Iran-Backed Iraqi Troops Begin Invasion of Islamic State-Held Fallujah

Kurdish and Arab forces – including U.S.-backed Iraqi troops, Shiite militias linked to Iran, Peshmerga troops, and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – have launched offensives targeting three major Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

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Iraq Sends 20,000 Troops to Fight Islamic State in Fallujah

A major offensive to recapture the key Iraqi city of Fallujah from the Islamic State is underway, with U.S. airstrikes pounding the area while Iraq sends in 20,000 troops and federal police forces, in addition to Shiite militia.

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Report: Amid ISIS War, Shiites Target Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq

The Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd al-Shaabi), a Shiite militia movement in Iraq, has continued to attack Kurdish territory in an attempt to push back Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and take full control of the area, reports BasNews.

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Masked Gunmen Abduct 18 Turkish Workers in Baghdad

On Wednesday, masked gunmen wearing military uniforms kidnapped 18 Turkish nationals from a sports stadium they were building in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City, according to their employer, Ankara-based Turkish conglomerate Nurol Holding.

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