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July 2014 - Iraq Special Weapons News

  • Turkey Fears ISIL Radicalism Could Spill Over From Syria, Iraq VOA 31 Jul 2014 -- With the Sunni jihadist group ISIL stepping up attacks in Syria along the border with Turkey, concern is growing in Turkey that the violence could spill over.
  • Iraq: Amid rising insecurity, UN official urges unimpeded access to desperate civilians UN News Centre 31 Jul 2014 -- A senior UN official in Iraq expressed concern today over rising levels of violence and instability across the crisis-torn country and its impact on the lives of civilians.
  • Security Council extends mandates of UN missions in Iraq, Cyprus UN News Centre 30 Jul 2014 -- The Security Council today unanimously approved resolutions extending the United Nations missions in Iraq and Cyprus, recognizing the vital role they continue to play in the maintenance of peace and security.
  • US to Sell 5,000 Hellfire Missiles to Iraq Worth $700Mln RIA Novosti 30 Jul 2014 -- The United States is planning to sell 5,000 AGM-114K/N/R Hellfire missiles worth $700 million to Iraq to help it fight Sunni Islamic State militants, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement.
  • U.S. Continues to Help Iraq in Face of Extremist Threat AFPS 29 Jul 2014 -- While Pentagon officials continue reviewing assessments of the situation in Iraq, operations to aid the Iraqi government against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant continue, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today.
  • Iraq's Holy Sites Reduced To Rubble RFE/RL 29 Jul 2014 -- The Islamic State initially exhibited some restraint after entering northwestern Iraq in June, focusing on establishing control of the territories it held and gaining the trust of local Sunni communities. But as the self-declared caliphate has grown more comfortable in its surroundings, it has revealed its radical aims by destroying anything that conflicts with its strict interpretation of Islam.
  • US Orders Seizure of Iraqi Kurdistan's Oil Cargo RIA Novosti 29 Jul 2014 -- A US court has ordered marshals to seize a cargo of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan aboard a tanker off the Texas coast, Reuters reported Tuesday, referring to court filings.
  • Security Council concerned about illicit oil trade as revenue for terrorists in Iraq, Syria UN News Centre 28 Jul 2014 -- Voicing grave concern over the reported access to and seizure of oilfields and pipelines in Syria and Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Jabhat Al-Nusra, the Security Council today underscored that there should be no trade in oil with these terrorist groups.
  • UN Security Council Warns Against Oil Sales by Terrorist Groups in Iraq, Syria RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2014 -- As the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and Jabhat Al-Nusra take over oil fields in Iraq and Syria and move to sell the oil, the UN Security Council on Monday unanimously adopted a Presidential Statement calling on member states not to trade in oil with these entities.
  • Iraq army launches anti-militant raid, kills 17 Iran Press TV 28 Jul 2014 -- The Iraqi army has launched a fresh attack on Takfiri militants in a flashpoint town southwest of the capital, Baghdad, killing 17 militants.
  • Islamic Militants In Iraq Destroy Another Historic Mosque RFE/RL 28 Jul 2014 -- Islamic State militants have destroyed a nearly 600-year-old mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the latest of several religious sites demolished by the group recently.
  • ISIL terrorists demolish shrines in Nineveh Province Iran Press TV 26 Jul 2014 -- ISIL Takfiri militants overrunning parts of the troubled northern Iraq have demolished two more religious sites in the volatile city of Mosul.
  • Tehran to Continue Supporting Stability, Security in Iraq - Iranian President RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2014 -- Iran is interested in stability and security in Iraq and is determined to further assist its development, Mehr news agency reported Saturday citing Iran's President Hassan Rouhani.
  • Turkish Kurds want Ankara to Declare Stance on ISIL VOA 25 Jul 2014 -- The leadership of the Kurdish rebel group PKK has called on Ankara to 'declare its stance on ISIL.'
  • Impact of Iraq conflict on minorities 'devastating and irreversible' - UN rights experts UN News Centre 25 Jul 2014 -- Two United Nations human rights experts warned today that ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq are bearing the "devastating and irreversible" brunt of the conflict that has once again engulfed the country.
  • Regional Approach to ISIL is Needed, Official Tells Senate AFPS 24 Jul 2014 -- When the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marched into Mosul, Iraq, whether the Iraqis could defend Baghdad was a critical first question, a senior Defense Department official said today.
  • Fouad Massoum Elected Iraqi President VOA 24 Jul 2014 -- The Iraqi parliament elected 76 year-old Kurdish lawmaker Fouad Massoum to be president Thursday, breaking a major political log-jam. Contentions remain, however, over who will fill the more important post of prime minister.
  • 60 killed in attack on Iraqi prisoner convoy Iran Press TV 24 Jul 2014 -- At least 60 people have been killed in Iraq in an attack on a prisoner convoy in Baghdad Province.
  • Russia Sending Weapons To Iraqi Government RFE/RL 24 Jul 2014 -- Russia is supplying Iraq's government with military helicopters and warplanes.
  • UN panel pays out nearly $1.2 billion in reparations for Iraq's invasion of Kuwait UN News Centre 24 Jul 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 $1.19 billion available to the Government of Kuwait.
  • Ban underscores UN support for secure, inclusive, peaceful Iraq during visit UN News Centre 24 Jul 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored his full support for efforts to overcome the division's plaguing Iraq and build a secure, prosperous and peaceful country for all, during a stop there as part of his current visit to the region.
  • Iraqi parliament elects Fuad Masum as president Iran Press TV 24 Jul 2014 -- The Iraqi parliament has elected veteran Kurdish politician, Fuad Masum, to serve as the country's next president amid efforts to form a new government.
  • Fouad Massoum Elected Iraqi President VOA 24 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's parliament has elected Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as the country's new president, hours after militants killed at least 51 prisoners and eight policemen in an attack on a convoy north of Baghdad.
  • Iraq Must Do Its Heavy Lifting, Pentagon Official Says AFPS 23 Jul 2014 -- Though the United States must protect its people and is helping Iraq to face the threat posed by the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, it is up to Iraq to do the heavy lifting, a senior Defense Department official said today.
  • Iraq: UN envoy demands Islamist forces end ‘horrific terrorist acts' UN News Centre 23 Jul 2014 -- The top United Nations official in Iraq called today on the Security Council to demand that the Islamist forces – in control of more than a third of the country's territory – cease all hostilities and to ensure that those responsible for 'horrific terrorist acts' are held to account.
  • Mosul Expulsion Ends Centuries-Old Christian Community RFE/RL 23 Jul 2014 -- The expulsion of Mosul's Christian community by Islamic extremists on July 18 put an end to nearly 2,000 years of Christian life in Iraq's second-largest city.
  • ISIS Militants Persecuting Christians in North-West Iraq – Russian Foreign Ministry RIA Novosti 22 Jul 2014 -- Moscow is concerned over persecutions of Christians living in the north-west of Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.
  • Security Council denounces persecution of minorities in northern Iraq UN News Centre 22 Jul 2014 -- The United Nations Security Council has denounced the persecution of Christians and other minority groups in northern Iraq, which used to be home to minority communities that had lived together for hundreds of years before coming under direct attack by the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its allies.
  • Iraq tribal fighters gain ground against ISIL in Nineveh Iran Press TV 21 Jul 2014 -- Tribal fighters have successfully driven the ISIL Takfiri militants out of the Iraqi town of Sinjar in the northwestern province of Nineveh.
  • UN chief strongly condemns systematic persecution of minorities in northern Iraq UN News Centre 20 Jul 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned in the strongest terms the systematic persecution of minorities in Mosul and other parts of northern Iraq as a reported deadline passed for individuals to convert to Islam, pay a tax, flee or face possible execution.
  • Islamic State Claims Baghdad Bombings RFE/RL 20 Jul 2014 -- The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for a series of car bombings in mainly Shi'ite neighborhoods of Baghdad that killed at least 27 people.
  • Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil VOA 20 Jul 2014 -- The Kurdistan regional government has sent its Peshmerga troops into the adjacent province of Kirkuk to drive out insurgents, and to secure the area's rich oil fields. By doing this, the regional government has added a fourth province to the three it officially controls. The oil also provides revenue that could make an independent Kurdistan economically strong.
  • Iraqi army launches major offensive in Anbar Province Iran Press TV 19 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi army forces backed by thousands of volunteers have launched a major offensive against Takfiri militants in Anbar Province.
  • ISIL kills 1000s of Iraqi civilians: UN Iran Press TV 18 Jul 2014 -- The UN says over 5,500 civilians have been killed and thousands more injured in the foreign-backed militancy across Iraq so far this year.
  • UN report documents litany of human rights violations in Iraq, including possible war crimes and crimes against humanity UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 18 Jul 2014 -- A UN report released Friday documents a litany of serious human rights violations committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and associated armed groups between 5 June and 5 July, including some that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. The report also documents violations committed by Iraqi security forces (ISF) and associated forces.
  • UN reports serious human rights violations, potential war crimes in Iraq UN News Centre 18 Jul 2014 -- The group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its allies are imposing "untold hardship and suffering" on Iraqi civilians, the United Nations said today in a report that also casts doubt as to whether Iraqi security forces (ISF) and associated forces have done enough to protect civilians during hostilities.
  • Selective treatment for IDPs in Kurdistan IRIN 16 Jul 2014 -- Concern is growing over how the semi-autonomous government of Iraqi Kurdistan is managing its borders amid reports that vulnerable families seeking refuge are being refused entry or forced into transit camps along ethnic lines.
  • Iraqi Kurds Talk Independence But Move For Stronger Position In Iraq RFE/RL 16 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's Kurdish region appears to be making a determined drive toward independence as Baghdad reels from a Sunni Islamist takeover of much of the country's north.
  • Pentagon: No Rush to Boost Role in Iraq VOA 15 Jul 2014 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is taking a hard look at assessments by special forces teams in Iraq, focusing on the state of the Iraqi security forces and the threat posed by Sunni militants. Defense officials say despite a complex and fluid situation on the ground, there will be no rush to move forward with additional help.
  • Seizure of Oilfields Fuels Kurd Statehood Dream VOA 15 Jul 2014 -- Along the desert horizon around Kirkuk, the bright flares from oil wells puncture the summer haze.
  • Iraqi armed forces recapture Tikrit: Report Iran Press TV 15 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi armed forces have regained full control of the northern city of Tikrit during a major offensive against Takfiri ISIL militants.
  • Iraqi Parliament Breaks Deadlock, Elects Speaker RFE/RL 15 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi lawmakers have elected a new parliament speaker, the first step toward forming a new government.
  • Iraq Parliament Breaks Impasse, Elects New Speaker VOA 15 Jul 2014 -- Despite attempts to prevent a vote, the Iraqi parliament elected Sunni politician Selim al-Jabouri as its new speaker on Tuesday. The conflict, however, over who will fill the more important positions of prime minister and president remains unresolved.
  • Iraqi forces kill 150 Takfiri militants Iran Press TV 14 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi forces have killed more than 150 Takfiri militants in recent operations across Iraq.
  • Iraq militants seize area near Baghdad Iran Press TV 14 Jul 2014 -- Takfiri militants in Iraq have taken control of part of the town of Dhuluiyah near Baghdad, as they pressed a fresh offensive against the Iraqi capital.
  • Iraq parliament adjourns without choosing top posts Iran Press TV 13 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's newly elected parliament has once again failed to take the first steps toward forming a new government.
  • Iraqi Parliament Meeting Again Postponed, Amid Deadlock RFE/RL 13 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's parliament has postponed its meeting until July 15 after ending a session that lasted just 30 minutes, with lawmakers still deadlocked over electing a new leadership.
  • Iraq Government Talks Delayed Again as Fighting Rages VOA 13 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's parliament failed on Sunday to break a damaging political deadlock that is holding up the formation of new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders who could help hold the nation together and confront the Sunni militant blitz that has drawn to within 80 kilometers (50 miles) of Baghdad.
  • UN warns of chaos in Iraq if no progress made to form govt. Iran Press TV 12 Jul 2014 -- The UN special envoy to Iraq has warned that the Arab country could plunge into chaos if the Iraqi parliament fails to move forward on forming a new government.
  • Iraq army repels ISIL attack on town of Haditha Iran Press TV 12 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi military soldiers backed by thousands of tribal fighters have repelled a fresh assault by ISIL terrorists on the strategic town of Haditha.
  • Iraq Sends Volunteer Force to Ramadi VOA 12 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi government TV reported that the 4,000 volunteers were being airlifted to Ramadi from the country's mostly Shi'ite regions of Karbala, Baghdad, Najaf and Basrah. It said Anbar province governor Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi made the announcement in a statement Saturday.
  • Rights Group: Iraqi Forces Execute 255 Prisoners VOA 12 Jul 2014 -- A global human rights group is accusing Iraqi security forces and militias associated with the government of unlawfully executing at least 255 prisoners in the last month.
  • Baghdad slams Kurdistan for seizing key oil fields Iran Press TV 11 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi Oil Ministry has slammed semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over seizure of at least two key oil fields near the northern city of Kirkuk.
  • Iraq's Kurds Suspend Participation In Government RFE/RL 11 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's Kurdish politicians are suspending all of their participation in government in protest against Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's accusation that the Kurds were harboring Sunni militants fighting his government.
  • Kurds claim control of disputed oilfields in Iraq VoR 11 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region claimed control of disputed northern oilfields Friday, a move sharply condemned by Baghdad as relations between the two sides hit a new low, Reuters reports. 'Members of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kirkuk Oil Protection Forces moved to secure the oilfields of Bai Hassan and the Makhmour area,' the region's government said in a statement.
  • Kurdish Forces Seize Two Iraqi Oil Fields VOA 11 Jul 2014 -- Kurdish peshmerga have seized two northern Iraqi oil fields near Kirkuk amid rising tensions between Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdistan region.
  • Iraq Requests Outside Help After ISIL Seizes Nuclear Materials VOA 10 Jul 2014 -- The Iraqi government has asked for international assistance after Sunni militants from the group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized nuclear material from a university in Mosul, Iraq's second-biggest city, which they overran in June. But weapons experts are playing down any major threat from the seizure.
  • Hagel: All Assessments Needed for Full Picture in Iraq AFPS 10 Jul 2014 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey are seeing initial assessments submitted daily from teams in Iraq, but only the full range of assessments seen as a whole will tell the story in Iraq, Hagel said here yesterday.
  • Erdogan urges ISIL to free kidnapped Turks in Ramadan Iran Press TV 10 Jul 2014 -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Takfiri ISIL militants in Iraq to free 49 people kidnapped from the Turkish consulate in Mosul.
  • Kurdish ministers to boycott Iraq Cabinet meetings Iran Press TV 10 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi Kurds say they will withdraw their ministers from the Cabinet and suspend their participation in the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in protest at his remarks.
  • Kurdish Authorities Recall Ministers from Iraq's Cabinet - Report RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2014 -- The Kurdish authorities have recalled their representatives from Iraq's Cabinet and suspended their participation in the country's government, The Associated Press wrote Thursday.
  • Uranium Seized by ISIS Militants in Iraq Harmless - IAEA RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2014 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced that uranium from an Iraqi lab recently seized by ISIS militants is supposedly low-grade and does not pose any threat, Reuters reported Thursday.
  • ANALYSIS: Iraq's minorities under fire IRIN 09 Jul 2014 -- "The sound of the shelling was terrifying. In my street no-one was left. We were the last family to leave," explained Janda, an Assyrian Christian from Iraq.
  • Iraq finds bodies of 53 men killed execution-style Iran Press TV 09 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi security officials have found dozens of bodies of men bound and executed by the ISIL terrorists in a predominately Shia Muslim village south of the capital, Baghdad.
  • Iran Denies Sending Russian Fighter Jets to Iraq - Reports RIA Novosti 09 Jul 2014 -- The Iranian authorities have denied reports saying the country sent three Russian Sukhoi Su-25 jets to Iraq, Mehr news agency said Wednesday citing a representative of Iran's Foreign Ministry Marzieh Afkham.
  • Iran Sends Three Russian Attack Aircraft to Iraq to Fight Militants RIA Novosti 09 Jul 2014 -- The Iranian authorities have sent three Russian Sukhoi Su-25 jets to Iraq to be used to fight militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the New York Times reported, citing sources in the administrations of the US and Iraq.
  • Iraqi Kurds Warn Baghdad While Moving Toward Independence Vote VOA 09 Jul 2014 -- Kurdish leaders cautioned Baghdad they will order their Peshmerga fighters to retaliate if Iraqi security forces launch any strikes on Kurdish-controlled territory.
  • No Iranian Regulars on Ground in Iraq, Pentagon Spokesman Says AFPS 08 Jul 2014 -- There are no indications that Iran has regular military forces on the ground inside Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today during a Pentagon news conference.
  • US Senator Blasts Obama's Handling of Iraq Crisis VOA 08 Jul 2014 -- A top Republican lawmaker says the Obama administration has 'no strategy' to combat radical Sunni militants in Iraq and Syria. John McCain was one of several senators who spoke after a closed-door briefing by top U.S. officials on Capitol Hill.
  • ISIL terrorists kill 50 tribal gunmen in Iraq Iran Press TV 08 Jul 2014 -- ISIL Takfiri terrorists have killed at least 50 Iraqi tribal gunmen and injured several others in a village near the northern city of Beiji.
  • Baghdad goes on alert against ISIL Iran Press TV 08 Jul 2014 -- The Iraqi military is reportedly building fortifications near the capital, Baghdad, to repel potential attacks by ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
  • Iraq Parliament to Meet on Sunday VOA 08 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's new parliament will hold its next session July 13, the acting speaker said on Tuesday, after a five-week delay announced on Monday was criticized by local lawmakers and the United States.
  • UN calls on Iraqi leaders to agree on Speaker, hold next Parliament session UN News Centre 07 Jul 2014 -- Ahead of tomorrow's elections, the United Nations envoy for Iraq has called on the country's political leaders to reach an agreement on a Speaker for the Council of Representatives as soon as possible.
  • Maliki seeks to discard US for Iran, Russia: Report Iran Press TV 07 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is reportedly considering plans to abrogate the country's security deal with the US and establish closer links with Iran and Russia.
  • Iraq's new parliament postpones session until August 12 Iran Press TV 07 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's new parliament has postponed a key session scheduled for Tuesday due to lack of agreement on the post of speaker.
  • Iraqi Parliament Postpones Next Session Until August 12 RFE/RL 07 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi State Television says that the country's parliament has postponed its next session until August 12.
  • Russia, Partners Discussing Possible Meeting on Iraq Under UN Aegis - Foreign Ministry RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2014 -- Moscow is in discussions with its partners on the possibility of an international meeting regarding Iraq under the aegis of the UN, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told RIA Novosti in an interview Monday.
  • Iraq Parliament Deadlocked, Postpones Next Session VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's deadlocked parliament has postponed its next session until mid-August, unable to decide how to split political power even as Baghdad faces a militant Islamic insurgency that has edged close to the capital.
  • Iraq Analyzing Alleged Video Of ISIL Leader RFE/RL 06 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi officials say they are analyzing the authenticity of a video purportedly showing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic militants who control territory in Syria and Iraq, giving a sermon in Iraq.
  • Iranian Pilot Killed in Iraq Defending Shrine VOA 06 Jul 2014 -- An Iranian pilot was killed defending Shi'ite Muslim holy sites in neighboring Iraq, Iran's state news agency said, in the first official report of an Iranian death related to an upsurge in violence there since June.
  • ISIL Chief Allegedly Gives Sermon In Mosul RFE/RL 05 Jul 2014 -- The head of the Islamic militants who control territory in Syria and Iraq has allegedly been shown giving a sermon in Iraq.
  • Islamists destroy religious shrines and historical heritage of Iraq VoR 05 Jul 2014 -- According to refugees, extremists have demolished several religious shrines with bulldozers and burned down historical monuments, including mosques. Gunmen from the terrorist organization 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) in Iraq, are obliterating Muslim shrines and mosques. Reported by the Iranian 'Press TV' channel, informs TASS.
  • U.S. Voices Support For United Iraq RFE/RL 04 Jul 2014 -- The United States has voiced its support for a united Iraq after the leader of Iraq's Kurdish region called for an independence referendum.
  • Iraqi Air Strikes Target Islamic Militants RFE/RL 04 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi officials say air strikes have killed as many as 30 insurgents trying to capture the country's largest oil refinery.
  • Iraq: Amid massive displacement, UN agencies move to combat spread of communicable diseases UN News Centre 04 Jul 2014 -- United Nations relief agencies and their partners working amid the ongoing turmoil and massive population displacement in Iraq are scaling up their healthcare responses, with a major polio vaccination campaign in Baghdad, and efforts to help relieve the "immense burden" on the existing healthcare system in Kurdistan.
  • Syrian Jets Bomb Border Areas With Iraq RFE/RL 03 Jul 2014 -- Syrian aircraft have bombed border areas between Syria and Iraq, killing three Iraq civilians according to local officials.
  • How Iraq came apart: a timeline IRIN 03 Jul 2014 -- Iraq is experiencing one of the largest internal population displacements in the world.
  • Kurdish forces not to leave Kirkuk: Barzani Iran Press TV 03 Jul 2014 -- The leader of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region says the Kurdish Peshmerga forces will not withdraw from the Iraqi city of Kirkuk.
  • US delays delivery of F-16s to Iraq Iran Press TV 03 Jul 2014 -- The United States has delayed the planned delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Iraq, blaming the deterioration of security situation in the country.
  • Saudi Arabia Reportedly Deploys Soldiers to Border with Iraq VOA 03 Jul 2014 -- Saudi Arabia has reportedly amassed 30,000 troops along its border with Iraq, amid growing fears that Sunni militants are planning to advance on the kingdom.
  • Who is 'Caliph Ibrahim' and How Dangerous is He? VOA 02 Jul 2014 -- To the United States, 43-year-old Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the leader of the jihadist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and a "specially designated global terrorist" with a $10 million bounty on his head.
  • New ISIL Emir Could Be Troublesome for Lebanon VOA 02 Jul 2014 -- The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the al-Qaida offshoot spearheading the militant Sunni insurgency in Iraq, has announced a new "emir," or prince, in Lebanon, a country analysts say could be a major target of the jihadist group as it seeks to expand its power across the region.
  • Kurdish President: Conditions Favorable for Independence VOA 02 Jul 2014 -- As Iraq's attempts at building a new government failed on Tuesday, Kurdish President Massoud Barzani said he would push for a referendum on independence for Kurdistan.
  • Iraqi PM Hopes for New Government by Next Week VOA 02 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on Wednesday that he hoped to overcome the challenges blocking the formation of a new government, a day after the new parliament's first session ended without agreement on top government posts.
  • Kurdish President Doubts Iraq Will Remain As Is VOA 02 Jul 2014 -- VOA Persian Service reporter Ali Javanmardi interviews Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdish regional government.
  • No Russian pilots to participate in military operations in Iraq - Russian ambassador VoR 02 Jul 2014 -- Despite the fact that the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) recently declared the creation of the Islamic Caliphate, Russia's ambassador to Iraq Ilya Morgunov told remains convinced that the Islamic militants won't be able to take Baghdad and that they pose no significant threat the Russian companies in Iraq. During his interview with RIA Novosti he said that Russian companies had no presence in the territories seized by Islamic militants.
  • US considers selling 4,000 more Hellfire missiles to Iraq Iran Press TV 02 Jul 2014 -- The United States considers selling 4,000 additional Hellfire missiles to Iraq to help Baghdad fight against the militants loyal to the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
  • Iran will help Iraq if requested: Top official Iran Press TV 02 Jul 2014 -- A spokesperson for the Iranian administration says Iran will help Iraq fight the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Takfiri militants, if requested by the Iraqi government.
  • Iraq PM rejects Kurdistan call for self-rule Iran Press TV 02 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has rejected an attempt by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to hold an independence referendum, saying the move is unconstitutional.
  • Iraqi airstrike kills ISIL militants in Mosul Iran Press TV 02 Jul 2014 -- The Iraqi army says dozens of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Takfiri militants have been killed in an army airstrike on Haramat and al-Ghabat regions in the northern city of Mosul.
  • Iraqi PM Calls ISIL Declaration Threat To Entire Region RFE/RL 02 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has called a Sunni extremist group's declaration of an Islamic state on territory it has seized in Iraq and Syria a threat to the entire region.
  • Iraq: UN officials voice concern about humanitarian situation, abuse of women, girls UN News Centre 02 Jul 2014 -- Amid reports of deliberate targeting of women and girls in Iraq, senior United Nations officials today voiced deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian and security situations in the country, where more than 1.2 million people have fled their homes in fear for their lives.
  • Iraqi violence killed more than 2,400 people in June - UN UN News Centre 01 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's violent insurgency has claimed some 2,400 lives – more than half of them civilians – a "staggering number", declared the top United Nations envoy there, as he called on all Iraqi leaders to work together to foil attempts to rip apart the country's social fabric.
  • Pentagon: 'Presence' of ISIL Threatens Baghdad VOA 01 Jul 2014 -- Sunni militants bent on establishing an Islamic caliphate are putting pressure on Baghdad. It has nervous Iraqi officials looking for help anywhere they can find it, even if it means turning away from the United States.
  • Iraq army takes full control of key area near Baghdad Iran Press TV 01 Jul 2014 -- The Iraqi army, backed by thousands of tribal gunmen and volunteer forces, has retaken full control of a strategically important region from the Takfiri militants of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
  • Iraqi army steps up operations against ISIL terrorists Iran Press TV 01 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's army soldiers backed by thousands of Sunni tribesmen and local volunteers continue with their offensive against the Takfiri terrorists in various parts of the militancy-riddled country.
  • New Iraq parliament adjourns without choosing speaker Iran Press TV 01 Jul 2014 -- The first session of Iraq's newly elected parliament has adjourned for a week without choosing a new speaker, officials say.
  • Iraq's New Parliament Ends First Session Early Amid Impasse RFE/RL 01 Jul 2014 -- The first session of Iraq's new parliament has ended in disarray without settling on a new speaker.
  • Iraq to Get 5-10 Russian Su-25 Attack Aircraft by September RIA Novosti 01 Jul 2014 -- Iraq is to receive from five to ten Russian Su-25 ground attack aircraft by September, Russian Ambassador to Baghdad Ilya Morgunov said Tuesday.
  • Russian Pilots to Stay out of Military Action Against ISIS Militants in Iraq – Ambassador RIA Novosti 01 Jul 2014 -- Russian pilots may be in Iraq to service fighter jets supplied by Moscow, but they will not take part in possible military action against terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), Russia's ambassador to Baghdad said Tuesday.
  • Self-Proclaimed 'Caliph' Orders All Muslims to Move to New Islamic State VOA 01 Jul 2014 -- The self-appointed leader of the newly proclaimed Islamic state in Iraq and Syria is demanding that all Muslims emigrate there and take up arms.
  • Iraq to receive 5-10 Russian Su-25 fighter-bombers by September VoR 01 Jul 2014 -- Iraq will receive from five to ten Russian Su-25 ground attack aircraft by September, the Russian ambassador to Baghdad, Ilya Morgunov, said Tuesday.



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