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Sunni Tribesmen Battling Daesh Demand Federalism in Iraq

By Michael Georgy SHAYYALAH AL-IMAM, Iraq, Nov 30 – As mortar bombs landed ever closer, Sunni tribal fighters preparing to attack Daesh seemed more preoccupied by the failures of Iraq’s political class than the militants trying to kill them. The men – and one woman – from the Lions of the Tigris unit gathered on Wednesday

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Daesh Kills 12 Sunni Tribal Fighters, Police South of Mosul

TIKRIT, Iraq, Nov 19  – Daesh killed seven Sunni tribal fighters who support the Iraqi government and five policemen on Saturday in a town south of Mosul, the insurgents’ last major city stronghold in Iraq, local security sources said. The tribal fighters and police were gunned down at two fake checkpoints set up by the

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Gunmen Kill Four at Shiite Muslim Gathering in Karachi

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI, Pakistan, Oct 29 – Gunmen on motorcycles killed at least four people at a religious gathering of Shi’ite Muslims in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, on Saturday, police said, in the latest attack claimed by the Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s Al Alami faction. The shooting took place in the North Nazimabad

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Displaced Sunnis Brace to Join Fight for Mosul

By Michael Georgy DEBAGA, Iraq, Oct 25 – Still limping four months after Daesh fighter fired a bullet into his leg, teenager Mustafa Muhammed says he and his fellow Sunni tribesmen are ready to join an offensive against the militants in their stronghold of Mosul. Sitting in a truck in a camp where they live

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Iraq Asks Saudi Arabia to Replace Envoy who Riled Shi’ite Militias

BAGHDAD, Aug 28 – Iraq asked Saudi Arabia on Sunday to replace its ambassador in Baghdad after his comments about Iranian involvement in Iraqi affairs and the alleged persecution of Sunni Muslims angered local Shi’ite Muslim politicians and militia leaders. The request by Baghdad’s Shi’ite-led government underscores the depth of enmity between Sunni and Shi’ite

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Daesh Militants Paid to Stage Bomb Attacks in Iran: State TV

BEIRUT, July 4 – A team of militants linked with Daesh were paid 600,000 euros to carry out a bombing campaign at 50 locations in Tehran and other big cities in Iran, according to a documentary aired on Iranian state TV on Monday. Officials in predominantly Shi’ite Iran have said in recent weeks that Sunni

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Pakistan Says It Has Arrested Three Daesh Members

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistani, June 27 – Counter-terrorist police raided a building in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday and arrested three men affiliated with Daesh who were planning to attack government buildings, authorities said on Monday. The raid came as police said that the Pakistani Sunni extremist group Lashkar e Janghvi

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Shiite Militia Leader Voices Dismay at Falluja War Operations: TV

BAGHDAD, June 6 – The leader of the largest Iraqi Shiite paramilitary group has criticised a lack of “precise planning” in war operations to capture Falluja, the stronghold of Daesh near Baghdad. Hadi Al Amiri’s comments, in an interview with Al-Sumaria TV on Sunday, make him the second Shiite militia leader to voice dismay at

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Bahrain Lengthens Shiite Leader’s Jail Term to 9 Years: Opposition

DUBAI, May 30 (Reuters) – A Bahraini appeals court on Monday more than doubled the prison term imposed on the country’s most prominent opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, to nine years from four, a ruling that could increase political tensions in the Gulf kingdom. Bahrain’s public prosecutor said the stiffer sentence related to “crimes of

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Hezbollah Blames Rebel Shelling for Death of Top Commander in Syria

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, May 14  – Hezbollah said on Saturday its top military commander, whose death it announced on Friday, was killed in Syria by Sunni Islamist artillery fire and not by an Israeli air strike as one member of the Lebanese Shi’ite movement had said. “Investigations have showed that the explosion, which targeted

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