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Iraq: 300+ Given Death Penalty for Daesh Links

Iraqi courts sentenced to death a total of more than 300 people, including dozens of foreigners, for belonging to Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group], judicial sources said Wednesday. The suspects are being tried by two courts, one near the former extremist stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq ...

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Iraq starts deploying forces in Sinjar after Turkey’s threats against PKK

Iraq has started deploying forces in the country’s northwestern Sinjar region after Turkey threatened to enter the area to attack Kurdish militants. Iraqi police forces, fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, also known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, and some army soldiers arrived in Sinjar on Friday. The mayor of Sinjar, Fahd ...

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Turkish warplanes ‘neutralize’ 38 PKK members in northern Iraq: Report

Turkish warplanes have “neutralized” 38 militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, who were preparing to attack Ankara’s forces, security sources say. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency cited security sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying on Wednesday that the militants have been neutralized as ...

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Volunteer forces must be under Iraqi government control: Ayatollah Sistani

Iraq’s most senior Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani says the volunteer forces, who helped the army eradicate Daesh terrorists from the homeland, should be “incorporated” into state bodies. In a message delivered at the Friday sermon in the holy city of Kerbala through one of his representatives, Ayatollah Sistani said all ...

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Iraqi security forces start offensive to purge areas near Kirkuk of Daesh terrorists

Iraqi security forces, supported by pro-government fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, have started an operation to clear remnants of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group from villages near the country’s oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk. The Iraq’s Joint Operations Command, in a statement released on Sunday, announced that the counter-terrorism offensive ...

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Hashd al-Sha’abi formally inducted into Iraq security system

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has issued a decree, ordering the formal inclusion of pro-government fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in the Arab country’s security forces. According to the decree announced on Thursday, the volunteer forces, better known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, will be granted many ...

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No Talks on Iran Missiles unless West’s Nuclear Weapons Destroyed: Commander

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said the Islamic Republic’s prerequisite for talks on its missile program is for the US and certain European states to destroy their long-range missiles and nuclear weapons. In remarks released on Saturday, Brigadier General Jazayeri denounced recent ...

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‘US not pledging funds for Iraq reconstruction’

The United States will be a main absentee from plans to contribute to Iraq’s finances, US officials say as Baghdad seeks to rebuild the country following a devastating battle against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. US officials at a donors’ conference held for Iraq’s reconstitution in Kuwait said Monday that ...

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New mass grave with 20 tortured bodies unearthed near Iraq’s Mosul

Iraqi security forces have unearthed yet another mass grave containing the bodies of at least 20 women tortured and slain by Daesh terrorists near the northern city of Mosul, which was once the terror group’s main stronghold in the Arab country. “Relics of 20 women were found inside a mass ...

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Iraqi warplanes kill nearly dozen Daesh militants near Iran border

A high-ranking Iraqi military official says nearly a dozen Daesh Takfiri terrorists were killed when Iraqi Air Force fighter jets bombarded their positions in the country’s eastern province of Diyala near the border with Iran. Commander of Tigris Operations, Lieutenant General Mizher al-Azzawi, said on Sunday that 11 Daesh militants were ...

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