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Marine dies in noncombat incident in IS campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says a Marine who died Thursday in a noncombat incident in Baghdad was the second U.S. military death associated with the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Posted on 25 October 2014 | 4:09 pm

Egypt declares state of emergency as Sinai blast kills 30 troops

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (centre) addresses journalists following an emergency meeting of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in Cairo, on October 25, 2014A state of emergency came into force Saturday across parts of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula as the military pounded suspected jihadists after 30 soldiers were killed in a suicide car bombing. It was the deadliest attack on the country's security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, to the fury of his supporters. The state of emergency in the north and centre of the Sinai will remain in place for three months, the president's office said. Egypt also announced it would close the Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip, the only route into the Palestinian territory not controlled by Israel.

Posted on 25 October 2014 | 3:57 pm

New York hatchet attack: Battle in a greater Islamic offensive?

The brazen daylight hatchet attack on four New York police officers by a self-radicalized Islamic extremist is raising troubling questions about whether terror networks in the Middle East are successfully fomenting a sort of proxy offensive inside the US, using radicalized Americans.

Posted on 25 October 2014 | 3:35 pm

US-led aircraft pound IS group with 23 air strikes

Smoke rises from the the Syrian town of Kobane after a strike from the US-led coalition on October 14, 2014The US-led military coalition pounded the Islamic State group Friday and Saturday, with 22 air strikes in Iraq and one in Syria, the Pentagon said. Eleven of the bombings in the heavy barrage targeted IS units, buildings, positions and vehicles near the strategic Mosul Dam, US Central Command, which is overseeing the air war against the jihadists, said in a statement. The IS militants briefly held Mosul dam in August, but Kurdish forces and Iraqi army troops — backed up by US air strikes — succeeded in retaking the dam later that month. The large dam in northern Iraq is a crucial piece of infrastructure and IS has repeatedly tried to seize it back.

Posted on 25 October 2014 | 3:28 pm

Canada’s Parliament Hill reopens following Wednesday shooting

The Canadian flag flies at half-mast on the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in OttawaBy Richard Valdmanis OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadians returned to the grounds of their parliament building on Saturday, three days after a homegrown radical rushed in armed with a rifle after shooting dead a soldier in the second attack on the country's military at home in a week. The grounds of the hilltop gothic building, whose clock tower is a centerpiece of Ottawa's skyline, attracted scores of visitors, many still stunned by Wednesday's attack, which took place as Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with lawmakers. …

Posted on 25 October 2014 | 3:26 pm

Iraqi security forces retake most of town near Baghdad from Islamic State: local officials

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces have retaken most of the town of Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad from Islamic State militants, the biggest gains in months of fighting for the strategic area, senior local officials said on Saturday. Full control of the town could allow Iraqi authorities to prevent the Sunni insurgents from edging closer to the capital and maintaining connections to their strongholds in western Anbar province as well as infiltrating the mainly Shi’ite south. …

Posted on 25 October 2014 | 3:17 pm

Iraqi Kurdish forces retake town from jihadists

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter man a firing position on the frontline in the Gwer district, 40 kilometres south of Arbil, northern Iraq, on October 5, 2014Iraqi Kurdish forces on Saturday retook the northern town of Zumar from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists after weeks of fighting, a senior officer said. "After clashes that began this morning and with American air support, we were able to force (IS) militants from the centre" of Zumar and 11 surrounding villages, Major General Karim Atuti of the peshmerga security forces told AFP. Kurdish forces have since regained some ground, but it has been slow going, and IS still holds significant areas in northern Iraq and elsewhere in the country.

Posted on 25 October 2014 | 3:10 pm

Suicide attack kills 8 Shiite militiamen in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say a suicide bombing has killed eight Shiite militiamen just north of Baghdad.

Posted on 25 October 2014 | 2:59 pm

U.S., allies stage 22 air strikes in Iraq: U.S. Central Command

CF-18 Hornet fighter jets depart from 4 Wing Cold Lake, AlbertaWASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and its allies conducted 22 air strikes against Islamic State forces in Iraq on Friday and Saturday, the U.S. Central Command said. U.S. warplanes also destroyed an Islamic State artillery piece near Kobani, Syria, officials said Saturday. The 22 strikes in Iraq included attacks in the frequently targeted areas near the vital Mosul dam, the city of Fallujah and the northern city of Bayji, home of an oil refinery. The Iraq strikes hit large and small Islamic State units, buildings, vehicles and fighting positions, Central Command said. …

Posted on 25 October 2014 | 2:14 pm

Kurdish forces retake north Iraqi town from Islamic State

ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) – Kurdish forces retook the northern Iraqi town of Zumar and several nearby villages from Islamic State early on Saturday after heavy coalition air strikes against the Islamist insurgents, security sources said. A Kurdish intelligence officer in Zumar said peshmerga forces had advanced from five directions in the early morning and encountered fierce resistance, but ultimately prevailed. A spokesman for the peshmerga ministry also said Zumar was now in Kurdish hands. …

Posted on 25 October 2014 | 2:11 pm

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First US military death announced since Isis offensive started in Iraq – The Guardian


The Guardian

First US military death announced since Isis offensive started in Iraq
The Guardian
Marine Lance Corporal Sean P Neal, one of 1,600 troops serving in Iraq to support the Iraqi struggle against Islamic State (Isis), died of a “non-combat” injury, the US announced late on Friday. Neal, of Riverside, California, died in Baghdad, more
California Marine is first service member to die in Iraq on mission against Washington Post
Riverside Marine dies in Iraq, second to die in Islamic State missionLos Angeles Times
​Pentagon confirms '1st US soldier' dead in Iraq anti-ISIS campaignRT
Press-Enterprise -NBC Southern California
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Posted on 25 October 2014 | 3:05 pm

US launches 22 air strikes on Isis strongholds in Iraq – The Guardian


The Guardian

US launches 22 air strikes on Isis strongholds in Iraq
The Guardian
A day after the Department of Defense announced the first US death in the campaign against Islamic State (Isis) militants in Iraq, Central Command said 22 air strikes had been carried out in the country on Friday and Saturday. Marine lance corporal
ISIS Hit Hard, but Iraq Offensive Could Be Year AwayABC News
The US Significantly Escalates Airstrikes Against ISISBusiness Insider
Airstrikes Against ISIL Forces Continue in Syria, IraqDepartment of Defense
Center for Research on Globalization -Antiwar.com
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Posted on 25 October 2014 | 3:02 pm

US, allies stage 22 air strikes in Iraq: US Central Command – Reuters


Reuters

US, allies stage 22 air strikes in Iraq: US Central Command
Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and its allies conducted 22 air strikes against Islamic State forces in Iraq on Friday and Saturday, the U.S. Central Command said. U.S. warplanes also destroyed an Islamic State artillery piece near Kobani
More than 1700 bombs dropped in war on ISILAljazeera.com
US-led aircraft hit IS in Iraq with 12 strikes: CentcomBusiness Recorder

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Posted on 25 October 2014 | 2:15 pm

Women on Front Lines in Syria, Iraq Against IS – ABC News


ABC News

Women on Front Lines in Syria, Iraq Against IS
ABC News
They have fought alongside men for years in a guerrilla war against Turkey, seeking an independent Kurdistan which would encompass parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. The campaign for Kurdish independence has been pursued mainly by leftist militant …
ISIS attacks crossing as Kobani awaits Iraq Kurd reliefThe Daily Star
ISIS attacks crossing as Kobane awaits Iraq Kurd reliefThe Straits Times

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Posted on 25 October 2014 | 9:08 am

Iraq’s Abu Ghraib Is Back In The News, Now As A Front-Line Town – NPR (blog)


NPR (blog)

Iraq's Abu Ghraib Is Back In The News, Now As A Front-Line Town
NPR (blog)
The Islamic State has been advancing from the west throughout much of this year, capturing a large part of Anbar, where many of Iraq's Sunni Muslims live. "There's secure places and there are areas of unrest," Talib says of the region. It's worse a
Islamic State Targets Town as Iraq Army Musters for Defense of BaghdadWall Street Journal
Ground offensive against Islamic State months away in Iraq: USReuters
For Iraq's Sunnis, sectarian militias pose an extra threatWashington Post
Al-Arabiya -CBS News -Newsweek
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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 7:50 pm

Renewed ISIS attacks leave Yazidi fighters in Iraq pleading for help – Fox News


Fox News

Renewed ISIS attacks leave Yazidi fighters in Iraq pleading for help
Fox News
August 13, 2014: Displaced people from the Yazidi religious minority, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, ride trucks as they are evacuated from Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq with the help of members of the Kurdish
Yazidis Say They Are Trapped in New ISIS Siege on Iraqi MountainNBCNews.com
Yazidi commander killed on Iraq's Mount SinjarYahoo News
Islamic State militants return to besiege Iraq's Mount SinjarMiddle East Eye

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 4:47 pm

One British jihadi killed in Syria and Iraq every three weeks, study finds – The Guardian


The Guardian

One British jihadi killed in Syria and Iraq every three weeks, study finds
The Guardian
British jihadis are being killed in the conflict in Syria and Iraq at a rate of over one every three weeks, according to the most thorough documentation of the death toll to date. Overall, 23 Britons are believed to have died after travelling to fight
1 Briton dies in Syria, Iraq war zone every 3 weeks: StudyPress TV

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 10:44 am

In Iraq, Relief After News of Blackwater Convictions – New York Times


New York Times

In Iraq, Relief After News of Blackwater Convictions
New York Times
The Blackwater shooting erupted at a far different time, when American troop strength in Iraq had reached its peak, and the international presence was supported by an enormous population of contractors, including firms like Blackwater U.S.A. that
Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootingsWJLA
Days After Former CEO Calls For Private Guards In Iraq, Blackwater Is Found ThinkProgress
In Iraq, Blackwater verdict provides no relief from bitternessThe State
Security Management
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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 12:23 am

David Ignatius: Iraq and the US are losing ground to the Islamic State – Washington Post


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David Ignatius: Iraq and the US are losing ground to the Islamic State
Washington Post
John Allen, the U.S. special envoy for Iraq and Syria, to plead for emergency help. By the time Allen got the message, it was too late. Urgent warnings that the town was about to be overrun also went to the Iraqi army commander at nearby Al-Asad Air Base.
Steadily Losing Iraq To The Islamic StateHartford Courant

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 12:19 am

Germany Is Sending a Military Training Mission to Northern Iraq – New York Times


New York Times

Germany Is Sending a Military Training Mission to Northern Iraq
New York Times
BAKU, Azerbaijan — Germany is sending a mission to northern Iraq to examine whether its military, and possibly those of other European nations, can expand the training of Kurdish forces battling jihadists there, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter

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Posted on 23 October 2014 | 11:54 am