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200 residents of Iraqi town held by Islamic State group

BAGHDAD (AP) — The mayor of a remote, Islamic State-held town in western Iraq says some 200 residents are detained by the group after clashes there.

Posted on 31 August 2015 | 9:43 am

Oil falls back below $49 as glut, China concerns weigh

Attendant cleans the window of a car near a sign displaying the petrol station's current fuel prices in yen in TokyoBy Alex Lawler LONDON (Reuters) – Oil fell below $49 a barrel on Monday after its biggest two-day rally in six years last week, pressured by a supply glut and renewed concern about a hard landing for China's economy. "Volatility was high last week, so now we're seeing some retracement – $50 is proving to be a resistance level," said Olivier Jakob, analyst at Petromatrix, referring to Brent. China will release its official reading on August factory conditions on Tuesday, and economists polled by Reuters believe activity likely shrank at its fastest pace in three years.

Posted on 31 August 2015 | 9:01 am

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 file photo, rescuers remove the bodies of drowned migrants who were trapped in the bottom of a boat in Zuwara, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)In the Middle East this past week, workers in Libya collected the bodies of migrants who drowned while trying to make their way across the Mediterranean to Europe. The death toll continued to rise after two boats capsized off the western coastal city of Zuwara with an estimated 500 migrants onboard.

Posted on 31 August 2015 | 8:32 am

IS destroys part of famed Palmyra temple: monitor, activists

The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra where Islamic State jihadist group has reportedly blown up parts of the Temple of Bel, the second such act of destruction in a weekThe Islamic State jihadist group has blown up parts of the Temple of Bel in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, a monitor and activists said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said late Sunday that the jihadist group had placed explosives inside the famed temple, at least partially destroying the building considered Palmyra's most significant. Mohamed Hassan al-Homsi, an activist from Palmyra, also reported the partial destruction on Sunday night, a week after IS destroyed the Baal Shamin temple at the historic Greco-Roman site.

Posted on 31 August 2015 | 6:54 am

Today in History

Today is Monday, August 31, the 243rd day of 2015. There are 122 days left in the year.

Posted on 31 August 2015 | 4:00 am

Activists say IS damages ancient temple in Syria’s Palmyra

FILE - This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Islamic State militants have blown up one of the most important temples in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, accelerating their relentless campaign of destruction against the historical treasures that have fallen under their control, activists and monitors said on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (SANA via AP, File)BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants in Syria severely damaged the Bel Temple, considered one of the greatest sites of the ancient world, in a massive explosion Sunday, activists said.

Posted on 31 August 2015 | 3:23 am

A year on, Yazidis so close yet so far from Iraq hub

A shepherd watches his flock near a camp for displaced Iraqi Yazidis, who fled Islamic State group jihadists in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, on August 16, 2015Jihadists occupying the Iraqi town of Sinjar are so close that Kurdish fighters can watch them without binoculars and battles are often fought with hand grenades. "Sometimes they talk to us on the radio," said Colonel Hashem Seetayi, the commanding officer of Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga forces in the northwestern town. One of the peshmerga's forward positions is protected by a cleft in the mountain, but the water tank towering above it has so many holes that it is possible to see through it.

Posted on 31 August 2015 | 3:13 am

Australia urges more European nations to join IS air strikes

Over 40 percent of the people currently seeking asylum in Europe are from SyriaAustralia on Monday urged more European nations to begin air strikes against Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq as a way of tackling the escalating refugee crisis gripping the continent. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said jihadists were responsible for driving hundreds of thousands of migrants to Europe and a broadening of the coalition fighting them was necessary. "Over 40 percent of the people currently seeking asylum in Europe are from Syria, and we need a united front to defeat the terrorist organisations that are driving the displacement of so many people," she told reporters in Sydney.

Posted on 31 August 2015 | 1:54 am

Islamic State destroys part of Syria’s Temple of Bel: monitors

The hardline Islamic State group has destroyed part of an ancient temple in Syria’s Palmyra city, a group monitoring the conflict said on Sunday. The militants targeted the Temple of Bel, a Roman-era structure in the central desert city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It is the second temple Islamic State has targeted in Palmyra this month.

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 8:00 pm

Egypt sets Oct election date, after three years without parliament

Egyptian President al-Sisi waves as he arrives to opening ceremony of New Suez Canal, in EgyptBy Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt will hold a long-awaited parliamentary election, starting on Oct. 18-19, the election commission said on Sunday, the final step in a process to bring back democracy that critics say has been tainted by widespread repression. Egypt has been without a parliament since June 2012 when a court dissolved the democratically elected main chamber, dominated by the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, reversing a major accomplishment of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The election had been due to begin in March but was delayed after a court ruled part of the election law unconstitutional.

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 7:02 pm

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Protests in Iraq Bring Fast Promises, but Slower Changes – New York Times


New York Times

Protests in Iraq Bring Fast Promises, but Slower Changes
New York Times
The protests have come to overshadow the fight against the Islamic State, Iraq's main preoccupation over the past year. Change, at least on paper, came quickly. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced a set of sweeping measures to placate the protesters.

Posted on 31 August 2015 | 9:00 am

EXCLUSIVE: Crack SAS squad kill ISIS mastermind in daring raid in Iraq – Daily Star


Daily Star

EXCLUSIVE: Crack SAS squad kill ISIS mastermind in daring raid in Iraq
Daily Star
He was number two to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and was responsible for moving weapons, explosives, vehicles and people between Iraq and Syria. Earlier this month the SAS received intelligence that Hayali, also known as Hajji Mutazz, was visiting …

Posted on 31 August 2015 | 6:27 am

A year on, Yazidis so close yet so far from Iraq hub – Yahoo News


Yahoo News

A year on, Yazidis so close yet so far from Iraq hub
Yahoo News
"Sometimes they talk to us on the radio," said Colonel Hashem Seetayi, the commanding officer of Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga forces in the northwestern town. "They tell us that we are Sunnis and should therefore make allegiance and join them because they …
Iraq: Yazidi girl marries after escaping ISIS savage militantsAhlul Bayt News Agency (press release)

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Posted on 31 August 2015 | 3:25 am

Why US generals don’t want advisers on the front lines in Iraq – Washington Post


Why US generals don't want advisers on the front lines in Iraq
Washington Post
“I'm disappointed for you not to be in favor of us having forward air controllers on the ground” in Iraq, McCain said. McCain's son fought as a Marine in Anbar province, where Neller organized the advisory effort that resulted in the Sunni Awakening

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 11:34 pm

Finally Good News For Oil Companies In Kurdish Iraq – OilPrice.com


Finally Good News For Oil Companies In Kurdish Iraq
OilPrice.com
The semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) says that increased oil sales will allow it to begin making regular monthly payments to the oil companies that export crude from the region in northern Iraq. The KRG's Ministry of Natural

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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 11:15 pm

Airstrikes, clashes with Islamic State across Iraq kill at least 26 people – UPI.com


UPI.com

Airstrikes, clashes with Islamic State across Iraq kill at least 26 people
UPI.com
Iraqi soldiers atop an armored vehicle during fighting with Islamic State militants in Tikrit, northern Iraq, on April 1, 2015, a day after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory in the weeks-long battle to retake the strategic city
25 killed in air strikes, clashes with IS militants in IraqXinhua
Daesh detains 230 in Iraq's Anbar: Local officialAnadolu Agency
25 Killed in Iraq Clashes With Islamic State TerroristsThe New Indian Express
Yahoo! Maktoob News -Yahoo News -Al-Arabiya
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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 10:44 pm

Chilcot inquiry into Iraq War ‘may not be published until next summer’ – The Independent


The Independent

Chilcot inquiry into Iraq War 'may not be published until next summer'
The Independent
“The panel members have correctly chosen to re-examine the evidence. In other words, they are now undertaking a new inquiry.” Sir John last week apologised to the families of soldiers who died in Iraq for the length of the inquiry – which has now
Delay in Chilcot Iraq War inquiry branded a 'disgrace' by father of soldier Derby Telegraph
Chilcot report into Iraq war is 'delayed until June 2016'Daily Mail
Chilcot report on Iraq War 'won't come out for 10 MONTHS because it was so Mirror.co.uk
World Socialist Web Site -Burton Mail -Telegraph.co.uk
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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 8:23 pm

Protesters in Iraq and Lebanon demand accountability – Al-Monitor


Al-Monitor

Protesters in Iraq and Lebanon demand accountability
Al-Monitor
Mamouri adds, “The ongoing protests in Iraq have brought together religious, civilian, secularist, communist and other communities. They all seek to reform the system and eradicate corruption within the Iraqi government. It seems that religious slogans

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 5:05 pm

Coalition Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq – Department of Defense


The National

Coalition Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
Department of Defense
SOUTHWEST ASIA, August 29, 2015 — U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials
Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and IraqDVIDS (press release)
Coalition Airstrikes Again Hit Terrorists in Syria, IraqStudent Operated Press

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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 4:08 pm

Iraq ‘to open Baghdad Green Zone’ – BBC News


BBC News

Iraq 'to open Baghdad Green Zone'
BBC News
In recent weeks, thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets in Baghdad and other cities to protest against the failure to provide basic services and against corruption. They have been backed by Iraq's preeminent Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al
Iraq's top Shia cleric voices support for protestsAljazeera.com (blog)
Facing heat, Iraq's electricity minister passes parliament quizzingReuters UK
Iraq PM orders forces to prepare to open Green ZoneYahoo News
U.S. News & World Report
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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 2:15 pm