Tag: Iraq

Iraqi PM Warns That New ISIS Fighters Are Overwhelming the Iraqi Army

As U.S., European and Middle Eastern officials gathered in Paris on Tuesday to discuss how to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), Iraq’s Prime Minister told reporters that hundreds of crack foreign fighters had flooded into Iraq in recent weeks to join ISIS.   “They have brought hundreds of new fighters, […]

US-led coalition to meet on IS as suicide bomb kills 37

US-led coalition members carrying out air raids against the Islamic State group were preparing to meet on Tuesday after a huge suicide bomb against an Iraqi police base killed at least 37 people.   The blast, which further slowed an operation to retake the city of Ramadi, came ahead of the Paris talks which will […]

Biden Tries to Placate Iraq Over Pentagon Criticism, as Abadi Vows to Retake Ramadi ‘Within Days’

Stung by U.S. criticism of his troops’ performance against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL), Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi vowed in comments aired Monday to recapture the city of Ramadi from the jihadists “within days.”   Meanwhile Vice President Joe Biden in a phone call assured Abadi of U.S. support and, according […]

Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery

Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops — including some operating artillery and other heavy weapons — in support of advancing Iraqi ground forces, U.S. defense officials said Friday. Two U.S. defense officials said Iranian forces have taken a significant offensive […]

Iraq launches operation to drive Islamic State from Anbar

Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a major military operation to drive the Islamic State from the western Anbar province and retake the Sunni heartland where the extremist group captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month.   The operation is backed by Shiite militias and Sunni pro-government fighters, the Iraqi state TV reported, […]

ISIS Conquers Last Syrian Border Crossing to Iraq

The brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terror group has seized the last of the border crossings between Syria and Iraq held by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   Regime forces were left with no choice but to retreat from the border crossing known as al-Tanf in Syria and […]

Western allies split on action against Isil

The Western alliance was split on Thursday night in response to Isil’s latest victories in Iraq and Syria, with President François Hollande of France calling for action while President Barack Obama said he would not change tack and send in US troops. Mr Hollande was asked about Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s capture […]

Ramadi refugees trapped on road to Baghdad as Shias prepare to retake city

A full-blown humanitarian crisis has developed from ISIS takeover of Ramadi, as an estimated 25,000 Iraqi refugees are now making their way east toward Baghdad, seeking food and shelter wherever they can and facing the prospect of being blocked from the capital city amid fears their ranks could include militants.The United Nations and other aid […]

ISIS now controls a supply route from Syria’s largest city to Iraq’s capital

ISIS is not strong enough to go after Baghdad. However, the main concern is that the militant group would use the city as a staging point to muster their forces and plan out deadly attacks that could inflict high levels of casualties.   “This is a very big threat to Baghdad. If [ISIS] controls Ramadi […]

Why Fall of Ramadi Will Force Iraq to Recalculate

Since then, the Iraqis had focused on rebuilding their army — trained and equipped by the United States. In the meantime, Abadi, a Shiite, promised to heal divisions with minority Sunnis and Kurds.   For a time, there were successes. The Iraqis defeated ISIS at Tikrit in early April, and a week and a half […]