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|Kurdish forces recapture lost areas in pre-dawn fighting|
|Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:44 pm by Cascadian|
|by Ghazi Hars|
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Islamic State (ISIS) militants overran three Kurdish army bases south of Makhmour township in an overnight attack Sunday, only to be pushed back hours later by Peshmerga forces, Kurdish officials told Rudaw.
“The militants seized three villages along with the Kurdish military bases, but Peshmerga forces countered the attack and recaptured the lost area before dawn this morning,” an official at the Peshmerga ministry said.
He said the …
|Kurdish fighters fly 250ft 'flag of victory' on hill over Kobane |
|Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:08 pm by Cascadian|
|A 75-metre long flag is being flown from a pylon atop a hill overlooking Kobane, marking the liberation of the strategic strong-point from Islamic State militants in the Syrian city.|
Pictures of the eye-catching yellow, red and green TEVDEM (Movement for a Democratic Society) flag on top of Mistenur Hill, which can be seen for miles around, have been circulating on social media.
Yesterday, it was revealed Kurdish forces now control about 70 per cent of Kobane after months of fierce fighting …
|Kurdish forces fire into IS-held Mosul|
|Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:57 pm by Cascadian|
|Arbil, Iraq: Kurdish forces have fired rockets into Mosul for the first time since IS militants overran the northern Iraqi city last summer, Kurdish military sources said on Saturday.|
A Kurdish officer said 20 Grad missiles had been launched into Mosul on Friday after receiving information that IS militants were gathering to meet near the city's Zuhour neighborhood.
"We hit their positions," said Captain Shivan Ahmed, who belongs to the unit that fired the rockets from around 20 kilometres …
|65 killed in clashes, bomb attacks in Iraq|
|Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:50 pm by Cascadian|
|BAGHDAD, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- A total of 56 people were killed in the clashes between security forces and the Islamic State (IS) militants across Iraq and 9 others killed in bomb attacks targeting restaurants in the capital Baghdad on Sunday, security sources said.|
In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, the security forces backed by Shiite militiamen and aircraft retook control of eight villages in the rural area in northeast of the volatile town of Maqdadiyah, some 100 km northeast of Baghdad, …
|Decentralization of powers weakens IS|
|Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:14 pm by Kevind53|
|Author Mushreq Abbas Posted January 20, 2015|
Just like any Middle Eastern leader, Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (Ibrahim al-Badri) relies upon his relatives to guarantee his own security. However, ever since his spectacular appearance in the Mosul mosque in July, he has been missing a great deal of freedom of movement, which has prompted him to resort to traditional ways to camouflage his whereabouts. Meanwhile, the new generation of leaders in …
|Iraqi politicians work toward national consensus|
|Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:58 pm by Kevind53|
|Author Mustafa al-Kadhimi |
Posted January 22, 2015
Translator Cynthia Milan
After the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, the most used terms in the country are likely "political consensus," "consensual democracy" and "consensual decision." However, failures on all levels are often attributed to the lack of consensus, as some believe that achieving consensus in Iraq has become impossible and that division is inevitable.
One can say that the lack of consensus between different Iraqi parties and …
|Shiite leaders forbid insults against Sunnis|
|Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:02 pm by Kevind53|
|Author Ali Mamouri |
Posted January 13, 2015
During the last week of 2014, Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb demanded that Shiite authorities in Iran and Iraq issue clear fatwas strictly forbidding the insulting of Sunni figures and their sanctities. This happened during the visit of Mahmoud Mahmoudian, the new head of Iran’s Interest Desk in Egypt.
Tayeb called on Muslim scholars to “avoid strife between Sunnis and Shiites, as it is tearing the Islamic …
|The Kurds came out and said it directly - they want foreign boots on the ground|
|Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:00 pm by Cascadian|
|Kurdish officials in Iraq have called on the US-led coalition to expand its aerial bombing campaign and send soldiers to help combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).|
Masrour Barzani, the chancellor of Kurdistan's regional security, told Al Jazeera that the Kurds needed 'boots on the ground' in the fight against ISIL.
"I believe there has to be a way to bring more forces on the ground and not only depend on air strikes," Barzani said.
On Wednesday, Iraq's Prime Minister Haider …
|75% of the Iraqi army left the Anbar province|
|Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:20 pm by Cascadian|
|Nearly 75 per cent of the Iraqi army has left the Anbar province, a member of parliament revealed yesterday, calling on the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Haider Al-Abadi to investigate the situation which he described as "serious".|
Adel Mahlawi said during a press conference on Tuesday that the "Anbar Operations Command is fighting with only 25 per cent of its officially registered soldiers." He urged Defence Minister Khalid Al-Obeidi to visit the province and look into the battles …
|Kurdish peshmerga divisions hamper war effort|
|Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:08 pm by Kevind53|
|I found the title of this a little misleading. It's not a question of the Kurds being unwilling to fight, but rather a lack of co-ordination between the major factions in the fight. Though they have come together to fight their common enemy, there is no centralized command to co-ordinate the two major groups. |
Author Fazel Hawramy
Posted January 13, 2015
SINJAR, Iraq — Next to a row of abandoned shops, three peshmerga fighters warm themselves around a campfire at the entrance to Sinjar …
|MoD announces liberating village in western Anbar|
|Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:21 pm by Kevind53|
|January 24, 2015 by Hawar Berwani |
MoD announces liberating village in western Anbar
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) The Ministry of Defense, announced Saturday liberating al-Khasfa village in western Anbar by the Iraqi Army soldiers supported by the tribes according to a statement by the Ministry.
“A number of Arab and foreign terrorists were killed in the operation,” the statement added. /End/
|Defense Minister, military commanders discuss security updates|
|Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:23 pm by Kevind53|
|January 24, 2015 by Hawar Berwani |
Defense Minister, military commanders discuss security updates
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The Minister of Defense Khalid al-Ubaidi discussed with the commanders of the ground operations in the Iraqi Army the security updates on all battle front lines.
Statement by the Ministry of Defense received by IraqiNews.com cited “Ubaidi accompanied by the Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Army visited the headquarters of the Iraqi Ground Forces where he held a meeting with …
|Islamic State lose only one per cent of captured territory in Iraq after airstrikes|
|Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:01 pm by Cascadian|
|Islamic State jihadists have lost only a tiny fraction of captured territory in Iraq after five months of US-led air strikes, the Pentagon said Friday.|
Kurdish peshmerga forces and Iraqi government troops have retaken 270 square miles of ground mostly in northern Iraq, but the IS group still holds 30,000 square miles, spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters.
That amounts to roughly one percent of IS-held territory changing hands since the US launched air raids in Iraq on August 8.
|ISIS rules - Blasphemy - death. Adultery - death. |
|Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:31 pm by Cascadian|
|Islamic State has published a list of punishments ranging from 80 lashes for drinking alcohol and losing a hand for theft, to death for committing blasphemy.|
The Sharia code of conduct will be enforced in areas under its control which now covers large swathes of Iraq and Syria.
Those who commit adultery will be stoned to death if the adulterer was married and lashed 100 times and exiled if he or she was unmarried.
Executions: The UN human rights office has condemned numerous executions of …
|Expert Dollarization is a big mistake that can not be prevented soon|
|Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:15 pm by Ponee|
regarded economist, on Thursday, to be treated domestic economic currency dollar of the biggest mistakes in monetary policy in the country.
The expert said Essam Mahouelle told / information /, that "excessive dealing currency dollar by failing financial policies (dollarization) , of the biggest mistakes in monetary policy in the state, "noting that he"must be the Iraqi currency to adopt in the future, especially in the insider and that was difficult. "
He added that "can not be …
|Ministry of Planning and develop an economic plan for four years|
|Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:08 am by Mayo-queen|
[b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b][size=18]Information / Baghdad / ..[b]The Ministry of Planning announced the completion of an economic plan for the years 2015-2018 in light of the government program.
Minister Salman Jumaili said in a statement the agency / …
|Maliki delivers a proposal to the supervision sumo on all oil exports|
|Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:13 pm by Ponee|
Brother - Baghdad
A source parliamentary Saturday, on receipt of the parliamentary finance committee a proposal by a coalition of state law, led by Nuri al-Maliki, noting that the proposal requires that the oil marketing company "Sumo" oversees all exports from the Kurdistan region and the rest of the provinces.
The source said in a press release that "the State of Law coalition statements ladder parliamentary Finance …
|Special - Adoption of the budget may be delayed because of state law puts Marglat|
|Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:12 pm by Ponee|
BAGHDAD - Iraq Press - December Aalthani / January 24: Finance Committee revealed in the House of Representatives, on Saturday, about the possibility of delaying the vote on the budget because of some political differences, particularly by state law, which has begun making some Almarqlat before the vote on the budget.
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|Oil Falls as Record Iraqi Output Seen Compounding Surplus|
|Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:14 pm by Cascadian|
|il dropped after Iraqi crude production surged to a record and the International Monetary Fund cut its global growth outlook. Crude fell 4.7 percent in New York and 1.7 percent in London. Iraq is pumping 4 million barrels a day and will boost exports, Oil Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said at a news conference in Baghdad. The IMF made the steepest reduction to its global-growth outlook since January 2012 in its quarterly global outlook issued yesterday. Projections for the euro area, Japan, China …|
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