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    OCTOBER 14, 2014

    ISIS Inches Closer Control of Al-Anbar Province With Capture Today of Iraqi Army Base

    Militants with the Islamic State group on Monday captured a military training camp in western Iraq, inching closer to full control of the restive Anbar province, as a spate of deadly bombings shook Baghdad, hitting mostly Shiite neighborhoods and leaving at least 30 dead.

    The attacks, which came as Iraqi Shiites marked a major holiday for their sect with families crowding the streets in celebration, raised new concerns that the Sunni militant group is making gains despite U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.

    British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, on a visit to Iraq, warned that the airstrikes will not be enough to defeat the extremist group and stressed that the Iraqi security forces would have to do the “heavy work on the ground.”

    But Iraqi troops, overstretched and overwhelmed by the Islamic State group’s summer blitz that seized large swaths of territory in western and northern Iraq, continued to come under pressure Monday in the western Anbar province, where militants seized an Iraqi military training camp.

    The camp, near the town of Hit that fell to the insurgents earlier this month, was overrun in the morning hours after clashes with Iraqi soldiers who were forced to abandon the camp and withdraw from the area, two Anbar officials told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

    Photographs at:
    http://www.asiandefencenews.com/2014...-al-anbar.html





  • #2
    Last I heard things are different in Syria, where Kobani is becoming a Stalingrad for IS.

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    • #3
      It seems that IS have been driven out of Kobani, leaving behind suicide bombers http://rt.com/news/196828-isis-withdraw-kobani-fight/

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      • #4
        28 October 2014 Last updated at 15:55

        Islamic State crisis: Peshmerga fighters head to Turkey


        Iraqi Kurdish forces are travelling to Turkey, from where they plan to cross into Syria to battle Islamic State (IS) militants besieging the town of Kobane.

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29804437

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        • #5
          'Free Syrian Army' militants in Kobani to fight ISIL

          Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:58PM GMT

          Foreign-backed militants from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) have crossed from Turkey into the Syrian border city of Kobani to join Kurdish forces in their battle against ISIL Takfiri militants.

          In an interview with the CNN, Colonel Abdul Jabbar al-Oqaidi, an FSA commander, said about 200 members of the group entered Kobani, known in Arabic as Ain al-Arab, early on Wednesday with munitions that comprised mortars and heavy machine guns.
          "Today, 200 is enough," he said. "But we can send more today if needed."
          However, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it believed just 50 Free Syrian Army militants have been deployed to Kobani.

          The so-called Free Syrian Army comprises militants fighting against the Syrian government. They are enjoying the support of the US and its allies mainly Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

          This is while the ISIL militants have emerged from the insurgents fighting the Syrian government forces since 2011. They have been also backed by the US and its allies.

          Forces from Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), known as Peshmerga, have not yet crossed into Kobani after the first contingent departed Erbil by air overnight, and landed in Turkey’s southeastern city of Şanlıurfa in the early hours of Wednesday.

          On October 22, the KRG decided to send Peshmerga fighters to Kobani, two days after Turkey announced that it would allow Iraqi Kurdish forces to cross into Syria to join fellow fighters defending Kobani against ISIL terrorists.

          Kobani and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with the ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages. More than 800 people have been killed on both sides during the battle for the city.

          The ISIL advance in the region has forced tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds to flee their homes, mainly into Turkey, which is a stone’s throw from Kobani.

          http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10...to-fight-isil/
          Last edited by Gonjeeshk; 10-30-2014, 06:57 PM.

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            First Peshmerga fighters enter Syria’s Kobani

            Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:36PM GMT

            The first group of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government forces, known as Peshmerga, has reportedly entered Syria’s northern city of Kobani to join the fight against the ISIL militants.

            According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ten Peshmerga fighters entered the besieged town on Thursday through the border crossing with Turkey to help the Kurds there fight against the ISIL.
            “Minutes ago, about 10 members of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces entered the town of Ayn al-Arab (the Arabic name for Kobani), through the border crossing between the town and Turkish territory,” the UK-based group said.
            This was the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish fighters who are to be deployed to the embattled city. Reports say the rest will only gradually join their comrades because the border crossing has been targeted by the Takfiri group.

            Meanwhile, on Wednesday night, the remaining convoys of Peshmerga fighters arrived at a storage facility close to the Turkish town of Suruc. According to reports, the facility is heavily guarded by the country’s forces.

            Kobani and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with the ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages.

            The ISIL advance in the region has forced tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds to flee into Turkey, which is a stone’s throw from Kobani.

            Turkey continues to block any delivery of military, medical or humanitarian assistance into Kobani, where the ISIL terrorists are feared to be aiming at massive bloodletting.

            Analysts say Ankara, having already won the US green light, plans to let the terrorists seize the Kurdish town of Kobani before sending tanks and troops to fight them in a bid to capture and possibly annex the Syrian territory.


            http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10...-enter-kobani/
            Last edited by Gonjeeshk; 10-30-2014, 06:56 PM.

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            • #7
              SAS Snipers In Action In Iraq

              13.10.2014


              An Islamic State (IS) convoy was halted by a lone British Special Air Service (SAS) sniper team operating in Iraq, it has been reported.

              http://www.eliteukforces.info/uk-mil...ipers-iraq.php

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              • #8
                SAS Call In Air Strikes At Kobane

                28.10.2014


                British Special Forces have been defending the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, it has been reported.

                http://www.eliteukforces.info/uk-mil...fac-kobane.php

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                • #9
                  Iraqi forces gain new ground against ISIL militants: Officers

                  Sun Nov 23, 2014 7:24PM GMT

                  Iraqi security forces backed by volunteers have retaken areas captured by the ISIL terrorist group for months near the Iranian border, a number of military officers say.

                  "Army and police and [volunteer] forces attacked from the southern and western sides of the Jalawla and Saadiyah [areas], while [Kurdish] Peshmerga forces attacked from the northern and eastern sides of Saadiyah," Iraq’s Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir al-Zaidi said on Sunday.

                  The Iraqi forces seized control of the areas as part of an operation which was launched early Sunday in the country’s northeastern province of Diyala.

                  Meanwhile, Karim al-Nuri, a top commander of Badr volunteer fighters, said the operation left 12 members of the anti-ISIL forces dead.

                  Another army brigadier general, whose name was not mentioned, also noted that captured areas were "the main centers of support for [ISIL] militants."

                  The two areas are important because of their proximity to the autonomous Kurdish region which is battling the jihadists.

                  Sunday's operation came on the heels of another which led to recapture of the strategic northern town of Baiji from the militants and ended a months-long siege of Iraq's largest refinery.

                  The Iraqi army has so far managed to make numerous gains in the fight against the ISIL militants, pledging to continue the battle against the extremist group.

                  The ISIL militants have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.

                  http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/11...-against-isil/

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                  • #10
                    Now ISIS wants to introduce its own currency: Plans to bring back solid gold and silver dinar coins announced in Iraqi mosques

                    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...i-mosques.html

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                    • #11
                      Iraqi army makes fresh gains in Anbar Province


                      Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:3AM

                      The Iraqi army, backed by volunteer forces, has managed to liberate more areas in the western province of Anbar as it continues its battle against Takfiri ISIL terrorists.

                      Following an intense three-day battle with the terrorists, Iraqi military forces recaptured the Nadhem Sarsar district in Anbar Province on Tuesday, the Iraqi al-Forat news agency reported.

                      This comes as Iraqi forces are preparing to launch a major operation against the ISIL terrorists in the eastern province of Diyala and the holy city of Samarra in Salahuddin Province.

                      http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/0...ala-Salahuddin

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                      • #12
                        This morning I heard ISIS has made gains in Ramadi. I'm beginning to have doubts about a purely military solution.

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                        • #13
                          What else needs to be part of the solution? Maybe doing more to reconcile with the sunni population, in order to get them on side?

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                          • #14
                            That was in theory always part of the solution but it doesn't seem to have worked well enough. Maybe the current regime didn't--or can't--make enough concessions. Btw Syria looks like a real mess too, with Assad on the ropes again. I know this is anathema to a lot of people but if neither Assad nor Abadi can really win, even with US help, the result may be a separate sunni state spanning Syria and Iraq.
                            Last edited by starman; 05-17-2015, 10:02 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by starman View Post
                              That was in theory always part of the solution but it doesn't seem to have worked well enough. Maybe the current regime didn't--or can't--make enough concessions.
                              They need to try more. The situation is serious.

                              Originally posted by starman View Post
                              Btw Syria looks like a real mess too, with Assad on the ropes again. I know this is anathema to a lot of people but if neither Assad nor Abadi can really win, even with US help, the result may be a separate sunni state spanning Syria and Iraq.
                              Possibly. What do you think of another kind of government taking over. Something like an Iranian-style Islamic republic? Even if it is not shia based.

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