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Iraq’s plan to recapture Ramadi from ISIS

Iraq’s plan to recapture the western city of Ramadi from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants will dominate a meeting Tuesday in Paris of foreign ministers from the international coalition fighting the group, a senior U.S. official said. In the wake of the damaging defeat in Ramadi this month, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will outline how his ...

Ramadi fall to ISIS after Iraqi troops ordered to leave the city

Iraqi troops left the strategically vital city of Ramadi — allowing it to fall to ISIS — because of a direct order from their military commanders of which Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was not aware, according to the powerful Sunni speaker of Iraq’s parliament. Salim al-Jabouri, arguably the most powerful Sunni politician in the country, said that Ramadi was abandoned last month ...

45 Iraqi police officers killed in IS attack

At least 45 Iraqi police officers have been killed in an attack by Islamic State (IS) militants in Anbar province, security officials say. Suicide bombers rammed three vehicles packed with explosives into a base in the Tharthar area, on a road connecting the cities of Falluja and Samarra. Several high-ranking officers were among the casualties, one source said. Anbar has ...

Iraq rebrands campaign against ISIS over fears of sectarianism

A campaign led by Shiite paramilitaries to drive ISISmilitants from Iraq’s Sunni heartland was rebranded Wednesday after criticism that the name chosen for the push was overtly sectarian. The move was a response to fears that Iraq’s reliance on Shiite paramilitaries to defeat ISIS fighters, instead of the disordered and demoralized national army, could alienate Sunni Iraqis and deepen the ...

‘Blind judge’ shows up in Ramadi

A senior ISIS figure known as “the blind judge” has made an appearance in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, asserting the militant group’s dominion over it as security forces and Shiite militias prepare a counterattack. Residents of Ramadi said that a blind man with one hand and his head shrouded had delivered a speech in the Anbar provincial capital’s main ...

Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi

Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi’ite paramilitaries prepared to try to retake the Iraqi city, while Washington scrambled to reassure Baghdad after a U.S. official’s sharp criticism of Iraqi forces. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned Iraqi troops’ will to fight when ...

Iraq PM heads to Russia seeking more arms

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi flew to Russia on Wednesday seeking closer military cooperation as he faces tough challenges in the fight against the Islamic State jihadist group. Abadi, who is due to meet President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, heads a large delegation that includes several ministers and a number of civil and military advisers. The focus will be “the ...

Iraqi troops flee as key city of Ramadi falls to ISIS

ISIS fighters seized control of the Iraqi city of Ramadi Sunday, sending government forces racing out of the city in a major loss despite the support of U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the extremists. Online video showed Humvees, trucks and other equipment purportedly speeding out of Ramadi, with some soldiers gripping onto their sides. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered security forces not ...

The leader of Iraq’s Kurdish with international allies had “broken the spine” of ISIS

The leader of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, Massud Barzani, said Monday his forces had “broken the spine” of ISIS with the help of international allies. “Thanks to the Kurds’ opposition and the help of their friends in the coalition, the spine of ISIS is broken,” Barzani said after talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest. Hungary recently joined ...

Iraqi army claims progress in Anbar, bombings hit Baghdad

Iraq’s army announced it was making progress in the battle against ISIS militants in Anbar province Sunday even as it struggled to retake territory lost over the weekend and a string of bombings rocked the capital. After driving militants out of Tikrit earlier this month, Iraqi forces have turned their attention to Anbar, large parts of which have been under ...