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Iraqi forces advance into Dhuluiyah Monday, 29 December 2014 18:36

Middle East Online, BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces backed by Sunni tribes advanced into the town of Dhuluiyah north of Baghdad on Sunday in a new attempt to push out Islamic State group jihadists, officials said.In October, Iraqi forces retook most of Dhuluiyah from IS, but the jihadists later launched a counter-offensive and were able to seize ground they had lost.A Sunni tribe in the south of the town, 90 kilometres (55 miles) north of the capital, had been holding out against…
Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraq’s National Guard project will go ahead, despite opposition from some domestic political parties, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Al-Mutlaq said.In a broad-ranging interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Mutlaq criticized the time it is taking for Baghdad to establish a National Guard, part of a wider project to take the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) across Iraq’s various governorates.“This [National Guard forces] must be established based on laws. The law establishing a National Guard…
Al Jazeera - An offensive by Kurdish Peshmerga forces to retake territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in northwestern Iraq is gaining momentum.Troops have retaken a series of villages from ISIL this week and opened a corridor for thousands of minority Yazidis to escape Mount Sinjar.Peshmerga commander Hashim Sitaie told Al Jazeera that strategic territory has been retaken."We have also seized major roads, particularly one that runs along the Iraqi-Syrian border. Whoever controls these areas…

Iraqi PM seeks anti-ISIS support from Turkey Friday, 26 December 2014 19:40

Al Arabiya - Iraq and Turkey on Thursday discussed cooperation in countering ISIS threat, including an Iraqi request for intelligence sharing and the possible delivery of Turkish arms to Iraqi forces, Iraq’s prime minister said during his visit to the neighboring country.“We can defeat this organization by uniting all our powers, with the support of the countries in the region,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu, during his visit to the…
Amnesty International - Torture, including rape and other forms of sexual violence, suffered by women and girls from Iraq’s Yezidi minority who were abducted by the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS), highlights the savagery of IS rule, said Amnesty International in a new briefing today.Escape from hell- Torture, sexual slavery in Islamic State captivity in Iraq provides an insight into the horrifying abuse suffered by hundreds and possibly thousands of Yezidi women and girls who have been forcibly married,…

Iraqis wage new battle for freedoms Monday, 22 December 2014 17:10

Al - Monitor - The battle over civil liberties has erupted again, after a draft law written under the government of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on freedom of expression, assembly and peaceful protest was returned to parliament in October. This draft law was presented to the previous parliament in October 2012, but it did not see the light of day because civil rights organizations in Iraq — including human rights organizations, the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) and the…

Iraqi forces retake Anbar town from ISIS Monday, 22 December 2014 17:08

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraqi army, police and tribal forces have succeeded in liberating a town in Iraq’s western Anbar province from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), where the group has a strong presence, on Sunday.In a statement, a government spokesman said “dozens” of fighters from the extremist organization had been killed in the operation to take back the town of Al-Wafa, which lies some 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of the provincial capital Ramadi.ISIS seized the town on…

Kurdish fighters move on ISIL's Mosul hub Monday, 22 December 2014 17:06

Al Jazeera - Kurdish forces in Iraq have taken more ground from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and are moving closer to the northern city of Mosul.The Peshmerga, a term used by Kurds to refer to Kurdish fighters, delivered aid to Yazidi refugees on Mount Sinjar on Saturday and expanded a major offensive against ISIL in northwestern Iraq after breaking a months-old siege.The Peshmerga closed in on Sinjar town south of the mountain and Tal Afar…
Al Arabiya - An Iraqi official warned on Saturday of a “humanitarian disaster” after Islamist militants diverted Al-Roz River away from Bildoz district in the eastern province of Diyala, affecting thousands of people in what he described as a “water war,” in an interview with a local news outlet.“ISIS, for the fourth consecutive day, diverted Al-Roz River, considered to be an essential water source to Bildoz, and supplying drinking water to 150 thousand people as well as irrigating vast areas of land,”…
Al Arabiya - While Kurdish fighters in Iraq have pushed deeper into the town of Sinjar, held by ISIS group, they are facing stiff resistance from the Sunni militants who captured it in August, the Associated Press reported. One of the fighters, Bakhil Elias, described the overnight clashes which continued till Monday as “fierce” and that ISIS militants are using snipers.At least two Kurdish peshmerga fighters have been killed by snipers and 25 were wounded in the latest fighting.Large plumes of black…
Baghdad (AIN) -at least 160,000 Iraqi Christians have been forced out of their homes in the city of Mosul after the ISIL militants seized Iraq's second-largest city in June, a Christian lawmaker says."Christian families have been displaced from the city because of violence and death threats from this terrorist group," the parliament member, Emad Yukhana, said on Saturday.He added that few European countries had taken in some of the displaced Iraqi Christians."The majority of Christians have taken shelter in [northern…

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