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Three Turkish soldiers killed in clashes near Iraq


Three Turkish soldiers killed in clashes near Iraq
Turkish soldiers

(IraqiNews) Local Turkish authorities announced, on Thursday, that three Turkish soldiers were killed in clashes near Iraq.

In a statement, the Governor of the Turkish province of Şırnak said that three soldiers were killed in  clashes with militants from Kurdistan Workers’ Party, southeast of the country, in an area near borders with Syria and Iraq.

He further added that the killed soldiers were assigned to the facilities of the national Turkish petroleum company (Türkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortaklığı – TPAO) near the town of Silopi.

The Governor explained that the clashes also resulted in the neutralization (killing, injury or captive) of three Kurdish militants, while pointed out that a drone earlier monitored militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which is considered a terrorit group by Ankara, in the same area.

It is noteworthy that the incident coincided with the ongoing Turkish offensive against the Kurdish militants in the different area of the country.

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translate | 22 Aug 2019 | 8:49 pm

Iraqi paramilitary group blames U.S., Israel for blasts at weapons depots


Popular Mobilization Forces

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi paramilitary groups on Wednesday blamed the United States and Israel for a series of recent blasts at their weapons depots and bases.

In a press statement, a copy of which was obtained by Egypt’s Ahram Online, the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) said the United States had allowed four Israeli drones to enter the region accompanying U.S. forces and carry out missions on Iraqi territory.

“We announce that the first and last entity responsible for what happened is the American forces, and we will hold them responsible for whatever happens from today onwards,” said the statement.

The PMF statement came a day after several blasts hit a position held by a PMF group near Balad air base about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad.

As tensions between Washington and Tehran increase, Iraq finds itself caught between neighboring Iran, whose regional influence has grown in recent years, and the United States.

The U.S.-led coalition, in Iraq to fight remnants of the Islamic State group, dismissed the statement.

“The mission of CJTF-OIR in Iraq is solely to enable our Iraqi Security Force partners in the mission of an enduring defeat of Daesh,” it said, using an alternative name for Islamic State. “We operate in Iraq at the invitation of the Government of Iraq and comply with their laws and direction.”

Iraq declared victory over Islamic States in 2017, but there are still operations near-weekly against the group.

A blast last week at a weapons depot run by one group sent rockets careening across southern Baghdad, killing one person and wounding 29 others. Police at the time attributed the explosion to poor storage and high temperatures, but a government investigation is underway.

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi last week ordered all ammunition dumps belonging to the armed forces or paramilitary groups to be moved outside of cities.

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translate | 21 Aug 2019 | 7:19 pm

Iraqi security forces arrest Islamic State photographer in Mosul


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Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – The Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday that its forces arrested an Islamic State terrorist in Mosul city.

“Acting on intelligence information, a Nineveh police force arrested an Islamic State member, who was working as a photographer at the terrorist group’s media network,” Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, the ministry spokesman, told the privately-owned IKH News website.

“The arrestee confessed that he was responsible for photographing terrorist acts carried out by IS militants in Mosul city and publishing them on the group’s media platforms,” the spokesman said.

Former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announced in July 2017 liberation of the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from IS militants, who had captured it in 2014. More than 25,000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.

The campaign was backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition.

Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in Iraq in November 2017 with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.

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translate | 21 Aug 2019 | 12:03 pm

Iraqi prime minister inquires after Kuwaiti emir


Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi

Kuwait city (IraqiNews.com) – Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received a phone call Wednesday from Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, who inquired about the emir’s health condition following successful medical tests.

On his part, the Kuwaiti emir thanked the prime minister for his kind feelings, expressing appreciation for his concern, Kuwait’s news agency KUNA reported.

The 90-year-old ruling emir suffered an unspecified medical setback and underwent medical tests that later turned out well.

Sheikh Sabah, who is in power since January 2006, is pushed for diplomacy to solve regional issues, such as the ongoing boycott of Qatar by four Arab nations, and hosted major donor conferences for war-torn nations like Iraq and Syria.

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translate | 21 Aug 2019 | 10:25 am

Int’l coalition kills six Islamic State terrorists in Iraq’s Nineveh


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Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – The Iraqi army announced on Tuesday that six Islamic State militants were killed in an airstrike by the US-led international coalition in Nineveh province.

“A joint force of the army’s 66th and 22nd brigades clashed with a number of Islamic terrorists near the Atshana Mountains, northwest of Mosul, forcing them to retreat to a safe place inside one of tunnels,” the Security Media Cell said in a press statement.

“Later, the US-led international coalition bombarded the tunnel, leaving six IS militants dead and a terrorist hotbed destroyed,” added the statement.

Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in November 2017 with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.

IS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.

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translate | 20 Aug 2019 | 6:51 pm

Iraqi president meets German defense minister on counter-terrorism efforts


Iraqi president Barham salih meets German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in Baghdad

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi President Barham Salih on Tuesday stressed the importance of unifying regional and international efforts to combat terrorism, reiterating the need to ease tensions in the region and to adopt constructive dialogue to end crises.

Salih made the remarks during a meeting at the As Salam Palace in Baghdad with German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and her accompanying delegation.

“Iraq is keen to strengthen and develop relations with the Federal Republic of Germany in all areas to serve common interests,” Salih said, appreciating the German role in the international anti-Islamic State coalition fighting in Iraq and Syria.

He also valued the support provided by Germany for Iraq in the fields of reconstruction and the return of displaced people to their homes.

Salih further called for “expanding military cooperation with the European country to strengthen capabilities of Iraqi security forces.”

For her part, the German defense minister voiced her country’s support for the stability and unity of Iraq, praising the victories achieved by the Iraqi forces against IS terrorists.

She also reiterated Germany’s keenness to expand cooperation ties with Iraq at all levels.

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translate | 20 Aug 2019 | 12:08 pm

Iraqi court sentences two Islamic State terrorists to life in jail


Baghdad’s central criminal court.

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi court has sentenced two Islamic State militants to life in jail for attempting to assassinate a judge at the Court of Appeals in Salahuddin province.

The court ruling was issued by the Karkh Criminal Court in line with article no. ¼ of the anti-terrorism law, the media center of the Supreme Judicial Council said in a press statement on Tuesday.

Iraq’s anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped jihadists even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks.

Iraqi courts have sentenced many of Islamic State members to death over joining the militant group.

The exact number of detained militants is still unknown, however, it’s estimated to be at thousands. It’s also unclear how many members are likely to face death sentences.

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translate | 20 Aug 2019 | 11:26 am

Five Iraqi servicemen wounded in twin bomb attack in Diyala


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Diyala (IraqiNews.com) – Five Iraqi servicemen were wounded Tuesday in a twin bomb attack in the eastern province of Diyala, a security source was quoted as saying.

“Two bomb blasts targeted an army patrol near al Mukhisa village on the outskirts of Abu Sayda district in Diyala, leaving an army officer and four soldiers wounded,” the source told al-Ahd news website.

The wounded servicemen were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment, added the source.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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translate | 20 Aug 2019 | 9:11 am

Huge fire breaks out at US military base in northern Iraq


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Erbil (IraqiNews.com) – A huge fire erupted Monday at a US military base in the Makhmour area in northern Iraq, a well-informed source said.

Speaking to Iraqi news website Almaalomah, the source said that smoke plumes were spotted rising from the military base in Makhmour.

According to the source, the cause of the fire is yet to be established.

The military base in Makhmour was built by the US to provide support for Iraqi troops and Peshmerga fighters in their fight against the Islamic State terrorist group in Kirkuk.

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translate | 19 Aug 2019 | 8:55 pm

Turkish jets neutralize 5 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq


Turkish soldiers drive an armored tank inside a Turkish military base

Ankara (IraqiNews.com) – The Turkish Defense Ministry said on Monday that its fighter jets neutralized five PKK terrorists during a counter-terrorism operation in northern Iraq.

Airstrikes were carried out in Qandil region as part of the ongoing Operation Claw, the ministry said on Twitter.

It added that the operation also destroyed weapon emplacements and shelters used by PKK terrorists.

Turkish authorities often use the term “neutralize” in statements to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

On May 27, Turkey launched Operation Claw against the PKK in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq. The ongoing offensive has neutralized dozens of terrorists so far.

PKK terrorists often use northern Iraq as a base to plan cross-border terrorist attacks on Turkey.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

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translate | 19 Aug 2019 | 10:22 am

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