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US congratulates Iraq on electing new president

Fuad Masum, the new president of Iraq and a veteran Kurdish politician, speaks during a press conference in Baghdad on July 24, 2014The United States threw its weight behind the newly elected president of Iraq, Fuad Masum, and urged him to form a "cohesive government" to help fight Islamic militants. "By taking this crucial step, the Council of Representatives has demonstrated its commitment to uniting the country according to the constitution," deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, offering Washington's congratulations on Masum's election. "Iraq's leaders now must take the next step in their democratic process by choosing a prime minister and forming a government," she said in a statement as Iraq seeks to quell an offensive by militants who have seized a swathe of territory in the north of the country. "Only with an inclusive, cohesive government that represents all Iraqis can Iraq most effectively and successfully confront the urgent security and humanitarian challenges it faces in the fight against" the Islamic State (IS), Harf added.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 1:18 am

War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 1:17 am

Talisman, boosted by Repsol talk, may be worth more in pieces

Talisman Energy's President and CEO Hal Kvisle answers questions at a news conference after the company's annual general meeting in CalgaryBy Scott Haggett and Euan Rocha CALGARY/TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian oil and gas producer Talisman Energy, approached by Spain’s Repsol for talks over a potential deal, may find that its appeal lies more in its individual assets than as a candidate for a complete takeover. Talisman, which has a market capitalization of nearly $11 billion ($10.2 billion), has long been considered a takeover target as its stock slumped on weak natural gas prices.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 12:37 am

Montana governor urges respect for senator after plagiarism report

Montana’s governor urged respect on Thursday for the courage shown by Democratic U.S. Senator John Walsh during his military service amid allegations he may have lifted parts of a master’s thesis from works by other authors. “Senator Walsh has a long history of fighting for Montanans, both at home and in combat. He deserves respect for his courage on our behalf,” Democratic Governor Steve Bullock said in a statement. Bullock said he had no knowledge of the issues raised in Wednesday’s New York Times report when he appointed Walsh in February to fill the Senate slot vacated by Democrat Max Baucus.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 12:26 am

Russia Accuses the U.S. of Faking MH17 Evidence

Russia Accuses the U.S. of Faking MH17 EvidenceAnatoly Antonov, deputy defense minister, said that U.S. intelligence did not do diligent research, and instead "mostly cited social networks." In fact, had U.S. intelligence cited only social networks, they would have been able to confirm the separatists were responsible almost two hours before anyone knew the plane crashed. Before news of the MH17 crash broke, rebel leader Igor Girkin posted on social media that rebels had shot down a "military transport aircraft." Instead, it ended up being a commercial airliner. Russia's ambassador to Britain, Alexander Yakovenko, also said the U.S. has no real evidence. "Russia doesn't supply weapons to local de facto (separatist) authorities in eastern Ukraine…no evidence whatsoever has been presented that the Russian government has been doing this."  The information Russia is denouncing is coming from multiple sources around the world. While U.S. intelligence has not directly stated Russia is responsible for the shooting, they have been able to link Russia to the missile, and "still believed the separatists were likely to blame." Additionally, Alexander Khodakovsky, a rebel leader, stated the separatists have a BUK missile system.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 12:19 am

Sudanese Salafi group endorses Islamic State’s new caliphate

A Sudanese Salafi group in a statement on Thursday endorsed the Islamic State militant group that declared a caliphate after it swept through northern Iraq last month. “Our Brothers in the Islamic State … announcing an inclusive caliphate is a good job,” said Sudan’s Al-Attasam belKetab wa al-Sunna, which broke from Sudan’s Muslim Brotherhood in 1991 to establish a stricter Islamist movement.

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 10:49 pm

Iraq jihadists blow up ‘Jonah’s tomb’ in Mosul: official

Iraqi jihadists have blown up 'Jonah's tomb,' one of Mosul's most well-known shrines, an official said.The new jihadist rulers of Iraq's northern city of Mosul on Thursday completely levelled one its most well-known shrines, an official and witnesses told AFP. The Nabi Yunus shrine was built on the reputed burial site of a prophet known in the Koran as Yunus and in the Bible as Jonah. "Islamic State completely destroyed the shrine of Nabi Yunus after telling local families to stay away and closing the roads to a distance of 500 metres from the shrine," said the official at the Sunni endowment, which manages Sunni religious affairs in Iraq. The endowment official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, and Mosul residents told AFP it took the Sunni extremists an hour to rig the shrine with explosives.

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 10:05 pm

UN: 9 aid trucks enter Syria without government OK

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nine trucks carrying food and other supplies crossed into Syria through a Turkish checkpoint Thursday — the first to do so under a U.N. resolution authorizing cross-border aid deliveries without Syrian government approval.

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 9:52 pm

Foreign intelligence behind attack on army border post: Egypt

The site of an attack in al-Wadi al-Gadid, close to the El-Farafrah oasis, in the western desert, some 630 kms west of Cairo, near the frontier with LibyaEgypt said Thursday that foreign intelligence services were prime suspects in an attack last week that killed 22 soldiers near its border with restive Libya. Unidentified militants firing rocket-propelled grenades and machine-guns attacked a checkpoint in Egypt's western desert last Saturday. "Foreign intelligence services are likely to be behind the terrorist elements which carried out" the attack, interior ministry spokesman Hani Abdel Latif said, quoted by state news agency MENA, without naming any countries. "The terrorist operations (in Egypt) are carried out by terrorist elements, mercenaries, trained in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, and recruited by foreign intelligence services," Abdel Latif said.

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 9:50 pm

Senate hopefuls risk ‘oppo-research’ revelations

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 26, 2014, file photo, U.S. Sen. John Walsh speaks to reporters in Helena, Mont. The Democrat's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4.(AP Photo/Matt Volz, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's one thing to be Montana's lieutenant governor. It's another to be a U.S. Senate candidate in one of the states that will determine which party controls that 100-member chamber.

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 9:29 pm

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Aussie teen suicide bomber who killed FIVE people in Iraq named as Adam … – Daily Mail


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Aussie teen suicide bomber who killed FIVE people in Iraq named as Adam
Daily Mail
The Australian suicide bomber who killed five people in a terrorist attack in Iraq last week is believed to be 18-year-old Adam Dahman. But the Melbourne teen's family denies he was behind the Baghdad blast, claiming he is alive in Syria. Online Adam

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 12:05 am

Human Rights Watch Researcher Reports ISIS Abuses In Iraq – NPR


Human Rights Watch Researcher Reports ISIS Abuses In Iraq
NPR
Letta Tayler recently returned from Iraq, where she documented stories about the militant Islamist group ISIS and abuses by the Iraqi government. She tells Fresh Air what she learned. Share. Facebook; Twitter. Google+. Email. Comment …

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 6:50 pm

Doubts grow over Isis ‘FGM edict’ in Iraq – BBC News


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Doubts grow over Isis 'FGM edict' in Iraq
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Doubts are growing about the authenticity of an edict attributed to the Sunni Islamist group Isis controlling the Iraqi city of Mosul about female genital mutilation (FGM). A top UN official quoted from a statement saying that Isis wanted all females
UN: Islamic State Militants Order Female Genital Mutilation In IraqHuffington Post
Isis orders all girls and women in Mosul to undergo FGM, UN report saysThe Guardian
Iraq crisis: Islamic State militants order genital mutilation for females in ABC Online
Washington Post (blog) -National Post -Times of India
all 798 news articles »

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 5:58 pm

Dem. senator says he’ll block arms sales to Iraq unless Congress gets report … – Fox News


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Dem. senator says he'll block arms sales to Iraq unless Congress gets report
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WASHINGTON – An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants. In a testy exchange
Senator: No Arms to Iraq Unless Congress Gets InfoABC News
Lawmakers Attack Obama Administration's Strategy in IraqNational Journal
Key Senator Warns He Might Block Iraq Arms Sales AgainRoll Call (blog)
Voice of America
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Posted on 24 July 2014 | 4:06 pm

No, ISIS Isn’t Ordering Female Genital Mutilation In Iraq – ThinkProgress


ThinkProgress

No, ISIS Isn't Ordering Female Genital Mutilation In Iraq
ThinkProgress
Given the brutality seen so far from the militant group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), it's easy to believe any act attributed to them must be true. But a United Nations officials' statement on the group ordering female

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 3:32 pm

Veteran Kurdish politician elected president of Iraq – Washington Post


Veteran Kurdish politician elected president of Iraq
Washington Post
BAGHDAD — A veteran Kurdish politician was elected president of Iraq on Thursday, as political leaders moved a step closer to forming a new government that will face the momentous task of repairing the deep divisions that are tearing the country apart.

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 2:23 pm

Genital mutilation of 4 million Iraq women ordered by militants 2:22 – CBC.ca


Genital mutilation of 4 million Iraq women ordered by militants 2:22
CBC.ca
The "fatwa" issued by the Sunni Muslim fighters would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, UN resident and humanitarian co-ordinator in Iraq Jacqueline Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil. "This is something very new for

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 2:12 pm

Iraq MPs elect Fouad Massoum as president – BBC News


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Iraq MPs elect Fouad Massoum as president
BBC News
Since 2003 Iraq's president has always been a Kurd, while the prime minister is a Shia and the parliamentary speaker drawn from the Sunni Arab bloc. Iraq is facing a radical Sunni insurgency and is struggling to agree on a new coalition government.
Fuad Masum named Iraq's new presidentSky News Australia
Iraq: Kurdish politician Massoum named presidentUSA TODAY
Iraq Picks New President to Confront Militant ThreatNew York Times
Wall Street Journal -Washington Post -The Guardian
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Posted on 24 July 2014 | 12:22 pm

Iraq’s Kurds want US help to hold off Islamic State extremists – Washington Post


Iraq's Kurds want US help to hold off Islamic State extremists
Washington Post
IRBIL, Iraq — Each day, Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq skirmish with fearsomely armed Islamic State militants along their new, nearly 650-mile border. The Kurds have held their own so far. But without fresh arms supplies or financial

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 11:02 am

Militants ‘kill 60′ in ambush on Iraq prison convoy – BBC News


BBC News

Militants 'kill 60' in ambush on Iraq prison convoy
BBC News
Suicide attackers have mounted a bomb and gun attack on a prison convoy in Iraq, killing 51 prisoners and nine police officers, security sources say. Roadside bombs exploded as the convoy was taking the prisoners from the town of Taji to the capital …

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 7:22 am