ISIL makes millions a month gaming forex markets

Special to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is making up to $25 million per month by gaming Mideast foreign exchange markets. The ISIL scheme takes advantage of the hawala system, which is an honor system in Middle East exchanges that operates outside of traditional banking. According to forex analyst David Butter, a […]

Obama won’t designate ISIL’s slaughter of Mideast Christians as genocide

Special to Though the pope and the UN have designated Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL) slaughter of Mideast Christians as genocide, the Obama administration is not so sure. “My understanding is the use of that word involves a very specific legal determination that has, at this point, not been reached,” White House […]

U.S. Army’s Delta Force begins operations against ISIL in Iraq

Special to Soldiers with the U.S. Army’s elite Delta Force are on the ground in Iraq and have begun missions to capture or kill top Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) operatives. “The only thing I’ll say is the (Expeditionary Targeting Force) is in position, it is having an effect and operating, and […]

U.S. embassy urges evacuation from Mosul as dam catastrophe looms

Special to The U.S. embassy in Iraq has recommended the evacuation of Mosul out of fear that the Mosul Dam is near collapse. “Out of an abundance of caution, we would like to underscore that prompt evacuation offers the most effective tool to save lives of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis living in the […]

Art collectors in West are helping to fund ISIL

Special to The illicit trade of antiquities in the West is helping to fund the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) terror organization. The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria has put a dent in ISIL’s other funding streams, so the jihadists increasingly rely on the sale of artifacts pilfered from areas under […]

Kurdish special forces in Iraq rescue Swedish girl from ISIL

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Authorities in northern Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous region say a teenage Swedish girl who was being held by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militants has been rescued in a raid by Iraqi Kurdish special forces. A statement issued by officials in Iraq’s Kurdish region on […]

Bush lied, people died: Donald Trump pulls out the Left’s playbook on Iraq

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Despite some recent military successes against the Islamic State (ISIL) forces, both the security and the humanitarian situation in Iraq remain fragile and precarious. That’s the assessment from Jan Kubis, the UN special representative in a sobering report to the Security Council on the road […]

Report: ISIL used mustard gas against Kurds in Iraq

Special to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) used the chemical agent mustard gas in attacks on Kurdish forces in Iraq in 2015, according to tests by a chemical arms watchdog group. A source at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told Reuters that “laboratory tests had come back positive […]

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