that may last a few months. What kind of operational role will it, along with the U.S., likely be undertaking?
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Iraqi Kurds assault IS positions as Obama vows support

- Kurdish fighters, backed by Iraqi forces and a new wave of US air strikes, pressed their offensive against jihadist rebels Monday as President Barack Obama urged a joint counterterrorism effort.
In the Media by Serene Assir (AFP)

Op-Ed: Assad picks an apt moment to place IS in his crosshairs

Now that the international community is taking action to help Iraq defeat the Islamic State threat to its existence the Syrian regime is simultaneously delegating more of its stretched resources to fighting Islamic State forces in Syria.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 2 comments

US carries out 15 air strikes near Iraq dam

US warplanes and drones carried out 15 air strikes on Monday against Islamic State (IS) militants battling for control of a major dam in northern Iraq, the military said.
In the Media by Serene Assir (AFP)

Australia to take 4,400 refugees from Syria, Iraq

Sydney - Australia will offer to resettle some 4,400 people fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Sunday, adding the places had been freed up by success in stopping asylum-seeker boats.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Iraqi Kurds retake country's main dam from jihadists: officials

- Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by US air strikes on Sunday retook the country's largest dam from jihadist militants who seized it the previous week, officials said.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

PKK conflict with Turkey 'coming to an end', says Kurdish leader

Istanbul - The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party's 30-year conflict with Turkey is coming to an end, the group's jailed leader said on Saturday, hailing the start of a new democratic process in the country.
In the Media by Stuart Williams (AFP)

Kurds fight to retake Iraq's largest dam after 'massacre'

Baghdad - Kurdish forces backed by US warplanes battled on Saturday to retake Iraq's largest dam from jihadist fighters, a day after militants carried out a "massacre" of dozens of villagers.
In the Media by W.G. Dunlop (AFP) - 1 comment

Jihadists kill dozens in north Iraq 'massacre', officials say

Baghdad - Jihadists carried out a "massacre" in the northern Iraqi village of Kocho, killing dozens of people, most of them members of the Yazidi religious minority, officials said on Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

Iraq Yazidis fear for thousands kidnapped by jihadists

In a dusty, ill-equipped camp in northern Iraq, Yazidis fleeing a jihadist offensive say members of their families -- men, women and even babies -- have been abducted by militants.
In the Media by Serene Assir (AFP)

Jihadists 'massacre' Iraq villagers as world ups response

Baghdad - Details emerged Saturday of a "massacre" carried out by jihadists in a northern Iraq village, as world powers ramped up efforts to cut their funding, arm Kurds battling them and assist those they displaced.
In the Media by W.G. Dunlop (AFP)

UN, EU move against IS in Iraq

Baghdad - Iraqis and foreign powers voiced relief Friday after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki agreed to step down, as the UN targeted Islamist militants and the EU backed the arming of their Kurdish rivals.
In the Media by Ammar Karim (AFP)

UN Council targets jihadists in Iraq, Syria

New York - The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday aimed at weakening Islamists in Iraq and Syria with measures to choke off funding and the flow of foreign fighters.
In the Media by Carole Landry (AFP)

EU ministers agree on arming Iraq Kurds to end 'slaughter'

Brussels - EU ministers agreed at an emergency meeting on Friday to back the arming of overwhelmed Iraqi Kurdish fighters in the face of an onslaught by Islamic State militants.
In the Media by Alex Pigman (AFP)

Op-Ed: International successes pile up for President Obama on vacation

Edgartown - President Barack Obama is on vacation at Martha's Vineyard, but the international successes are piling up. The rescue mission of civilians on Iraq's Mount Sinjar is being touted as an accomplished mission. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malki steps aside.
In the Media by John Presta - 61 comments

Relief as Iraq's Maliki bows out, but fear little will change

Baghdad - Iraqis and foreign brokers alike breathed a sigh of relief Friday after Nuri al-Maliki stepped aside, which many saw as vital to tackling a spiralling military and humanitarian crisis.
In the Media by Ammar Karim (AFP)

Op-Ed: Obama accomplishes two missions; Iraq's Mount Sinjar, PM resigns

Edgartown - President Barack Obama held a press briefing today in Edgartown, Massachusetts, that was initially announced as an update on the Ferguson, Missouri situation. Instead, Obama led with a discussion of the successful rescue of thousands of Iraqi civilians.
In the Media by John Presta - 3 comments

Iraq set for more US strikes as Obama says US broke IS siege

Dohuk - President Barack Obama declared Thursday that America broke the jihadist siege of Iraq's Mount Sinjar, where thousands of civilians were trapped, but said air strikes against the militants will go on.
In the Media by Serene Assir (AFP)

Iraq mountain siege crisis winding down

Dohuk - One of the most dramatic chapters in Iraq's two-month-old conflict was winding down Thursday as the flow of civilians fleeing a jihadist siege dried up, freeing US-backed Kurdish forces for offensive action.
In the Media by Serene Assir, Abdelhamid Zebari (AFP)

'Far fewer' stranded on Iraq mountain than feared, US says

Dohuk - An American assessment team found "far fewer" Yazidis trapped in northern Iraq than expected, making an evacuation mission less likely, as the flight of minority groups from advancing jihadists showed no let-up Thursday.
In the Media by Abdelhamid Zebari (AFP) - 1 comment

U.S. forces assess Iraq mountain refugees' needs

Dohuk - U.S. troops assessed the situation Wednesday of thousands of civilian refugees trapped by jihadists on a northern Iraqi mountain, after the United States carried out air strikes against Islamic State militants.
In the Media by Serene Assir (AFP)
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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US troops in Iraq.
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US troops in Iraq.
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File photo: U.S. Army troops in a fierce shootout with insurgents during a raid on an al-Qaida in Ir...
U.S. Department of Defense
File photo: U.S. Army troops in a fierce shootout with insurgents during a raid on an al-Qaida in Iraq
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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A captured Iraqi military vehicle
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A captured Iraqi military vehicle
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MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles sit on the parking ramp at Balad Air Base  Iraq
Staff Sgt. Tony R. Tolley / U.S. Air Force
MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles sit on the parking ramp at Balad Air Base, Iraq
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Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
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Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
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Euphrates River near Basra  Iraq. There are two major rivers  the Tigris and Euphrates  run through ...
Christiaan Briggs
Euphrates River near Basra, Iraq. There are two major rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates, run through the center of Iraq, flowing from northwest to south-east
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From the Al Jazeera video about the WikiLeaks War Logs
Al Jazeera video capture
From the Al Jazeera video about the WikiLeaks War Logs
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A map outlining where ISIS have control or influence in Syria and Iraq
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A map outlining where ISIS have control or influence in Syria and Iraq
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Masked Sunni Muslims gunmen take position with their weapons during their patrol in the city of Fall...
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Masked Sunni Muslims gunmen take position with their weapons during their patrol in the city of Falluja, 70 km (43 miles) west of Baghdad, February 26, 2014
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PALACE: Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein built one of his presidential palaces in Mosul  which ...
Jim Gordon-US Army Corps of Engineers/Wikimedia Commons
PALACE: Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein built one of his presidential palaces in Mosul, which was used by the US Army following the 2003 invasion.
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Terrorists in Iraq often time their attacks for maximum loss of life.  Here the remains of a bus in ...
Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch
Terrorists in Iraq often time their attacks for maximum loss of life. Here the remains of a bus in Najaf show the results of a car bomb that occurred days before the country’s parliamentary election on March 7, 2010. In all, three people were killed in this bombing and 50 were wounded.
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U.S. Army Soldiers with 2nd Platoon  Alpha Battery  1st Battalion  319th Airborne Field Artillery Re...
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U.S. Army Soldiers with 2nd Platoon, Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment prepare for a early morning mission out of Contingency Operating Base Speicher in Tikrit, Iraq
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NERVE CENTER:  U.S. President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meet in the O...
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NERVE CENTER: U.S. President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meet in the Oval Office in 2009.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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Dead Iraqis.
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Dead Iraqis.
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Detainee abuse is common and widespread in Iraq.  Here  a 34-year-old detainee sentenced to death in...
Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch
Detainee abuse is common and widespread in Iraq. Here, a 34-year-old detainee sentenced to death in 2008 said interrogators in 2007 blindfolded him and attacked him with a pipe on various parts of his body. His ensuing head would was left untreated.
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FACT-FINDING: Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters last year at the US embassy in Baghd...
U.S. State Department/Wikimedia Commons
FACT-FINDING: Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters last year at the US embassy in Baghdad. Kerry is back in Iraq this week.
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