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Turkey Refuses To Withdraw Troops From Iraq, Threatens Sanctions On Russia

ZERO HEDGE Last Friday, Turkey invaded Iraq. That sounds more dramatic than it actually was. Turkey sent around 150 soldiers and two dozens tanks to Bashiqa, just northeast of Mosul in what Ankara described as an effort to replace an existing contingent of around 90 troops that have supposedly been…
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Islamic Fake: Pentagon Report Shows US “Created” ISIS As A “Tool” To Overthrow Syria’s President Assad

ZERO HEDGE From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world's stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world's terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that…
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Obama Sends Congress Request for Military Force Against ISIS

AP President Barack Obama sent Congress legislation Wednesday to authorize military force against Islamic State fighters, asking lawmakers to "show the world we are united in our resolve" to defeat militants who have overrun parts of the Middle East and threaten attacks on the United States. In urging Congress to…
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At least 6,106 Killed in Iraq during January

Antiwar January closed out with 293 deaths and 289 wounded. Most of the casualties were among the Islamic State militants. That brought the monthly totals to 6,106 dead and 2,240 wounded. found 1,587 deaths reported among civilians and security members. Another 4,519 dead were reported among Islamic State militants. The…
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Escalation of Violence in Iraq – A Mistake or a Premeditated Scenario?

New Eastern Outlook by Alexander Saburov The triumph of Islamists in Iraq has generated a new round of the old discussions about the assumptions underlying the failure of American policy in Iraq, and about the reasons for the collapse of Washington’s democratic experiment that has plunged the Iraqi state into…
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US Steps Up Military Operations in Iraq, Syria

Global Research By Patrick Martin US warplanes struck across a wide area of northern Syria and northern and western Iraq over the last four days, in the most extensive bombing since President Obama ordered US military intervention in the region three months ago. The Syrian targets included several positions in…
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Iraqi state TV confirms Islamic State group leader al-Baghdadi wounded in airstrike

RT Reports of the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi being wounded in an airstrike, were confirmed by Iraqi officials and state television on Sunday. At the same time, the Pentagon said it had no such information. Speaking on condition of anonymity, two Iraqi officials told AP…
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Iraq and Afghanistan: the US Grand Strategy and Grand Failures

New Eastern Outlook by Salman Rafi Sheikh The success of the ISIS or ISIL in Syria and Iraq against the Iraqi military forces and the success of the Taliban in Afghanistan against Afghan forces apparently look two different cases; however, they have something in common which glaringly shows grand failure…
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Four Blackwater guards convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 2007 Baghdad shooting

RT A Washington, DC jury has convicted four former private military guards from Blackwater of voluntary manslaughter in connection with infamous 2007 shooting in Baghdad that left 14 civilians dead and 17 others injured. The jury of eight women and four men deliberated for 27 days before convicting Nicholas A.…
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58 Killed, 45 Wounded Across Iraq; Militiamen Boldly Operate Under Own Terms

Antiwar At least 58 people were killed and 45 were wounded across Iraq on Wednesday. Bombers struck in Baghdad, again. New details emerged concerning the liberation of a kidnapping victim in Baghdad on Monday. The victim, Sara Hamid Niran, is a Basra businesswoman who is the cousin of Rowsch Shaways,…
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Iraq: ‘ISIS’ bombings target Kurds, security, kills at least 58, plus senior police chief – VIDEO

| WTF News | Sunday, a triple suicide bombing killed at least 58 people in Iraq and may have wounded over 100 including many Kurdish security forces, according to conflicting reports. The attacks targeted a security compound which also holds a Kurdish political party. In a separate attack, a roadside…
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Iraq: Bombings kill 45 in Shi’ite areas of Baghdad and outskirts

Reuters At least 45 people were killed in bombings in Baghdad and its rural outskirts on Saturday as the government continued to defend the capital against jihadists who four months ago seized major cities in northern Iraq. Islamic State (IS) fighters, who took control of large sections of Iraq this…
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Fighting ISIS: $1.1bn already spent, ‘30 years of war’ to come

RT As the Pentagon reports spending of over $1 billion on bombing ISIS in Iraq and Syria, ex-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the fight against the Islamist movement may take as long as 30 years. Since mid-June, when militants from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, or ISIL) launched…
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US Airstrikes Kill 22 Civilians in Iraqi Market

Antiwar A Monday US airstrike against the ISIS-held town of Hit has killed at least 22 Iraqi civilians, and wounded many more, according to locals. The strikes hit a marketplace, along with apartments alongside the market. Locals say they believe the intended target was a building containing ISIS fighters, just…
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Libya 2.0? US Says ‘No-Fly Zone’ Over Syria A Possibility

Activist Post In what is more proof that the NATO operation against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is merely Libya , the Obama administration is now stating that it is open to the possibility of establishing a “no-fly zone” over Syria. The statements, made by both Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel…
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ISIS Is Run By Former Iraqi Generals … Many Are Members Of Saddam Hussein’s Secular Baath Party Who Converted To Radical Islam In American Prisons

Washington's Blog Foreign Policy Created Many More Terrorists Than It Killed The New Yorker reports: ISIS is run by a council of former Iraqi generals, according to Hisham Alhashimi, an adviser to the Iraqi government and an expert on ISIS. Many are members of Saddam Hussein’s secular Baath Party who…
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Another ISIS Massacre: ISIS Kills 300 Iraqi Soldiers With Chlorine Gas

Mint Press News Iraqi Member of Parliament Ali al-Bredi has claimed that Islamic State (IS) militants are using Chlorine gas against Iraqi soldiers in Fallujah. In a press conference on Monday, al-Bredi revealed that IS have killed 300 Iraqi soldiers with chlorine gas. He said that the militants deployed the…
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House passes plan in gov’t shutdown bill to aid Syria “rebels”, fight ISIS, may cost $500 million

| WTF News | The US government is close to open engagement in the Syria conflict after the House approved part of the recent White House plan to fight ISIS Reuters The House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama's plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but…
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Petrodollar Panic: EU Officials Admit Buying Oil From ISIS

Zero Hedge We recently explained how ISIS remains so well funded but what was unclear was who exactly what purchasing their 'recently-provisioned' oil reserves? The assumption being some desperate third-world nation or some scheming offshore hedge-fund arbitrageur; however, as reports, a senior European Union official has revealed that some EU…
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CIA estimates 20k-30k fighters in Syria, Iraq after Obama pledges to destroy ISIS

RT The Central Intelligence Agency believes the Islamic State militant group “can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters” throughout both Iraq and Syria, CNN reports. If true, that would mean the Islamic State’s numbers have more than doubled compared to the agency’s last estimate, which pinned the group’s total amount…
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Germany to send anti-tank weapons, rifles to Iraqi Kurds

Space War Germany will send anti-tank rocket launchers, rifles and hand grenades to support Iraqi Kurds battling jihadist militants fighting for the Islamic State, the defence ministry announced Sunday The move followed a meeting of ministers led by Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin to discuss what Defence Minister Ursula von…
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James Foley Worked Under USAID, a Known U.S. Intelligence Front. Was He More Than Just a Journalist?

Liberty Blitzkrieg By Michael Krieger, Before I get into the meat of this post, I want to make a few things clear. First, the brutal beheading of anyone is barbaric, unacceptable and tragic beyond description. Second, this piece is in no way intended to cause any harm or pain to the…
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Suicide bomber kills 37 in western Iraq: police officers, medical official

Reuters Thirty seven people were killed when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed Humvee military vehicle into a construction site, used by the army and police, according to two police officers and a medical official. The blast killed 22 security personnel and 15 civilians, the medical and police sources said.…
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U.S.-Designated Terrorist Group Now an Ally against Islamic State

All Gov. A terrorist-branded group that has car-bombed allies and used drug trafficking to finance its objectives is now unofficially in league with—and may wind up receiving support from—Washington to stem the expansion of ISIS (Islamic State In Northern Iraq, where the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has threatened…
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Westboro Baptist Church Accepts Comedian’s Offer of Free Trip to Iraq

Gawker Last week, comedian Adam Hills, who hosts The Last Leg on Britain's Channel 4, took the Westboro Baptist Church to task for threatening to picket Robin Williams' funeral like a bunch of dickheads. He also put his money where his mouth is and offered to fly every WBC member…
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ISIS: Region-wide Genocide Portended in 2007 Now Fully Realized

Land Destroyer Report Tony Cartalucci Image: ISIS’ path into Iraq begins in NATO territory, north of Syria’sborders in Turkey. This is where the majority of terrorists fighting forUS-backed regime change in Syria have been admittedly harbored,armed, and financed by the US, British, Saudis, Qataris, and others ; Dead American Journalist…
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CFR Boss Calls for Military Action Against ISIS

Infowars Richard Haass, director of the Council on Foreign Relations and former high level functionary at the State Department, is calling for attacking ISIS. Foley murder shows #Isis a global threat. need to broaden US-led campaign beyond humanitarian & protection of US personnel to the strategic— Richard N. Haass (@RichardHaass)…
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ISIS Beheads Captured American Journalist, Threatens To Kill Another

Zero Hedge An American journalist, James Foley who was previously held captive by pro-Gaddafi forces for six weeks in Libya, was captured again in 2012 in Syria by - at the time 'unidentified' gunmen - which we now know was ISIS. James Foley - a freelance reporter from Boston -…
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US carries out 15 air strikes against Islamic State militants near major Iraq dam

AFP 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. Fighter jets, bombers and unmanned planes destroyed nine IS positions and eight vehicles around the Mosul dam, where insurgents are…
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Iraq Airstrikes Begin Despite Warning ISIS Retaliation Could Put Baghdad Underwater

Zero Hedge Pentagon Press Secretary Admiral John Kirby confirms: * MILITARY AIRCRAFT STRIKE ISLAMIC STATE ARTILLERY: PENTAGON *STRIKE CONDUCTED BY 2 F-18A AIRCRAFT DROPPING 500 LB BOMBS * CONDUCTED AIRSTRIKE IN IRAQ AT 6:45 EASTERN: PENTAGON We anxiously await ISIS' response which - as the State Department warns "could leave…
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Tens of thousands of Iraqis are dying on a mountain, stranded without water because of ISIS

VOX Tens of thousands of Iraqis who are members of a persecuted religious minority known as Yazidi are currently trapped on a mountain, besieged by Islamic State (ISIS) fighters. The ISIS militants have forced the Yazidi up the mountain, where they have no water, forced to choose between descending to…
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ISIS Captures Iraq’s Biggest Dam: Baghdad Water Supply In Jeopardy

Zero Hedge With the world's attention focused on the ongoing death and destruction in Gaza most have forgotten that just two months ago a vicious Al-Qaeda spinoff, after taking over the north of Iraq and a third of Syria's territory including its oil production facilities, proclaimed the creation of an…
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SHADOWY TERROR GROUP ‘WHITE SHROUD’ HITS BACK AT ISIS

Offiziere The Islamist terror group ISIS’s big advantage is that it doesn’t fight conventionally. It’s held off the regular army of Bashar al-Assad and routed thousands of Iraqi troops. But now a group has emerged that turns ISIS’s tactics back against them. The group is called White Shroud. There’s very little known about the…
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Syria conflict: Western aid going to help territory held by Isis militants

Independent Western governments are sending millions of pounds of aid to areas held by the radical Islamic group Isis in northern Syria, The Independent can reveal. The aid, which is paid for by the UK, European and US governments, consists of food, medicine and hygiene kits. It is brought into the country…
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ISIS Destroys Another Holy Site After Tomb of Jonah, ‘Prophet of All Religions’

| WTF News | Where is all the religious war fervor from the Christian populace of America as the Islamic State destroys holy landmarks and artifacts across the Middle East? No right wing Republican outrage. Not even from the extremely uneducated end of the Tea Party? AFP Jihadists destroyed the…
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Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi formerly a U.S. captive

Washington Times The held him captive for a time in 2004 before an unconditional release put him back into Iraq’s growing Sunni insurgency. A year later, the Multi-National Force-Iraq labeled him a kidnapper and murderer. It boasted of probably killing him in an airstrike, only to find out it hadn’t. In 2010,…
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Kurds seize two Iraqi oilfields and pull out of country’s unity government

Armed Kurdish forces seized control of two state-run oilfields on Friday in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk as the Kurdish political bloc withdrew from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government, deepening the rift between the Kurds and the PM. Follow RT's LIVE UPDATES on the ISIS advances in Iraq Baghdad’s…
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Reuters: Iraq tells U.N. that ‘terrorist groups’ seized nuclear materials

Reuters Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad." Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of…
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Flashback: U.S. Intelligence Chief Announced in 2013 That Al-Qaeda Was No Longer a Major Threat

By Daniel Taylor, Old-Thinker News Western influence re-invigorates terrorist groups In March of 2013 – several months prior to the Syrian gas attacks that helped spark the current mid-east unrest – Intelligence Chief James Clapper testified to Congress that Al-Qaeda was no longer a major threat to the United States.…
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​Saudi Arabia deploys 30,000 troops at border after alleged Iraqi withdrawal

​RT Saudi soldiers (Reuters / Fahad Shadeed) Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 troops to its 800km border with Iraq following an alleged withdrawal of Iraqi border guards amid the ongoing battles against Sunni Islamist militants. Baghdad denied pulling off the guards. Boys of war: ISIS recruit, kidnap children as young…
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