Tag: Iraq

Obama Blames Bush For Rise of Islamic State

President Obama pinned the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on former President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq while calling for more investment in diplomacy and education to stop terrorism.   “Two things: one is, ISIL is a direct outgrowth of al Qaeda in Iraq that grew out of our […]

Iran Sent Arms to Iraq to Fight ISIS, U.S. Says

Iran has deployed advanced rockets and missiles to Iraq to help fight the Islamic State in Tikrit, a significant escalation of firepower and another sign of Iran’s growing influence in Iraq.   United States intelligence agencies detected the deployments in the past few weeks as Iraq was marshaling a force of 30,000 troops — two-thirds […]

Islamic State ‘using chlorine gas’ in Iraq roadside bombs

The videos show bomb disposal teams carrying out controlled explosions, which send plumes of orange smoke into the air.   The bombs contain small concentrations of a chemical agent and in open ground are unlikely to be lethal.   Experts say they are designed to create fear rather than harm.   There have been multiple […]

Iranians in Iraq battle ‘concerning’:

The presence of Iranian advisers in the Iraq battle for Tikrit is “concerning” to the United States, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said Wednesday.   A mostly Shiite Iraqi force, including Iranian-backed militias, entered Tikrit Wednesday from the Islamic State group after a 10-day push to enter the city.   The presence of Iranian military […]

Libya chaos deepens as Isil strikes threaten to halt oil production and government bombs Tripoli airport

Libya may be forced to cease all oil production after suspected Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) jihadists attacked three oilfields and the national army bombed an airport in the capital Tripoli. Libya’s National Oil Corporation has declared 11 of its oilfields non-operational, opting for a force majeure clause that exempts the state […]

Quds force leader, commanding Iraqi forces against ISIS, alarms Washington

Twice designated a terrorist by the United States government, considered responsible for up to 20 percent of American casualties in the Iraq war, Major General Qasem Suleimani, the legendary Iranian spymaster and leader of the Quds Force – the elite special operations wing of the hardline Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – is now stirring alarm […]

Sources: Iran in Charge of Major Iraq Battle

Iraqi sources told the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat Thursday that the US and Iran have been cooperating in fighting ISIS forces in Iraq. The sources said that US and Iranian forces have “come to an understanding” on the deployment of forces to retake the city of Tikrit in the Salah-a-Din district from ISIS.   […]

ISIS Attacks Nimrud, a Major Archaeological Site in Iraq

The Islamic State militant group attacked the ancient archaeological site of Nimrud in northern Iraq and damaged it with heavy vehicles, Iraq’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said Thursday.   It was the latest in a series of attacks on ancient structures and artifacts in Syria and Iraq that the group has destroyed in the […]

Outcry as IS bulldozers attack ancient Iraq site

Archaeologists and officials have expressed outrage about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by Islamic State militants in Iraq.   IS began demolishing the site, which was founded in the 13th Century BC, on Thursday, according to Iraqi officials.   The head of the UN’s cultural agency condemned the “systematic” destruction in […]

World War III: Ominously Close, Inevitable

How close are we? By Rick Brinegar   “Extremely Fragile” Nuclear Global Order Widespread nuclear conflict could erupt at any moment in any of several regions of the world. The United States has aligned with members of the European Union to impose punitive sanctions against Russia for Russia’s seizure of Crimea and her support for […]