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  • Over 100 killed in Iraq airstrikes, clashes [Basic Training Camp Hit]

    09/18/2014 10:11:48 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Zee News ^ | Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Baghdad: Over 100 people were killed and 79 others wounded in Iraq Thursday in US air strikes and clashes between the Iraqi security forces and insurgent militants, including those with the Islamic State(IS), officials and security sources said. In Iraq`s northern province of Nineveh, US airstrikes hit an IS training centre at the college of agriculture in Hamam al-Alil area, some 25 km south of Nineveh`s provincial capital Mosul, leaving 59 militants dead and some 70 others wounded, according to the head of the security committee of Nineveh`s provincial council. "Some of the dead and wounded were recruits who...
  • U.S. ready to strike ISIS in Syria [waiting president's authorization]

    09/18/2014 9:33:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    CNN via WDSU ^ | Sep 18, 2014 | Barbara Starr
    WASHINGTON (CNN) —The U.S. military has everything it needs to strike ISIS inside Syria and is awaiting President Barack Obama's authorization to do so, U.S. military officials tell CNN. For weeks, intelligence and military targeting specialists have been working around the clock on a list of targets. It's expected the list will be presented to the President one more time, with some analysis of the risks of bombing inside Syria, as well as possible rewards in terms of destroying and degrading ISIS, according to the officials. It is most likely that the target list will be broadly described to the...
  • WSJ: Obama will require military to get his personal approval for U.S. strikes in Syria

    09/18/2014 9:22:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/18/2014 | Noah Rothman
    A man who’s a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, a better political director than his political directors, and who knows more about policy than his policy advisors must surely also be a better general than his generals, no? The U.S. military campaign against Islamist militants in Syria is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control, going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential signoff for strikes in Syrian territory, officials said.The requirements for strikes in Syria against the extremist group Islamic State will be far more stringent than...
  • Obama Is Taking Personal Control Over The War Against ISIS In Syria

    09/18/2014 5:08:02 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 68 replies
    BI ^ | 18/9/2104 | Michael B. Kelly
    US President Barack Obama will personally sign off on any airstrike targeting Islamic State militants in Syria, Julian Barnes and Carol Lee of The Wall Street Journal report. With the high level of personal control in Syria, "Obama can better ensure the operation remain focused on his main goal for that part of the campaign: weakening the militants' hold on territory in neighboring Iraq." The U.S. has conducted 174 strikes in Iraq and is preparing Islamic State (aka ISIS) targets in Syria. Obama has sent hundreds of special operations advisors to Iraq to assist Iraqi Security Forces and Kurdish peshmerga...
  • US Airstrikes IVO Baghdad

    09/17/2014 7:48:49 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 4 replies
    ISIS Study Group ^ | 9/17/2014 | ISIS Study Group
    US Airstrikes IVO Baghdad by ISIS Study Group In the first real sign that the US government is actually coordinating their airstrikes against priority targets, sorties in the last few days have been concentrated in and around the areas Southwest of Baghdad. CENTCOM officials didn't specify where these strikes occurred, but we assess they were targeting Islamic State positions in Jurf al-Shakur (variants Shaqir, Sakhar), which remains a critical piece of real estate for the IS campaign to overwhelm IA forces defending Baghdad, and using this area as a staging area for launching strikes targeting specific neighborhoods inside the Nation's...
  • Iraqi troops retake [more] villages, US jets pound IS positions

    09/16/2014 8:50:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Big News Network (IANS) ^ | Tuesday 16th September, 2014
    Iraqi security forces Tuesday recaptured several villages in heavy clashes with extremist insurgent groups, while US warplanes expanded their airstrikes and pounded Islamic State militants near Iraq's capital Baghdad. A senior Iraqi security spokesman said the US air force carried out the first airstrike under a new anti-IS plan on positions of the IS militants in Sadr al-Yousifiyah area, southwest of Baghdad, according to Xinhua. "The airstrike was important and was carried out in coordination with Baghdad Operations Command," military spokesman Qasim Atta told reporters in Baghdad. Sadr al-Yousifiyah is located on the Euphrates river between the militant-seized city of...
  • ISIS shoots down Syrian regime fighter jet

    09/16/2014 8:29:00 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 67 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 16 September 2014 | Staff Writer, Al Arabiya News
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) shot down a Syrian regime fighter jet conducting airstrikes on the group’s stronghold of Raqqa on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The Britain-based monitor said: “It is the first aircraft shot down since the regime launched air strikes against the jihadists in July following their declaration of a caliphate in late June.” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP that the plane was carrying out strikes on the ISIS stronghold of Raqa when it was hit. It crashed into a house in the Euphrates Valley city, the sole provincial...
  • US in first air strike near Baghdad on IS: officials

    09/15/2014 5:24:38 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 15 Sep 2014
    Washington (AFP) - The United States bombed the Islamic State near Baghdad, the first time the US has targeted the militants close to the Iraqi capital, US officials said Monday. A US defense official told AFP on condition of anonymity that American warplanes carried out one air strike near Baghdad and another near Mount Sinjar, in the north of Iraq, in the past 24 hours. The United States last month began a campaign of air strikes against IS positions in northern Iraq, but Monday's announcement that US warplanes had targeted the militants near Baghdad marks an escalation in the scope...
  • Isis Action: French Rafale Fighter Jets Fly over Iraq as Anti-Islamic State Paris Summit Begins

    09/15/2014 8:09:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    IBT/Yahoo ^ | 2 hours 11 minutes ago | Umberto Bacchi
    France fighter jets have flown over Iraq in a reconnaissance mission against Isis jihadists, as in Paris President Francois Hollande hosted an International summit to agree a common strategy to fight the Islamist militants. Two Rafale jets and a refuelling aircraft took off from an airbase in the United Arab Emirates to gather intelligence in support of US air strikes targeting the group now known as Islamic State (IS). "We told the Iraqis we were available and asked them for authorisation [to fly over Iraq]," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told France Inter radio. "The cost of inaction would be to...
  • Obama: Assad Shooting At American Planes Would Lead To His Overthrow

    09/14/2014 8:51:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 57 replies
    NYT/BI ^ | Sep. 14, 2014, 10:12 AM | Michael B Kelley
    President Barack Obama would seek to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad if American planes were attacked upon entering Syrian air space, Peter Baker of The New York Times reports. If Assad's troops fired at American planes entering Syrian airspace, "Obama said he would order American forces to wipe out Syria’s air defense system," Baker reports. "He went on to say that such an action by Mr. Assad would lead to his overthrow, according to one account."
  • Several Arab countries offer to join air campaign on Islamic State, say U.S. officials

    09/14/2014 8:39:07 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Reuters via News Gnome ^ | Sunday 14.09.2014 | Jason Szep
    <p>PARIS (Reuters) – Several Arab countries have offered to join the United States in air strikes against Islamic State targets, U.S. officials said on Sunday, indicating a possible widening of the air campaign against militants who have seized parts of Iraq and Syria.</p>
  • RAAF to join US-led Coalition in air strikes against jihadists (RAAF = Royal Australian Air Force)

    09/05/2014 7:02:06 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 18 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 6th September 2014 | SAMANTHA MAIDEN
    AUSTRALIA will join a US-led Coalition to help bomb jihadists in Iraq amid warnings the rise of Islamic State and returning foreign fighters represents a direct domestic security threat at home. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister David Johnston have confirmed overnight that military assistance for air strikes is likely to be offered when a formal request is made in coming weeks. But the deployment is likely to occur only after a United Nations security council hosted by the US President Barack Obama in the week of September 22 in New York. RAAF F-18 superhornets based in Queensland are...
  • Syrian troops pound central village amid offensive

    09/13/2014 7:41:47 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    Daily Mail / AP ^ | 9-13-2014
    Syrian warplanes and helicopter gunships struck targets in a central village on Saturday in what appears to be preparations for a ground offensive on the rebel stronghold, activists said. The air raids on Kfar Zeita, which has been under rebel control for nearly two years, came amid a major government offensive in the religiously mixed central province of Hama. Saturday's air raids came two days after troops captured the strategic town of Halfaya, better positioning government forces to defend nearby Christian and Alawite communities that support President Bashar Assad. Central Syria is a communal patchwork home to large groups of...
  • Israel will fight IS, if group reaches Jordan, Israeli official says

    09/13/2014 2:13:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 30 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/13/2014 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    US airstrikes already making headway, says Israeli official. Israel may play a frontline role in the international coalition forming against Islamic State – the jihadi group sweeping through Iraq and Syria in its bid to reinstate a Middle East caliphate. As world powers unite around a US-led plan for military action to topple the militant group, Jerusalem is signaling that if Islamic State decides to spread out to Jordan – Israel will not hesitate to act. "We will use any means necessary," a senior Israeli official told local television station Channel 2. "Let me make this clear: If Islamic State...
  • France Joining International Airstrike Effort Against Islamic State

    09/12/2014 7:28:57 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    AP via Epoch Times ^ | September 12, 2014
    BAGHDAD—France will join the U.S.-led airstrikes targeting extremists in Iraq as part of an expanding international effort to combat the Islamic State group, Iraq’s new prime minister said after talks with the French president on Friday. Haider al-Abadi’s remarks came after talks with Francois Hollande, who was in Baghdad to bolster Iraq’s new government as it struggles to unite the nation amid the rampage by the Islamic State group. “In order to confront Daesh, we need aerial support from our allies,” al-Abadi said, referring to the group by its Arabic acronym. “The French president promised me today that France will...
  • US warplanes to fly from Iraqi base to conduct air strikes on ISIS: Report

    09/12/2014 4:43:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Big News Network (ANI) ^ | Friday 12th September, 2014
    Press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby confirmed on Thursday that "armed and manned" US aircraft would start to fly from Arbil, capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, reported News 24. (ANI)
  • Britain, Germany: We won’t take part in Syria air strikes

    09/11/2014 9:12:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    Last night, Barack Obama promised America that he would take the fight to ISIS/ISIL, using a four-pronged strategy that he laid out in his much-anticipated war speech. In each phase of this strategy, Obama insisted, we would be “joined by a broad coalition of partners,” emphases mine: Obama ISIS Speech [FULL] 9/10/14: Outlining a Battle Plan | The New York Times First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces...
  • Britain, Germany: We won’t take part in Syria air strikes

    09/11/2014 9:05:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Last night, Barack Obama promised America that he would take the fight to ISIS/ISIL, using a four-pronged strategy that he laid out in his much-anticipated war speech. In each phase of this strategy, Obama insisted, we would be “joined by a broad coalition of partners,” emphases mine: First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt...
  • Germany ‘may help’ Syria airstrikes: CDU

    09/11/2014 4:47:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 Sep 2014 10:48 GMT+02:00
    Germany is not ruling out military action against Islamic extremists Isis in Syria, following US President Barack Obama’s announcement that airstrikes against the terror group will be expanded into the Middle Eastern country. “I won't rule out [German participation] in these airstrikes,” Philipp Mißfelder, foreign affairs spokesman in the Bundestag for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian-Democratic (CDU) party, said on Thursday morning. […] Germany might also send units to take part in aerial surveillance and allow flights over its territory to and from the conflict zone, Mißfelder said, but added that deployment of ground troops “from the West as a whole”...
  • PM Barzani: Peshmerga has Freed Most IS Controlled Areas

    09/08/2014 7:54:33 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 08.09.2014 | Mewan Dolamari
    Peshmerga forces in Mosul dam in Northern Iraq News / Kurdistan PM Barzani: Peshmerga has Freed Most IS Controlled Areas 08.09.2014 Mewan DolamariBasNews, Erbil Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has called IS a state in possession of heavy weaponry, but with the help of US air strikes, the Peshmerga have been able to take back control of most of the Kurdish areas they captured. In an interview with the Turkish Milliyet newspaper, Barzani has spoken about the latest situation on the front lines, ’Due to the capture of Iraqi army heavy weapons by IS insurgents, they are stronger...
  • US launches new airstrikes against ISIS in western Iraq [To keep Haditha Dam ]

    09/07/2014 12:50:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 07, 2014
    The U.S. has launched fresh airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIS, in an effort to keep the Haditha Dam in western Iraq in the hands of that country's army. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby confirmed the airstrikes in a statement issued early Sunday, saying that the strikes destroyed five Humvees, an armed vehicle, and a checkpoint. The strikes also damaged a militant bunker. Kirby also said that the U.S. had carried out one airstrike that destroyed an ISIS humvee at the crucial Mosul Dam in northern Iraq. Sunday's strikes bring the total number...
  • Confirmed: al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Godane killed in US air strike

    09/06/2014 10:42:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/06/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This was one of the headlines greeting me when I woke up this morning, and in a week filled with generally dreary news it was a small ray of sunshine. A US airstrike six days ago took out Ahmed Godane in Somalia. A leader of the militant Islamist group al-Shabaab has been killed in an American air strike, military chiefs have confirmed.The death of Ahmed Godane was announced on Friday by Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby, who declared it a “major symbolic and operational loss”.The lethal strike in Somalia took place on Monday, but military analysts were...
  • Iraq: ISIS leader’s top aide killed in air strike

    09/04/2014 9:09:51 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 4 September 2014 | Staff writer, Al Arabiya News
    Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has lost his aide after a strike on the ISIS-held city of Mosul, in northern Iraq, the Iraqi defense ministry said Thursday. Another ISIS figure was also declared dead, the ministry added. .... Baghdadi, who was a prominent figure in the Sunni extremist response to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the later Sunni insurgency, has declared himself the caliph of an Islamic State in the territories his organization has seized in Iraq and northeastern Syria.
  • Iraqi Kurds, buoyed by U.S. airstrikes, eye taking back more Sunni Arab towns from ISIS

    09/04/2014 8:51:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/03/2014 | NABIH BULOS
    <p>Jubilant boys flashed victory signs and unfurled a Kurdish flag at the entrance to this abandoned village, signaling the latest advance of fighters known as peshmerga against militants in northern Iraq.</p> <p>On a nearby wall, "Peshmerga," spray-painted in gold scrawl, blotted out the black-and-white insignia of the militant group Islamic State.</p>
  • US Warplanes Begin Striking Mosul

    09/04/2014 8:32:37 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 59 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 04.09.2014 | Hawar Abdulrazaq
    Since early Thursday morning, United States military planes have begun shelling the outskirts of Mosul, a Sunni-majority city in northern Iraq and military post of Islamic State (IS) militants. According to a source from the Peshmerga forces stationed near Mosul, US warplanes began bombing the hideouts of IS militants in Mosul and the surrounding areas in the ill-lit hours of dawn. The current shelling began in the neighborhoods of Somar and Intisari, which are on the outskirt of Mosul. US planes also attacked high buildings in the city that have been used as hideouts and supply storage by the Jihadi...
  • US military attacks al-Shabab network in Somalia, says Pentagon

    09/02/2014 5:28:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Indian Express ^ | 09/02/2014
    U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that reportedly targeted the group’s leader. Al-Shabab had attacked the upscale Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 67 people a year ago this month and the U.S. had targeted planners of the bloody assault. There was no immediate comment from al-Shabab and U.S. commanders were waiting to determine the attack’s outcome. “U.S. military forces conducted an operation in Somalia today against the al-Shabaab network. We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide...
  • U.S. planes strike militants near Iraq's Amerli, airdrop aid

    08/31/2014 12:41:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:29pm IST | Raheem Salman and Matt Spetalnick
    (Reuters) - The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said. President Barack Obama authorized the new military action, broadening U.S. operations in Iraq amid an international outcry over the threat to Amerli's mostly ethnic Turkmen population. U.S. aircraft delivered over a hundred bundles of emergency supplies and more aid was dropped from British, French and Australian planes, officials said, signaling headway in Obama’s efforts to draw allies into the fight against Islamic State. Iraqi...
  • ISIS has shocked America back to its senses

    08/29/2014 8:58:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 29, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Americans are deeply apprehensive about President Barack Obama’s strategy, or his admitted lack thereof, for tackling the threat posed to Western interests by the Islamic State militants. Just one year ago, the president was marshalling support among Americans and around the world for strikes in Syria with the aim of punishing Bashar al-Assad for gross crimes against humanity. He found that the public was deeply skeptical of his proposed military solution in Syria. Today, however, the opposite is true, and the public thinks the U.S. is not doing enough to protect its interests around the world through military force....
  • Secret airstrikes in Libya

    08/28/2014 11:28:46 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 9 replies
    Sun News ^ | 8-26-2014 | Ezra Levant
    August 26, 2014 21:25 Egypt and the United Arab Emirates reportedly attack Libya while leaving US in the dark. Why is the Obama administration so out of the loop?
  • On Syria, Obama faces questions on Congress’ role

    08/28/2014 2:19:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 3:02 AM EDT | Julie Pace
    President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision? […] This time around, the White House is suggesting it may not be necessary to get a sign-off from Congress. …
  • US Surprised by Egypt, UAE Airstrikes on Libyan Militants

    08/26/2014 9:26:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 08/27/2014
    Senior U.S. officials said Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have launched airstrikes against Islamic militants in the Libyan capital twice in the past week. U.S. officials told reporters that the move caught the United States by surprise, potentially dealing a blow to relations between Washington, Cairo and the Emirates. U.S. officials said Egypt provided the base for the launch of the airstrikes, and the U.A.E. provided the aircraft and pilots. Egypt has not publicly acknowledged any role in the air strikes. The UAE had no immediate comment. The first strike took place in Tripoli a week ago and targeted...
  • Syria warns against U.S. strikes on Islamic State on its soil

    08/26/2014 7:19:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/27/2014 | Liz Sly
    BEIRUT — Syria warned the Obama administration Monday not to extend its air war against the Islamic State into Syria, as the militants celebrated another key victory over government forces in the north of the country. The warning came a day after the group overran a major air base in north-central Syria, putting the Islamic State in full control of Raqqah province, where American photojournalist James Foley was held for much of his captivity and where his beheading last week is thought to have occurred. Raqqah also was the site of a failed rescue attempt this summer in which Delta...
  • Can't Bomb Them into Submission?

    08/25/2014 12:12:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/25/2014 | Russ Vaughn
    Says who? In 1965-66 I huddled at night inside my dug-in defensive perimeter and watched the flickering lightning of the explosions of Operation Arc Light, an aggressive use of American heavy bombing capabilities against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese enemies we faced. The sky-lighting flashes accompanied seconds later by muted rumbles gave only the barest hint of the unbelievable violence being unleashed upon our enemy a few kilometers distant. Days later, our ground patrolling into the bombed areas gave us an awed appreciation of the power of America’s Air Forces. The former jungle terrain was a scorched and scarred...
  • Obama to go it alone vs. ISIL in Syria; won’t seek congressional approval

    08/25/2014 1:46:45 PM PDT · by sunmars · 55 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dave Boyer
    The White House said Monday that President Obama won’t necessarily seek congressional approval if he decides to order airstrikes in Syria against militants of the Islamic State. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Mr. Obama, who is meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Monday afternoon, “has not made a decision to pursue any military action in Syria.” But he said the president doesn’t see the need to seek congressional approval as he did a year ago, when he was considering an attack on the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad for its use of chemical weapons. “That was a...
  • Obama Authorizes Use of Surveillance Drones Over Syria

    08/25/2014 5:53:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | Monday, August 25, 2014
    President Obama has authorized the use of drones for surveillance in Syria even as the Assad regime demanded that the U.S. seek permission before launching any airstrikes on its territory against Islamic State targets. A senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that Obama this weekend authorized the use of drone surveillance over Syria for the first time. The action is considered the first “intrusive” surveillance by the U.S. in Syria since the country’s civil war began. This differs from protective surveillance, such as the U.S. used in the failed mission to rescue American hostages held in Syria. The authorization...
  • Syria Welcomes U.S. Strikes Against ISIS There, With Conditions

    08/25/2014 8:14:10 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Syria's foreign minister said on Monday his country welcomed any potential military strikes by by the U.S. in Syria targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's terrorist bases, but warned that the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad should be warned first. The Assad regime is mired in a three-year-old civil war, and has been losing ground to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants. "Syria is ready to cooperate and coordinate with regional and international efforts to combat terror in accordance with U.N. resolutions and respect of Syrian sovereignty," Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told a press conference...
  • US 'set to launch air strikes' on senior Isis terror chiefs in Syria

    08/23/2014 1:43:45 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 49 replies
    The Guardian/Observer ^ | Saturday 23 August 2014 21.00 BST | Toby Helm and Martin Chulov
    The United States was said to be considering air strikes aimed at eliminating individual leaders of Islamic State as Turkey came under mounting pressure to stem the flow of jihadists across its border into Syria. As Washington debated extending air strikes into Syria on Saturday, senior British politicians urged Ankara to act to block recruits from the UK and other countries from entering Syria via Turkey, en route to joining Islamic State (formerly Isis). This weekend large numbers of Isis jihadists were trying to secure greater control of the border area, pushing northwards in armoured trucks looted from abandoned Iraqi...
  • In Iraq, U.S. is spending millions to blow up captured American war machines

    08/20/2014 4:36:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 18 August 2014 | Jason Fields
    In the United States, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs), AR-15s and camouflage body armor all made an appearance on the streets of a suburb in the heartland, helping to give a tense situation the push needed to turn into a week of riots. American citizens in Ferguson, Missouri, feeling they were being occupied by a foreign army, rather than their friendly neighborhood cop on the beat. MRAPs didn’t get a better rap overseas, either. In what’s still being called Iraq — at least for the sake of convenience — the U.S. Air Force has resumed bombing missions in the northern...
  • US military ramps up airstrikes in Iraq, weighs additional troops after execution video

    08/20/2014 2:17:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 20, 2014
    U.S. fighter jets and drones stepped up attacks on Islamic State targets in Iraq and the Obama administration was weighing sending more boots on the ground -- even as the group released a graphic video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley. A senior U.S. official also told Fox News that military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more American forces to Iraq mainly to provide additional security “in and around Baghdad,” at the request of the State Department. The official said the Pentagon is seriously considering sending fewer than 300 personnel, but there has been no final...
  • Some Commanders of Insurgency in Iraq Retreat to Syria

    08/20/2014 12:21:51 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 20, 2014 3:12 p.m. ET | Nour Malas
    ERBIL, Iraq—U.S. airstrikes have driven some ground commanders of the Sunni radical group Islamic State from northern Iraq across the border into Syria, Iraqi officials say. The retreat into eastern Syria, where Islamic State has built up an operational base amid the chaos of civil war over the past few years, doesn't reflect a broader exodus by the group, which continues to solidify its grip on Iraqi territory under its control, these officials said. But it does illustrate a scramble in the leadership ranks of the group, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, in the immediate aftermath of the U.S....
  • US official: More airstrikes in Iraq [ONGOING]

    08/20/2014 9:06:20 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    AP via KOB.com ^ | 08/20/2014 9:52 AM | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued strikes. The militants released a video Tuesday showing U.S. journalist James Foley being beheaded. The official says the airstrikes were in the area of the Mosul Dam and were aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces create a buffer zone at the key facility. The strikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish troops reclaim the dam from the insurgents.
  • 'American Bombing Had Signed My Death Certificate'

    08/19/2014 6:34:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 43 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | August 19, 2014 | JAMES NYE, ASHLEY COLEMAN
    'American Bombing Had Signed My Death Certificate': Missing US journalist James Wright Foley goes unflinching to his death as ISIS behead him in horrific video, as a warning to Obama American photojournalist James Wright Foley has been beheaded by ISIS forces Foley has been missing since Thanksgiving 2012 while working in Syria ISIS posted the extremely graphic video 'A Message to America' to social media Foley speaks to camera before his death and labels the US his killers Apparently coerced by his captors into speaking against his country A masked and robed member of ISIS speaking English in what is...
  • Pope punts on American airstrikes in Iraq

    08/18/2014 11:54:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/18/2014 | Daniel Burke, CNN
    Asked if he approved of the American airstrikes that began earlier this month against Muslim militants in Iraq, Pope Francis held back his weighty moral imprimatur, refusing to support or denounce the military campaign. "I can only say this: It is licit to stop the unjust aggressor," the pontiff said Monday during a press conference on the plane back to Rome from South Korea. "I underline the verb: stop. I do not say bomb, make war, I say stop by some means." But in an apparent reference to the United States, Francis said "one nation alone cannot judge" the best...
  • US airstrikes hit Islamic State positions near Iraq dam

    08/18/2014 9:36:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Mon, Aug 18, 2014, 17:15 | Agencies
    US airstrikes hit Islamic State positions near Iraq dam Last Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014, 17:15 The US military conducted airstrikes today on Islamic State positions near the Mosul Dam in northern , the Pentagon said.A mix of US fighter, bomber and drone aircraft took part in the strikes, which damaged or destroyed six armed vehicles, a light armored vehicle, a vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft artillery gun, a checkpoint and an improvised explosive device emplacement belt, the Pentagon said in a statement.Since August 8th the US military has conducted a total of 68 airstrikes in Iraq, the Pentagon said. Of those...
  • Syria bombs jihadist positions in Raqa for second day

    08/18/2014 9:49:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    AFP via ahram.com ^ | Monday 18 Aug 2014
    Syrian war planes bombed positions belonging to the jihadist Islamic State group in the northern province of Raqa for a second day on Monday, a monitoring group said. On Sunday, regime planes killed 31 jihadists and eight civilians in an unprecedented wave of aerial bombardment against the group in its Raqa bastion. The bombing continued on Monday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, with at least 14 raids against jihadist positions. There was no immediate death toll in the renewed bombing. Three raids targeted the area around the town of Tabqa in western Raqa and four hit near...
  • New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    08/17/2014 10:03:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 26 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest round of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign. ... The U.S. military says U.S. forces conducted 14 airstrikes on Sunday — after nine strikes on Saturday. The U.S. says Sunday’s strikes damaged or destroyed 10 armed vehicles, seven Humvees, two armored personnel carriers and one checkpoint.
  • U.S.-backed Kurds battle to retake Iraq’s largest dam [seize control of eastern side of dam]

    08/16/2014 9:40:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Saturday, 16 August 2014
    By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News Saturday, 16 August 2014 Kurdish troops backed by U.S. warplanes launched a bid Saturday to recapture Mosul dam, Iraq’s largest, from militants, a senior Kurdish military official said. “Kurdish peshmerga, with U.S. air support, have seized control of the eastern side of the dam” complex, Major General Abdelrahman Korini told AFP. “We killed several members of Daash. We are still advancing and in the coming hours should announce welcome news,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group. Witnesses said the air strikes...
  • US Jets Strike Multiple IS Positions Around Mosul [ISIS abandoned posts under heavy bombardment]

    08/15/2014 11:55:58 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 7 hours ago
    Kurdistan US Jets Strike Multiple IS Positions Around Mosul 7 hours ago ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—US fighter jets launched a bombing campaign against positions of the Islamic State (IS) near Mosul dam and surrounding towns shortly after midnight on Friday, Rudaw reporter said. The jets have bombed IS positions in four areas near the dam as well as in Rabia crossing, Mahmoudia, Telskouf, Zumar and Tilkef. A Peshmerga eyewitness said this is the heaviest US bombing of militant positions since the start of airstrikes against the Islamist group last week. Rudaw reporter Hevidar Ahmed said that a gas station used by...
  • Report: U.S. airstrikes carried out as part of Iraqi effort to retake Mosul Dam

    08/15/2014 8:11:55 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | 8-15-2014 | Anna Coren and Chelsea J. Carter
    U.S. warplanes carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq near ISIS-controlled Mosul Dam early Saturday morning, the Kurdish news agency Rudaw reported, citing eyewitnesses. CNN confirmed that a U.S. and Iraqi military operation aimed at retaking the country's largest hydroelectric dam from the so-called Islamic State was scheduled to begin early Saturday morning (Friday at 6 p.m. ET). The operation was to begin with U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes against ISIS positions, with Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces following up on the ground. U.S. fighter jets began carrying out the strikes early Saturday morning local time, Rudaw reported
  • Obama declares mission accomplished in Iraq

    08/14/2014 3:13:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/14/2014 | Noah Rothman
    On Thursday, the Pentagon revealed that the Yazidi minorities have been encircled by Islamic State forces on Mt. Sinjar for weeks were in much better shape. Military officials determined that select airstrikes on ISIS positions around the mountain had been successful, and some Yazidis had already evacuated the area. Defense officials determined that the success of contingency operations against ISIS in western Iraq indicated that no further action would need to be undertaken. In a press conference on Thursday, President Barack Obama confirmed that the mission to save the Yazidis had been a success. He added that, while the...