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Top U.S. General: Iran-Backed Militias in Iraq a Threat to U.S. Forces

Some factions from the Baghdad-sanctioned umbrella organization for mainly Tehran-allied Shiite militia groups known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) are helping Iran expand its nefarious activities in Iraq, a top U.S. Department of State (DOS) official indicated this week.

A year after IS defeat, Iraq in throes of political crisis

Trump Envoy: Islamic State Has Lost 70 Percent of Its Iraq, Syria Territory

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has lost an estimated 70 percent of the territory it held in Iraq and Syria at the beginning of 2015, courtesy of the ongoing efforts by the U.S.-led coalition and its local allies, the U.S. special presidential envoy for the alliance against the terrorist group has revealed.

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Al-Qaeda Capitalizing on Islamic State Losses in Syria

Syrian groups affiliated with al-Qaeda are capitalizing on the U.S.-led coalition as well as the Iran and Russian-backed Syrian regime’s nearly single-minded focus to annihilate the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in the war-torn country.

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Top U.S. General: Iraq ‘on Track’ to Retake Mosul from Islamic State

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The top commander of America’s military efforts against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria has predicted that the U.S.-backed Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) are “on track” to recapture the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, considered to be the jihadist group’s largest remaining stronghold in the country, “by the end of the year.”

IRAQ, Baghdad : Members of the "Golden Division", the special forces of the Iraqi counter-terrorism forces (ICTF), take part in a training under the command of international military instructors in Baghdad on March 20, 2016, as they preparare for a future operation aimed at retaking the northern city of Mosul, …

Top Obama Official: Anti-Islamic State Mosul Offensive Ready Sooner Than Expected

Nearly all the pieces have fallen into place for the U.S.-backed Iraqi forces to make a push to recapture Mosul, the de facto Iraqi capital of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) that has been described as the jihadist group’s last remaining stronghold in the country, declared a top Obama administration official.

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Obama Envoy: al-Nusra Is ‘Largest’ al-Qaeda Affiliate ‘in History’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) core in Iraq and Syria is losing territory, fighters, leaders, and financial resources, while its Syrian rival Jabhat al-Nusra flourishes, becoming the “largest” al Qaeda affiliate “in history,” President Barack Obama’s special envoy for the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS told lawmakers.

Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front fighters carry their weapons on the back of a pick-up truck during the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen in Arsal, eastern Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/STRINGER/FILES

Turkey Claims Russian Among Dozens Arrested in Islamic State Raid

Turkish officials have arrested 33 alleged members of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Istanbul and southern Adana province, including a Russian national. Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Russia have reached a historic low in the past six months.

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