Iraq renews ties to Kurdish Peshmerga after re-emergence of ISIS

Iraq renews ties to Kurdish Peshmerga after re-emergence of ISIS

by WorldTribune Staff, April 5, 2018 Islamic State (ISIS) has re-emerged in Iraq in the absence of the Kurdish Peshmerga, prompting the Iraqi military to renew ties to the fighters who were a key factor in dismantling the terror group’s Iraqi “caliphate.” Kurdistan 24 reported that “cooperation between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi Security Forces […]

Iran-linked militias, opposed by U.S., inducted into Iraqi security forces

Iran-linked militias, opposed by U.S., inducted into Iraqi security forces

by WorldTribune Staff, March 9, 2018 The Iran-linked Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have been formally granted inclusion into Iraq’s security forces, a report said. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a decree on March 8 that grants the PMU many of the same rights as members of the Iraqi military, Middle East Eye reported. During […]

Iraq announces ‘end of the war’ against ISIS; Jihadists dispersed into Syria, Turkey

Iraq announces ‘end of the war’ against ISIS; Jihadists dispersed into Syria, Turkey

by WorldTribune Staff, December 10, 2017 Iraq’s prime minister on Dec. 9 announced the “end of the war against Daesh (Islamic State).” Haidar al-Abadi said Iraqi troops have “gained full control on the Iraqi-Syrian borders.” “Our enemy wanted to kill our civilization, but we have won through our unity and our determination. We have triumphed […]

Jordan, Iraq reopen main border crossing for first time in 3 years

Jordan, Iraq reopen main border crossing for first time in 3 years

by WorldTribune Staff, September 3, 2017 Iraq’s main border crossing with Jordan reopened on Aug. 30 after Iraqi forces cleared a 500-kilometer route from Baghdad to Amman of Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists. The crossing at Tureibil had been officially closed for three years. After a heated debate, Iraqi parliament agreed to allow privately-owned U.S. security […]

‘Surrender or die’: Iraq launches offensive against ISIS in Tal Afar

‘Surrender or die’: Iraq launches offensive against ISIS in Tal Afar

by WorldTribune Staff, August 21, 2017 Iraq’s military launched an offensive on Aug. 19 to retake one of the last pockets of territory in Iraq held by Islamic State (ISIS). In announcing an offensive to retake Tal Afar, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned ISIS fighters in the city to “either surrender or die.” Tal […]

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 […]

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