U.S. commander warns: ‘ISIS 2.0’ lurks

U.S. commander warns: ‘ISIS 2.0’ lurks

by WorldTribune Staff, July 14, 2017 The commander of U.S. troops in Iraq is cautioning against being overly optimistic following the defeat of Islamic State (ISIS) in Mosul. Iraq’s government has much work to do if it is to ensure “ISIS 2.0” doesn’t arise in Mosul and elsewhere in the country, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend […]

Iraq reclaims Mosul after brutal nine-month battle to oust ISIS

Iraq reclaims Mosul after brutal nine-month battle to oust ISIS

by WorldTribune Staff, July 10, 2017 Iraq’s prime minister on July 9 said Mosul has been liberated after a 9-month battle with Islamic State (ISIS). After ISIS took control of Mosul in June 2014 following the Obama administration’s pullout of U.S. forces, local Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fought ferociously to block the terror group from advancing […]

Iraq proclaims end of ISIS and its ‘fake’ caliphate

Iraq proclaims end of ISIS and its ‘fake’ caliphate

by WorldTribune Staff, June 30, 2017 Three years to the day that Islamic State (ISIS) announced its “caliphate,” Iraq declared that the “fake” caliphate was coming to an end. Iraqi forces on June 29 took control of Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque and Al-Hadba (minaret), Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said in a statement quoted by AFP. Iraqi […]

Iraq bombs ISIS in Syria for first time, coordinates with Assad, U.S. intel

Iraq bombs ISIS in Syria for first time, coordinates with Assad, U.S. intel

by WorldTribune Staff, February 26, 2017 Iraq’s air force hit Islamic State (ISIS) targets inside Syria for the first time on Feb. 24. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the airstrikes in a statement, saying Iraqi F-16s hit the border towns of Abu Kamal and Husseibah in retaliatory strikes for recent bombings in Baghdad claimed […]

Iran halts visas to Americans, Iraq decides not to retaliate for Trump’s order

Iran halts visas to Americans, Iraq decides not to retaliate for Trump’s order

by WorldTribune Staff, February 1, 2017 Iran on Jan. 31 said it would stop issuing visas to Americans in what it called a “reciprocal” and “proportionate” action after President Donald Trump’s executive order that included a 90-day ban on Iranian citizens entering the U.S. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed that Teheran would no […]

Iraq’s parliament grants legal status to Shi’ite militias

Iraq’s parliament grants legal status to Shi’ite militias

by WorldTribune Staff, November 27, 2016 In a move that was boycotted by Sunni lawmakers, Iraq’s parliament has granted legal status to Shi’ite militias. The legislation guarantees militias from the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces the right to keep their “identity and character as long as that does not threaten Iraqi national security.” The new law […]

As Erdogan deploys tanks near border, Iraq warns Turkey will be treated ‘as an enemy’

As Erdogan deploys tanks near border, Iraq warns Turkey will be treated ‘as an enemy’

by WorldTribune Staff, November 4, 2016 Iraq’s prime minister warned Turkey of a possible confrontation after Turkish tanks, artillery and troops were deployed near the Iraqi border. “We do not want war with Turkey, and we do not want a confrontation with Turkey,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Iraqi state TV on Nov. […]

Fleeing ISIL fighters, Iran-backed militia and Turkey are all on collision course in Tal Afar, near Mosul

Fleeing ISIL fighters, Iran-backed militia and Turkey are all on collision course in Tal Afar, near Mosul

by WorldTribune Staff, October 31, 2016 As the battle for Mosul looms, Middle East watchers are focused on the nearby town of Tal Afar, where Iran and Turkey are making a play for increased influence in northern Iraq. Iraqi Shi’ite militias, who are backed by Iran, on Oct. 29 began to move toward Tal Afar […]

Turkey moves to join fight for Mosul, sparking threat of ‘regional war’ from Iraq

Turkey moves to join fight for Mosul, sparking threat of ‘regional war’ from Iraq

by WorldTribune Staff, October 25, 2016 The United States is moving to calm tensions between Iraq and Turkey that were further inflamed on Oct. 23 when Turkish artillery hit Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) positions near Mosul. Baghdad considers Turkey’s presence on its soil a violation of sovereignty and has appealed to the […]

Iraqi and allied force of 30,000 begins offensive to retake Mosul

Iraqi and allied force of 30,000 begins offensive to retake Mosul

by WorldTribune Staff, October 17, 2016 A force of 30,000 Iraqi army, Kurdish Peshmerga and Sunni tribal fighters launched an offensive on Oct. 17 to retake Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). “I announce today the start of the heroic operations to free you from the terror and oppression of Daesh,” Iraqi […]