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Iran’s Continuing Missteps Jeopardize Geneva-3 Chances | Middle East Briefing

The split between Iranian and Iraqi Shia clerics is also intensifying, in the context of Iran’s recruiting of Iraqi volunteers to go fight in Syria against the Islamic State, the Nusra Front and other rebel forces. Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has criticized the deployment of Iraqi Shia to Syria, while the Islamic State continues to control significant parts of Iraq. And he has called on Prime Minister Abadi to crack down on corruption, including the estimated $20-35 million a month in Iraqi oil revenues that go directly to the Iranian Quds Force, on orders from the ruling Dawa Party.

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Shia militias in Iraq reportedly begin offensive in Ramadi...
 

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Video of ISIS fighters in combat in Samaraa. One on left gets killed, he is not getting behind any cover and firing abruptly hence this mistake cost him a wound or his life. The one on right is getting cover while pop-shotting rather accurately. Problem is rifle is old and has short range. Otherwise they don't have poor fighting etiiquette.

 

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They are committing ethnic cleansing in Iraq against Sunni people. Nothing but crowd and incompetent.
 

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ISIS mortar hits dumb Iraqi militias sitting around and singing during armed clashes....:

This is after Iraqi militias fired artillery towards ISIS held territory, ISIS fired accurate mortar back. Then someone starts firing in the air for no reason.
 
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Militants breach Kurdish defenses in Iraq with attack on Dibis - Reuters News 11/3/2015 1:35 PM
KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to a local government compound in northern Iraq on Tuesday in a rare breach of Kurdish defenses in the Dibis area, security sources said.

Following the explosion, an unknown number of militants entered the compound and occupied the mayor's office, according to a policeman at the scene who said the battle was continuing.

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These ISIS guys mean business D:-D

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Iraqi #HashdAlShaabi leading figure Hadi al-Ameri has met in his office Mr Frank Baker, British Ambassador to #Iraq





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I thought this Iran sponsored militia was anti-West and ISIS were CIA agents?
 

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Iraqis seize Canadian Forces aircraft, accuse military of moving weapons to Kurds without approval | Ottawa Citizen

Iraqi officials temporarily seized a military aircraft carrying weapons for Canadian special forces in Kurdistan, amid a wave of anti-western conspiracy theories rife in Iraqi politics.

The seizure and the reasons for it raise questions for Canada’s new Liberal government, which has vowed to do more military training in the country.

The Iraqis said they held the Canadian Forces Hercules transport aircraft, carrying supplies into Kurdistan without authorization, for four days.

Some Iraqis are concerned that the Kurds, who ultimately want independence for their territory, will use the support and weapons they receive from the U.S.-led coalition to eventually break away.

Other Iraqi lawmakers and military commanders claim that the U.S. and its allies have secretly armed the Islamic State (ISIL) in order to keep the country in chaos.
 

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Iraqis seize Canadian Forces aircraft, accuse military of moving weapons to Kurds without approval | Ottawa Citizen

Iraqi officials temporarily seized a military aircraft carrying weapons for Canadian special forces in Kurdistan, amid a wave of anti-western conspiracy theories rife in Iraqi politics.

The seizure and the reasons for it raise questions for Canada’s new Liberal government, which has vowed to do more military training in the country.

The Iraqis said they held the Canadian Forces Hercules transport aircraft, carrying supplies into Kurdistan without authorization, for four days.

Some Iraqis are concerned that the Kurds, who ultimately want independence for their territory, will use the support and weapons they receive from the U.S.-led coalition to eventually break away.

Other Iraqi lawmakers and military commanders claim that the U.S. and its allies have secretly armed the Islamic State (ISIL) in order to keep the country in chaos.
They already have broken away, Kurds are more important to West since they sell Iraqi oil to Israel at cheap prices. And they consider them to be more secular outfit than other Iraqi's.
 

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The Iraqis shouldn't try to stop the Kurds from seceding. There's no point in trying to force them to identify as Iraqis if they feel they are different. Nonetheless I think the West shouldn't be taking sides in this issue. The Iraqi people should choose for themselves what they feel is best for them.
 

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The Iraqis shouldn't try to stop the Kurds from seceding. There's no point in trying to force them to identify as Iraqis if they feel they are different. Nonetheless I think the West shouldn't be taking sides in this issue. The Iraqi people should choose for themselves what they feel is best for them.
Well problem is it is Iraqi state oil in Kurdish provinces. It impacts their economy. Another thing is Kurds still take part in Iraqi state national budget. So their regions get government checks/support/infrastructure funding etc....so they want the best of both worlds at Iraqi state expense.

Iraqi Shias and Kurds used to share same plight under Saddam but in near future you will see them conflicting with each other.
 

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The West supports self determination of nations but they forget the civil war in America which preserved the union . . .

Iraq was one nation before the U.S invasion and should remain so. The U.S, which brought about this mess, should ensure that by the time they leave Iraq it still will be one nation. That's one thing they owe the Iraqi people if the secession of Kurdistan will negatively impact Iraq's economy.

Thing though is until peace is restored [and it might take a really long time] the Kurds will sell as much oil as they please.
 

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U.S. special forces ‘now in place’ in Iraq

Special operations forces from Jordan and the U.S. conduct a combined demonstration with commandos from Iraq, unseen, as part of Eager Lion multinational military maneuvers. (June 20, 2013 File photo: AP)

Fort Campbell, Associated Press, Kentucky Thursday, 14 January 2016

A new U.S. force of special operations troops has arrived in Iraq and is preparing to work with Iraqi forces to go after ISIS targets, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday.

Carter disclosed the deployment in a broad speech to U.S. soldiers that sought to underscore American efforts to accelerate the campaign against ISIS, both in Iraq and Syria.

“The specialized expeditionary targeting force I announced in December is now in place and is preparing to work with the Iraqis to begin going after ISIL’s fighters and commanders,” Carter said at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

While the force was expected to number only about 200, its deployment marks the latest expansion of U.S. military pressure on ISIS. It also exposes American forces to greater risk, something President Barack Obama has done only sparingly.

The force is separate from another deployment last year of up to 50 U.S. special operations troops in Syria to coordinate on the ground with U.S.-backed rebels fighting in a civil war raging since 2011.

Carter said that smaller group of forces had already established contact with rebels, as well as new targets for airstrikes and “strikes of all kinds.”

“These operators have helped focus the efforts of the local, capable forces against key ISIL vulnerabilities, including their lines of communication,” Carter said.

Obama, in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, warned against overstating the fight ISIS but said his administration is focused on destroying the extremist group.

Carter’s upbeat assessment emphasized advances by Iraqi forces -- including retaking control of the city of Ramadi - and by U.S.-backed rebels in Syria. He focused on efforts to “collapse” ISIS’ power centers of Raqqa, in Syria and Mosul, in Iraq.

“President Obama is committed to doing what it takes – as opportunities arise, as we see what works, and as the enemy adapts – until ISIL is delivered a lasting defeat,” he said.

Carter was addressing soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, 1,800 of whom will deploy to Iraq in the coming months, largely to train Iraqi forces and Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.

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http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/01/13/Special-U-S-targeting-force-now-in-place-in-Iraq.html
 

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Attacks on Iraq’s Sunnis could constitute war crimes — HRW


• HRW calls on Iraq’s allies to pressure it to end abuses
• Accuses Shiite militias of violating international law
• Militias say claims exaggerated, aimed at stirring strife


Shi'ite fighters and Iraqi security forces advance into the town of Tal Ksaiba, near the town of al-Alam, in this March 7, 2015, file phot. (Reuters)

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Last update 31 January 2016 5:48 pm

BAGHDAD, Iraq : The abduction and killing of scores of Sunni civilians in eastern Iraq this month and attacks on their property by Iranian-backed Shiite militiamen could constitute a war crime, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Sunday.
Shiite militiamen deployed this month in Muqdadiya, 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Baghdad, after two blasts killed 23 people near a coffee shop where they often meet. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks which it said had targeted Shiites.

New York-based HRW said members of the Badr Organization and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq, leading groups in the government-run Popular Mobilization Forces fighting Daesh, were responsible for retaliatory attacks it described as “serious violations of international humanitarian law.”

“Again civilians are paying the price for Iraq’s failure to rein in the out-of-control militias,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at New York-based HRW.

“Countries that support Iraqi security forces and the Popular Mobilization Forces should insist that Baghdad bring an end to this deadly abuse.”

A US-led coalition comprised of European and Arab powers has carried out thousands of airstrikes against Daesh targets in the past 18 months and provided training and assistance to Iraqi security forces. Western states have also given Baghdad financial aid.

The rise of the Islamist militant group Daesh, which follows a Sunni jihadist ideology, has exacerbated a long-running sectarian conflict in Iraq, mostly between the Shiite majority and minority Sunnis.

A surge in such violence would represent a further challenge to Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, a moderate Shiite Islamist who is trying to reconcile the Sunnis and win them over to push Daesh out of the mainly Sunni-populated areas in the country’s north and west which it seized in 2014.

HRW cited Sunni residents of Muqdadiya who said the militias were behind the attacks on their houses, mosques and people. Reuters could not independently verify their accounts.

Sunni lawmakers told Reuters earlier this month more than 40 people had been killed and at least nine mosques fire bombed in Diyala, the province where Muqdadiya is located.

The militias rejected the casualty figures and said the attacks on Sunnis aimed to stir sectarian tension in Diyala, which lies between Baghdad and the Iranian border and has a mixed population of Shiites and Sunnis.

Iraqi officials declared victory over the insurgents in Diyala nearly a year ago, but Islamic State has remained active. Badr has established itself as the ascendant militia in the region after rolling back the militants.

(Reporting By Stephen Kalin)
Attacks on Iraq’s Sunnis could constitute war crimes — HRW | Arab News
 
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