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Iraqi soldiers remove a Kurdish flag from a checkpoint in Bashiqa, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Iraqi forces took control of the mixed Yazidi-Christian town of Bashiqa on the northeastern outskirts of Mosul on Tuesday. Kurdish forces pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq a day after …

Kurdish Outlet: Shiite Militias Beheading Peshmerga in Kirkuk

The Kurdish Rudaw news service reported Wednesday on abusive and offensive behavior by the Iran-backed Shiite militia forces occupying Kirkuk, accused the U.S. military of turning a blind eye to the Iranian invasion, and, most disturbingly, accused Shiite fighters of beheading captured Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers.

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Photos: Islamic State Claims Drone Fleet in Mosul

Photos released by the Islamic State group purport to show that its’ jihadists are again using small unmanned drones to attack targets in the area of Mosul where IS is locked in battle with the Iraqi army.

In this photo provided by the Defense Department, taken Oct. 23, 2016, Defense Secretary Ash Carter listens as U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, speaks during a news conference in Erbil, Iraq. Townsend, the commander of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic …

Top U.S. General Praises Iran-Backed Shiite Militias in Mosul as Professional

The top commander of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has lauded the Iran-allied Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a predominantly Shiite militia umbrella group that also includes individuals who have been deemed terrorists by the United States, for their contribution to the ongoing offensive to retake Sunni majority Mosul.

IRAQ, NAJAF : TOPSHOT - Members of the Popular Mobilisation Units supporting the government forces stand on the outskirts of the holy Iraqi city of Najaf on September 24, 2016, as take part in a military parade from Karbala to Najaf to review the military equipment to be used in …

Turkey-Iraq Tensions Rise as Battle of Mosul Approaches

Wednesday found the governments of Turkey and Iraq summoning each others’ ambassadors for acrimonious exchanges over Turkish troops stationed near Mosul, as the battle to liberate that city from ISIS approaches.

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Iran’s Qods Force General Spotted on Fallujah, Iraq Islamic State Front Lines

Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Qods Force – the dirty-tricks unit Iran deploys to destabilize foreign governments, involved in terrorist attacks against American soldiers during the occupation of Iraq – has been sighted near the besieged city of Fallujah, as the battle to eject the Islamic State heats up.

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Report: Israeli Intel Prompts Russia To Freeze Missile Delivery To Iran

The Jerusalem Post reports: Russian president Vladimir Putin has suspended the transfer of S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Iran in light of Tehran’s violation of an earlier pledge not to provide sophisticated Russian-made weaponry to the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah, according to

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White House Pleads For Iran’s Help with Americans Kidnapped in Iraq

There are still three American citizens missing in Iraq, and the most likely culprits are Iran-backed Shiite militia. They were snatched from a private residence in Baghdad by gunmen on January 16, and there has been little progress in finding them, beyond Iraqi intelligence guessing they ended up in the Shiite precincts of Sadr City, where numerous other kidnap victims have resurfaced.

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Report: Hezbollah, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Take Over Beirut Airport

JAFFA, Israel – Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard have taken over Beirut’s International Airport, Lebanese and international aviation sources told Al Arabiya TV, the Saudi-owned pan-Arab television news channel. Although the move was made primarily for domestic military ends, the station reports

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US Forces Share a Base with Extremist Iran-Backed Shiite Militia in Iraq

American troops are being told to share quarters with extremist Iran-backed Shiite militias in Iraq, the people who were murdering them with roadside bombs just a few years ago. Given the insane disaster Obama has made of Iraq, Syria, and Libya, there might not be any other way to check ISIS.