Iraq

France Invokes EU’s Mutual Assistance Clause In Fighting Daesh

BRUSSELS, Nov. 17 – France invoked the European Union’s (EU) mutual assistance clause for the first time on Tuesday, asking its partners for military help and other aid in missions in the Middle East and Africa after the Paris attacks, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. He said all 28 EU member states had accepted France‘s

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Polls Show 63 Percent Of Americans Fearful of a Paris-Style Attack

WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – A majority of Americans want the United States to intensify its assault on Daesh following the Paris attacks, but most remain opposed to sending troops to Iraq or Syria, where the militant group is based, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found. That view runs counter to comments by some 2016 Republican presidential

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Anonymous Hackers Declare Cyber War On Daesh

LONDON, Nov. 16 – The Anonymous hackers collective is preparing to unleash waves of cyberattacks on Daesh following the attacks in Paris last week that killed 129 people, it said in a video posted online. A man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask said Daesh militants who claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks were “vermin” and

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Paris Attacks Prompt Tweets, Hashtags and Trends

Following the deadly attacks in Paris that killed 127 people and injured 252 on Friday, social media was abuzz with reactions ranging from disbelief and anger, to solidarity and scepticism. We compiled a sample.                                          

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Israel Assists France In Investigating Paris Attacks Using Daesh Surveillance

JERUSALEM, Nov. 15 (Reuters) – Israel’s spy services are helping France investigate the Paris gun and bomb attacks, Israeli media said, with one radio station suggesting the assistance drew on surveillance of militant groups in Syria and Iraq. Israel had no advance warning of Friday’s rampage that killed at least 129 people, but within hours

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U.S. Museum Says Daesh Committed Genocide Against Iraq’s Yazidis

  UNITED NATIONS, Nov 12: Daesh militants committed genocide against Iraq’s Yazidis in the north of the country and carried out crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and war crimes against other minorities, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum said on Thursday. The crimes were committed against Christian, Yazidi, Turkmen, Shabak, Sabaean-Mandaean, and Kaka’i people in Nineveh

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With Ramadi Encircled, Iraqi Forces Brace For Urban Warfare

By Ahmed Rasheed and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Iraqi forces appear better positioned than ever to launch an offensive against Islamic State militants controlling Ramadi, now that months-long efforts to cut off supply lines to the city are having an effect, but plenty of risks remain. The fall of Ramadi, the capital

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Kurdish Forces Begin Battle to Retake Iraq’s Sinjar

By Isabel Coles NEAR SINJAR TOWN, Iraq, Nov 12: Kurdish forces launched an offensive on Thursday to retake the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar from Daesh militants who overran it more than a year ago, killing and enslaving thousands of its Yazidi residents and triggering U.S.-led air strikes. Operation Free Sinjar aims to cordon off

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Political Turmoil in Iraq: A Battle of Wills

A crisis between the Iraqi parliament and its prime minister looms large BY  Suadad Al Salhy WHEN the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi introduced his first package of administrative and fiscal reforms in August—including the removal of his predecessor, Nouri Al Maliki as vice president—he was betting that few would dare to oppose him. It

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U.S., Allies Conduct 31 Strikes in Syria, Iraq Against Daesh

WASHINGTON, Nov 10: A U.S.-led coalition conducted 15 strikes against the Islamic State in Syria on Monday, hitting the militant group with bomber, fighter, attack and drone aircraft, the U.S. military said on Tuesday. Forces concentrated on Daesh’s oil supply near Dayr Az Zawr, where six strikes hit gas and oil separation plants and pump

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