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Iraqi commander rejects calls to disband popular forces

An Iraqi commander has rejected calls for the disbanding of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known by their Arabic name as Hashd al-Sha’abi, which have played a major role in pushing out the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. Ahmad al-Assadi, one of the PMU’s leaders, was quoted by AFP as saying that “any such ...

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Statement of Ayatollah Sistani on Iraq

Top Islamic Authority, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Sistani issued the following statement in relation to the deteriorating state of affairs in Iraq: In the name of Allah, the All-beneficent, the All-merciful. The supreme religious authority (marja’iyyah) is pursuing with deep concern the recent security developments in the Nainawa province and its ...

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Jaafari: Iraq Involved in “Unconventional World War” against Terrorism

Iraq was involved in an “unconventional world war” against terrorism, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said. During a meeting with Romanian Minister of Education Livio Pop in Bucharest, Jaafari said, “The anti-terror war has not started in Iraq, and it might not end there.” “Iraqi troops have made great sacrifices ...

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Tehran Blasts Saudi Crown Prince Bin Salman’s Anti-Iran Remarks

​​​​​​​TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Tehran on Friday strongly rejected the recent anti-Iran remarks by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, saying he’d better think about what happened to other regional dictators. In an interview with The New York Times published on Thursday, Bin Salman had made an analogy between Iran’s growing ...

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Iraqi volunteer force hints will return return weapons to army after Daesh battle

An Iraqi volunteer military force, which heeded a government call to arms in 2014 to join the fight against Daesh, says it respects the decisions of the national army, hinting that it will act on an order to hand heavy arms back when the counter-terrorism battles end. “The heavy weapons ...

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Iraq launches operation to clear western desert of remaining Daesh terrorists

Iraqi forces have launched a mop-up operation to clear the western desert near Syria of remaining Daesh terrorists, days after they fully liberated all the urban areas from the grip of the Takfiri outfit. Iraqi forces backed by fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, better known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, launched ...

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Iraqi forces uncover Izadi mass grave in Sinjar

Iraqi security officials say government forces have found a mass grave in the country’s northern province of Nineveh, containing the bodies of dozens of members of Izadi minority, who are believed to have been executed by Takfiri Daesh terrorists when they were in control of a terrain. Local official Chokor ...

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Iraq Voices Reservations on Arab League Statement

The Iraqi foreign ministry on Monday expressed reservations on the final statement issued by the Arab League after the emergency meeting of a number of Arab foreign ministers, rejecting mixing up between the political stances and the bold accusation of supporting terror. In a statement the Iraqi foreign ministry voiced ...

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Iraqi police forces seize major Daesh chemical depot in Anbar

Iraqi security forces have uncovered a major chemical depot belonging to Daesh Takfiri terrorists in the country’s western province of Anbar, as government forces, backed by fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, are purging the territory of the last remnants of the terror group. The Iraqi Directorate of General Military Intelligence said in ...

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Iraqi Forces Launch Operation to Liberate Last Daesh-Held Town

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iraqi forces began a large-scale operation to liberate the town of Rawa, one of the Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorists group’s last footholds in the Arab country. “Rawa’s liberation operations began at dawn today,” Iraq’s Joint Operation Command (IJOC) said in a statement on Friday. A spokesman ...

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