The Daily Beast
Airstrikes Might Not Be Enough to Defeat ISIS
Iraqi security forces pull down a flag belonging to Sunni militant group ISIS during a patrol in the town of Dalli Abbas on June 30, 2014.
The Many Ways to Map the Islamic 'State'
ISIS territory in Iraq and Syria tends to be described as "swaths." The estimated size of these swaths, which ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in June, varies widely in reports, from 12,000 square miles-"an area the size of Belgium," per The Wall Street Journal -to 35,000 square miles, or "an area the size of Jordan," as George ... (more)
Wed Aug 27, 2014
The Daily Advance
Charle Krauthammer: Obama on the right track to stop the worst people on Earth
Baghdad called President Obama's bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister.
Iraqi security forces retake Salahudin province
Iraqi security forces on Wednesday carried out operations to seize a strategic highway in Salahudin province, while battles with extremist Sunni insurgents continued in the province, security sources said.
The Rise of ISIS
"I'll see you guys in New York." - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, current leader of ISIS terrorist group, said to U.S. Army Reservists from Long Island on the day of his release from custody in 2009 It's rare that you can accurately describe a group as "evil", but the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is one of those rare exceptions.
Iraq strikes jihadists as fears grow for thousands in besieged town
Iraqi warplanes have begun targeting jihadists besieging the Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli amid growing fears for the safety of thousands of residents short of food and water and facing a "massacre".
Tue Aug 26, 2014
Institute for War and Peace Reporting
Iraqi Troops "Betrayed" Into Defeat, Capture
Iraqi soldiers who escaped the summary killings that followed the capture of an army base near Tikrit have described their ordeal, and claimed that their own officers made them give up without a fight.
The Times of Israel
Details emerge of IS killing of 670 Shiite prisoners in Mosul
This image posted on a militant website on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, appears to show militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant leading away captured Iraqi soldiers dressed in plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq.
Mon Aug 25, 2014
Iraqi premier-designate says Shiite militias must work within government framework, not alone
Iraq's prime minister-designate called on the countries numerous Shiite militias and tribes to come under government control and stop acting independently on Monday, adding that discussions between political rivals to form a new government were "constructive and positive."
Sun Aug 24, 2014
Iraqi forces repel ISIS near Baiji refinery
The Baiji refinery has been the site of several battles between government forces and militants over the past few months.
The Fresno Bee
In Kurdish Irbil, first car bomb raises fears of onslaught by Islamic State militants
The bombing itself, according to Kurdish officials reached by phone and interviewed in the local media, was a relatively minor incident as a bomb planted in a car parked on the side of the main road linking Kirkuk and Irbil exploded apparently randomly and wounded four passersby in an area of the city that lacks any obvious target for a terrorist ... (more)
Sat Aug 23, 2014
Iraq: Bombs & Bullets vs. Political Process
A series of bombings and shootings left some 35 dead in Iraq on Saturday, following on a massacre of 68 worshipers Friday at a Sunni Mosque in mixed Diyala Province.
The Jackson Sun
Stopping the worst people on earthStopping the worst people on...
Stopping the worst people on earth Baghdad called President Obama's bluff and he came through Check out this story on jacksonsun.com: http://www.jacksonsun.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/08/24/stopping-worst-people-earth/14466627/ Baghdad called President Obama's bluff and he came through.
Suicide Bomber Kills Eight At Iraqi Interior Ministry
A suicide bomber has killed at least eight people in an attack on the Interior Ministry in central Baghdad just hours after a suicide bomber attack near Tikrit killed nine soldiers.
Suicide attacks kill at least 17 in Iraq after mosque shooting
Two suicide bombers in Iraq killed at least 17 people in apparent revenge attacks after a major assault on a Sunni mosque heightened sectarian tensions.
Fri Aug 22, 2014
Iraqi Forces Make Gains Against ISIS, Official says
Kurdish and Iraqi armed forces made gains against ISIS fighters in northeastern Iraq on Friday, taking back several villages as they surrounded the large ISIS-held town of Jalawla, a spokesman for Kurdish forces said.
Islamic State goes beyond a terror group with its tactics
In confronting Islamic State militants in Iraq, the United States and its allies are facing a terrorist group equipped like a conventional army for the first time.
The First Post
What is it like to live under Islamic State rule
Reports of executions, rape and intimidation have streamed out of Iraq since Islamic State militants took over swathes of territory in the north.