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BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities in Iraq say bombings targeting Shiite districts have killed 15 people in and around Baghdad.
Posted on 5 July 2015 | 6:25 pm
Syrian government forces backed by fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah entered the town of Zabadani on Sunday in a bid to take the last rebel-held bastion along the Lebanese border. Elsewhere, at least 30 people, including six civilians, were killed in some of the heaviest US-led air strikes yet on the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria. Syrian state television and Hezbollah's Al-Manar station announced the advance into Zabadani on Sunday, a day after a major operation against it began.
Posted on 5 July 2015 | 5:14 pm
Kuwait is considering charging more than 40 people in connection with a deadly suicide bombing in a Shiite mosque claimed by the Islamic State group, a security official said Sunday. "More than 40 suspects, including a number of women, have been referred to the public prosecution," the official told AFP, requesting anonymity. "Now, it is up to the prosecution whether to press charges against all of them or not," the official said.
Posted on 5 July 2015 | 4:50 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led coalition aircraft unleashed a wave of airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria in what the coalition said Sunday was one of its most sustained aerial operations carried out in Syria to date.
Posted on 5 July 2015 | 4:12 pm
By Mariam Karouny QAA, Lebanon (Reuters) – The barren mountains separating the Lebanese village of Qaa from Syria have helped shield it from the war raging next door, yet fears of missile attacks, abductions and incursions have persisted since the conflict erupted more than four years ago. In recent weeks, residents of this Christian village say life has started to feel a little more normal, thanks to an offensive waged by Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah against the insurgents just over the border in Syria. The Hezbollah operation targeting Islamic State and the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front has helped halt the short-range rockets fired periodically at border villages in Lebanon, repeatedly jolted by spillover from the war in Syria.
Posted on 5 July 2015 | 4:03 pm
Eighteen of the strikes were near the Syrian city of Raqqa, capital of the ‘caliphate’ that Islamic State has declared. The statement from the Combined Joint Task Force said tactical units and vehicles had been hit and 16 bridges had ben destroyed. The attacks in Syria also included five near Hasaka and three near Kobani, in which tactical units, vehicles and fighting positions were hit.
Posted on 5 July 2015 | 3:29 pm
A week after a gunman killed 38 tourists at a beach resort in Tunisia, President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency, granting additional powers to the security services and restricting large assemblies. The Saturday move came as Tunisia is coming to grips with its second major terrorist attack in four months. In March a terrorist attack on the National Bardo Museum near Tunis killed 22 people, most of them tourists.
Posted on 5 July 2015 | 3:12 pm
Spain is facing its highest level of terror threat since 2004 because of the danger posed by jihadists, said the country's Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz on Sunday. "We are at the maximum alert level since the attacks of March 11, 2004 in Madrid," said Fernandez Diaz in an interview published Sunday, referring to the attacks that left 191 dead and nearly 2,000 injured. The risk is heightened particularly because the head of Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, recently urged the mujahideen to commit attacks in their countries for the one-year anniversary of the jihadist organisation, said the minister.
Posted on 5 July 2015 | 1:36 pm
Islamic State suicide bombers on Sunday blew up an explosive- laden truck near a power plant that serves the northeastern city of Hasaka, the latest attack after their expulsion from most parts of the city, the Syrian army said. State television said a second attack, against a power plant that serves the southern districts of the city, was prevented, but the first had caused “material damage” and led to “casualties”. The city is divided into zones run separately by the government of President Bashar al Assad and a Kurdish administration.
Posted on 5 July 2015 | 1:27 pm
Iran, the United States and five other major powers are laboring to reach an agreement by Tuesday to restrain the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. The deal seeks to allay suspicions that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons capability, something Tehran denies, saying its program is for purely peaceful purposes. Below is a chronology of Iran’s nuclear program and efforts to constrain it.
Posted on 5 July 2015 | 12:57 pm
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Bomb Attacks on Shiite Districts Kill 15 People in Iraq
Authorities in Iraq say bombings targeting Shiite districts have killed 15 people in and around Baghdad. Police officials say a bomb exploded Sunday night near a cafe in the Shiite district of al-Obeidi on the eastern edge of Baghdad, killing four …
Iraq death toll surges to 10-month highNewsweek
At least 19 people killed, dozens hurt in Iraq bombingsColumbus Dispatch
Bomb blasts kill 8, injure 13 in Baghdad provincePress TV
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Posted on 5 July 2015 | 6:25 pm
Reconsidering Australia's Iraq role in fighting Islamic Jihad
Australia has a clear imperative to consider an expanded role for our Diggers in Iraq. But in negotiating with Washington about that possibility — reported in The Weekend Australian by political editor Dennis Shanahan — it must be coupled with an …
Posted on 5 July 2015 | 2:09 pm
International Business Times
David Cameron gives SAS the green light to attack ISIS in Syria and Iraq
British special forces have been given the green light to launch raids deep into ISIS-held territory in Syria and Iraq, senior intelligence sources have revealed. Amid growing alarm at the threat posed directly to Britain, the SAS has been given 'carte …
ISIS Ramadan Attacks Continue, As US, Iraq CounterattackInternational Business Times
Iraq, Kurdistan Oil Deal Close to CollapseWall Street Journal
Airstrikes Continue in Syria, IraqDepartment of Defense
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Posted on 5 July 2015 | 12:14 pm
Animosity Between Sunnis and Shiites Might Doom Iraq's ISIS Fight
A bloody past and centuries of mistrust between two branches of Islam are threatening to derail Iraq's bid to crush ISIS — as well as the American war plan. The rise of Iran-backed Shiite militias battling the extremists has left the country's Sunni …
Hill: America's return to IraqThe Denver Post
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Iran regime's dirty tricks in IraqNCR-Iran.org
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Posted on 5 July 2015 | 9:34 am
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Australians troops will play an 'evolutionary role' in Iraq, says PM
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Australia is stepping up its military presence in Iraq as worldwide pressure mounts to combat Islamic State in the Middle East. According to The Australian, discussions with the United States about Australia's role in Iraq's Anbar province are already …
Posted on 5 July 2015 | 4:46 am
Parliament speaker okays Iraq's 'bloodless partition'
BAGHDAD—Iraq's speaker of parliament said on Friday that he won't oppose a “bloodless partition” of Iraq so long as the general public give their consent to the issue. “We don't have problems with the partition of Iraq if it is by consent and without …
Iraqi Parliament Speaker: Sunnis are Not Against Creation of More Regions in IraqBasNews
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Posted on 5 July 2015 | 3:22 am
I was a fallible patriot: I served during Iraq, and so wanted to believe and …
I was a fallible patriot: I served during Iraq, and so wanted to believe and strike first. I supervised Air Force tankers that bombed Iraq. I feared mushroom clouds over America. I let fear overrule reason. Jesse Goolsby · Share; WhatsApp …
Posted on 4 July 2015 | 3:59 pm
US, allies conduct 14 air strikes in Syria, nine in Iraq: military
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S.-led forces conducted 14 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and nine in Iraq on Friday, the task force conducting the operation said. The strikes in Syria included six around Hasaka, the northern city where …
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Posted on 4 July 2015 | 1:42 pm
New York Times
ISIS Destroys More Artifacts in Syria and Iraq
New York Times
The destruction, publicized in photographs and statements posted by the Islamic State on social media and corroborated by officials and antiquities experts, underscored the risks to the archaeological heritage sites in Syria and Iraq, as well as the …
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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 9:31 pm
Foreign Office 'did not stop Iraq making chemical weapons'
The government delayed taking action to prevent Iraq obtaining chemical weapons partially because British exporters were involved in the trade, according to Foreign Office documents. Newly released papers from 1983 show that even before Iraq began …
UK knew Iraq was using chemical weapons on IranPress TV
Report: Britain delayed action on Iraq chemical weapons partly due to trade …Jerusalem Post Israel News
Thatcher govt never opposed Iraq chemical weapons programwww.worldbulletin.net
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Posted on 2 July 2015 | 11:50 pm