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February 2019 - Iraq Special Weapons News
- CJTF-OIR Strike Summary Feb. 10 - 23, 2019 CENTCOM 28 Feb 2019 -- Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continue to target and pursue the enduring defeat of Daesh.
- Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve Monthly Civilian Casualty Report CENTCOM 28 Feb 2019 -- The Coalition has worked by, with and through partners since 2014 to defeat ISIS in designated parts of Iraq and Syria, liberating nearly 8 million Iraqis and Syrians from ISIS's brutal rule and reducing its control of territory to less than one percent of what it had previously held.
- Questions remain even as Iran, Iraq resume oil swap Press TV 27 Feb 2019 -- Iraq and Iran have reportedly begun exchanging crude oil following a 10-day halt which came after the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) suspended the swap earlier this month.
- U.S.-Backed Syrian Defense Force Hands Over 280 IS Fighters To Iraq RFE/RL 25 Feb 2019 -- The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have so far handed over 280 captured Islamic State (IS) insurgents to the government of Iraq, officials in Baghdad said on February 24.
- Iraqi intelligence forces nab over dozen French Daesh terrorists inside Syria Press TV 21 Feb 2019 -- Iraqi government forces have arrested more than a dozen French citizens over their membership in the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group during a counter-terrorism operation in neighboring Syria.
- Foreign military bases not welcome in Iraq, national security advisor says Press TV 21 Feb 2019 -- Iraqi National Security Adviser Falih al-Fayyadh says the Baghdad government is vehemently opposed to the presence of foreign military bases on its territory.
- Washington & Baghdad Agree to Withdraw US Troops From Syria Via Iraq - Official Sputnik 19 Feb 2019 -- US President Donald Trump announced his intention to pull out American forces from Syria in mid-December, explaining the move by citing the apparent defeat of the Daesh* terrorist group. However, no exact timeframe was set for the withdrawal.
- Report: Iraqi Forces Sexually Abuse IS Female Relatives in Mosul VOA 17 Feb 2019 -- Dozens of female relatives of Islamic State (IS) fighters in the refugee camps of Mosul have faced harassment and sexual abuse at the hands of Iraqi security forces, according to a joint report this week by the Network of Iraqi Reporters for Investigative Journalism and the Mosul Investigation Team.
- Acting Secretary Pleased With Progress of Coalition to Defeat ISIS DoD News 15 Feb 2019 -- Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said he is pleased with the progress of the coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and he reiterated America's steadfast support for the effort.
- Bomb attack kills 8 Hashd al-Sha'abi fighters in central Iraq Press TV 14 Feb 2019 -- Nearly a dozen fighters from the Iraqi pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries when a massive bomb explosion struck their convoy in Iraq's north-central province of Salahuddin.
- Acting Secretary Stresses Iraqi Sovereignty, Security in Visit to Baghdad DoD News 14 Feb 2019 -- On his way to Brussels earlier this week for meetings with his NATO counterparts, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan talked with reporters traveling with him about his visit to Baghdad.
- PM Abdul-Mahdi says no foreign bases will be accepted on Iraqi soil Press TV 13 Feb 2019 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi had told the visiting US defense chief that his country will accept no foreign military bases on its soil, just as it will not take dictates from outsiders.
- Iraq: Security Council told 'despair' has 'given way to hope' but road to stability 'long and far from easy' UN News 13 Feb 2019 -- Despite some positive developments following years of brutal conflict, Iraq is gripped by political stalemate and a continued humanitarian crisis that is hampering the stabilization of the country, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in the country, (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, told the Security Council on Wednesday.
- Acting Pentagon chief makes unannounced visit to Iraqi capital Press TV 12 Feb 2019 -- Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit as anger grows in Iraq over Washington's continued military presence in the Arab country despite the collapse of the Takfiri Daesh terror group there.
- Leading Shia blocs renew call for withdrawal of US troops from Iraq Press TV 12 Feb 2019 -- Iraq's two leading Shia parliamentary coalitions of Sairoon (Marching Towards Reform) and al-Fatah (Conquest) have renewed their calls for the withdrawal of American forces from the Arab country.
- Iraq, US clash over Iran energy imports: Paper Press TV 12 Feb 2019 -- Iraq is pushing back on US pressures to stop buying natural gas and electricity from Iran in what has become a major point of conflict between Washington and Baghdad, the New York Times reports.
- Leader of Iraqi Shia militia: US using Daesh as excuse to fulfill interests Press TV 11 Feb 2019 -- The leader of a powerful Iraqi militia group has lashed out at the United States for propping up the Daesh terrorist outfit in order to extend the stay of American troops in Iraq.
- Iraq reiterates opposition to US sanctions against Iran: Parliament speaker Press TV 09 Feb 2019 -- Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi reiterates his country's opposition to sanctions imposed by the United States against Iran.
- Iraq Faces Challenges to Make Society Whole Again VOA 09 Feb 2019 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross reports the Iraqi government faces enormous challenges in renovating its battered country and rebuilding the trust of its population after many years of bruising warfare.
- Iran extends power export agreement with Iraq Press TV 08 Feb 2019 -- Iran has signed an agreement to extend exports of 1,200 megawatts of electricity to neighboring Iraq.
- Mosul's '3D contamination' adds to challenges of deadly mine clearance work UN News 07 Feb 2019 -- Demining and other explosives clearance operations are ongoing in former ISIL-held areas of Iraq, but the work is painstaking and even more dangerous because of "3D contamination", the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) said on Thursday.
- UN: Clearing Iraq's Mosul From Explosives to Take Decades VOA 07 Feb 2019 -- The U.N. Mine Action Service (UNMAS) estimates it could take 10 years to clear Mosul, Iraq, of landmines and decades longer to free this former Islamic State stronghold of thousands of tons of other explosive hazards.
- Remarks by President Trump to the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS The White House 06 Feb 2019
- Trump Says Curtain Likely to Fall on IS Caliphate Within Days VOA 06 Feb 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he expected to formally declare victory over the Islamic State terror group's self-declared caliphate in the next week.
- Remarks at the Meeting of Ministers of the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS US Dept. of State 06 Feb 2019 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State and Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim
- The Global Coalition - Working To Defeat ISIS US Dept. of State 06 Feb 2019 -- Fact Sheet
- Iraq won't turn into launch pad for aggression against others, top Shia cleric says Press TV 06 Feb 2019 -- Iraq's most senior Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has fiercely criticized the latest statement by US President Donald Trump that American forces must remain in Iraq so Washington can keep a close eye on neighboring Iran.
- Chief bankers of Iran, Iraq sign deal on payment mechanism Press TV 06 Feb 2019 -- Governors of the central banks of Iran and Iraq on Tuesday signed an agreement on a payment mechanism which is to facilitate the settlement of Baghdad's debts to Tehran.
- US-Led Coalition Denies Confrontation With Iran-Backed Militia in Iraq VOA 05 Feb 2019 -- The U.S.-led coalition fighting against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq Monday denied it faced a head-to-head encounter with the Iran-backed militia known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in the Nineveh province of Iraq.
- Centcom Commander Briefs Senators on Regional Challenges DoD News 05 Feb 2019 -- No other region in the world is as dynamic, hopeful, challenging and dangerous as the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, the Centcom commander told the Senate Armed Forces Committee today.
- Iraq will not be used against other countries, prime minister says Press TV 05 Feb 2019 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has strongly condemned latest remarks by US President Donald Trump that American forces must remain in Iraq so Washington can keep a close eye on neighboring Iran, stressing that his country will not accept being used for any acts of aggression against other states.
- President Salih: Trump did not ask Iraq permission to watch Iran Press TV 04 Feb 2019 -- Iraqi leaders have hit back at Donald Trump after the US president said he plans to keep troops in the country to spy on Iran, with President Barham Salih saying the mission does not have Baghdad's permission.
- Iraqi President Says Trump Didn't Ask Permission To 'Watch Iran' RFE/RL 04 Feb 2019 -- The Iraqi president has said that President Donald Trump did not ask Baghdad's permission for U.S. troops stationed in Iraq to "watch Iran."
- Trump Says Wants To Keep U.S. Base In Iraq To 'Watch Iran' RFE/RL 03 Feb 2019 -- President Donald Trump made clear in a television interview that he wants to reduce U.S. military engagement in Syria and Afghanistan, but said he was willing to keep a U.S. military base in Iraq so that Washington can keep a close eye on Iran.
- Trump Wants to Keep US Military Presence in Iraq to Monitor Iran Sputnik 03 Feb 2019 -- During a surprise visit to Iraq late last year, President Donald Trump said that he has "no plans at all" to remove US troops from the Middle Eastern country, stressing his interest in wanting more soldiers deployed there from Syria. He announced the withdrawal of US forces from Syria in December 2018.
- Iraq to Adopt Bill Ending US, Foreign Adviser Presence in Country - Statement Sputnik 03 Feb 2019 -- Iraqi lawmakers are mulling legislation to terminate the security agreement with the United States, according to the First Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Hassan Karim.
- Australia admits it has killed up to 18 civilians in Mosul air raid Press TV 02 Feb 2019 -- Australian Defense Force officials admit that a 2017 airstrike by the country's jet fighters on the northern Iraqi city of Mosul has claimed the lives of six to 18 civilians.
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