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US service member killed in Mosul

The New York Times reports that a US service member was killed in a detonation of explosives near Mosul Iraq yesterday; An American service member was killed in an explosion on Saturday near Mosul, Iraq, the Pentagon said, as part of the battle to drive Islamic State fighters out of their last major stronghold in […]

Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country may take further military action against Kurdish militants in Iraq and Syria, saying U.S. support for such groups "must come to an … Click to Continue »

U.S. service member killed in blast near Mosul

18 hours agoNews : USAToday: News

American killed by explosive device near the Islamic State stronghold in Iraq.        

U.S. service member fighting in Iraq killed by blast near Mosul

18 hours agoNews : NY Daily News

A U.S. service member was killed Saturday in an explosion outside of Iraq, the Pentagon said in a statement.

U.S. service member killed in blast near Mosul, Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. service member died of wounds sustained in the explosion of an explosive device outside the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Saturday, the U.S.-led military coalition said.

Turkish military says kills 14 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's military killed 14 members of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes in northern Iraq on Saturday, the military said in a statement.

‘A Gray State’ Director Erik Nelson On David Crowley Doc As A “Core Sample Of American Crazy” — Tribeca Studio

David Crowley was many things—”a visionary filmmaker, a political activist, an Iraq veteran, a family man—what documentarian Erik Nelson calls “an American hybrid.” In 2010, the up-and-coming voice in fringe politics embarked on a film...Show More Summary

US Deploys Troops Along Syria-Turkey Border

Just three days after Turkish warplanes killed at least 20 US-backed Kurdish fighters along the Turkey-Syria border as well as several Kurdish peshmerga troops on Mount Sinjar in northwestern Iraq, footage posted by Syrian activistsShow More Summary

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Gets a little help from its enemies — unfortunately. While on paper ISIL (I…

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Gets a little help from its enemies — unfortunately. While on paper ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) seems doomed in Syria this is not the case. No, what is keeping ISIL alive are growing disagreements among the many nations and factions mobilized to crush ISIL in Syria. This is […]

The Arab Spring Unleashed a Wave of Torture and Abuse

2 days agoNews : Newsweek: US

Authoritarian regimes clamped down to cling to power, from Assad in Syria to Saddam in Iraq.

Open thread for night owls: But Democrats are using swear words...

There has long been a Great Pundit Uncomfortableness with the public use of swear words. It has been seen as the domain of uncouth bloggers for some time now; during the run-up to the Iraq war it was clear that the Bush administration...Show More Summary

Hollywood’s Post-Bush War Machine: Truth or Propaganda?

Will the new wave of Middle East war movies paint a fair and balanced portrait of U.S. soldiers? Once upon a time Hollywood declared war against President George W. Bush’s war. Stars, collectively aghast at the Iraq invasion, appeared in a series of films tied to the U.S. Show More Summary

War in Iraq: ISIS Dressed As Soldiers To Slaughter Civilians And Troops

Militants disguised themselves as Iraqi security forces to gain the trust of civilians and soldiers before executing them.

Trump gives Pentagon power to determine U.S. troop levels in Iraq, Syria

The Force Management Level system was introduced in Iraq during the Obama administration to limit troop levels

U.S. To Fully Equip Peshmerga Battalions Through FMS

The State Department and Department of Defense have announced a planned sale of almost $300 million of defense materials through the Republic of Iraq to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Peshmerga. The article specifically states...Show More Summary

Iraqi paramilitaries shut more Islamic State escape routes to Syria border

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi paramilitary units captured the northern province of Hatra on Thursday, cutting off several desert tracks used by Islamic State to move between Iraq and Syria, the military.

Qatar denies trying to pay ransom money to free hostages in Iraq

DOHA/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Qatar has denied trying to pay ransom money this month to secure the release of 26 Qataris abducted in Iraq a year and a half ago by unidentified gunmen, in a complex saga that has highlighted the Gulf state's strained ties with Baghdad.

Iraq forces retake town of Hatra southwest of Mosul

Iraqi forces on Thursday retook the town of Hatra, southwest of Mosul, on the third day of an operation that saw them wrest back a nearby UNESCO-listed ancient city, a statement said. Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitary forces said they had flushed the Islamic State group out of Hatra, which lies 120 kilometres (80 miles) from Mosul. Show More Summary

Foreigners Are Fleeing as ISIS Loses Territory

ISIS is steadily losing territory in Iraq and Syria, and a lot of foreign fighters are apparently having second thoughts about fighting to the death for it. The Guardian reports that officials in Turkey and Europe say large numbers of foreign fighters are abandoning the group and trying to flee,...

Pentagon gets more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater … Click to Continue »

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