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34 min ago | Monterey County Herald
A suicide car bombing on a security post outside Baghdad and explosion on a crowded commercial street in the Iraqi capital killed at least 11 people Wednesday, officials said. The deadliest attack took place after sundown when a suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into an abandoned building used by security forces in the town of Tarmiyah, some 50 kilometers north of Baghdad, police officials said.
4 hrs ago | KRDO-TV Colorado Springs
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is out with a new video from its Al Hayat Media Center. ISIS also produced the videos of the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker.
8 hrs ago | Arutz Sheva Israel News
According to Kurdish news outlet Rudaw , 39-year-old Yasin Ali Suleiman Shlash, also known as Abu Abdullah, was IS's top military commander in the Mosul region. "He was killed with a number of other terrorists during a military operation by Peshmerga forces in coordination with the US air force to liberate Hassan Sham and its vicinities," the Kurdistan Region's Security Council said in statement.
The U.S. military conducted five more airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in Iraq, U.S. Central Command said Tuesday. Two of the strikes were northwest of Irbil.
Unwilling to send U.S. troops back to Iraq, Washington is trying to persuade armed Sunni factions and tribal figures to fight Islamic State militants in an echo of the "Awakening" movement that drove al Qaeda from the country six years ago. "There is a lot of traffic right now," James Jeffrey, a veteran diplomat who was U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2010-2012 and maintains close ties to the government in Baghdad.
Iraq's parliament rejected defence and interior nominees on Tuesday, leaving the crucial ministerial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic extremists who have seized a third of the country. The two powerful security portfolios have long been a source of tension among Iraq's feuding political factions, and the failure to agree on the nominees marked the latest in a series of delays in forming a unified government that can confront the Islamic State extremist group.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the first in a series of high-profile Capitol Hill hearings that will measure the president's ability to rally congressional support for President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, in Washington, Tuesday, Sept.
The nation's top military leader told Congress on Tuesday that if President Barack Obama's expanded military campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails, he would recommend that the United States consider deploying American ground forces to Iraq. Army Gen.
IRAQ FIGHTING: In this Saturday, July 19 file photo Abdullah Ahmed walks outside his home that was damaged in a bombing, in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's prime minister Haider al-Abadi said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of "innocent victims" as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by fighters of the Islamic State extremist group this summer.
The airstrike southwest of the city appears to be the closest the U.S. airstrikes have come to the capital of Iraq since the start of the campaign against ISIS, a senior U.S. military official told CNN. And U.S. Central Command said in a statement that it was the first strike as part of "expanded efforts" to help Iraqi forces on the offensive against ISIS.
Human rights judges will rule today whether British armed forces unlawfully arrested and detained an Iraqi civilian who was found dead four months after his release. Tarek Hassan was arrested as a prisoner of war by British armed forces in April 2003 and held at Camp Bucca in Iraq, close to Um Qasr.
In Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, the Islamic State militants decree a ban on art and music among other classroom prohibitions. Along the corridor between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, the hurricane damages homes and businesses, shatters countless windows, and topples trees and power poles.
The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra performs in Baghdad. The concert was promoted by word of mouth to avoid being targeted by bombs.
Police officials say the first attack happened Monday afternoon when a roadside bomb explosion hit a patrol of anti-militant fighters, known as Sahwa, in the town of Madain, just south of Baghdad, killing three fighters and one civilian. The Sahwa are made up of Sunni militiamen who joined U.S. troops in the fight against al-Qaida during the height of Iraq's insurgency in 2007 and 2008.
In this Sunday, June 22, 2014 file photo, a fighter from the militant group who refer to themselves as the Islamic State, distributes a copy of the Quran, Islam's holy book, to a driver in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. The extremist-held Iraqi city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year.
French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for united international action to tackle the threat from Islamic State militants as he opened a conference on Iraq bringing together members of a U.S.-led coalition. The United States this week unveiled an outline plan to fight the Islamist militants simultaneously in Iraq and Syria.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:52 pm
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