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Iran won’t tolerate violence in Iraq: Rouhani

Iran’s president says the Islamic Republic will not tolerate violence and terror as foreign-backed Takfiri militants wreak havoc in northern Iraq. “As the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, we will not tolerate the [acts of] violence and terror and we fight violence and terrorism in the region and ...

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Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Sistani urges support for army

Iraq-based Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has voiced his support for the Iraqi army engaged in fighting against the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Sistani released a statement on Tuesday, condemning the capture of Nineveh province by the Takfiri militants.  The senior Shia cleric ...

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Exhausted and Bereft, Iraqi Soldiers Quit Fight

BAGHDAD — The infantryman and his colleagues were already worn down after six months of fighting militants in western Iraq, men flush with weapons and zeal. Army commanders had no answer for the daily deadly ambushes and no broader strategy for prevailing in the longer war. The final straw was ...

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ISIL: The gravest threat in Iraq and Syria

With thousands of Arab and foreign militants and a commander with designs on the leadership of al-Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has become the gravest threat in Iraq and Syria. Despite the loss of two leaders, and earning the fury of even the core al-Qaeda ...

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