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Iraq forms brigades of Sunnis, Kurds in bid to take back Mosul

Iraqi Army forces clash with ISIL fighters west of Mosul.

Special to BAGHDAD — Iraq has formed units to recapture a key city from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said the government of Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has approved the formation of units meant to contain […]

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Gen. Odierno: Politicized chain of command led to Iraq Army’s collapse

U.S. Army commander Gen. Raymond Odierno

Special to WASHINGTON — Iraq’s military has lost confidence in its command. A leading U.S. commander said the Iraq Army collapsed because of a loss of loyalty and confidence. U.S. Army commander Gen. Raymond Odierno said the politicization of […]

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ISIL morphs into ‘full-blown army’: U.S. intel claims ‘we did see this coming’

Brett McGurk, deputy assistant secretary for Iraq and Iran at the U.S. Department of State, testified at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on July 23.  / Starr

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has revised its assessment and now regards Islamic State of Iraq and Levant as a military force. The administration of President Barack Obama has told Congress that ISIL was transformed from what […]

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ISIL gains in Iraq are forcing the issue: Is U.S.-Iran cooperation inevitable?


Special to By Fariborz Saremi The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) extraordinary gains in much of Iraq have upset the geopolitical apple cart in the region. It has called into question both the value of the […]

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Outgoing Marine commandant on Iraq: ‘It breaks your heart’ and ‘they’re not done with us’

Gen. James Amos

Special to WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has seen nearly a decade of work in Iraq go down the drain. A leading U.S. military commander has asserted that the collapse of Iraq by Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq […]

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Iraq’s ambassador makes case for ‘precision U.S. air attacks’ as ISIL threatens oil, Jordan

Iraqi Ambassador to the United States Lukman Faily

Special to WASHINGTON — Iraq has appealed to the United States for air strikes on Al Qaida. Iraq’s ambassador to the United States has urged the administration of President Barack Obama to escalate U.S. military intervention. Iraqi ambassador Lukman […]

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ISIL seizes 50 U.S. artillery batteries and up to 4,000 U.S. PKC machine guns

M198 155mm artillery

Special to WASHINGTON — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has been bolstered by the seizure of a fleet of U.S.-origin artillery batteries. Officials said ISIL has captured a huge amount of U.S. combat platforms and equipment deployed […]

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ISIL’s ‘gang of thieves’ in Turkey stole 1,800 vehicles for operations

Close to 2,000 vehicles stolen in Turkey have been put to use by ISIL in Syria and Iraq.

Special to ANKARA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has formed a huge fleet of vehicles stolen from Turkey. A leading Turkish daily reported that ISIL was deploying nearly 2,000 Turkish vehicles in Syria. The Milliyet newspaper […]

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Sources: Iran already has 5,000 troops fighting ISIL in Iraq

Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani leads the IRGC Quds Force.

Special to BAGHDAD — Iran is said to have deployed at least 5,000 troops in neighboring Iraq. Kurdish sources said Islamic Revolutionary Guard has overseen the growing Iranian military presence in Iraq. The sources said IRGC Quds Force was […]

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Kurdish insurgents deploy 1,000 fighters to stop ISIL siege of Syrian city

PKK fighters

Special to NICOSIA — The leading Kurdish insurgency movement has intervened to save its compatriots in Syria. The Kurdish Workers Party has sent nearly 1,000 fighters to stop an offensive by Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the […]

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