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U.S., allies conduct 11 air strikes in Iraq: statement

18 minutes agoNews : Reuters: World News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led military coalition launched 11 air strikes in Iraq against Islamic State militants since early Tuesday, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement.

This Portland Restaurant Wants to Remake Iraq’s Image

Portland's Dar Salam isn't your run-of-the-mill Middle Eastern restaurant. Owner Ghaith Sahib, who survived a car bomb in Baghdad in 2005, and his American wife have made it their mission to rehabilitate Iraq in the American mind through their food.

ISIS Is Running a 5-Star Hotel in Iraq

6 hours agoNews : The Daily Beast

ISIS propagandists want us to believe it functions almost like a “normal” state, even opening a five-star hotel. But it’s all lies.

Massacre Site in Iraq Becomes Monument to Suffering for Shiites

7 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

The slaughter of military members at Camp Speicher by the Islamic State in June has amplified distress about the toll of sectarian violence.

Imperial Tobacco just blamed ISIS for falling cigarette sales

It's not just oil companies getting hurt by the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) - Imperial Tobacco's sales are also being hit too. The UK cigarette giant just blamed "the deteriorating political and security situation" in Iraq, one of the countries ISIS operates in, for falling tobacco sales. Show More Summary

Drones and computers stop ivory poaching

Using predictive analytics based on software developed to locate IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan, park rangers in Africa stop poaching using programmed drones that locate where the animals are and poachers are likely to strike. (May 6)        

Does Congress know we're at war?

When President Obama announced nine months ago that the United States was going to war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Congress reached an unusual near-consensus on two big points: Entering the fight was a good idea, but it was also important that the legislative branch formally authorize...

Last of Saddam Hussein’s lieutenants may have fallen in Iraq, but Baathists fight on

15 hours agoNews : The Great Debate

Ezzat al-Douri was at the nexus of a marriage of convenience between former officers of Hussein’s Baath Party and Sunni militants like those of Islamic State.

Obama, Biden tell Kurdish leader US stands by unified Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden told the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq that the United States remains committed to a united, federal and democratic Iraq. The White House says Obama and Biden met with President Masoud Barzani Tuesday and praised the Kurdish peshmerga campaign against Islamic State militants.

Why Tehran Fears the Iraqization of Iran on Nuclear Inspections

Across the board in Iran -- from Ayatollah Khamenei to the Revolutionary Guard -- there is support for completing the Lausanne Accord if it means (a) sanctions will be lifted and (b) there is certainty that any inspections are not aShow More Summary

US Military Personnel Stole at Least $50M During Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

At least 115 enlisted military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have been convicted since 2005 for committing theft, bribery, and contract rigging crimes which have totalled more than $52 million in damages.

Netherlands arming F-16 pilots with Brugger + Thomet MP9

The Dutch press are reporting that the Royal Netherlands Air Force is now issuing Brugger + Thomet MP9 submachine guns to their F-16 pilots flying anti-ISIS missions over Iraq from the Muafaq Al-Salti air base in Jordan. reports...Show More Summary

ISIS Captures Large Part of Key Oil Refinery in Iraq

As the Washington Free Beacon reported: “Iraqi forces defending the country’s largest oil refinery are surrounded and running low on supplies, calling to question how long they can remain in control of the critical site.” “A Reuters report Monday provided a grim outlook on the war against the Islamic State. The Baiji refinery has been […]

No, You’re Thinking of Iraq

Guy #1: So where can I kill someone and not get in trouble?Guy #2: I don’t know.Guy #1: What about the ocean?–Webster Hall, E 11th St

Iraq rushes reinforcements to key refinery amid clashes with ISIS

The government has several times said Beiji refinery was under control, but militants have repeatedly counterattacked

Iraq's first and only photo agency gets inside view of conflict

A blurry shot of an American G.I. landing on the coast of Normandy during World War II. A young girl running down a Vietnamese roadway, her skin burned by napalm. The stark black-and-white portrait of a young machete victim in Rwanda. Good photojournalists don't merely record a crisis — they frame...

Iraq Sends Troops To Key Oil Refinery Amid Heavy Clashes With ISIS

BAGHDAD (AP) — Reinforcements are being rushed to the key Beiji refinery in northern Iraq amid heavy fighting with Islamic State militants who have been trying to capture the facility for months, Iraqi officials said Tuesday. But Brig. Show More Summary

Source: Islamic State Attacks Iraq’s Biggest Oil Refinery With Suicide Bombers and Car Bombs

yesterdayNews : Vice News

Islamic State Attacks Iraq’s Biggest Oil Refinery With Suicide Bombers and Car Bombs

The Death of a Journalist in Iraq

Tonight, PEN American Center, the writers’ organization, will honor the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the jailed Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova. I’ll be there to celebrate them both, but I’ll also be remembering my Iraqi friend Ammar al-Shahbander.

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