Tag: Iraq

Iran Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani attends a meeting in Tehran in this file handout picture released on September 18, 2016

IRGC Commander: U.S. Would Be ‘Loser in Any War It Wages Against Iran’

A commander in the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) dismissed the potential of war with the United States in remarks Friday, claiming that America would never incite a war because its leaders are too aware they would lose against the beleaguered Iranian military.

Smoke rises after an air strike near the Idlib province village of Kafr Ain on September 7, 2018 as the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey prepared for a summit in Tehran on Syria's last major rebel bastion

Russia Pounds Rebel Positions in Syria’s Idlib

BEIRUT — Russian airstrikes on Syria’s last major rebel bastion Saturday were the “most violent” in a month since Damascus and its ally Moscow started threatening it with an imminent attack around a month ago, a monitor said.

Iran's Defence Minister Amir Hatami stands by a next generation short-range ballistic missile "Fateh Mobin", during an unveiling ceremony in the capital Tehran

Report: Iran Arming Shiite Proxies in Iraq with Ballistic Missiles

A report published by Reuters on Friday revealed that Iran is moving ballistic missiles into Iraq, placing the weapons in the hands of its Shiite militia proxies, in order to expand its ability to hit targets across the Middle East in a regional conflict or war against Western powers.

A picture taken on April 30, 2018, shows an electoral banner for the Iraqi Turkmen Front hanging beneath the flags of Iraq (L) and the Iraqi Turkmen (C) above a pedestrian crossing in the oil-rich and multi-ethnic northern city of Kirkuk

Iraq Purges Kurdish Officials, Bans ‘Kurdish Phrases’ at State Gas Company

The Iraqi government has removed 47 Kurdish officials from their posts in Kirkuk, beginning with the regional governor, since reasserting control over the disputed region in October 2017. The use of “Kurdish phrases” was banned on Tuesday by the state-run North Gas Company, which operates in Kirkuk.

AUSTRALIAN JIHADIST FIGHTER KHALED SHARROUF (TWITTER)

UN Report: Up to 30,000 Islamic State Members in Syria, Iraq

UNITED NATIONS — The Islamic State extremist group has up to 30,000 members roughly equally distributed between Syria and Iraq and its global network poses a rising threat — as does al-Qaeda, which is much stronger in places, a United Nations report says.

Private Sean Stokes carries home his weapon and the weapon of his fallen best friend. Stokes single-handedly killed nine terrorists in Fallujah in November 2004.

Exclusive–Patrick K. O’Donnell: Saving Private Stokes

“Pat, this is Stokes. You know my dream has always been to be a Marine. I need your help on something. I found out this week the Corps doesn’t want to extend my enlistment — they are going to kick me out. Can you write a letter of recommendation?”

In this Dec. 16, 2016 photo, an alleged victim of priest Nicola Corradi poses for a photo during an interview in Mendoza, Argentina. At least 24 students of the Antonio Provolo Institute in Argentina have now come forward seeking justice for the abuse they say they suffered at the hands …

Exclusive: State Department Takes Strongest Steps Yet to Combat Human Trafficking Abroad

Human trafficking, a form of modern slavery, has existed for thousands of years and is still a serious problem in many countries throughout the world, particularly with the resurgence of extremist groups like the Islamic State. This year’s Trafficking in Person’s (TIP) report, released by the State Department, is arguably stronger than it has been in previous years and is providing renewed hope for non-profits that are seeking to end these heinous crimes against humanity.

Iraqi forces and members of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation units) advance next to a wall bearing the Islamic State (IS) group flag as they enter the city of al-Qaim, in Iraq's western Anbar province near the Syrian border as they fight against remnant pockets of Islamic State group jihadists …

Islamic State Targets Infrastructure in Post-Kurdish Northern Iraq

The Islamic State has begun exacerbating concerns about the availability of electricity in Iraq by targeting power plants and other key infrastructure for destruction. Baghdad announced on Sunday that unspecified “terrorist groups,” which observing media identify as the Islamic State, blew up a power plant in Kirkuk.

In this undated photo released Thursday, May 11, 2017, by Hawar News, the news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria, shows fighters from the Kurdish-led Syria Democratic Forces, patrolling on a street in Tabqa, northern Syria. Syrian Kurdish-led forces say they are carrying out mine-clearing operations at the …

Kurdish Exit from Northern Iraq Leads to Islamic State Return

Kurdish residents of a town near northeastern Khanaqin, Iraq, evacuated their 12-home village following a wave of killings in the area carried out by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), the Kurdish outlet Rudaw reported on Wednesday.