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Peshmerga troops start entering Syrian border town

Smoke rises from an Islamic State fighters position in the town of Kobani during airstrikes by the US led coalition, seen from the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani via Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops headed there, activists said.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 2:29 pm

Group says militants killed 600 Iraqi prisoners

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants from the Islamic State carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country’s second-largest city of Mosul in June, an international rights group said on Thursday.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 2:15 pm

Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

A convoy of peshmerga vehicles is welcomed by Turkish Kurds after crossing into Turkey near the Habur border gate in the southeastern city of SilopiBy Humeyra Pamuk and Omer Berberoglu SURUC Turkey (Reuters) – A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. Kobani, on the border with Turkey, has been encircled by the Sunni Muslim insurgents for more than 40 days. Weeks of U.S.-led air strikes have failed to break their stranglehold, and Kurds are hoping the arrival of the peshmerga will turn the tide. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 2:08 pm

Marine wants new charges in Iraq war crime tossed

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Marine Corps should not be retrying a sergeant whose murder conviction in a major Iraq war crime case was overturned by the military’s highest court after he served half of his 11-year sentence, his defense attorneys say.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 2:02 pm

Facing its own Islamic State-inspired militants, Iran wields a smaller stick

Here in Iran’s lawless southeast, the authorities in Tehran who have sent military advisers and hardware to help fight the so-called Islamic State in far-off Syria and Iraq are engaged in their own battle with Sunni militants.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 1:58 pm

Hundreds of Iraqi tribesmen opposed to Islamic State found in mass graves

a member of SahwaBAGHDAD (Reuters) – The bodies of 150 members of an Iraqi Sunni tribe which fought Islamic State have been found in a mass grave, security officials said on Thursday. Islamic State militants took the men from their villages to the city of Ramadi and killed them on Wednesday night and buried them, an official in a police operations center and another security official told Reuters. In a separate case, witnesses said they found 70 corpses from the same Albu Nimr tribe near the town of Hit in the Sunni heartland Anbar province. Security officials there were not immediately available for comment. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 1:01 pm

U.S. focuses on Islamic State targets near Kobani, Syria: U.S. Central Command

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. forces staged 10 air strikes on Islamic State targets near the Syrian city of Kobani since Wednesday, U.S. Central Command said. The raids in the Kobani area were among 12 in Syria by U.S. fighters and bombers. The Kobani strikes hit two small Islamic State units and destroyed seven fighting positions and five buildings, Central Command said. Strikes also damaged an Islamic State headquarters building near Dayr Az Zawr and a security building near Ar Raqqah. U.S. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 1:00 pm

UN chief criticizes female genital mutilation

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is lauding the British newspaper The Guardian for its work to raise awareness about female genital mutilation.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 11:31 am

Iraqi Kurdish leader says prepared to send more forces to Kobani if asked

ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurdistan is prepared to deploy more forces to the Syrian border town of Kobani if asked, the region’s President Masoud Barzani said in a statement on Thursday. The first 10 Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered Kobani through the border crossing with Turkey on Thursday, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Reporting by Isabel Coles; Editing by Alison Williams)

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 10:42 am

Australia outlaws travel to terror hotspots

A Turkish soldier patrols a hill overlooking the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on October 15, 2014Australia on Thursday passed a law criminalising travel to terror hotspots, a tough counter-terrorism measure aimed at stopping jihadists from going to Iraq and Syria to fight. The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) includes measures that make it an offence to enter a "declared area" where a terrorist organisation is engaging in hostile activity, without a valid reason. "The foreign fighters bill that has passed the parliament today will mean, first of all, that it is easier to secure convictions against Australians who have been fighting with terrorist groups overseas," Prime Minister Tony Abbott told parliament. "It will mean that it is easier to monitor potential terrorists here, and it will also mean… that it is easier to prosecute the preachers of hate who create the potential terrorists." Abbott said about 100 Australians were supporting jihadists who had travelled to the Middle East to fight with recruitment and funding from home.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:46 am

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First foreign soldiers enter fight for Kobani – USA TODAY


Reuters

First foreign soldiers enter fight for Kobani
USA TODAY
The Turkish government agreed to let the fighters cross through its territory, but is only allowing the peshmerga forces from Iraq. Turkey remains at odds with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which for decades led an armed struggle for Kurdish political
US, allies stage 13 attacks on Islamic State targets in Syria, IraqReuters
Islamic State: Kurdish Peshmerga troops leave Iraq to join battle in KobaneABC Online
Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq Destroy ISIL PositionsDepartment of Defense
Haaretz -International Business Times UK
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 2:32 pm

Anas Sarwar, Sottish Labour Deputy Leader, Says Iraq War Boosted SNP – Huffington Post UK


Anas Sarwar, Sottish Labour Deputy Leader, Says Iraq War Boosted SNP
Huffington Post UK
The Iraq war damaged the Labour Party in Scotland and boosted the anti-war SNP, according to the party's new interim leader. Speaking to The Huffington Post UK, Labour's Anas Sarwar said: "In terms of a fundamental credibility gap, [it] was clearly

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 2:23 pm

Marine Wants New Charges in Iraq War Crime Tossed – ABC News


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Marine Wants New Charges in Iraq War Crime Tossed
ABC News
The Marine Corps ordered a retrial for Hutchins last year shortly after the ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces that found his rights were violated by interrogators in 2006 when he was detained in Iraq and held in solitary confinement
Marine recharged in Iraq war case back in courtWashington Times

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 2:04 pm

Isis Iraq News: 30 Sunni Tribesmen Executed by Islamic State in Anbar Province – International Business Times UK


Telegraph.co.uk

Isis Iraq News: 30 Sunni Tribesmen Executed by Islamic State in Anbar Province
International Business Times UK
Islamic State (Isis) lined up and shot dead 30 Sunni men in Iraq's Anbar province, according to reports. Anbar provincial chairman Sabah Karhout said the Sunni tribesmen, allied with the government and members of the security forces, were captured when …
Iraq's victory over militants in Sunni town underlines challenges government facesWashington Post
Mass grave with 150 bodies found in IraqTelegraph.co.uk
Reports: 150 Bodies Found In Iraq Mass GraveSky News
BBC News -al-Akhbar English
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 12:32 pm

Ex-Nato head: Iraq could have been planned better – The Local Denmark


The Local Denmark

Ex-Nato head: Iraq could have been planned better
The Local Denmark
Former PM and Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen conceded that not enough thought was given to who would fill the void after Saddam Hussein was toppled in Iraq. Denmark drops its first bombs on Isis targets (20 Oct 14); Ex-Nato head Fogh …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 11:48 am

Iraq and Afghanistan veterans deprived of long-term support, say MPs – The Guardian


The Guardian

Iraq and Afghanistan veterans deprived of long-term support, say MPs
The Guardian
They say veterans are faced with a “shocking” backlog in their claims for war pensions and compensation payments, and express concern about the long-term impact on troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan who have been injured, either physically or …
British heroes wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq 'could be forgotten by Ministry Telegraph.co.uk

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:00 am

Troops to Be Checked for Chemical Exposure in Iraq – New York Times


New York Times

Troops to Be Checked for Chemical Exposure in Iraq
New York Times
The Pentagon will offer medical examinations and long-term health monitoring to service members and veterans who were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, the Army and Navy said in separate statements this week, as part of a review of how the …
Military to Be Tracked for Chemical Exposure in IraqNewsmax.com
Pentagon to Boost Support for Troops Exposed to Chemical AgentsTIME
US Orders Medical Exams, Health Monitoring For Troops Exposed To Chemical International Business Times
RIA Novosti -Stars and Stripes
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 2:17 am

Australians fighting for Isis tracked in Iraq under fresh security proposals – The Guardian


Sydney Morning Herald

Australians fighting for Isis tracked in Iraq under fresh security proposals
The Guardian
The Abbott government is moving to grant the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (Asis) the specific power to co-operate with the ADF, which is conducting air strikes against Isis targets in Iraq and also sending special forces members to assist the
Australian special forces unable to join fight against Islamic State until Sydney Morning Herald

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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 10:13 am

Britain to send Apache helicopters to Iraq in battle against ISIS – Daily Mail


Daily Mail

Britain to send Apache helicopters to Iraq in battle against ISIS
Daily Mail
Britain poised to send Apache helicopters to Iraq in battle against Isis: Move being considered because of fanatics' ability to change tactics quickly. Move would mark the first British Army involvement in a conflict role; Until now, only the Royal Air

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 7:18 am

Iraq bomb attacks leave at least 34 dead – BBC News


BBC News

Iraq bomb attacks leave at least 34 dead
BBC News
At least 34 people have been killed and dozens injured following two bomb blasts in and around Iraq's capital Baghdad. The first attack came when a suicide bomber drove a Humvee at a checkpoint south of Baghdad killing at least 24, Iraqi officials said.
Car bombings leave dozens dead in IraqAljazeera.com
Iraq Suicide Bombing Kills Dozens Of Shi'ite Militiamen In Jurf Al-SakharHuffington Post
Car Bombings in Iraq Kill at Least 38 PeopleABC News
CBC.ca -Al-Arabiya
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Posted on 27 October 2014 | 6:56 pm