Tag: Iraq

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 […]

Nearly 25,000 fled IS attack on Ramadi in Iraq

Close to 25,000 people fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi after it was attacked by Islamic State militants and most of them headed towards Baghdad, the United Nations said on Monday.   U.N. and other aid agencies have begun distributing food, water and medical supplies as well as setting up temporary camps and latrines, the […]

US Vows to Help Iraq Retake Ramadi; Critical Fight Looms

The United States is promising to help Iraqi forces retake Ramadi from the Islamic State militant group, though officials worry the looming battles could play to the terror group’s advantage, win or lose.   Just days after saying Islamic State fighters were on the defensive across Iraq, the U.S. military Monday tried to downplay Ramadi’s […]

U.S. claims Ramadi a mere setback are ‘delusional’

The Obama administration Monday called the fall of the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province to the Islamic State a temporary setback that Iraqi forces would reverse with U.S. support. Experts dismissed that assessment as ludicrous.   “Delusional, really, is the better word,” Ali Khedery, a former U.S. official who served as an adviser to five […]

Iraqi Christians plead for help from Congress

An Iraqi nun pleaded with House lawmakers on Wednesday to stop ongoing “cultural and human genocide” at the hands of Islamic militants in the Middle East.   “ISIS has and continues to demolish and bomb our churches, cultural artifacts, and sacred places,” said Sister Diana Momeka during an emotional House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. “We […]

100,000 people displaced by fighting as Isis regains ground from Iraqi army in Anbar province

It was supposed to be the month when the Iraqi government began a sweeping advance across Anbar province, driving Isis from territory captured last year that stretched from the Syrian border to the western outskirts of Baghdad.   Instead, thousands more Iraqis have been forced to flee from the western province of Anbar since the […]

David Petraeus Is Sentenced to Probation in Leak Investigation

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced David H. Petraeus, a former C.I.A. director and the highest-profile general from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to two years’ probation for providing classified information to a woman with whom he was having an affair.   Mr. Petraeus was also fined $100,000, more than double the amount the […]

ISIS Seizes Parts of Iraq’s Largest Refinery

Jihadists from the Islamic State (ISIS) group broke into Iraq’s massive Baiji oil refinery, seized some of its facilities and are hiding among fuel storage tanks, officials said Wednesday, according to the AFP news agency.   ISIS has attempted repeatedly over the past 10 months to capture the refinery — the country’s largest — but […]

Anti-ISIS Battle Will ‘Be Fight of Our Lifetime’

Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek, the top U.S. military official in Iraq and chief of the Office of Security Cooperation, said the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq could be defeated in one year, but added that battling the jihadist group elsewhere will be “the fight of our lifetime.”   “I am very confident, from what I […]