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Qaeda-led rebels take Idlib’s last Syria regime bastion

Fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front drive in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo flying Islamist flags as they head to a frontline, on May 26, 2015A rebel coalition led by the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda stormed and seized the last regime-held city in Idlib province Thursday, as Iraq exhumed the remains of 470 jihadist victims. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Al-Nusra Front and its allies in the Army of Conquest — Jaish al-Fatah in Arabic — captured Ariha after fierce clashes with regime forces including their Hezbollah allies, who were seen withdrawing. The rebel sweep saw their fighters quickly enter outer districts of Ariha, the Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 7:50 pm

US to "fine tune" Iraq strategy in light of Ramadi debacle

FILE - In this May 1, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the Pentagon. As the Pentagon grapples with its strategy to help Iraq fight off the Islamic State, Carter says the key is getting weapons to Sunni militias now cut off by Baghdad. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders are trying to "fine tune" U.S. strategy for ousting the Islamic State group from Iraq, focusing on faster and better training and arming of Sunni tribes whose combat role is central to reversing the extremists' advances, senior U.S. officials said Thursday.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 7:48 pm

Kurdish fighters in Syria on the march against IS militants

In this photo released on May 20, 2015, provided by the Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Kurdish fighters of the YPG, flash victory signs as they sit on their pickup on their way to battle against the Islamic State, near Kezwan mountain, northeast Syria. In contrast to the failures of the Iraqi army, in Syria Kurdish fighters are on the march against the Islamic State group, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country's northeast in recent days, under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes. (The Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units via AP)BEIRUT (AP) — In contrast to the Iraqi army's failures, Kurdish fighters in Syria are on the march against the Islamic State group, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country's northeast under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 7:39 pm

Study says girls seek sisterhood _ not just marriage _ in IS

FILE - In this undated file photo released by a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants of the Islamic State group hold up their weapons and wave its flags on their vehicles in a convoy on a road leading to Iraq, while riding in Raqqa city in Syria. The notion that young women are traveling to Syria solely to become "jihadi brides" is simplistic and hinders efforts to prevent other girls from being radicalized, new research suggests. Young women are joining the so-called Islamic State group for many reasons, including anger over the perceived persecution of Muslims and the wish to belong to a sisterhood with similar beliefs, according to a report released Thursday, May 28, 2015, by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King's College London. (Militant website via AP, file)LONDON (AP) — The notion that young women are traveling to Syria solely to become "jihadi brides" is simplistic and hinders efforts to prevent other girls from being radicalized, new research suggests.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 7:27 pm

Pan-Muslim group condemns jihadist groups, IS

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah attends the 42nd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Corporation in Kuwait City, May 28, 2015A conference of Muslim states on Thursday condemned main jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq and studied a plan for developing an effective strategy against "terrorism and extremism". "We condemn the gruesome atrocities committed by all terrorist organisations including Daesh (Arabic for the Islamic State group), Al-Qaeda and Al-Nusra Front (its affiliate in Syria)," said the final communique of a two-day conference by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The Sunni groups named are involved in armed conflicts in several Arab countries including Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Yemen.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 6:11 pm

Where They Stand: George Pataki on issues of 2016 campaign

Former New York Gov. George Pataki announces his plans to seek the Republican nomination for president, Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the historic town hall in Exeter, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Gov. George Pataki has entered the contest for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Here's a look at where the three-term governor stands on various issues that will be debated in the GOP primaries:

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 5:54 pm

Iraq ‘exhumed 470 bodies from Tikrit mass graves’

Iraqi security forces inspect a mass grave containing the remains of dozens of people believed to have been slain by jihadists in the city of Tikrit, on April 12, 2015Iraq has exhumed the remains of 470 people believed to have been executed by jihadists near Tikrit last year in what is known as the Speicher massacre, the health minister said Thursday. "We have exhumed the bodies of 470 Speicher martyrs from burial sites in Tikrit," Adila Hammoud said at a press conference in Baghdad. In June 2014, armed men belonging or allied to the Islamic State group abducted hundreds of young, mostly Shiite recruits from Speicher military base, just outside the city of Tikrit.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 5:26 pm

Paper sorry for letter suggesting Obama should be executed

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania newspaper is apologizing for publishing a letter to the editor that suggested President Barack Obama should be executed.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 5:11 pm

Hearst Editorial Director Ellen Levine & Author Lee Woodruff To Speak At The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s "Women Breaking The Silence About Mental Illness" Luncheon

NEW YORK, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, a not-for-profit organization funding innovative scientific research to better understand the causes, develop new treatments for, and alleviate suffering from brain and behavior disorders, will host its second “Women Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness” Luncheon featuring a discussion between Hearst Magazine’s Editorial Director Ellen Levine and advocate, author Lee Woodruff about depression, anxiety and the importance of removing the stigma from mental illness. The Luncheon will be held Monday, June 15, 2015 at the Metropolitan Club in Midtown Manhattan. “By engaging in this important conversation about depression, anxiety and recovery, Ellen Levine and Lee Woodruff are educating the public, raising awareness and, most importantly, helping to eliminate the stigma around mental illness that keeps so many people suffering in silence instead of seeking help,” says Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., President and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 4:32 pm

U.S., allies target Islamic State with 26 air strikes: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S.-led coalition has staged 26 air strikes since early Wednesday targeting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq against, according to the Combined Joint Task Force leading the air operations. In Iraq, 20 air strikes struck near 10 cities, including five near Mosul, three by Falluja and one near Ramadi, the task force said in a statement released on Thursday. Six air strikes in Syria targeted areas near al Hasaka and Dayr az Zawr, it said. (Reporting by Washington Newsroom)

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 4:29 pm

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White House: US won’t be ‘responsible’ for ‘security situation’ in Iraq – Fox News


Fox News

White House: US won't be 'responsible' for 'security situation' in Iraq
Fox News
"The United States is not going to be responsible for securing the security situation inside of Iraq," Press Secretary Josh Earnest told Fox News. Earnest defended the administration's strategy, amid growing concerns about gains made by ISIS fighters
Iraq may not have the will to survive – and that's not even the biggest problemSpectator.co.uk
Iran cynically perpetuating Iraq conflict, Israeli defense minister saysi24news
Debate continues over NZ troops in IraqRadio New Zealand
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Posted on 28 May 2015 | 7:28 pm

KT McFarland: "The Dirty Little Secret Is There Is No More Iraq" – RealClearPolitics


RealClearPolitics

KT McFarland: "The Dirty Little Secret Is There Is No More Iraq"
RealClearPolitics
FOX News Contributor and former Reagan State Department public affairs official K.T. McFarland says the Obama administration not only has to admit their Iraq strategy is not working but acknowledge the "dirty little secret" that Iraq as a nation does

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Posted on 28 May 2015 | 7:25 pm

VOA EXCLUSIVE: Iraq President Vows to Fight IS ‘Until They Are Killed or We Die’ – Voice of America


Voice of America

VOA EXCLUSIVE: Iraq President Vows to Fight IS 'Until They Are Killed or We Die'
Voice of America
For Iran, if Iraq falls to Daesh, Iran would be threatened, too. It is not like Iran is far away from Daesh. The threat that exists in Iraq today, it reaches Iran. It reaches Turkey. It reaches into many neighboring countries. That is why every country

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Posted on 28 May 2015 | 7:01 pm

Family of Rafael Peralta, fallen Iraq War hero, to accept Navy Cross award … – Washington Post


Family of Rafael Peralta, fallen Iraq War hero, to accept Navy Cross award
Washington Post
The family of one of the most celebrated Marine Corps heroes of the Iraq War will soon accept the nation's second-highest award for valor on his behalf, nearly 11 years after he was killed in combat and almost seven years after the Pentagon made the …

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 5:42 pm

Republican attitudes on Iraq trip up GOP candidates – MSNBC


MSNBC

Republican attitudes on Iraq trip up GOP candidates
MSNBC
Laura Ingraham, hardly a liberal critic, told her audience, “You can't still think that going into Iraq, now, as a sane human being, was the right thing to do. If you do, there has to be something wrong with you.” The Washington Examiner's Byron York

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Posted on 28 May 2015 | 3:07 pm

Nearly 500 bodies exhumed from graves in Iraq, morgue official – CNN


CNN

Nearly 500 bodies exhumed from graves in Iraq, morgue official
CNN
Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) An Iraqi forensic team has exhumed 499 bodies from a series of graves in the presidential complex in the city of Tikrit, a top official in the Baghdad morgue who is familiar with the operation told CNN on Thursday. The bodies are
Iraq 'exhumes 470 bodies', thought to be victims of ISIL-led massacreeuronews
Iraq exhumes 470 IS victims' bodies in TikritBBC News
Iraq exhumes 470 bodies from Tikrit mass gravesABC Online

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Posted on 28 May 2015 | 12:00 pm

Sunnis Fleeing ISIS Find Few Doors Open Elsewhere in Iraq – New York Times


New York Times

Sunnis Fleeing ISIS Find Few Doors Open Elsewhere in Iraq
New York Times
AMIRIYAT FALLUJA, Iraq — On one side of a rickety bridge that spans a narrow stretch of the Euphrates River were panicked families on the run from Islamic State forces, hoping to escape Anbar Province and reach safety in Baghdad. On the other side
Why Republicans can't blame Obama for Iraq or ISISThe Hill (blog)
Iraq's Anti-ISIS Military Campaign Renamed Amid Sectarian FearsNBCNews.com
Carter Seeks Ways to Improve Iraq Training, EquippingABC News
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Posted on 28 May 2015 | 3:06 am

Republicans’ ‘plans’ for Isis would drag us into Iraq for another ground war – The Guardian


The Guardian

Republicans' 'plans' for Isis would drag us into Iraq for another ground war
The Guardian
It's the sound of the groundwork being laid for US ground troops to return to Iraq for another indefinite war with no end game. Republican presidential candidates (of which there now seem to be more than a dozen) have spent the past month ripping
Iraq war casts long shadow over US and UK politicsBBC News
Jeb Bush Re-Writes the History of the Iraq WarHuffington Post
Bob Woodward: Wrong, Bush Did Not Lie Us Into IraqNewsBusters (blog)
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Posted on 27 May 2015 | 3:20 pm

Iraq Doses The Market With Oil – Forbes


RT

Iraq Doses The Market With Oil
Forbes
Iraq has announced a shipping schedule next month that implies an increase in exports of 800 tb/d, an amount that only the Saudis have been able to match historically. Markets appear to be skeptical, and a degree of caution is certainly in order, but
Iraq to increase oil export to new record high, price war intensifies – mediaRT
Iraq ready to open new front in OPEC's war on US shaleThe Australian Financial Review

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Posted on 27 May 2015 | 12:40 pm

Iraq launches counterattack against Isis near Ramadi – The Guardian


The Guardian

Iraq launches counterattack against Isis near Ramadi
The Guardian
Iraqi state TV reported the start of the operation, in which troops will be backed by Shia and Sunni paramilitary forces, but did not provide further details. A spokesman for Iraq's Shia militias said the operation will “not last for a long time” and
Iraq starts operation to rid Ramadi of Islamic StateUSA TODAY
Iraq launches operation to retake RamadiFinancial Times
Iraq launches operation to retake western Anbar province from Isil: latestTelegraph.co.uk
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Posted on 26 May 2015 | 3:45 pm