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ISIS attacks troops in western Iraq killing 11,wounding dozens

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Associated Press//BAGHDAD – Islamic State militants attacked Iraqi troops and allied tribal fighters outside the western town of Haditha on Monday, killing at least 11 and wounding dozens, officials said.

Haditha councilman Khalid Suleiman said 30 troops were wounded in the attacks, which included a suicide car bombing and roadside bombs. A medical official in Haditha confirmed the casualty figures on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to release information.

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5 Iraqi Men arrested for ‘horrific’ Colorado Springs rape

Jasim Mohammed Hassin Ramadon

Jasim Mohammed Hassin Ramadon

 

 

 

 

 

 

by //COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Springs arrested five Iraqi men Tuesday in connection with what police are calling a “rare” and “horrific” sexual assault.

Colorado Springs Lt. Howard Black told FOX21 Colorado Springs that the woman police believe the men sexually assaulted at the Wildridge Apartments suffered from injuries that could have been life-threatening.

“I have been a police officer for a lot of years,” Black said. “When I look at the injuries, this is one of the more severe sexual assault cases I have been a part of and investigated.”

Sarmad Fadhi Mohammed and Jasim Mohammed Hasin Ramadon were arrested for the actual sexual assault Tuesday. Mustafa Sataar Al Feraji, Ali Mohammed Hasan Al Juboori and Yasir Jabbar Jasim were arrested as accessories to sexual assault.

All five men are are from Iraq and living in the U.S. legally as permanent residents. All five are in their 20s. If convicted, there is a possibility they could be deported.

Police said the sexual assault occurred on July 21, and started when an elderly woman who works nights responded to two groups of men appearing to be on the brink of a fight at around 1:30 a.m. The woman, who was checking her mail at the time, was able to successfully defuse the fight. Afterwards, one of the men involved in the altercation invited her back to his apartment.

At the apartment, the woman drank “what she believed to be lemonade” with four men in their 20s, according to the report. She cannot recall anything after that.

According to police, doctors at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, where the woman was later admitted, said she suffered from internal injuries that appeared to be caused by blunt force trauma. When police arrived on scene of the apartment, they found blood splattered on the walls.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Ramadon, one of the men accused of the sexual assault, was featured in “A Soldier’s Promise,” a 2009 combat memoir penned by Army First Sgt. Daniel Hendrex about the time he spent deployed in the Iraqi town of Husaybah.

Hendrex described helping Ramadon in his effort to immigrate to the U.S. in exchange for vital information the youngster — 14 at the time — provided Hendrex’s unit about local insurgents.

#ISIS threatens massacre at Ramadi

A member of the Iraqi army patrolling the Ramadi highway in 2014. (AFP/File)
A member of the Iraqi army patrolling the Ramadi highway in 2014. (AFP/File)

Daesh militants have threatened to kill residents in Ramadi, Iraq, if they raise a white flag as Iraqi military reinforcements surround the city for an anticipated assault, an Iraqi official said Wednesday.

Rajia Barakat, a member of the Anbar Council, told IraqiNews.com the extremist group is prohibiting civilians from leaving the capital of western Iraq’s Anbar province.

“The ISIS threatened the people of Ramadi of death in the event of raising white flags and heading to the security forces,” he said. “The people of Ramadi are living in a state of fear and panic after being threatened by criminal and terrorist gangs.

“The organization is besieging hundreds of families inside Ramadi.”

The threats were made as Iraqi military forces made preparations to retake the city from Daesh, and several families attempted to evacuate the area.

The Iraqi military on Wednesday killed 13 IS militants after detonating 82 explosives in western Ramadi’s Haditha district.

Maj. Gen. Ali Ibrahim Dbon, commander of al-Jazeera and al-Badiya Operations, told IraqiNews.com “the force also managed to blow up five booby-trapped vehicles and a Katyusha rocket base with seven missiles.”

Maj. Gen. Ismail Mahlawi, commander of operations in Anbar, said reinforcement units, including “artillery batteries and tanks,” arrived at his command Tuesday, adding “our last battle is storming the city of Ramadi, which will be launched in the next few days after the completion of all preparations.”

A provincial security source confirmed the development, saying the reinforcements were gathering in the nearby town of Khaldiyah. The source said Iraqi military units were able to in recent weeks encircle Ramadi after multiple bloody battles with IS forces in surrounding towns.

Daesh fighters seized most of Ramadi in May, and while the Iraqi military, backed by U.S. air power and Iran-trained Shia militias, launched an offensive across Anbar province in mid July, gains have been limited.

Meanwhile, preliminary rocket and artillery barrages against Daesh positions in Ramadi and Khaldiyah Island, east of the city, killed dozens of Daesh fighters on Monday.

Dozens of people were killed Tuesday in northern, western and central Iraq during clashes between pro-government forces and IS militants, including in the Anbar province town of Garma, east of Fallujah.

U.S. Central Command on Tuesday said the U.S.-led coalition conducted 16 airstrikes against Daesh forces in Iraq the previous day, including one near Fallujah, seven near Sinjar, two near Tal Afar, four near Ramadi and two near Albu Hayat.

Dbon said on Tuesday 65 Daesh fighters had been killed during operations in the Albu Hyat area of Anbar province, while five vehicles used by the militants were destroyed and 75 explosive devices dismantled.

By Danielle Haynes and Fred Lambert

Editor’s note: This article has been edited from the source material