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The covert origins of ISIS.

Isis consolidates

The London Review of Books, By Patrick Cockburn, August 21 (!)

As the attention of the world focused on Ukraine and Gaza, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) captured a third of Syria in addition to the quarter of Iraq it had seized in June. The frontiers of the new Caliphate declared by [...]

US launches airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq’s Kurdistan

Pentagon says strikes on Islamic State artillery positions came after group shelled Kurdish forces near US personnel

Al Jazeera, August 8

American warplanes carried out two separate airstrikes against advancing Islamic State (IS) positions in northern Iraq after artillery fire from the group fell near U.S. personnel, the Pentagon said Friday.

In the first strike, [...]

Kurds Flood Into Iraq From Turkey And Syria To Protect Kurdistan From ISIS Forces

FDL, By DSWright, August 6

With the government in Baghdad losing more and more control of the country the Kurds in northern Iraq are relying on ethnic solidarity to maintain their control as ISIS continues to expand its power.

On Tuesday Kurdish forces fought to retake territory they had lost to ISIS over the weekend [...]

Jihadists seize Syria army base, behead soldiers

AFP, July 26

Damascus – Islamic State fighters have seized a Syrian army base in the northern province of Raqa, killing scores of troops and beheading some of them, a monitoring group said Saturday.

But in the central Homs region, government forces recaptured Al-Shaar gas field, seized by IS a week before, the monitor and [...]

Battle for Baghdad

London Review of Books, By Patrick Cockburn, July 4

In early June, Abbas Saddam, a private soldier from a Shia district in Baghdad serving in the 11th Division of the Iraqi army, was transferred from Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province in western Iraq, to Mosul in the north. The fighting started not long after [...]

Iraq launches major offensive against ISIL

Pentagon confirms it is flying armed drones over Baghdad, with U.S. airstrikes to come once Iraq forms a new government

Al Jazeera America, June 28

Iraqi ground troops backed by helicopter gunships launched an operation early Saturday aimed at dislodging Sunni rebels from the northern city of Tikrit, one of two major urban centers the [...]

Syrian warplanes reportedly strike in Iraq, killing 57 civilians

CNN, By Mohammed Tawfeeq, Holly Yan & Chelsea J. Carter, June 26

Baghdad – Reports that Syrian warplanes carried out a cross-border attack on Iraqi towns this week is further evidence of the blurring between the two countries’ borders as they face an offensive by Islamic extremists.

At least 57 Iraqi civilians were killed and [...]

Israel accepts first delivery of disputed oil from Iraqi Kurdistan’s pipeline

Tanker reportedly delivers disputed crude oil from Kurdistan’s new pipeline despite legal threats by Iraqi government.

Reuters, By Julia Payne, June 21

A tanker delivered a cargo of disputed crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan’s new pipeline for the first time on Friday in Israel, despite threats by Baghdad to take legal action against any buyer.

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Well, At Least Someone’s War Will Be Paid for With Iraq Oil…

Just not ours:

Sunni militants hung their black banners on watchtowers at Iraq’s largest oil refinery, a witness said Thursday, suggesting an ever-increasing stranglehold on the vital facility by insurgents who have seized vast [...]

The Problem with Iraq: Too Much Mustard

We note that the latest news from Iraq is that radical Muslims, the ISIS, ISIL, or whomever, in natty Black uniforms, and Nissan pickup trucks mounted with 50 caliber machines guns, are the latest terrorists in Iraq and fighting Assad in Syria.

This rag-tag bunch of well-uniformed men have defeated the Iraqi army, (which was [...]

Iraqi PM asks for state of emergency after insurgents take Mosul

Fighters believed to be from ISIL have taken over most of Iraq’s second-largest city and freed 1,400 prisoners

Al Jazeera, June 11

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called on parliament to declare a state of emergency after armed fighters believed to be part of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized [...]

White House lawyers ‘unable to find’ critical Iraq letter from Tony Blair telling George Bush: ‘I’m with you whatever’

(The Independent) – A letter sent by Tony Blair to George Bush that is “critical” to the Iraq Inquiry has gone missing from official White House records, it has been reported.

The publication of secret correspondence between the UK and US administrations in the build-up to the Iraq War has become a major stumbling block [...]

Tuesday Tensions bedevil Arab summit

Kuwait is hosting the Heads of Arab states for their annual summit for the first time since joining Arab League.

Qatar is being pressured to stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical movements through the region. Along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Mirates, Egypt is trying to isolate Qatar. Yet it [...]

Saudi Arabia backs global ‘terrorism’: Iraq PM

AFP, March 8

Baghdad – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki accused Saudi Arabia of supporting global “terrorism,” both inside the Arab world and in other countries, in an interview broadcast on Saturday. Maliki, in an interview with France 24, slammed “the dangerous Saudi stance” of supporting “terrorism in the world – it supports it in [...]

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