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‘We Do Not Need America’s Support’

Iraq's Shiite militias are gearing up to retake the Islamic State's last major city in Iraq, with Tehran's backing — and despite Washington's opposition.

Iraqi Civilians Break Into ISIS Prison to Free 40 Detainees; Kill 5 Terror Group Guards

Local residents in Iraq's Sharqat district in Salah al-Din province stormed a prison run by Islamic State, killed five prison guards and freed at least 40 prisoners, even as Iraqi forces regained the district from the terror group with the help of the U.S.-led international coalition.

'Rolling Blackouts' and the Doomed State of Foreign Reporting

1 hour agoNews : Newsweek: US

As the Iraq war turned into an unmitigated, bloody disaster, another disaster was unfolding in newsrooms around the world: Ad sales plummeted, and print subscriptions dried up thanks to all the free content on the internet. While Marines...Show More Summary

Bernie Sanders' Online Guru Explains How Hillary Can Win the Digital War Against Trump

Click here for reuse options! Clinton can make the debates great again. “I was totally against the war in Iraq.”   It was the lie heard around the world at the Commander-in-Chief Forum earlier this month. But moderator Matt Lauer failed to rebut Donald Trump’s claim with any of the bevy of evidence available to prove the statement false. Show More Summary

The Battle for Mosul

U.S. Marines with Task Force Spartan, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), on Fire Base Bell, Iraq, fire an M777A2 Howitzer. Photo by : U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Andre Dakis, Courtesy Dept. of Defense The battle for Mosul is pending. It...Show More Summary

The Number of U.S. Troops in Iraq Is Approaching 6,000 (Video)

1 hour agoNews : Truthdig

By Juan Cole / Informed Comment Another 500 troops will be sent to help with the massive Mosul campaign. They will not engage in fighting at the front, but will help call in airstrikes on Islamic State targets and provide tactical advice and training.

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up

Despite the "World War I" label attached to the substances in this week’s infographic, one of these gases was used (heavily) this week in the United States, another was deployed in Syria, and a third may have been used in Iraq in a shell fired by ISIS. Show More Summary

LA Times: Scope of Trump’s lies unprecedented

The Los Angeles Times politely calls them “falsehoods.” Donald Trump says that taxes in the United States are higher than almost anywhere else on earth. They’re not. He says he opposed the Iraq war from the start. He didn’t… Never in modern presidential politics has a major candidate made false statements as routinely as Trump [...]

Eighteen killed in Islamic State attack north of Iraq's Tikrit

TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Eighteen people, including two children, were killed on Saturday when militants shot at a checkpoint north of Tikrit and then set off two bombs at the entrance to the Iraqi city in attacks later claimed by Islamic State.

Chemical weapons are being used in Iraq – but the US won’t raise hell about it

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

The group known as Islamic State (IS) reportedly used a sulpur-mustard gas against US troops in Iraq. It was detected in a black oily substance found on a rocket fired at an American airbase in Qayyarah, south of the city of Mosul. None of the soldiers stationed at the airbase – deployed there to...

ISIS blamed for deadly triple suicide attack in Iraq

Militants ram explosives-laden vehicles into security checkpoint north of Baghdad

Gun, suicide bomb attacks kill 12 in Iraq's Tikrit: police

Militants killed 12 people in a shooting and a suicide bombing Saturday in the northern city of Tikrit, which was recaptured from the Islamic State group last year, police said. Tikrit was seized by IS in June 2014, but the city has largely been spared attacks that have plagued other parts of the country since its recapture. Show More Summary

Iraq militants launch deadly attacks around Tikrit

At least 12 police officers killed in first attack of its kind since city was retaken from Isis last year Militants have killed at least a dozen members of the Iraqi security forces in early morning attacks in the city of Tikrit, according to reports. Show More Summary

Time For Kurdexit From Iraq

The Brexit symbolizes a nation's will for defending its national identity and protecting itself from excessive bureaucracy. The referendum result, however, has infused a soul-searching quest in Europe and beyond; Some in Scotland are calling for a second referendum to exit from the UK. Show More Summary

Number of US Troops in Iraq Heading toward 6,000

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The US plans to send another 500 troops to Iraq to help with the massive Mosul campaign, which will involve the Iraqi army…

Iraq oil fires could jeopardize Mosul mission , AP

A fire at one of Iraq’s oil fields could hinder military and humanitarian efforts as operations to recapture the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul get underway. Black smoke continues to billow into the air from the Qayara oil field, damaged by IS militants last month as they fled the town, creating health risks for civilians […]

'That's What Triggered It': Orlando Nightclub Shooter Revealed Motive To Police Negotiator

The gunman who slaughtered 49 people in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub told a police negotiator the attack was a protest against U.S. bombings of Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria. ”You have to tell the U.S. government to stop bombing. Show More Summary

Building Tunnels

My name is Ahmed Badr, and I am 18-year old former refugee from Baghdad, Iraq. When I was eight years old, my house was bombed by a militia. Soon after this, my family relocated to Syria. After two years in Syria, we applied for refugee status with the United Nations. Show More Summary

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