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Iraqi troops, Shiite militia, backed by U.S. retake key town from ISIS in Falluja offensive

Iraqi security forces and supporting militias have retaken the key town of Karma from ISIS, the government’s first significant victory in its push to reclaim Falluja, a spokesman for Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said Thursday. The recapture of Karma, about 16 kilometers (10 miles) northeast of Falluja, brings most of the territory east of Falluja […]

Is It Time to Increase U.S. Defense Spending?

Josh Siegel Security, A big debate is coming. Where do you stand?  At a time when the U.S. is in combat in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, while facing the constraints of sequestration, Sen. John McCain is setting up a dramatic debateShow More Summary

Watch: New Doc Follows Two Men Who Fell in Love During the Iraq War

6 hours agoLGBT / Gay :

In World of Wonder's new documentary, Out of Iraq, two men—one, a soldier, the other a translator—meet and fall in love on the Iraq battlefield.

YouTuber’s Father Reveals He Contemplated Suicide When His Son Came Out

8 hours agoLGBT / Gay : NewNowNext

Popular gay YouTuber Riyadh Khalaf's latest vlog took an emotional turn when his father, who was born and raised in Iraq, reveals he contemplated suicide when his son came out to him.

Two Men Found Love During War In The New Documentary “Out Of Iraq

10 hours agoLGBT / Gay : NewNowNext

Logo continues its slate of inspiring and emotional documentaries with a forbidden love story between an Iraqi soldier and a US translator in Out of Iraq.

Iraq honors policeman who stopped would-be suicide bomber

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq has honored a police officer who stopped a would-be suicide bomber at a checkpoint in a northern Baghdad neighborhood this week. Saad Ali Thabit’s brave act was caught on a closed-circuit camera on Wednesday in the Kadhimiyah neighborhood and has since gone viral, racking up hundreds of thousands of views on […]

A Den of Inequity: New Files Reveal Denmark's Participation in Three Wars

Researchers will examine information behind Denmark's participation in the Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq war, it has been revealed.

US Intelligence Cites Decline in Daesh Foreign Fighters to Syria, Iraq

US Department of State Counterterrorism Coordinator Justin Siberell stated that there is a decrease in the number of foreign fighters who join the Daesh terrorist group.

Liberating Fallujah - Losing Iraq

The operation to liberate Fallujah from the Islamic State is underway. We know how this ends. Large numbers of ISIS fighters will be killed. Fallujah will be turned to rubble; hundreds of civilians will be killed. After Fallujah's ruin, any chance for reconciliation among Iraqis will be over. ISIS has administered Fallujah since 2014. Show More Summary

Fallujah: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Rodger Shanahan Security, Middle East Urban warfare--all over again.  For such a nondescript city in Iraq, Fallujah has name recognition beyond its importance. In Western military circles at least the name is synonymous with the 2004...Show More Summary

Iraq PM urges end to protests while army busy fighting Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi appealed on Thursday for an end to protests against his government while the armed forces are fighting to retake the city of Falluja from Islamic State (IS) insurgents.

“India and the Syrian Conflict,” by Niraj Srivastava

India and the Syrian Conflict by Niraj Srivastava For Syria Comment, May 26, 2016 It was reported in the Indian media that on May 20 the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released a new 22-minute Arabic language documentary online featuring purported Indian Jihadi fighters in its ranks. Show More Summary

Some Light in Iraq’s Dark Tunnel

The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 blasted apart the country’s political structure and left behind widespread chaos, but Iraqis may be slowly digging out of the wreckage, says ex-CIA official Graham E. Fuller. By Graham E. Fuller Iraqi politics…Read more ?

U.S. Iraq Veteran Seeks Asylum For Iraqi Comrade Who Saved His Life [Video]

U.S. Iraqi Veteran, Chase Millsap, is back in the U.S. after three tours in Iraq. His fight against ISIS is not over, however. While serving in Iraq, he made an unlikely friend and ally, an Iraqi soldier, simply known as The Captain....Show More Summary

ISIS' Genocide Against Christian Escalates in Iraq, Syria; Religious Freedom Group Demands UN Take Action

The fight to protect Christians and other religious minorities from genocide at the hands of the ISIS has intensified, with the U.N. being called to take immediate action, the American Center for Law and Justice has confirmed.

Iraqi PM asks protesters to stay home to aid Fallujah push

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister has appealed to Iraqis to postpone weekly Friday protests so that security forces can focus on a key military operation aimed at retaking the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group. During a visit Thursday to Fallujah Operation Command, Haider al-Abadi called on Iraqis to be “vigilant and […]

Iraq’s Fallujah: Grand Ayatollah Sistani Calls on Shiite Forces to protect Civilians

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani on Wednesday called on both regular Iraqi army forces and the popular mobilization units (Shiite militias) to avoid killing…

Fallujah: Déjà vu all over again

For such a nondescript city in Iraq, Fallujah has name recognition beyond its importance. In Western military circles at least the name is synonymous with the 2004 battle that turned into the bloodiest urban assault undertaken by the...Show More Summary

U.S.-Backed Forces Launch Two Major Offensives Against Islamic State

yesterdayNews : The Two-Way

The coalition has attacked IS positions in two areas of strategic importance: Fallujah, Iraq, and an area north of Raqqa, the group's de facto capital in Syria.

Sending Weapons to 'Christian Militias' in ISIS War in Iraq Is 'Bad Idea,' Chaldean Patriarch Warns

As United States lawmakers weigh legislation that would commit U.S. support to Christian militias in Iraq and Syria, the Primate of the Chaldean Church warns that arming Christian militias fighting against the Islamic State is a "bad idea."

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