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April 2015 - Iraq Special Weapons News

  • Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 30 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Iraqi Government Opposes US Congress Proposal to Arm Kurds - Prime Minister Sputnik 30 Apr 2015 -- The Iraqi government has strongly opposed a bill proposed by the US Congress that allows the Iraqi Kurds to be armed directly, bypassing Iraq's central government, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said in a press release.
  • US Mulls More Funding for Kurds Fighting IS Group VOA 30 Apr 2015 -- U.S. lawmakers in the House of Representatives are considering legislation to increase funding to Kurdish Peshmerga and Sunni forces fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 29 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Iraq's Shiite cleric says U.S. defense bill may split Iraq People's Daily 29 Apr 2015 -- Iraq's firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Wednesday threatened to hit the U.S. interests in and out of Iraq over a proposed defense bill yet to be approved by the U.S., which he said could divide Iraq.
  • Iraqi cleric warns US Congress against sectarian bill Press TV 29 Apr 2015 -- Influential Iraqi Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, has warned US Congress against passing a controversial bill recognizing the Sunnis and Kurds in Iraq as separate countries.
  • Update: air strikes in Iraq UK MOD 28 Apr 2015 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 28 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria Hit ISIL Tactical Positions, Equipment AFPS 27 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • In Latest Rumor, Iranian Newspaper Claims IS Leader 'Died In Israeli Hospital' RFE/RL 27 Apr 2015 -- After a week of frantic speculation about the health of Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, an Iranian hard-line news website has reported the most outlandish claim yet - that the Iraqi militant supremo died in an Israeli hospital.
  • U.S., Coalition Forces Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL AFPS 26 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Bomb attacks, execution claim 30 lives in Iraq's Diyala Press TV 26 Apr 2015 -- At least 30 people have been killed in two separate bomb attacks and a mass execution in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Targets AFPS 25 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Military: US, Allies Conduct 15 Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq VOA 25 Apr 2015 -- Coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State in Syria and Iraq on Saturday.
  • ISIL Takes Defensive Posture in Iraq, Centcom Says AFPS 24 Apr 2015 -- U.S. Central Command officials believe the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group is on the defensive in Iraq, Centcom spokesman Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder told reporters here today.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 24 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Iraq troops recapture al-Houz bridge in Ramadi Press TV 24 Apr 2015 -- Iraqi forces have reportedly recaptured a key bridge from the ISIL Takfiri group in the Iraqi western province of Anbar.
  • Iraqi army kills 250 ISIL militants in Anbar province Press TV 24 Apr 2015 -- A high-ranking Iraqi military commander says units of government forces have killed hundreds of ISIL Takfiri militants during fierce exchanges of fire and wrested control of swathes of territory in the western province of Anbar.
  • Mixed Progress Reported in Fight Against Islamic State VOA 23 Apr 2015 -- A senior official in President Barack Obama's administration says that while the U.S.-led coalition has made some progress in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a "very, very long road" lies ahead.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 23 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Iraqi forces push ISIL out of areas in Anbar Press TV 23 Apr 2015 -- The Iraqi army, assisted by popular mobilization units, has succeeded in retaking some areas from ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the western province of Anbar.
  • Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 22 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Update: air strikes in Iraq UK MOD 22 Apr 2015 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.
  • Displaced Iraqis face mounting difficulties as fighting continues between Government forces and ISIL UN News 21 Apr 2015 -- The United Nations refugee agency today warned about the difficulties facing thousands of Iraqi civilians fleeing violence, including dwindling resources, checkpoints, entry restrictions and security procedures to navigate on their journeys to safety.
  • Inside the Coalition to Defeat ISIL AFPS 21 Apr 2015 -- Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve is the U.S.-led coalition's response to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group, often referred to as Daesh.
  • Ancient Treasures Help IS Finance Terrorism VOA 21 Apr 2015 -- Islamic State militants released two videos this past month, boasting about the bombing of priceless ancient artifacts in Iraq.
  • Iraqi forces push ISIL out of key areas in, around Ramadi Press TV 21 Apr 2015 -- Iraqi forces have retaken key areas in and around the western city of Ramadi from ISIL Takfiri terrorists as Iraq's army and volunteer forces continue their advances on the Takfiri group.
  • ISIL Leader Al-Baghdadi Injured in Airstrike in Iraq Sputnik 21 Apr 2015 -- The leader of the Islamic State (ISIL) terrorist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was seriously wounded in an airstrike in western Iraq, the Guardian reported Tuesday, citing three sources.
  • Military Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 20 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Coalition Strikes Target ISIL in Ramadi, Beiji AFPS 20 Apr 2015 -- The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's tentacles are spreading beyond Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan and Libya, but the pressure of coalition air and ground power has weakened the terrorist group, a Defense Department official said here today.
  • Iraqi displaced blocked from Baghdad IRIN 20 Apr 2015 -- Thousands of Iraqis fleeing the so-called Islamic State are being prevented from entering Baghdad and other cities because local officials fear IS sleeper cells could be among them.
  • Documents Show Former Saddam Spy Was Islamic State Mastermind Sputnik 20 Apr 2015 -- The mastermind behind the rise of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was one of Saddam Hussein's former intelligence officers, who had been angered by the nature of the US-led invasion of Iraq, a new report suggests.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq AFPS 19 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • UN humanitarian agencies mobilize assistance amid renewed fighting in Iraq UN News 19 Apr 2015 -- The United Nations' humanitarian agencies are rushing support to thousands of Iraqis fleeing a flare-up in hostilities throughout the country's Anbar Governate, the Organization confirmed today.
  • Iraqi Forces Retake Most of Baiji Refinery VOA 18 Apr 2015 -- Iraqi forces entered and recaptured most of the country's largest refinery from Islamic State militants on Saturday.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 17 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Anti-ISIL Forces Make Progress in Iraq, Syria AFPS 17 Apr 2015 -- Iraqi security forces and coalition partners are making progress in Operation Inherent Resolve's fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a U.S. Central Command official told reporters here today.
  • Pentagon: Sunni Tribesmen 'Important' in Anbar Strategy VOA 17 Apr 2015 -- As thousands of Iraqis continue to flee the contested area around Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, the Pentagon says Sunni tribesmen are critical to efforts to secure the area.
  • Saddam Hussein Deputy Killed in Tikrit VOA 17 Apr 2015 -- After 12 years on the run as Iraq's most wanted man, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam Hussein's former deputy, was killed, according to top Iraqi officials. Al-Douri is the last top-ranking former Ba'athist leader on the U.S. deck of cards who had not been captured.
  • Saddam Aide And Alleged IS Mastermind 'Killed' Near Tikrit RFE/RL 17 Apr 2015 -- Iraqi officials say they believe that late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's former deputy and alleged mastermind of the Islamic State (IS) group was killed in a wide-scale military operation in central Iraq on April 17.
  • Saddam Hussein Deputy Killed in Tikrit VOA 17 Apr 2015 -- Iraqi officials say a close aide to former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, has been killed in a military operation.
  • Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 16 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Update: air strikes in Iraq UK MOD 16 Apr 2015 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.
  • Trends in Iraq Moving in Right Direction, Dempsey Says AFPS 16 Apr 2015 -- The Iraqi government has made gains, and trends there are moving in the right direction, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at a Pentagon news conference today.
  • Ramadi's Plight Highlights US-Iraqi Strategic Divide VOA 16 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and Iraqi officials appear to be out-of-sync on how best to inflict a lasting defeat on the Islamic State group (IS) as another Iraqi city appears poised to fall into the terror organization's grip.
  • US Court Closes a Chapter of America's War in Iraq VOA 15 Apr 2015 -- It was a powerful message sent by a U.S. court: Contractors working for the U.S. government will be held accountable for any misconduct, even in the violent chaos of war.
  • Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 15 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Update: air strikes in Iraq UK MOD 15 Apr 2015 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.
  • Islamic Militants Use Children as Soldiers VOA 15 Apr 2015 -- At least 400 Syrian children have been recruited by the jihadist Islamic State since the start of the year in an enlistment drive partly designed to make up for a shortfall in foreign fighters traveling to join the extremist group, say local political activists.
  • Iraqi official warns of fall of Ramadi as ISIL closes in on city Press TV 15 Apr 2015 -- Iraq's key city of Ramadi has come under fierce attacks from the ISIL terror group and could fall into the hands of terrorists any time, a provincial official has warned.
  • IS Militants Launch Counteroffensive, Capture Villages Near Ramadi RFE/RL 15 Apr 2015 -- Residents in Iraq's western province of Anbar say Islamic State (IS) militants launched a fierce counteroffensive near the city of Ramadi at dawn on April 15, capturing three villages from government forces.
  • UN rights experts welcome Blackwater sentencing, urge greater accountability for private security UN News 14 Apr 2015 -- The outsourcing of national security to private firms creates risks for human rights and accountability, the United Nations working group on the use of mercenaries confirmed today as it welcomed the sentencing of four former Blackwater Worldwide personnel for the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians.
  • Joint Statement by the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq The White House 14 Apr 2015
  • Obama Offers Iraq $200 Million In Humanitarian Aid RFE/RL 14 Apr 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has offered Iraq $200 million in humanitarian aid to help those displaced by Islamic State (IS) militants, but declined to say whether Washington would provide Apache helicopters and other weapons to Baghdad.
  • Obama Pledges More Humanitarian Aid, Not Military Help, for Iraq VOA 14 Apr 2015 -- President Barack Obama pledged $205 million in new humanitarian aid to Iraq on Tuesday but didn't mention providing additional weapons and military support sought by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 14 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Hungary to send 150 soldiers to northern Iraq Press TV 14 Apr 2015 -- Hungarian lawmakers have voted to dispatch up to 150 soldiers to help guard a military training center in Iraq's Kurdistan region as part of the so-called US-led military campaign against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
  • Iraq's Abadi To Seek More U.S. Support As IS Loses More Ground RFE/RL 14 Apr 2015 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi is expected to ask for more U.S. military support in the war against Islamic State (IS) militants when he meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington.
  • US Troops Return to Iraq to Find Security Forces They 'Trained' in Shambles Sputnik 14 Apr 2015 -- As Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi travels to Washington to request billions in loans from the US, American troops are making the opposite trip, traveling back to Iraq for the first time since 2011. Surveying the military they once trained, the US finds an army in disarray.
  • Obama, Iraqi PM Discuss Foreign Fighters, Aid VOA 14 Apr 2015 -- President Barack Obama discussed the threat of foreign fighters in Iraq and U.S. aid to Baghdad during a visit to the White House by the country's prime minister, Haidar al-Abadi.
  • Pentagon: IS-held Territory in Iraq Shrinking VOA 14 Apr 2015 -- U.S. defense officials are touting slow, but steady gains in the effort to degrade and destroy the group known as the Islamic State.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 13 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • ISIL Loses Control of Once-dominated Iraq Territory AFPS 13 Apr 2015 -- Some 25 percent to 30 percent of Iraqi territory has been taken back from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group control by coalition forces, Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today.
  • Iraq's prime minister retires over 300 officers to revamp army Press TV 13 Apr 2015 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has retired more than 300 military officers as part of efforts to restructure the army against the backdrop of the battle to drive the ISIL Takfiri terrorists out of the country.
  • Iraqi PM to Seek Military Aid During US Visit VOA 13 Apr 2015 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is headed to the United States, where he is expected to ask President Barack Obama to provide his country with more air support and billions of dollars in new arms shipments to fight Islamic State militants.
  • IS Mounts Offensive in Anbar Province Capital of Ramadi VOA 11 Apr 2015 -- Islamic State militants went on the offensive against Iraqi government positions in the Anbar province capital of Ramadi Saturday, despite several days of government insistence that it was preparing for an offensive against the militants. Iraqi media also report that the militants mounted a separate, but unsuccessful attack against the oil refinery town of Beiji.
  • Military Airstrikes Continue in Iraq, Syria AFPS 11 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Coalition Airstrikes Support Operation Inherent Resolve AFPS 10 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 09 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • IS loses control of oil fields in Iraq: German intelligence service People's Daily 09 Apr 2015 -- The Islamic State (IS) group has lost control over large oil fields in Iraq, which could deprive the terrorist group of an important income source, a German newspaper reported on Thursday.
  • Belarus offers to sell arms, equipment to Iraq Press TV 09 Apr 2015 -- Belarus has offered to sell weapons and military equipment to Iraq in a deal that could help curb militant threats across the Arab country.
  • Sweden to Send Troops to Iraq as Part of Anti-ISIL Coalition Sputnik 09 Apr 2015 -- Sweden intends to deploy troops to northern Iraq as part of the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition to train and advise security forces in the region, the country's foreign and defense ministers said Thursday.
  • Iraqi State TV: IS Fighters Kill Dozens of Prisoners VOA 09 Apr 2015 -- Iraqi State TV reported Islamic State militants killed dozens of prisoners Thursday in the border town of Qaim, in what some say is possible retaliation for government claims that it will soon liberate Anbar province.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 08 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • ISIL terrorists release more than 200 Izadis in Iraq Press TV 08 Apr 2015 -- The Takfiri ISIL terrorist group has released more than 200 Izadi Kurds in Iraq, mostly children and elderly members, who had been held for months.
  • Coalition Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 07 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Update: air strikes in Iraq UK MOD 07 Apr 2015 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.
  • Iraq security forces discover 14 mass graves near Tikrit Press TV 07 Apr 2015 -- Iraqi security forces have discovered at least 14 mass graves since the strategic city of Tikrit was liberated from the ISIL Takfiri terrorists last week.
  • Exhumation Begins At Suspected Mass Graves In Tikrit RFE/RL 07 Apr 2015 -- Iraqi forensic teams have begun excavating 12 suspected mass grave sites thought to hold the bodies of up to 1,700 soldiers killed by Islamic State (IS) militants in the city of Tikrit.
  • ISIL Massacres: Iraqi Soldiers Discover More Mass Graves Sputnik 07 Apr 2015 -- Iraqi forensic teams have started exhuming bodies from mass graves in Tikrit, believed to hold 1,700 soldiers captured and killed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State last June.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 06 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Iraqi forces to work with Kurds to liberate Nineveh: PM Press TV 06 Apr 2015 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced that the country's government forces will cooperate with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to liberate Iraq's northern province of Nineveh from ISIL Takfiri militants.
  • Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 05 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 04 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • What's Next for Iraqi Forces After Retaking Tikrit? VOA 03 Apr 2015 -- After ousting Islamic State militants from the city of Tikrit, Iraqi forces still must reclaim large areas of the west and north. A major goal for government forces and the sectarian militias and U.S. airpower backing them is Mosul, the largest city under militant control. But whether the next offensive will target Mosul directly or work towards it through an interim objective is open to question.
  • U.S., Coalition Forces Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL AFPS 03 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 02 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 01 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Iraq Claims Capture Of Tikrit RFE/RL 02 Apr 2015 -- The Iraqi government has claimed victory over Islamic State (IS) militants in Tikrit after a month-long battle for the city.
  • Update: air strikes in Iraq UK MOD 01 Apr 2015 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.
  • Iraq: UN envoy welcomes armed forces victory against ISIL in Tikrit UN News 01 Apr 2015 -- The top UN official in Iraq has welcomed the recent victories of the Iraqi Security Forces in liberating the town of Tikrit from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and associated armed groups.



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