Tag: Iraq

ISIS facing most serious threat in over a year

ISIS is currently facing one of its greatest military challenges since the group proclaimed a caliphate following the seizure of Mosul and much of western Iraq and eastern Syria last summer.   According to an intelligence brief from The Soufan Group, ISIS is experiencing losses around its “capital” of Raqqa, representing both an operational and […]

Bombshell report: U.S. fighting for Iranian militia in Iraq

“Fighting on the same side of anything that includes this jihadist Iranian regime ought to be unthinkable,” Lopez told WND.   “I guess not for this White House,” added the woman who manages the counter-jihad and Shariah programs at the Center for Security Policy, run by former Assistant Secretary of Defense Frank Gaffney.   “I’ve […]

Report: American soldiers, Iranian militias share base in Iraq

Two senior US administration officials confirmed on Monday in a Bloomberg report that the Taqqadum military base in Anbar, Iraq that is being used to train local forces to fight back against ISIS is also being occupied by Iranian Shiite militia groups brought in by the Iraqi government that are known to have killed American […]

State Dep’t Explains Iraqi PM’s Visit to Iran: ‘He Has to Reach Out to His Neighbors’

The Obama administration recognizes that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi “has to reach out to his neighbors,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said Thursday in response to queries about Abadi’s meetings with Iran’s top leaders.   During his visit to Tehran Abadi appears to have been accompanied by a man named by the U.S. government […]

US questions Iraq’s commitment to fighting Islamic State

“We must see a greater commitment from all parts of the Iraqi government,” said US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter, speaking in Washington. US trainers have only received 7,000 recruits in recent months, with a target of 24,000 by autumn. “We simply haven’t received enough recruits,” said Mr Carter. The top US military official also highlighted […]

Obama approves sending up to 450 more US troops to Iraq

The White House announced Wednesday that President Obama has approved sending up to 450 additional U.S. troops to Iraq, in a bid to boost local forces fighting the Islamic State’s advances.   The troops will be sent to help train, advise and assist Iraqi security forces, at a base in eastern Anbar province.   “The […]

U.S. Considering Sending More Military Trainers to Iraq for Ramadi Battle

The Obama administration is considering sending hundreds more U.S. military trainers to help Iraq’s military as it tries to take back the city of Ramadi from the terror group ISIS, a senior administration official confirmed to NBC News.   The proposed plan that a U.S. official told NBC News involves sending “fewer than 500” more […]

Iraq oil minister tells OPEC he is raising a new army to defend its oil from ISIS

Iraq is committing 27,000 security personnel to protecting its oil and energy industry from the advance of Islamic State (also known as ISIS).   The Telegraph reports that Iraq’s oil minister Adel Abdel Mahdi outlined plans for the new oil army at the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) meeting in Vienna over the weekend.   Iraq […]

A farewell to arms

THE Iraqi prime minister, Haider Abadi, faces many problems in fighting Islamic State (IS), but funding is among the biggest. The costs of war spiralled to an estimated $23 billion in 2015 even as oil prices, on which Iraq depends for the bulk of its revenues, have halved. In Paris on June 2nd for a […]

U.S. likely losing Iraq to ISIS

“Well, you know, these are fights where if you’re not winning, you’re probably losing because time is not on your side,” he said, Politico reported. “It’s arguable now in Iraq.”   Petraeus then went on to assure “we’ll turn it around,” the news outlet reported.   “We will win again in Iraq,” he said. “I […]