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U.S. Set to Open a Climactic Battle Against ISIS in Mosul, Iraq

WASHINGTON — As Iraqi and American troops prepare to try to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State, the Obama administration is describing the battle as the last major hurdle before declaring victory against the extremist Sunni militancy — in Iraq, at least. But some former officials and humanitarian aid groups are worried that President Obama will run ...

Air strike kills pro-government fighters in Iraq

It is unclear whether the Iraqi army or the US-led coalition carried out the erroneous strike that killed An air strike has killed at least 20 Iraqi pro-government Sunni tribal fighters in an area south of Mosul, according to the security forces and a minister. It was unclear whether it was the Iraqi military or the US-led coalition against the ...

Iraq executes 36 people for Camp Speicher massacre

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Iraq has hanged 36 people for taking part in the massacre of as many as 1,700 men in ISIS-controlled territory in 2014, a local governor said. The convicts were executed Sunday at Al-Hoot prison in Nasiriyah, said Yahya Al-Nasiri, governor of Dhiqar province. The killings have come to be known as the “Speicher Massacre” because it ...

ISIS MILITANTS , THE LACK OF SELFE- COTROL AND DISCIPLINE

WRITTEN BY KALAHAN DENG Two years ago, the so called ISIS militants in Iraq launched a vicious attack on Yazidi ethnic minority who practice faith other than the Islam. The terrorist group went wild in executing any man on their way, abducting young women, rapped them, and taken many as slaves. Their houses were looted and burned down. Older people ...

We can’t beat terror until we understand why it happens

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Binary explanations of recent attacks in Nice, Munich and Normandy are wrong. It is possible to be both a terrorist and mentally unstable. As one grim atrocity follows another in unexpected locations across Europe – Nice, Munich and this week, a church in a small town in Normandy – everyone seems to have an opinion. Around ...

Baghdad bombing kills at least 125; ISIS claims responsibility

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG A suicide truck bomb ripped through a busy shopping district in Baghdad over the weekend, killing more than 100 in what was the deadliest single attack in the war-weary country in years. The brazen Saturday night attack in the heart of the packed Karrada neighborhood killed at least 125 people, including 25 children and 20 women. ...

10 ISIS militants killed in Iraq clash

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Angry mourners carry the coffin of a victim of an ISIS-claimed suicide attack in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah on May 1. Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribal fighters killed 10 ISIS militants in an hours-long clash Saturday, security sources said. The incident occurred in Amiriyat al-Falluja in Anbar province — a town more than ...

Donald Trump backed Iraq war in 2002 interview but says views changed

The Republican presidential contender admits he supported the invasion but changed his mind by the time the war started Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, who frequently touts his opposition to the Iraq war, appeared to support the idea in a newly unearthed 2002 interview, but said on Thursday he became an opponent by the time the invasion occurred. In the ...

The Iraq Novel We’ve Been Waiting For

Five years after our withdrawal from Iraq, the time is ripe for America’s first great work of reckoning. And we might just have it in Youngblood, Matt Gallagher’s dark, suspenseful meditation on Americans’ impact abroad. The novel throws us into the daily tedium of the military’s “Clear, Hold, and Build” policy during the twilight of the American operation. With the ...

American security arrest 2 Middle East refugees on terror-related charges

Federal authorities arrested two refugees on terror-related charges Thursday. The arrests in Sacramento, California, and Houston did not appear to be directly related, but the cases had several similarities. Both men were Palestinians born in Iraq and living as refugees in the United States, according to the U.S. Justice Department. And both of them are accused of lying to immigration ...