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Iraq’s Hashd Al-Shaabi: US Consulate behind Basra Chaos

Hashd al-Shaabi, one of the country’s official branches of armed forces, pointed the finger at the US consulate in Basra for the recent violent unrest in the city during which rioters torched several buildings, including the Iranian consulate. In comments on Saturday, Deputy Commander of Hashd al-Shaabi (aka Popular Mobilization ...

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Terrorists kill 11 in Iraq’s Nineveh, Kirkuk provinces

At least 11 people have been killed and several others sustained injuries in two separate terrorist attacks in Iraq’s Nineveh and Kirkuk provinces. Iraq’s Arabic-language al-Sumeria satellite television network, citing an unnamed security source, reported that an assailant, wearing Iraqi police uniform, drove an explosives-laden vehicle into a security checkpoint ...

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Iraq sentences 14 to death over Daesh Camp Speicher massacre

An image taken from a video posted by Daesh militants shows the terrorists leading away captured Iraqi soldiers from Camp Speicher near Tikrit, northern Iraq, on June 12, 2014. (Photo by the Associated Press) The Iraqi Judiciary has upheld death sentences against more than a dozen convicts involved in a June ...

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Nearly dozen militants slain as Iraqi forces thwart attacks in Kirkuk

Nearly a dozen members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group have been killed after Iraqi security forces, supported by pro-government fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, foiled their attacks in the country’s northern oil-rich province of Kirkuk. Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool said a joint force from Hawija police ...

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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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