Iraq

US Special Forces reach Anbar province in Iraq to support ISIS fight

US Special Forces units reached Ain al-Assad Airbase, the western Anbar province in Iraq, on Tuesday to help Iraqi forces recapture cities still held by ISIS. “A large number of US Special Forces units reached the Ain al-Assad Airbase in Anbar’s Al-Baghdadi district some 90 kilometers west of Ramadi,” the Turkish Anadolu Agency reported, quoting an Iraqi army brigadier-general. The ...

Iran resumes electricity export to Iraq – ministry

Iran resumed today exporting electric power to Iraq after it had been halted for more than two months, the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity revealed in a statement on Tuesday. The halt was said to have been resulted from Baghdad’s accumulated debts to the Iranian government. “The Iranian side will restart power lines to work after a hiatus of more than ...

New war memorial to troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan to be unveiled by the Queen

The Queen will tomorrow unveil a memorial to the 682 Fallen heroes killed fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her Majesty will lead tributes to the war dead at the official opening at Victoria Embankment Gardens in Westminster. It comes as a Labour MP who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan calls on the UK to learn the lessons of the wars ...

Watch The Trailer For A New Iraq War Film Written By An Actual Iraq War Veteran

Army veteran Chris Roessner returned home from Iraq in 2004 and spent the next 10 years writing and pitching a film based on his experiences at war. Now, that film, “Sand Castle,” is set to premiere on Netflix in April. Judging from the trailer, Roessner’s Iraq deployment was pretty awful. The film, however, looks great. Starring Nicholas Hoult — who ...

Trump is already losing the long-term fight in Iraq

IRAQI GOVERNMENT forces last week launched a crucial campaign to retake the western side of Mosul, the Islamic State’s largest remaining urban stronghold. U.S. planes and special forces were providing critical close-up support for a battle that commanders believe could drag on for months. Victory is not assured and the humanitarian cost, which Iraqi forces managed to minimize in capturing ...

‘You can see burning and smoke from the terminal buildings’

KALAHAN DENG Report from inside the perimeter of Mosul airport on the Iraqi security forces’ attempt to retake it and establish a launchpad for an assault on the west of Mosul, still held by so-called Islamic State (IS).

Mosul assault: Iraq troops make headway against IS

KALAHAN DENG Iraqi government forces have seized several villages as they move towards an assault on the last area held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards IS positions early on Sunday. The progress on Sunday in the south of the city, the second biggest in ...

Removing US military forces from the Gulf

Reporting on President Donald Trump’s new energy policy which plans for a big increase in domestically produced oil and gas, the Financial Times reported yesterday: “Exports of gas have begun, with the first shipments of Liquefied Natural Gas leaving the Sabine Pass facility on the border between Texas and Louisiana a year ago. Since then trade has grown and the ...

Battle for Mosul upends false Iraq narrative

The Iraqi army’s progress in Mosul over the past few months flies in the face of the narrative that has been created about Iraq since 2003. Narratives are often constructed, but rarely as aggressively as the story according to which Iraq is an artificial country comprising people who deeply mistrust each other. The invasion of Mosul and Tikrit by the ...

Baghdad’s Green Zone hit by rockets after deadly clashes

KALAHAN DENG Several rockets have hit the high security Green Zone in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, hours after clashes at a protest left at least five dead. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies in Baghdad. Earlier on Saturday, thousands of protesters, demanding electoral reform, tried to storm the area. ...

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