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Lebanon’s Islamists view declaration of caliphate as heresy

Across the board, Lebanon’s Islamists did not view the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) declaration of an Islamic caliphate and their proclamation of the group’s leader, Ibrahim al-Badri (Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi), a caliph positively. There was a near consensus among them to reject the announcement, even though in ...

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ISIL militants flee Salaheddin en masse, Iraqi army advances

The head of the Samarra Special Operation Command says militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group are escaping en masse from Salaheddin province as Iraqi troops score more victories in their fight against ISIL terrorists. “Iraqi security forces have won great victories against ...

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ISIL should be tried for War Crimes: Iranian Defence Minister

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group and their supporters should be tried in a war tribunal. “The terrorist grouplet of the ISIL and its supporters should be punished as war criminals,” Dehqan said, addressing a ...

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Iraq receives fighter jets from Russia, Belarus

Baghdad government has received the first batch of Russian-made Sukhoi fighter planes to use them against the militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Iraqi army sources said on Saturday that the fighter jets are expected to be stationed at an airbase in the country’s ...

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Iraqi forces almost in full control of Diyala

The Iraqi army has regained almost full control of the province of Diyala, amid the brutal militancy that rages in the country. Iraqi officials said on Friday that the armed forces are in full control of all areas of the eastern province except for the Sa’adiyah district, which is still ...

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Moqtada al-Sadr vows to shake the ground against ISIL terrorists

Iraqi cleric Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr has vowed to “shake the ground” under the feet of the ISlamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists.Sadr, whose movement long battled US occupation forces in Iraq, also voiced opposition Wednesday to American military advisers meeting with Iraqi commanders.“We will shake the ground ...

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Iran: IRGC Quds Force Commander Not in Iraq

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday rejected recent media reports that Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani is in Iraq to help the country in its war on terrorists, stressing that no Iranian military official is in the country. “No military ...

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Iran returns military aircraft to Iraq after 20 years

A spokesman for the Office of the Adjutant General of the Iraqi armed forces has said that his country has returned 130 military aircraft to Iraq, which were held in Iran for more than 20 years. General Qassim Atta explained in a televised press statement that the Iranian authorities have ...

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