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May 2015 - Iraq Special Weapons News

  • Coalition Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 31 May 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.
  • PM: Iraq lost 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles to ISIL Press TV 31 May 2015 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has acknowledged that security forces lost 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles when the ISIL Takfiri group overran the northern city of Mosul.
  • Large group of ISIL militants flee Iraq Baiji: Ministry Press TV 31 May 2015 -- A large group of the ISIL Takfiri militants have fled the central parts of the northern Iraqi city of Baiji in the restive Salahuddin Province, Iraq's Defense Ministry says.
  • Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 30 May 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.
  • WHO warns against deteriorating health situation in Iraq IRNA 30 May 2015 -- If urgently needed funds are not secured by the end of June 2015, more than 84% of health care projects serving the Iraqi population will be forced to close, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.
  • Key district retaken near Iraq's Ramadi Press TV 30 May 2015 -- Iraqi forces have taken back an area southwest of the flashpoint city of Ramadi in the western Anbar Province from ISIL terrorists.
  • Iraq forces moving toward Ramadi from three directions Press TV 30 May 2015 -- Iraqi security forces, with the support of Shia and Sunni volunteers, are pushing their way toward the western city of Ramadi, tightening the siege on the Takfiri ISIL terrorists that control the city.
  • Experts: IS Skilled at Gathering Intelligence, Adjusting Tactics VOA 29 May 2015 -- While U.S. and coalition partners pluck intelligence on Islamic State extremists from the militants' communications or movements and then bomb them from the air, the militant group is gathering its own intelligence from city streets and preparing the ground for its next battlefield moves.
  • Thousands Fleeing Ramadi Are Stuck at Baghdad Checkpoint VOA 29 May 2015 -- The United Nations refugee agency reports thousands of Iraqis who have fled the bloody takeover of Ramadi by so-called Islamic State militants are stuck at checkpoints in Anbar province and barred from entering the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The UNHCR is appealing to Iraqi authorities to ease restrictions.
  • Airstrikes Deny ISIL Forces Tactical Advantages AFPS 29 May 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 says 85,000 Iraqis have fled ISIL violence in Ramadi Press TV 29 May 2015 -- About 85,000 people have fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi since mid-May, when Takfiri ISIL terrorists seized the capital of the western province of Anbar, the UN says.
  • Iraq's latest gains over ISIL herald more: Cmdr. Press TV 29 May 2015 -- The secretary general of Iraq's Asaib Ahl al-Haq volunteer forces says the recent army victories against the ISIL in the northern province of Salahuddin herald the liberation of more neighboring areas from the Takfiri terrorists, Press TV reports.
  • UN 'deeply concerned' by desperate situation facing thousands of Iraqis fleeing Ramadi UN News 29 May 2015 -- Some 85,000 Iraqis have fled fighting in the central city of Ramadi but as temperatures in the region soar, thousands more still on the move are facing obstacles in reaching safety such as lack of proper shelter and "onerous requirements" for documentation, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.
  • Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 28 May 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 purges ISIL from stronghold in Salahuddin Press TV 28 May 2015 -- Iraqi army troops, backed by popular forces, have retaken a key village in the Dujail district of Salahuddin Province, driving the ISIL Takfiri terrorists out of their stronghold in the northern province.
  • Iraqi forces kill over 30 ISIL militants in restive Anbar province Press TV 28 May 2015 -- Iraqi army forces backed by fighters from the Popular Mobilization units have engaged ISIL Takfiri militants in the country's western province of Anbar, killing more than three dozen of them in the process.
  • Iraq President Vows to Fight IS 'Until They Are Killed or We Die' VOA 28 May 2015 -- VOA reporter Ali Javanmardi sat down this week to speak with Iraqi President Fuad Masum in Baghdad. A veteran Iraqi Kurdish politician, Masum was elected by Iraqi lawmakers in 2014, in a nation where a majority Shi'ite government is fighting the majority Sunni extremist group, Islamic State.
  • US Working to Enhance Training for Iraqi Troops VOA 28 May 2015 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday that defense officials are looking at ways to enhance efforts to train and equip pro-government forces in Iraq as they battle Islamic State fighters.
  • Iran Challenging Regional Balance of Power VOA 27 May 2015 -- Fallujah, Mosul, Tikrit, Ramadi: One by one, key Iraqi cities fell to Islamic State militants as Iraqi security forces failed to hold their ground. In their place, Iranian-sponsored Iraqi Shi'ite militias, who once battled U.S. soldiers, have emerged as among the strongest ground forces capable of pushing back the extremists.
  • Multiple ISIL bomb attacks kill 17 Iraqi soldiers Press TV 27 May 2015 -- A wave of bomb attacks carried out by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Iraq's western province of Anbar have left 17 soldiers dead amid the ongoing battle to liberate the provincial capital, Ramadi.
  • Iraqi army, allied forces capture 100s of ISIL militants in Anbar Press TV 27 May 2015 -- Iraqi army troops and allied forces have captured hundreds of ISIL militants in the western province of Anbar.
  • Suicide Bombings Kill Pro-Iraq Forces in Anbar VOA 27 May 2015 -- Suicide bombings killed at least 17 Iraqi soldiers in Anbar province overnight, as pro-government forces in Iraq continue their newly launched campaign to disrupt the Islamic State group in the area.
  • US Supports Offensive to Retake Anbar VOA 26 May 2015 -- Iraqi government-allied forces clashed with Islamic State militants on the edges of Ramadi after Baghdad launched an offensive Tuesday to retake Anbar province and its capital.
  • Anti-ISIL Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 26 May 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 launches mass polio vaccination campaign set to target nearly 5.7 million Iraqi children UN News 26 May 2015 -- Aiming to target 5.7 million children under the age of five, the United Nations today launched a mass polio vaccination campaign in Iraq, which is set to be conducted in all governorates to maintain the country's polio-free status.
  • Iraq Risks Sinking Into Sectarian War, Analysts Say VOA 26 May 2015 -- With the fall of Ramadi to the Sunni-led Islamic State extremists and Iraqi Shi'ite militias gearing up to fight them, the fear in Washington, and in the region, is that Iraq once again will sink into all-out sectarian war.
  • Obama: US Must Rethink Military Assets in Iraq VOA 26 May 2015 -- President Barack Obama said the U.S. and its NATO allies need to consider how they are deploying military assets against Islamist extremists in Iraq, just hours after Baghdad announced an offensive to retake the provincial capital of Ramadi.
  • Update: air strikes in Iraq UK MOD 26 May 2015 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.
  • Iraq starts operations to purge Anbar, Salahuddin from ISIL Press TV 26 May 2015 -- Iraq has announced the launch of massive operations to drive ISIL Takfiri terrorists out of Salahuddin and Anbar provinces.
  • Iraq Hopes for Russia to Supply Arms, Ammunition to Fight Against ISIL Sputnik 26 May 2015 -- Baghdad is hoping for Moscow's aid in delivering ammunition in order to fight against the Islamic State, Iraqi Interior Minister Mohammed Ghabban said Tuesday.
  • Airstrikes Against ISIL Targets Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 25 May 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 make new headway in anti-ISIL fight Press TV 25 May 2015 -- Iraq's Shia and Sunni volunteer forces have made fresh gains in their fight against the ISIL terror group in northern Salahuddin province.
  • Iraqi Forces Advance On IS-Controlled Ramadi RFE/RL 25 May 2015 -- Iraqi government forces aided by Shi'ite militias and Sunni tribal fighters have retaken ground lost a week ago to Islamic State (IS) militants and are continuing to advance toward the western Iraqi city of Ramadi.
  • IS Boosts Forces in Ramadi VOA 25 May 2015 -- Islamic State is fortifying its ranks in the Iraqi city of Ramadi as military and paramilitary forces plan a counteroffensive to push back the frontline in Anbar province.
  • Iraqi Military's Will to Fight Questioned VOA 25 May 2015 -- As the United States honored its war dead, among them nearly 4,500 Americans who died in Iraq since 2003, questions continued to swirl Monday about the direction of the campaign against the Islamic State group.
  • Pentagon chief blasts Iraqis for lacking 'will to fight' amidst hawks' call for U.S. troop surge People's Daily 25 May 2015 -- In a rare departure from the White House's reaffirmed support for the Iraqi government after occupation of the crucial Iraqi city Ramadi by the extremist group Islamic State (IS), U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Sunday blamed the Iraqis for lacking will to fight.
  • Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 24 May 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.
  • Carter: Iraqi Forces Failed to Fight for Ramadi AFPS 24 May 2015 -- Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant extremists took control of Ramadi last week when Iraqi forces failed to fight for the city and instead withdrew, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an interview broadcast on CNN's "State of the Union" program this morning.
  • US defense secretary blames Iraqi military for fall of Ramadi Press TV 24 May 2015 -- US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has blamed the Iraqi military for the fall of the city of Ramadi, saying that Iraqi forces had no will to fight ISIL.
  • US Officials Criticize Iraqi Troops After Fall of Ramadi VOA 24 May 2015 -- Senior U.S. officials on Sunday questioned the will of Iraqi forces in the ongoing battle against Islamic State militants, drawing a sharp response from Baghdad and fresh criticism in Washington about President Barack Obama's strategy to defeat the group.
  • McCain: US must deploy thousands of troops to Iraq Press TV 24 May 2015 -- John McCain, the chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, says the United States must deploy thousands of troops to Iraq to defeat the ISIL terrorist group, which captured the Iraqi city of Ramadi last week.
  • Iraqi Security Forces Drive ISIL Out of East Ramadi Sputnik 24 May 2015 -- Iraqi security forces on Saturday regained control over the city of Khalediyah, located to the east of the Anbar province's capital, Ramadi, according to the local police.
  • Iraqi Special Forces First to Flee Ramadi VOA 24 May 2015 -- Kurdish commanders say Islamic State extremists were able to capture Ramadi a week ago because elite U.S.-trained Iraqi soldiers abandoned their posts 48 hours before the jihadis launched their final assault on the western Iraqi city. Their retreat left Iraqi units remaining in Ramadi and defending the strategic city dangerously exposed.
  • U.S., Coalition Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 23 May 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 armed forces liberate another town in Anbar Press TV 23 May 2015 -- Iraqi government forces have taken back another town in the western province of Anbar from the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group.
  • Iraqi army pushing to retake Ramadi from ISIL Press TV 23 May 2015 -- Iraqi armed forces have retaken a police station in a western town in the country's Anbar Province from Takfiri ISIL militants after they started a military operation to liberate the provincial capital, Ramadi.
  • Islamic State's Gains Spur Worries Of A Splintering Iraq RFE/RL 23 May 2015 -- As the Islamic State takes over large swaths of Iraq and Syria, political leaders from Washington to Baghdad and the Arabian peninsula worry that Iraq is in danger of splintering into pieces.
  • Iraq, Shi'ite Forces Move Against IS Near Ramadi VOA 23 May 2015 -- A convoy of Shi'ite Muslim militia and Iraqi army forces launched a counter-offensive against Islamic State militants near Ramadi Saturday, a day after U.S.-led forces conducted airstrikes near the militant-controlled city.
  • Battlefield Gains for IS Raise Fears of Assault on Baghdad VOA 23 May 2015 -- The Islamic State group seized the last government-held border crossing to Iraq early Friday, the latest in a series of terrotorial gains for the terror group, and there are mounting fears the group could soon launch an assault on the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
  • Ramadi Refugees Face Desperate Humanitarian Situation As They Wait To Cross Into Baghdad RFE/RL 22 May 2015 -- The thousands of Iraqis fleeing to Baghdad in the wake of the Islamic State (IS) group's capture of Ramadi, west of the capital, are facing an increasingly desperate humanitarian situation.
  • UN: 'Nothing More Important' Than Helping Ramadi Refugees VOA 22 May 2015 -- Since Ramadi fell to Islamic State militants on Sunday, tens of thousands of the city's former residents have been on the road, fleeing the fighting and their homes in the western Anbar Province. Most of them are headed for what they hope is safety in Iraq's capital, Baghdad.
  • Iraq: as Ramadi fighting intensifies, UN food agency rushes supplies to thousands displaced UN News 22 May 2015 -- As tens of thousands of people continue to flee fierce fighting in the Ramadi district of Iraq, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rushing food assistance there, a spokesperson confirmed in Geneva today, as she appealed for $108 million to continue operations in the country until October 2015.
  • White House: No Plans to Send US Ground Troops to Iraq VOA 22 May 2015 -- White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Friday he could not corroborate Islamic State's claims it was responsible for a blast at a Shi'ite mosque in the eastern Saudi Arabian governate of Qatif that killed at least 21 people.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 22 May 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.
  • US-Led Airstrikes Target Islamic State Militants in Iraq, Syria VOA 22 May 2015 -- U.S.-led forces conducted 15 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq since Thursday, concentrating on targets near Ramadi, the city that
    recently fell to the insurgents, the U.S. military said on Friday.
  • Iraqi Forces Clear Pathway to Beiji Oil Refinery AFPS 22 May 2015 -- Iraqi security forces and federal police, enabled by the coalition, have successfully cleared and established a ground route into the Beiji oil refinery, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 21 May 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.
  • 40,000 Iraqis flee ISIL brutalities in Ramadi Press TV 21 May 2015 -- Tens of thousands of Iraqis have fled Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, since some of its parts were seized by the ISIL terrorist group over the weekend.
  • U.S. To Deliver Antitank Weapons As Criticism Of Iraq Strategy Grows RFE/RL 21 May 2015 -- The United States will deliver 1,000 antitank weapons to Iraq in June to combat Islamic State suicide bombings like those that helped the group seize Ramadi, a senior U.S. State Department official said May 20.
  • Iraq to Build National Guard-Style Force to Fight ISIL - US State Dep't Sputnik 21 May 2015 -- Iraqi authorities are planning to build a national guard-style force to fight against the Islamic State, a senior US State Department official said.
  • Dempsey: Iraqi Forces Not Driven From Ramadi, They Drove Out of Ramadi AFPS 20 May 2015 -- Iraqi security forces weren't "driven from" Ramadi, they "drove out of Ramadi," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
  • Background Briefing on Iraq US Dept. of State 20 May 2015
  • US Vows to Help Iraqi Government Retake Ramadi VOA 20 May 2015 -- U.S. officials say they are ready to help Iraq's military retake Ramadi as soon as possible. The Anbar provincial capital has been in the hands of the Islamic State since Sunday.
  • Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 20 May 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.
  • Centcom Officials 'Confident' Iraqi Security Forces Will Recover Ramadi AFPS 20 May 2015 -- The loss of Ramadi is a setback, but U.S. Central Command officials are confident Iraqi security forces will take back the city in the near term, a Centcom spokesman said today.
  • Pentagon says Iraqi troops abandon US military vehicles in Ramadi Press TV 20 May 2015 -- The Pentagons says dozens of US military vehicles have been abandoned by Iraqi troops in the flashpoint city of Ramadi after the ISIL Takfiri terrorists took the full control of the city.
  • UN Watchdog blasts Iraq over IDP treatment IRIN 19 May 2015 -- A UN watchdog has blasted the Iraqi authorities for their failure to adequately support and protect the nearly three million people displaced within its borders by the so-called Islamic State, citing examples of restricted movement, detention without due process and an 'ad hoc' approach to aid delivery.
  • Iraq and global community must protect internally displaced as crisis deepens - UN expert UN News 19 May 2015 -- A United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Iraq to step-up its efforts and give a higher priority to nearly three million internally displaced persons (IDPs).
  • In Ramadi's Wake, No Hint of New US Strategy VOA 19 May 2015 -- Despite the Islamic State militants' defeat of U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces in Ramadi, the Obama administration says it does not plan to change its strategy – a resolute stance that has drawn sharp criticism from a top congressional Republican and some military analysts.
  • Analysts Say Loss of Ramadi Shows Inherent Iraqi Army Weakness VOA 19 May 2015 -- Analysts say the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to Islamic State insurgents has again demonstrated inherent weaknesses in the Iraqi army.
  • Coalition Airstrikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 19 May 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 19 May 2015 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.
  • Iraq security forces control 30 percent of Ramadi: Official Press TV 19 May 2015 -- Iraqi security forces are in control of as much as 30 percent of the city of Ramadi in the western Iraqi province of Anbar, says a senior official in the restive province, which is facing an offensive by Takfiri ISIL terrorists.
  • 60,000 Shia fighters protecting Iraqi capital: Security body Press TV 19 May 2015 -- At least 60,000 Shia volunteer forces, known as members of the Popular Mobilization units, are protecting Iraq's capital, Baghdad, an Iraqi security committee says.
  • Shi'ite Fighters Mass For Counterattack On IS-Held Ramadi RFE/RL 19 May 2015 -- Thousands of Shi'ite militia fighters have arrived at a military base near Ramadi in preparation for what they say will be a counteroffensive to retake the western Iraqi city seized by Islamic State (IS) militants on May 17.
  • No US Armament Left in Ramadi After 2011 Pullout - Pentagon Spokeswoman Sputnik 19 May 2015 -- The US Armed Forces did not leave any military equipment after the 2011 withdrawal from the Iraqi city of Ramadi, which was recently captured by Islamic State militants, a US Department of Defense spokeswoman Cmdr. Elissa Smith told Sputnik on Tuesday.
  • Shi'ite Militias Mass for Possible Ramadi Offensive VOA 19 May 2015 -- Iraqi security forces, as well as several thousand Shi'ite militia members, massed Tuesday outside the Iraqi city of Ramadi ahead of a possible offensive to try to recapture the Anbar provincial capital from Islamic State militants.
  • US Vows to Help Iraq Retake Ramadi, Critical Fight Looms VOA 18 May 2015 -- The United States is promising to help Iraqi forces retake Ramadi from the Islamic State militant group, though officials worry the looming battles could play to the terror group's advantage, win or lose.
  • Analysts: US Airstrikes,Targeted Raids not Enough to Defeat ISIS VOA 18 May 2015 -- Iraq experts warn that unless the United States works to have Sunni Iraqis take up arms against the Islamic State militant group, Washington's policy of airstrikes and targeted raids will do nothing but slow the country's collapse into crippling sectarian warfare.
  • Pentagon: Iraqi, Coalition Forces Will Retake Ramadi AFPS 18 May 2015 -- Iraqi security forces and coalition partners will retake the Iraqi city of Ramadi, now "largely under control" of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant extremists since yesterday, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today.
  • Nearly 25,000 flee Ramadi amid ISIL attacks and heavy fighting, says UN relief wing UN News 18 May 2015 -- With stocks running low and funds running out, United Nations aid agencies are rushing humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the city of Ramadi in central Iraq for the second time this month, according to the UN office tasked with coordinating relief operations.
  • Military Airstrikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 18 May 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.
  • US-Led Coalition Steps Up Airstrikes in Ramadi VOA 18 May 2015 -- Following the Islamic State group's bloody weekend seizure of much of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, the U.S.-led coalition has increased airstrikes and Shi'ite paramility units are preparing to deploy to the predominantly Sunni city.
  • Iraqi Defense Minister: Iraq in dire need of Iran's help IRNA 18 May 2015 -- Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi on Monday appreciated Iranian defense assistance to Iraq and said under the current sensitive situation, Baghdad is in dire need of Iranian defense assistance.
  • IS militants take full control of Iraq's Ramadi People's Daily 18 May 2015 -- The Islamic State (IS) militant group on Sunday took full control of the city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, Iraq, after the Iraqi security forces withdrew from their positions, a provincial security source said.
  • Iran to continue backing Iraq integrity: Defense chief Press TV 18 May 2015 -- Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the Islamic Republic has always supported Iraq's territorial integrity and the establishment of security and peace in the country and will continue to do so.
  • ISIL terrorists kill up to 500 Iraqis in Ramadi in 3 days Press TV 18 May 2015 -- The ISIL Takfiri militants have in three days killed more than 500 Iraqis, including civilians and soldiers, and forced 8,000 others to flee their homes in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, which has reportedly been seized by the terrorists, a provincial official says.
  • Shia volunteers converge on Ramadi to dislodge ISIL Press TV 18 May 2015 -- Shia volunteer forces, also known as the Popular Mobilization Units, have converged on the Iraqi city of Ramadi to help security forces fight the ISIL Takfiri terrorists who have reportedly seized the city.
  • Iraqi Battle Plans Altered By IS Capture Of Ramadi RFE/RL 18 May 2015 -- The capture of Iraq's Sunni city of Ramadi by Islamic State (IS) militants has fundamentally changed how war is being waged against the extremists in Iraq's Sunni areas.
  • Shi'ite Fighters Mass For Counterattack On IS-Held Ramadi RFE/RL 18 May 2015 -- Thousands of Shi'ite militia fighters have arrived at a military base near Ramadi in preparation for what they say will be a counteroffensive to retake the western Iraqi city seized by Islamic State (IS) militants on May 17.
  • Shi'ite Militias Set Course for Ramadi After IS Victory VOA 18 May 2015 -- Shi'ite militias are headed to the outskirts of the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Monday after Prime Minster Haider al-Abadi called for support in the aftermath of an Islamic State victory there.
  • Iran, Iraq defense ministers vow to broaden defense cooperation IRNA 18 May 2015 -- Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan conferred on Monday with his Iraqi counterpart Khaled al-Obeidi on expansion of defense cooperation between the two countries.
  • Airstrikes Target ISIL Tactical Units, Staging Areas AFPS 17 May 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.
  • Islamic State Captures Iraq's Ramadi Sputnik 18 May 2015 -- The Islamic State jihadist group has captured the central Iraqi city of Ramadi in its entirety amid disputed claims from US and local officials, according to Monday's media reports.
  • Iraq's Ramadi 'falls' to ISIL Takfiris Press TV 17 May 2015 -- ISIL Takfiri terrorists have managed to bring under their full control the central Iraqi city of Ramadi, the provincial capital of al-Anbar.
  • About 500 killed in Iraq's Ramadi in 2 days: Officials Press TV 17 May 2015 -- About 500 people have been killed in two days of fighting in the central Iraqi city of Ramadi before ISIL terrorists retreated from the troubled city, Iraqi officials say.
  • Iraq's Ramadi Falls To Islamic State Group RFE/RL 17 May 2015 -- The Islamic State (IS) militant group has overrun Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's western Anbar province, chasing the Iraqi forces out of the city despite the support of U.S.-led air strikes targeting the IS positions.
  • ISIL Militants Execute Over 500 People in Iraqi Ramadi – Official Sputnik 17 May 2015 -- Islamic State (ISIL) seized the major and the most important part of Ramadi, and executed 503 civilians, according to Vice-Chairman of Anbar Provincial Council Faleh Issawi.
  • Islamic State Claims to Seize Ramadi VOA 17 May 2015 -- The Islamic State group on Sunday claimed to have seized the Iraqi provincial capital of Ramadi, giving the militants their largest victory this year after days of intense clashes.
  • Biden says US 'expedites' weapon shipments to Iraq Press TV 16 May 2015 -- US Vice President Joe Biden has called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to reaffirm that Washington is expediting weapons to the country.
  • Iraq PM denies reports about ISIL's full Ramadi seizure Press TV 16 May 2015 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has denied reports that the ISIL Takfiri militants have completely taken control of the city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province.
  • Islamic State Takes Control Over Most Of Iraq's Ramadi RFE/RL 16 May 2015 -- The Islamic State has taken control over most of Ramadi, the capital city of western Iraq's Anbar province, after raising their black flag over the main government building early May 15, local officials are reporting.
  • Iraq To Send More Troops To Ramadi RFE/RL 16 May 2015 -- The Iraqi military says extra troops are being sent to Ramadi, a city now largely controlled by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 15 May 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.
  • Strategy to Defeat ISIL is Working, Military Official Says AFPS 15 May 2015 -- The coalition and Iraqi security forces strategy to defeat and dismantle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant extremist group is clear and on track, the chief of staff of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said today.
  • ISIL Seizes Iraqi City of Ramadi 110 Km From Baghdad Sputnik 15 May 2015 -- Islamic State militants have seized the government compound in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, raising their black and white flag in the city center on Friday afternoon, AFP reports, citing government officials.
  • Islamic State Raises Flag Over Ramadi VOA 15 May 2015 -- Islamic State militants took over the local government compound in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Friday, raising their black flag in the Anbar province capital, after months of protracted conflict.
  • At Security Council, UN officials warn against 'waning' global attention to plight of civilians in Iraq UN News 14 May 2015 -- The complexities and complications surrounding the plight of civilians in Iraq remain "enormous" amid slow political progress and ongoing violence throughout the country, a senior United Nations official warned today as he urged the international community to support the Gulf State's efforts towards stability and peace.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 13 May 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.
  • Blast kills Iraqi Kurdish commander near Kirkuk Press TV 12 May 2015 -- A commander of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces has been killed in a roadside bomb attack south of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.
  • Military Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 11 May 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 army, volunteers regain control of two oil fields Press TV 11 May 2015 -- Iraqi armed forces backed by volunteers have regained control of two oil fields in the northern part of the country months after the ISIL terrorists seized the facilities.
  • IS Constructs A 'Can-Do' Image In Mosul RFE/RL 10 May 2015 -- For the Islamic State (IS) group, appearances are everything. That's why, in recent days, the militant group has focused its propaganda efforts on positive developments in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
  • Iran not interfering in Iraq: President Fuad Masum ISNA 10 May 2015 -- Iraqi President Fuad Masum dismissed allegations that the Islamic Republic interferes in Iraq, saying Tehran's support for Baghdad in the fight against ISIL terrorists has been out of brotherly intentions.
  • Iran reaffirms support for Iraq security, stability Press TV 10 May 2015 -- A senior Iranian official says Iraq's stability and security is key to regional security, stressing that the Islamic Republic will proceed with its support for the Iraqi government and nation.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 09 May 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.
  • Iraqi President terms Tehran, Baghdad relations as 'strategic' IRNA 09 May 2015 -- In an exclusive interview with IRNA on Saturday, Iraqi President Fouad Masoum termed relations between Tehran and Baghdad as 'strategic'.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 08 May 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.
  • Iraq army, volunteers start Fallujah operation Press TV 08 May 2015 -- The Iraqi army and volunteer forces have started a major military operation against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the militant-besieged city of Fallujah in central Iraq, Press TV reports.
  • Senior UN official warns of 'widespread and systematic' sexual violence in Syria, Iraq UN News 07 May 2015 -- Sexual violence is being committed strategically, in a widespread and systematic manner, and with a high-degree of sophistication by most parties to the conflict in Syria and Iraq, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, said today as she briefed journalists on her "scoping mission" to the region in April.
  • Airstrikes Destroy ISIL Infrastructure in Iraq, Syria AFPS 07 May 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.
  • Leaders Reaffirm Support of Iraq's Fight Against ISIL AFPS 07 May 2015 -- The Pentagon's senior leaders today reiterated their commitment to help the Iraqi government and other allies in delivering a lasting defeat to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
  • Obama seeks to halt House bill proposing to split Iraq: Report Press TV 07 May 2015 -- The Obama administration has launched a campaign on Capitol Hill aimed at scrapping a controversial bill that proposes to split Iraq into three separate states, according to a report.
  • 18 ISIL terrorists killed in Iraq's Fallujah Press TV 07 May 2015 -- Iraqi government forces have killed more than a dozen members of the Takfiri ISIL militant group in the troubled western province of Anbar as they continue to battle the terrorists and purge various districts across the country of them.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Iraq AFPS 06 May 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Update: air strikes in Iraq UK MOD 06 May 2015 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.
  • Iraq aid cuts due to funding shortages IRIN 06 May 2015 -- Humanitarian crises around the world are struggling for money, but Iraq – where some 2.7 million people have been internally displaced in the last 17 months – is at the bottom of the pile, having received just eight percent of its 2015 funding needs.
  • ISIL Tactical Units, Fighting Positions Destroyed in Airstrikes AFPS 05 May 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.
  • Iraq - Ammunition DSCA 05 May 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for Ammunition and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $395 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.
  • 45 militants killed in clashes between Iraq army, ISIL in Salahuddin Press TV 05 May 2015 -- Clashes between Iraq's army and the ISIL Takfiri militants continue unabated in northern Salahuddin province with Iraqi air force killing at least 45 militants.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Iraq AFPS 04 May 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 03 May 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.
  • Abadi slams US Congress bill to split Iraq Press TV 03 May 2015 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has denounced a controversial US Congress bill aimed at dividing the Arab country into three states.
  • Iraqi forces kill 73 ISIL Takfiris during various operations Press TV 03 May 2015 -- Units of Iraqi security forces have engaged members of ISIL Takfiri militant group during two separate cleanup operations in and around the capital, Baghdad, killing scores of the terrorists.
  • US Probes Report of Civilian Deaths in Airstrike in Syria VOA 02 May 2015 -- The U.S. Central Command said Saturday that it was investigating claims that a U.S.-led airstrike in northern Syria killed at least 52 civilians, including seven children.
  • Thirty killed, 9 injured in explosions across Iraq Press TV 02 May 2015 -- At least 30 people have lost their lives and nine others have been wounded in separate bomb blasts across war-torn Iraq, security sources say.
  • ISIL Experiencing Setbacks in Iraq, Syria, Centcom Says AFPS 01 May 2015 -- While Beiji and Ramadi in Iraq remain contested between Iraqi security forces and extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants, ISIL is experiencing setbacks, a U.S. Central Command spokesman said today.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 01 May 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 01 May 2015 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.
  • Peshmerga forces kill 21 ISIL Takfiri terrorists in northern Iraq Press TV 01 May 2015 -- Iraq's Kurdish Peshmerga forces have managed to kill nearly two dozen members of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists during a fierce exchange of gunfire in the northern province of Nineveh.



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