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ISIS launch major assault on Ramadi

  BAGHDAD/ISTANBUL: The Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS launched a major attack on the Iraqi city of Ramadi Friday, attempting to seize one of the last urban pockets under government control in troubled Anbar province. The attack came as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Istanbul for a three-day visit that will focus on confronting … Continue reading

NY Times admits Saddam had WMDs

By David Paulin It’s a stunning revelation: American soldiers in Iraq came across thousands of chemical weapons — and a number of them suffered long-term injuries after being exposed to mustard and sarin gas. And today, ISIS controls the territory where these chemical weapons were found. These facts are laid bare by New York Times reporter … Continue reading

Yazidis who didn’t escape Mount Sinjar: UN confirms 5,000 men were executed and 7,000 women are now kept as sex slaves

By Steve Hopkins for MailOnline Thousands of Yazidi men in Iraq were murdered in scenes reminiscent of the Bosnian Srebrenica massacre when Islamic State jihadists swept through in August, according to researchers.   Tens of thousands of Yazidi refugees took up residence at make-shift sites and villages across the Kurdish region of northern Iraq after fleeing … Continue reading

Turkey attacks the Kurds in Syria

Reuters Turkish warplanes attacked Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in southeast Turkey on Sunday in the first significant air operation against the militants since the launch of a peace process two years ago, Hurriyet news website said on Tuesday.     The air strikes caused “major damage” to the PKK, Hurriyet said. They were launched … Continue reading

Postmodern Islamism: 4 Syria caliphate scenarios

Numerous near-term developments are possible in the fight to defeat the Islamic State, but the failure of Arab revolutions to eradicate corruption and dictatorship mean we’ll see continued violence and extremism.   Fidaa Itani The effect thus far of the Arab Spring has been to consolidate extant ruling systems. The revolutions have failed to bring … Continue reading

Islamic State threatens ancient sites in Iraq, Syria

BAGHDAD (AP) — For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia — from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans. Their ancient, buried cities, palaces and temples packed with monumental art are scattered across what is now northern Iraq and eastern Syria. Now much of that archaeological wealth is … Continue reading

The Case For an Islamic State No Drive Zone in Syria

By Zach Goldberg As the U.S. continues its limited campaign of surgical strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq, defense officials have concluded that meaningful progress in stemming the group’s surge cannot be achieved without striking at its sanctuaries in Syria. The latter is not only the address of the IS’s capital city, Raqqa; … Continue reading

Yazidi girl tells of escape from ISIS

Reuters | New York When Adeba Shaker arrived at a house in Raabia, Iraq, after being kidnapped by ISIS militants last month, one of her captors received a phone call. A few moments later all five men in the apartment picked up their guns and stormed out. Shaker, a 14-year-old girl from the Yazidi ethnic … Continue reading

Islamic State & ISIS kill 770 Iraqi troops

AP Militants from the Islamic State group carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers captured when the extremists overran a military base north of Baghdad in June, a leading international watchdog said Wednesday.   The incident at Camp Speicher, an air base that previously served as a U.S. military facility, was one … Continue reading

Get Ready for Kurdish Independence

By ZALMAY KHALILZAD In the coming weeks, Iraq’s leaders must make existential decisions. If they cannot form a unity government led by a new prime minister and motivate Sunni moderates and tribes to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Iraq is likely to disintegrate. WASHINGTON ? In the coming weeks, Iraq?s leaders must … Continue reading

Yazidi ‘mass grave’ found in northern Iraq

Kurds of the ethnic minority of Yazidis hold up a banner reading “Stop genocide against Yazidis in Iraq” as they march through the streets of Bielefeld August 9, 2014. (Reuters) Al Arabiya News Sunday, 10 August 2014 Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants killed at least 500 members of Iraq’s Yazidi ethnic minority during … Continue reading