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US official: 'Islamic State' a petrostate Saturday, 25 October 2014 21:24

Deutsche Welle - David Cohen, US treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said the "Islamic State" (IS) pulls in 790,000 euros daily, selling up to 50,000 barrels produced in captured refineries. Speaking to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC, Thursday, Cohen said the group took in at least $20 million in ransom payments this year from kidnappings. He said IS gets several million dollars a month from wealthy donors, extortion rackets and other criminal activities, such…

Iraqi army starts to ‘act like one’: U.S. Saturday, 25 October 2014 21:20

Al Arabiya News - Iraq’s fractured army began to reform and stage local attacks on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants, but was still shy of hurling a major offensive, senior U.S. military officials said on Thursday. The officials, who were not authorized to be quoted by name, added that it would take the army many months to stage and launch a major attack against the militant group. “We've seen them start to act like an army,” one official…
BAKU, Azerbaijan/The New York Times — Germany is sending a mission to northern Iraq to examine whether its military, and possibly those of other European nations, can expand the training of Kurdish forces battling jihadists there, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Thursday. Asked about reports in the German news media that training by Germany’s armed forces in Erbil, in northern Iraq, would soon expand, Mr. Steinmeier noted that his country’s cabinet had approved both humanitarian aid and the delivery of military weapons,…
Al-Monitor - The Islamic State (IS) project goes beyond making a political change for the region’s map. The organization seeks a comprehensive and fundamental change at all levels, whether culturally, socially, economically or politically. It is a major ideological revolution akin to the communist revolutions in Russia and China. Commonly, such ideological revolutions introduce radical cultural changes in the educational system, as soon as the groups that have launched them take up the reins of political power. Cultural goals are the main priorities of these…
RIGA, Middle East Online - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that 200 Iraqi Kurd peshmerga fighters would travel through Turkey to the flashpoint Syrian border town of Kobane under assault by the Islamic State group. The regional administration in northern Iraq and Syrian Kurdish group, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) "finally agreed according to information yesterday that 200 peshmerga would be going" to Kobane, Erdogan told reporters in the Latvian capital Riga. There are an estimated 2,000 Kurdish…
Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Political and media figures welcomed the return of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper to Iraq’s newsstands on Tuesday after a 10 month absence. A Baghdad newsstand owner, Abu Zaina, said he was happy to see the return of the pan-Arab daily to Iraq; he erected a large sign alerting passers-by that the newspaper is once again being sold in the country. “Every day, many people would ask where their copy of Asharq Al-Awsat was, before the ban the newspaper would sell out within hours,” he…

Multiple car bombings rock Baghdad Wednesday, 22 October 2014 17:11

AFP - Three car bombs have exploded in a Shia area of the capital, Baghdad, killing at least 18 people and wounding 50 others, Iraqi security and medical officials have said. Two blasts hit the car park of a large restaurant in the Talbiyah area of the capital, while a third exploded near a police patrol on Tuesday. The blasts smashed the front of the restaurant, ripping through an outdoor seating area and leaving behind pools of blood on the ground.…
Al Arabiya - Strong evidence suggests that Iraq’s ethnic and religious minority, the Yazidis, face what could amount to “attempted genocide,” a top U.N. rights official said on Wednesday. “The evidence strongly indicates attempt to commit genocide,” Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic said after meeting with more than 30 displaced Yazidis across Iraq in a week-long visit. In an offensive launched in August, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) actions, which now controls large swathes of…
Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Arab league Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby said the organization and its members would “defend all countries against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) advance” on Sunday, on a visit to Iraq’s capital.Speaking at a press conference to mark the arrival of an Arab League delegation to Iraq including the foreign ministers of Kuwait and Mauritania, Elaraby also said that Arab countries were joining forces to stem the flow of ISIS sympathizers traveling from across the region to…
Baghdad, Middle East Online - Shortly after midnight, when a curfew usually shrouds the Iraqi capital in silence, the thudding sounds of heavy machinegun fire ripped through the air and echoed across Baghdad. They were not the opening shots of the much-feared attack by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, which has been battling government forces a few kilometres (miles) outside Baghdad for months. Instead, they were a reminder of another kind of threat hanging over Iraq -- a rapidly…
Brussels, European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA) - Qais Al Khaz’ali, leader of Imam Ali Brigades (also known as Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq) with Iranian Quds Force Commander General Qassem Suleimani. 

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