Tag: Iraq

Amnesty urges halting arms to Israel, others guilty of ‘mass atrocities’

Amnesty International called on the global community to stop war crimes by halting arms shipments to countries such as Iraq, Syria and Israel that could use them to commit “mass atrocities.”   “Huge arms shipments were delivered to Iraq, Israel, Russia, South Sudan and Syria in 2014 despite the very high likelihood that these weapons […]

Obama’s War Authorization Limits Ground Forces

President Barack Obama will soon give Congress his proposal for a new authorization for the use of military force against Islamic State fighters, and it will place strict limits on the types of U.S. ground forces that can be deployed, according to congressional sources.   Almost six months after the president began using force against […]

Jordan Moves ‘Thousands’ of Troops to Iraq Border:

Jordan has deployed “thousands” of troops at its border with Iraq as it ramps up a campaign against ISIS militants who set a pilot ablaze, two Jordanian government officials told NBC News on Tuesday.   The troops were sent to prevent the infiltration of ISIS fighters into Jordan and as a show of force, according […]

Ground mission against ISIS could begin ‘within weeks’

A top US official said a ground mission to counter Islamic State in Iraq could begin “within weeks.”   In an interview on Sunday with Petra News, as reported by AFP, Gen. John Allen, the US special envoy to counter IS, said that “there will be a major counter offensive on the ground in Iraq.” […]

Jordan Says ISIS is ‘20% Defeated’

Jordan announced it has carried out dozens of air strikes on the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, as a top US envoy said Iraqi troops would begin a major ground offensive against the jihadists in the weeks ahead.   Jordanian air force chief Major General Mansour al-Jobour said Sunday the kingdom had launched 56 air raids since Thursday as part […]

Iraqi leader says country’s armed forces ‘almost on our own’ against ISIS

Iraq’s prime minister on Wednesday appealed to the U.S.-led coalition and the international community to do more to help his country win the war against the Islamic State group, saying the assistance pledged so far falls short of the nation’s urgent needs.   In an interview with The Associated Press, Haider al-Abadi said the coalition […]

Iraqi leader says countrys armed forces almost on our own against ISIS

Iraq’s prime minister on Wednesday appealed to the U.S.-led coalition and the international community to do more to help his country win the war against the Islamic State group, saying the assistance pledged so far falls short of the nations urgent needs. In an interview with The Associated Press, Haider al-Abadi said the coalition has […]

The rise of IS – and how to beat it

In particular, we must examine the links with the organisation out of which it grew, al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, also commonly known as al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI).   Between 2003 and 2010, the power vacuum and armed resistance triggered by the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq, as well as the dismantling of Saddam Hussein’s former […]

U.S. and Iran Now Allied in Iraq Against ISIS

In an odd turnabout that few might have predicted a year or more ago, the United States now finds itself allied with Iran in the battle to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).   ISIS/ISIL, which has received a […]

Iraqi leader asks US for more air power, weaponry

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday that his army is taking the offensive against the Islamic State group but needs more air power and heavy weaponry to prevail.   Hagel, who flew to Baghdad to get a first-hand report on progress against the Islamic State militants, held a […]