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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Kurdish Intel Chief Lahur Talabani

Kurdish Intel chief: Without post-Daesh plan, history will repeat itself in Iraq and Syria By Tanya Goudsouzian Lahur Talabani’s journey to the forefront of the global war on terror began in the spring of 2002. It was a year after the 9/11 attacks had Americans questioning their intelligence failures in Afghanistan and the greater Middle East

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The Displaced

Mosul residents fleeing Daesh’s hell to cold Kurdish-controlled camps By Cathy Otten During the battle to retake Mosul from Daesh, Nujud Ali, 45, lay on the ground, wounded by a bullet that had just shot straight through her right shoulder and out of her back, knocking her over. The hail of bullets greeted her when she

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France asks Coalition to Launch Offensive to Surround Raqqa

PARIS, Nov 18 – France has asked a U.S.-led coalition to launch an offensive to surround the Daesh’s Syrian bastion of Raqqa in order to prevent movements of jihadists between Mosul and Raqqa, French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said on Friday. “There is no offensive yet, but forces are deployed there in a bid

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The Kurdish Gun Fixer Taking Aim at Daesh

KORRE, Iraq, Nov 7 – In Iraqi Kurdistan he is simply known as Uasta – “the fixer”. For the past 30 years, Mohammed Fadil has been turning hardened steel salvaged from car suspensions into delicate firing pins and other weapon parts to repair the guns used by Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces against their many enemies. Now

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Daesh Deploys Car Bombs in New Syria Battle

BEIRUT, Nov 7  – Daesh militants have set off five car bombs targeting U.S.-backed Syrian armed groups attacking Raqqa, a Kurdish source said on Monday, saying the fight to drive Daesh from its stronghold city would “not be easy”. The operation by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), including the Kurdish YPG militia, that began on

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Obama Unlikely to See Assault on Daesh’s Syria Stronghold

By Jonathan Landay and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Nov 7 – A U.S.-backed assault on Raqqa, Daesh’s de facto capital in Syria, is unlikely to pierce the city itself before President Barack Obama leaves office in January, denying him the chance to claim the end of the group’s “caliphate” as part of his legacy. Although a

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U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Declare Attack on Daesh in Raqqa

By Rodi Said AIN ISSA, Syria, Nov 6  – U.S.-backed rebels said on Sunday they were launching an operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Daesh. The attack ratchets up pressure on the militant group at a critical moment, with its fighters already battling an offensive by Iraqi security forces

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U.S.’s Carter Says Talking to Turkey About Seizure of Raqqa

By Idrees Ali FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo., Nov 2 – The United States is continuing to talk with ally Turkey on the role it will play in the operation to seize the city of Raqqa, Daesh’s main stronghold in Syria, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said on Wednesday. Carter’s comments, made during a news

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Turkey Wants Raqqa Offensive to Begin after Mosul Campaign Completed

ANKARA, Nov 1 – Turkey wants the operation on Raqqa, Daesh’s main stronghold in Syria, to start after Mosul and Euphrates Shield operations have been completed, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday. “Turkey’s stance on the Raqqa operation is clear. It would be better both militarily and strategically to conduct this operation after

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