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January 2014 - Iraq Special Weapons News
- Suicide bombers storm Iraq ministry building, 24 killed Voice of Russia 30 Jan 2014 -- Six suicide bombers burst into an Iraqi ministry building, took hostages and killed at least 24 people including themselves on Thursday before security forces regained control, security officials said.
- Iraq forces retake control of key areas in Baghdad Iran Press TV 29 Jan 2014 -- Officials say Iraqi forces have retaken control of key areas in west Baghdad from militants amid a deadly standoff between militants and security forces.
- 65,000 people displaced in W Iraq over past week: UNHCR Iran Press TV 24 Jan 2014 -- The United Nations says more than 65,000 people have fled raging violence fueled by al-Qaeda-linked militants in the western cities of Fallujah and Ramadi over the past week.
- Fighting Resumes In Anbar As Thousands Of Iraqis Flee Homes RFE/RL 24 Jan 2014 -- Fighting has intensified in the central Iraqi city of Ramadi as tens of thousands of people have fled their homes in restive Anbar Province.
- Fresh clashes uproot 140,000 people in Iraq's Anbar province - UN agency UN News Centre 24 Jan 2014 -- The United Nations refugee agency said today that more than 65,000 people had fled the conflict in the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi in central Iraq's Anbar province over the past week, bringing the total number of people uprooted since fighting began at the end of 2013 to over 140,000.
- UN reparations panel pays out another $1 billion for Iraq's invasion of Kuwait UN News Centre 23 Jan 2014 -- The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses due to Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, today made $1.03 billion available to the Government of Kuwait.
- Fighting in Iraqi city of Ramadi intensifies Iran Press TV 21 Jan 2014 -- Iraq's security forces are pressing on with their offensive against al-Qaeda-linked militants holding parts of a city in the western province of Anbar.
- Dialogue in Iraq, progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks vital for Middle East, Ban says UN News Centre 20 Jan 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Iraq's political leaders to enter inclusive talks in the face of rising conflict and warned that failure to make progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks could spark a new outbreak of violence.
- Aid gets through in Anbar but needs continue to grow IRIN 20 Jan 2014 -- More than 70 people have died and a further 260 have been injured during three weeks of fighting between Islamist militants, sectarian factions and government forces in the western Iraqi province of Anbar.
- Heavy clashes underway in Iraq's Anbar Iran Press TV 20 Jan 2014 -- Fierce fighting is underway between Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda-affiliated militants in the western province of Anbar, reports say.
- Iraq launches assault on ISIL militants in Anbar Iran Press TV 19 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi forces have launched a major offensive against militants from the al-Qaeda-linked group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the western province of Anbar.
- Iraqi Army Launches Offensive In Ramadi RFE/RL 19 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi security forces have launched an operation against Al-Qaeda-linked militants in the city of Ramadi.
- Iraq Forces Assault Militants in Ramadi VOA 19 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi tribal militias backed by police special forces and helicopter gunships have launched an offensive to push al-Qaida-linked militants from Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar province.
- U.S. Preparing Small Arms, Ammunition Support for Iraq AFPS 17 Jan 2014 -- The Defense Department is preparing small arms and ammunition for shipment to Iraq in response to a request from that country's prime minister, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said today.
- Dempsey Disappointed by Setbacks in Iraq AFPS 17 Jan 2014 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is disappointed the Iraqis have not done more with the chance they have been given by the men and women of the U.S military.
- Iraqi IDPs from Fallujah fighting flock north IRIN 16 Jan 2014 -- Sena Mohamed sits with her family in a room at the Al-Raha hotel, in the historic centre of Erbil, in northern Iraq's Kurdish region, but they are not here to sightsee.
- Fallujah Residents Suffer As Tribesmen, Al-Qaeda Fight On RFE/RL 16 Jan 2014 -- Amid the fog of war, it is becoming clear that everyday citizens are bearing the brunt of the recent violence in Iraq's Anbar Province.
- Iraq Bombings Kill At Least 73 RFE/RL 15 Jan 2014 -- A spate of bombings and shootings across Iraq has killed at least 73 people on one of the bloodiest days in the country in months.
- Iraq unrest toll up to 73 dead, 128 wounded, PM seeks world's support Voice of Russia 15 Jan 2014 -- A wave of violence in Iraq, including car bombs, suicide attacks and shootings, killed at least 73 people and wounded 128 on Wednesday, security and medical officials said, as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned that militants were trying to set up an 'evil statelet'.
- US Cautiously Helps Iraq Fight Militants VOA 14 Jan 2014 -- The United States announced that it is committed to helping Iraq fight militants but will not, for now, transfer the bulk of military assistance that the government of Iraqi leader Nouri al-Maliki has requested.
- In Iraq, Ban says political leaders must fulfil obligations to ensure social cohesion, protect citizens UN News Centre 13 Jan 2014 -- Voicing concern about the deteriorating security in parts of Iraq, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all political leaders to unite against terrorism and work together to stabilize the country and stop the "senseless deaths of Iraqi women, children and men."
- Iraqi leader says army won't attack Fallujah Iran Press TV 12 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has promised to rid the city of Fallujah of al-Qaeda-linked militants without a military assault.
- Car Bombs Strike Baghdad, Killing Army Recruits VOA 12 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi police say three bomb explosions killed at least 13 people and wounded several dozen more Sunday in Baghdad. The most serious blast was at a bus and taxi depot that hit a group of Iraqi Army recruits.
- Iraqi Tribal Forces, Police Set To Enter Fallujah RFE/RL 11 Jan 2014 -- A local council leader says pro-government tribal forces are preparing to enter Fallujah, where an unknown number of Al-Qaeda-linked militants remain.
- Security Council condemns deadly violence in Iraq's Anbar Province UN News Centre 10 Jan 2014 -- Strongly deploring recent clashes in the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah in Iraq's Anbar province, the United Nations Security Council today condemned the attacks being carried out by Al-Qaida-linked militants and recognized the "great courage" shown by the Iraqi security forces and local leaders to counter the threat posed by the terrorist group.
- More Fighting Reported In Western Iraq RFE/RL 10 Jan 2014 -- Fierce fighting between Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribesmen on one side and Al-Qaeda-linked militants on the other is reported in the western Anbar Province.
- White House Underscores Commitment to Iraq Amid Criticism VOA 09 Jan 2014 -- Violence and escalating sectarian tensions are of increasing concern to President Obama, who according to his spokesman has been spending an increasing amount of time focused on Iraq.
- Iraqi forces launch new attack against militants in Anbar Iran Press TV 09 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi security forces have launched a fresh attack against al-Qaeda-affiliated militants in the western province of Anbar as heavy fighting continues between the two sides.
- Anbar Fighting Continues, As HRW Warns Of Iraqi Abuses RFE/RL 09 Jan 2014 -- Fighting has been continuing in Iraq's western Anbar Province, where security forces and their Sunni tribal allies are battling an offensive by Al-Qaeda-linked militants.
- Suicide Bomb Kills 12 at Iraqi Military Recruiting Center VOA 09 Jan 2014 -- In Iraq, a suicide bomber has killed at least 21 army recruits and wounded several dozen others outside a military airport near Baghdad. The attack came as Iraqi security forces are in conflict with al-Qaida linked militants in western Anbar province.
- Iraq fighting slows aid to the displaced IRIN 08 Jan 2014 -- The UN is warning of a "critical humanitarian situation" that is only "likely to worsen" following sustained fighting among Islamic insurgents, tribal groups and government forces in the Iraqi province of Anbar that has displaced at least 5,000 families.
- Iraq: UN seeks urgent safe passage for emergency aid to war-convulsed Anbar province UN News Centre 08 Jan 2014 -- Warning that the critical humanitarian situation in Iraq's Anbar province is likely to worsen as fighting rages between Government forces and militias, the United Nations is working with national and regional authorities and its humanitarian partners to ensure safe passage for emergency aid to stranded and displaced families.
- Iraq PM promises to uproot al-Qaeda-linked militants Iran Press TV 08 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has promised to uproot al-Qaeda-linked militants operating in Fallujah as Iraqi forces gear up for a major operation in the western city.
- Iraqi PM Urges Militants To Surrender, Avert Fallujah Assault RFE/RL 08 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has again urged Al-Qaeda-linked militants in the western province of Anbar to surrender.
- Maliki Calls on Local Tribes to Fight Iraq Militants VOA 08 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Wednesday that his forces are willing to refrain from attacking the Anbar Province strongholds of Fallujah and Ramadi, now in the hands of Islamic militants, so long as the local tribes fight them. He is urging the Islamist fighters to surrender. Iraqi media predicted Tuesday that the army was preparing to invade Fallujah.
- DOD Speeds Delivery of Surveillance Assets to Iraq AFPS 07 Jan 2014 -- The United States is speeding delivery of unmanned aerial vehicles Iraq purchased under the foreign military sales program to help in tracking and thwarting al-Qaida-affiliated groups, a Pentagon spokesman said today.
- US Army chief against sending troops back to Iraq Iran Press TV 07 Jan 2014 -- US Army Gen. Ray Odierno says he is against sending American ground troops back to Iraq in the wake of the latest violence in the country.
- Not possible for Iraqi forces to attack Fallujah now - ministry Voice of Russia 07 Jan 2014 -- It is not currently possible for Iraqi security forces to storm the city of Fallujah, which was lost to militants last week, the defence ministry spokesman said Tuesday.
- US Committed to Iraq, Accelerating Weapons, Drone Deliveries VOA 06 Jan 2014 -- The White House said Monday that the United States will remain strongly committed to Iraq as it fights al-Qaida affiliated groups, but it said, again, that American troops will not return to Iraq.
- Pentagon Reaffirms Commitment, Confidence in Iraqi Capability AFPS 06 Jan 2014 -- The Defense Department remains committed to helping the government and people of Iraq to root out terrorists seeking safe haven, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told reporters here today.
- Maliki Calls On Fallujah Residents To Expel Militants RFE/RL 06 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has called on residents of Fallujah to take action to expel Al-Qaeda-linked militants from the city and avert an assault by the country's army.
- Iraqi PM Urges Expulsion of Al-Qaida in Fallujah VOA 06 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is calling on residents of the mostly Sunni-populated Anbar Province town of Fallujah to expel pro- al-Qaida militants who appear to control their city. Witnesses say Iraqi government forces outside the city are bombarding areas inside, while warning an offensive could start soon.
- Iraqi jets bomb militants' hideouts in Anbar Iran Press TV 05 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi jets have bombed hideouts of al-Qaeda militants in the western province of Anbar as Baghdad gets ready for a major offensive to retake the city of Fallujah from the militants.
- Over 30 killed people in Anbar clashes Iran Press TV 05 Jan 2014 -- Over thirty people have been killed in clashes between Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda-linked militants in the western province of Anbar.
- Iraq PM Vows To Defeat 'Terrorist' Groups As Fighting Continues RFE/RL 05 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has pledged to defeat 'all terrorist groups' in the restive Anbar Province as Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribesmen continued to battle Al-Qaeda militants in the central cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.
- 13 Russian Mi-28NE helicopters arrive in Iraq Voice of Russia 05 Jan 2014 -- Thirteen Russian Mi-28NE "Night Hunter" helicopters have arrived in Iraq, the Alsumaria television channel said on Saturday, January 4.
- Iraqi army shells Falluja to try to dislodge Al Qaeda, tribes Voice of Russia 05 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi troops trying to retake Anbar province from a mixture of Islamist and tribal foes battled al-Qaeda fighters in Ramadi on Saturday after shelling the western region's other main city, Falluja, overnight, tribal leaders and officials said.
- Iraqi troops kill 55 al-Qaeda militants in Anbar Iran Press TV 04 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi security forces have killed at least 55 al-Qaeda militants in two cities in western Anbar Province as they try to retake the areas seized by the militants, an Iraqi commander said.
- Iraq PM pledges to eliminate militants in Anbar Province Iran Press TV 04 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has promised to eliminate "all terrorist groups" in the western province of Anbar, where al-Qaeda militants have taken control of parts of two cities.
- Iraqi Army Shells Fallujah In Fight Against Al-Qaeda Rebels RFE/RL 04 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribesmen continue to fight Al-Qaeda militants in the central cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.
- Reports: Fallujah in Hands of Pro-al-Qaida Militants VOA 04 Jan 2014 -- Rebels and Iraqi police in the volatile Anbar province say the Iraqi government has lost control of the city of Fallujah to al-Qaida militants after days of fighting.
- Iraqi security forces gain control over most of Fallujah Iran Press TV 03 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi police say they have managed to regain control of more areas in the western city of Fallujah as government forces continue to battle al-Qaeda-linked militants.
- 62 al-Qaeda-linked militants killed in Anbar clashes Iran Press TV 03 Jan 2014 -- At least 62 al-Qaeda-linked militants have been killed in clashes with Iraqi security forces backed by local tribesmen in the western province of Anbar.
- Explainer: What's Behind The Fighting In Iraq? RFE/RL 03 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi security forces have been waging a fierce battle with Al-Qaeda-linked militants in the lawless west of the country.
- Iraqi Government Forces Make Gains In Ramadi, Fallujah RFE/RL 03 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi security forces and allied tribesmen have retaken areas in the central cities of Ramadi and Fallujah from Islamist insurgents.
- Iraqi forces, tribesmen fight against militants in Anbar Iran Press TV 02 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi security forces and local tribesmen have started a sweeping operation against militants linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist group in the western province of Anbar.
- Armed Groups Reportedly Control Parts Of Two Western Iraqi Cities RFE/RL 02 Jan 2014 -- Reports from Iraq say armed groups have seized parts of the western cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.
- Iraq PM defends decree to send troops to Anbar Iran Press TV 01 Jan 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has come out in support of his decision to send the country's army to the western province of Anbar to fight pro-al-Qaeda militants.
- Iraq army urged to confront militants in Anbar Iran Press TV 01 Jan 2014 -- The governor of the Iraqi province of Anbar has called on the country's army to enter the restive towns of the western province to confront pro-al-Qaeda militants.
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