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SitRep: Trump Refusing Intel Briefings; China Slams Trump’s Security Advisor; Congress Readies Russia Hack Investigations

Mattis About to Get His Waiver; Navy in a Budget Battle with Pentagon Bosses; Deadly Airstrike in Iraq; And Lots More

Historic Iraq Sites Reclaimed in Mosul Offensive

A military offensive to take back the city of Mosul, Iraq, from the terrorist group ISIL has also resulted in the retaking of several historic sites that ISIL destroyed and looted.

Yazidi leader seeks protection for community after genocide

SHIKHAN, Iraq (Reuters) - The spiritual leader of Iraq’s Yazidis said his people need international help to recover from the worst atrocities they have suffered in more than a century and to reintegrate thousands of women who were enslaved by Islamic State.

How Iran closed the Mosul 'horseshoe' and changed Iraq war

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - In the early days of the assault on Islamic State in Mosul, Iran successfully pressed Iraq to change its battle plan and seal off the city, an intervention which has since shaped the tortuous course of the conflict, sources briefed on the plan say.

Dozens killed in west Iraq air strike, MPs and medics say

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Air strikes killed dozens of people, including many women and children, in an Islamic State-held town near Iraq's western border with Syria on Wednesday, two parliamentarians and local hospital sources said.

Around 1,500 European jihadists return from Mideast: report

Around a third of the estimated 5,000 European jihadists who went to Syria and Iraq have returned to Europe, and some may have orders to attack, an EU report warned Wednesday. Up to 2,500 fighters from Europe remained on the battlefield but their massive return in the short term seemed unlikely, according to the report seen by AFP. Show More Summary

Inside Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s Brutal Antidrug Campaign

New York Times photojournalist Daniel Berehulak, who photographed 57 homicides in 35 days in the Philippines: I have worked in 60 countries, covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and spent much of 2014 living inside West Africa’s Ebola zone, a place gripped by fear and death. Show More Summary

Five Universally Applicable Leadership Lessons Learned from Military Medicine

By Dr. Sudip Bose, MD Dec. 7, 2016 -- In November 2004, I served in the Second Battle of Fallujah, which was the bloodiest battle of the Iraq War and the most violent since Vietnam. There is no substitute for, and no ingredient moreShow More Summary

Tilting at Windmills

Scotland's former First Minister was on his moral high horse in Westminster last week demanding, yet again, Tony Blair's head on a plate over the Iraq War. As the SNP's foreign affairs spokesperson Salmond had table a motion which claimed...Show More Summary

The U.S. needs a new approach to counterinsurgency. This is what it can learn from El Salvador.

“After nearly fifteen years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, the United States is seeking to reorient its approach to counterinsurgency,” the political scientist Walter C. Ladwig III writes in a new paper in International Security. Rather than intervening directly, Washington wants to provide aid and advice to local governments. But the aims of local […]

Married under 'caliphate', Iraq couples say 'I do' again

In Qayyarah, Iraqis are thronging a civil court to get married a second time, register births and replace the documents they were delivered during two years of jihadist administration. "Do you take Ahmad as your lawful husband?", the...Show More Summary

Ruya Foundation announces artists for National Pavilion of Iraq 2017 and a collaboration with Francis Alÿs

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The Ruya Foundation announced the participating artists for the National Pavilion of Iraq at the 57th Venice Biennale in May 2017. The exhibition, ?Archaic?, will display the work of eight Modern and contemporary Iraqi artists in dialogue with ancient Iraqi artefacts. Show More Summary

U.N. Braces for a Potentially Massive Exodus from Mosul

With winter coming and funding running low, the U.N. refugee agency is racing to avoid another humanitarian disaster in Iraq.

What led to the freeing of 226 Christians from ISIS

Deep inside Syria, a bishop worked to save the lives of more than 200 people -- one of the largest groups of hostages yet documented in ISIS’ war in Syria and Iraq

America Still Hasn't Felt the Weight of the Iraq Disaster

Daniel R. DePetris Security, Middle East The Iraq War should have permanently ruined more reputations in DC. By all objective measures, former prime minister Tony Blair was one of the most successful British politicians in the modern era. Show More Summary

Iraq army launches assault on vital Mosul bridge

After weeks of close-quarter combat, Iraqi soldiers aim to sever important ISIL fighter route over the Tigris River.

Obama, in Major National Security Speech, to Defend Counterterrorism Legacy

President Obama will speak at MacDill Air Force Base, home to forces that have been crucial to his fight against extremists and to efforts to wind down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iraq army launches fresh Mosul assault, targeting Mosul bridge

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi army units advanced from southeast Mosul towards a bridge across the Tigris in the city center on Tuesday, in an attack that could give fresh impetus to the hard fought, seven-week battle for Islamic State's northern Iraq stronghold.

Islamic State shifts defenses to east Mosul: coalition commander

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State has brought its forward defenses from western Mosul towards the east as it fights against Iraqi forces in the battle to liberate the city, a coalition commanding general said.

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