Tag: Iraq

New Int’l Religious Freedom Bill, Backed by Catholic Bishops, Targets ‘Non-State Actors’

Citing violent religious conflicts in Iraq, Syria and parts of Africa, Catholic leaders have thrown their weight behind a U.S. House bill designed to significantly strengthen U.S. government efforts to promote international religious freedom.   “The increase in violence perpetrated against religious minorities has reached staggering proportions,” Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces wrote in […]

Iraq ‘retakes over quarter of Islamic State territory’

Islamic State (IS) has lost more than a quarter of its territory in Iraq since the US-led coalition air campaign began in August, a Pentagon spokesman says. Col Steve Warren said it was too early to say the tide was turning, but that air strikes and Iraqi ground forces had “unquestionably inflicted some damage”. IS […]

Jordan’s King Abdullah II says airstrikes increasing inside Syria and Iraq

Jordan’s King Abdullah II said Monday that airstrikes have increased inside Syria and Iraq following the murder of a Jordanian pilot burned to death earlier this year by Islamic State terrorists.   Abdullah, who was interviewed on “Special Report with Bret Baier,” said he has not ruled out using ground troops inside Iraq.  He also […]

Islamic Terrorists Indirectly ‘Helped Form’ Iraq’s New Government

“Consequently, they each concluded they were better off if they’re in this together,” Biden said.   Biden’s remarks, billed as a major foreign policy speech when the vice president was introduced, took place ahead of a U.S. visit by of the new president of Iraq, Fuad Masum.   Biden said the U.S. has helped Iraq fight […]

US-Led Airstrikes Deciding Factor in Tikrit Op

US-led air support broke the deadlock in Iraq’s operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State, a senior military official in the coalition carrying out the strikes said Thursday.   “Air support became the key factor in this,” the official told AFP by telephone.   “That’s what enabled us to restart, with the (Iraqi) ground element, the momentum which has led to […]

ISIS has expanded since start of US-led air strikes

Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a US television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been gaining recruits since the start of US-led air strikes against the militant group.   Asked how much benefit he was getting from the strikes in Syria that began last September, […]

Obama’s Mideast ‘free fall’

Barack Obama faces a slew of Middle East crises that some call the worst in a generation, as new chaos from Yemen to Iraq — along with deteriorating U.S.-Israeli relations — is confounding the president’s efforts to stabilize the region and strike a nuclear deal with Iran.   The meltdown has Obama officials defending their […]

US-led force flying over Islamic State-held Tikrit

The U.S.-led coalition targeting the Islamic State group has begun surveillance flights over the extremist-held city of Tikrit and sending intelligence to Iraqi forces fighting to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown, a senior official said Tuesday.   The flights and intelligence sharing, which began Saturday, mark the first time the coalition has been involved in the […]

Iran Prepares for Armageddon

The government of Iran has stated repeatedly that Israel will soon be “wiped off the map.” Ezekiel 38:5 prophesies that Persia will be one of the nations to invade Israel at the time of the Battle of Armageddon. Iran was called Persia until 1935, and today many people still call it by its original name.   […]

IS Yazidi attacks may be genocide, says UN

Jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group may have committed genocide and war crimes against the minority Yazidi community in Iraq, the UN says. In a new report, it says IS had “the intent… to destroy the Yazidi as a group.”Tens of thousands of Yazidis fled villages in northern Iraq amid IS advances last summer. […]