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  1. Baghdadi: enigmatic chief of Islamic State jihadist groupRead the original story

    19 hrs ago | The Nation

    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi rose from obscurity to lead the world's most infamous and feared jihadist group, but shuns the spotlight for an aura of mystery that adds to his appeal. The Islamic State group released a slew of photos and videos documenting its offensive that overran a third of Iraq last June, and the many atrocities it carried out.


  2. Report: Britain delayed action on Iraq chemical weapons partly due to trade interestRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday | Jerusalem Post

    The British government delayed taking action against Iraq's budding chemical weapons program in the 1980s partly because UK exporters had business ties to the industry, according to Foreign Office documents reviewed in a report by The Guardian . The secret file entitled Chemical Weapon Manufacture in Iraq, containing newly released papers from 1983, show that diplomats were aware of Baghdad's covert technology program.


  3. Chemical finger at India firmRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jul 3 | The Telegraph

    London, July 3: A well-known Indian infrastructure company, Som Datt Builders, has been implicated in Iraq's chemical weapons programme in British cabinet papers from 1983 released in London. The gist of the disclosure is that Margaret Thatcher's government knew that Saddam Hussein was acquiring chemical weapons but found reasons at that stage not to take action against the Iraqi leader.


  4. Nuri al-Maliki Fast FactsRead the original story

    Friday Jul 3 |

    2003-2004 - Member of the de-Baathification Commission, which works to rid former Baathists from Iraq's military and government. January 2005 - Is elected to the new parliament as a member of the Dawa Party and serves as the head of the Security and Defense Committee of the National Assembly.


  5. a Thatcher govt didn't oppose Saddam's chemical weapons program, declassified papers showRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jul 3 | Russia Taday

    As Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was building up its chemical weapons arsenal with the help of a British firm, Margaret Thatcher's government decided not to oppose it, fearing that otherwise it would be subjected to criticism. In the 1980s Iraq, which was engaged in a brutal war against neighboring Iran, was seeking to boost its manufacture of chemical weapons.


  6. Sterling veteran has the right stuffRead the original story

    Friday Jun 26 | The Daily Gazette

    ... Charlie Battery, based in Colorado. The “Pacesetter” battalion secured positions near Taji and Samarra, Iraq, established a forward base at Samarra East Airfield, and provided fire support. Charlie Battery also performed security ...


  7. Margaret Thatcher feared banning IRaq's Saddam Hussein from chemical weaponsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 2 | Daily Mail

    The Thatcher government feared stepping in to ban Saddam Hussein making chemical weapons because it might reflect badly on the UK. Officials received intelligence in 1983 that the Iraqis were making mustard gas at a pesticide plant north of Baghdad, according to Foreign Office papers released by the National Archives at Kew.


  8. Thatcher government concern on IraqMargaret Thatcher's government was ...Read the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 2 | Thurrock Gazette

    Margaret Thatcher's government was reluctant to press for an international ban on Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein acquiring chemical weapons amid fears any criticism could rebound on the UK, according to newly released files. Foreign Office papers released by the National Archives at Kew show that in early 1983 officials received intelligence from the Americans suggesting that mustard gas was being manufactured at a pesticide plant at Samarra to the north of Baghdad.


  9. Clashes, air strikes against IS militants kill 72 in IraqRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 2 | Daily Times

    BAGHDAD: Up to 72 people were killed on Thursday in clashes and air strikes by U.S.-led coalition and Iraqi aircraft targeting Islamic State militants in the provinces of Salahudin and Anbar, security sources said. In Salahudin province, a suicide car bomber struck the security forces in al-Fatha area in north of the town of Baiji, some 200 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, leaving seven soldiers and allied militiamen and wounding ten others, a provincial security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.


  10. Why Britain backed down on banning Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons during Iran warRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 2 | The Independent

    Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency.


  11. The Caliph's Year in ReviewRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jun 30 |

    Today marks the first anniversary of the establishment of the Islamic States's "caliphate." To mark the occasion, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is due to deliver another Ramadan sermon as he did, famously, almost a year ago to the day from a venerated mosque in Mosul .


  12. Iraq: Dozens of Islamic State fighters killed in Anbar provinceRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Jun 28 | UPI

    Security sources say dozens of Islamic State fighters died in clashes with pro-government forces in the Anbar province and other locations in Iraq on Sunday. Xinhua news agency quoted a provincial security source , speaking on condition of anonymity, as saying Iraqi army forces used artillery to kill 26 IS militants near the city of Haditha, while security forces defending positions near the IS-held city of Hit killed 15 attacking IS militants and destroyed eight of their vehicles.


  13. 61 killed in violence, clashes with IS militants in IraqRead the original story

    Sunday Jun 28 | Xinhuanet

    A total of 61 people were killed on Sunday, most of them were Islamic State militants, in clashes, air strikes and gunfire across Iraq, security sources said. In Anbar province, the army artillery pounded IS positions in Saggara area near the city of Haditha, some 200 km northwest of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, leaving 26 IS militants killed along with destroying two of their vehicles, a provincial security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.


  14. Were the Daesh attacks during Ramadan what analysts expected?Read the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jun 27 | Al Bawaba

    Daesh's attack at a beach resort in Tunisia's city of Sousse killed 38 and injured dozens more. in Kuwait, Tunisia and France became a sore reminder of Daesh's outreach and created more reason to worry about increased violence during Ramadan.


  15. The dilemmas of working with Iraqi militiasRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jun 25 | The Washington Post

    Members of Iraqi security forces and Shiite militia fighters travel from Samarra to the outskirts of Tikrit, north of Baghdad, on Feb. 28. In response to reports that U.S. and Iranian-backed forces were sharing a military base in Iraq's Anbar province, an outraged Sen. John McCain said that "it's an insult to the families of the American soldiers that were wounded and killed in battles in which the Shia militias were the enemy. Now, providing arms to them and supporting them, it's very hard for those families to understand."


  16. IRAQ: Insurgency Flare-upRead the original story

    Thursday Jun 25 |

    It was never completely stamped out, experts say, and Sunni and Shiite insurgents have used anti-U.S. sentiment and discontent with the Iraqi Interim Government to attract adherents and provoke unrest. Their goal, says Kenneth Katzman, senior Middle East analyst at the Congressional Research Service, is to show that the IIC is "ineffective and illegitimate" because it can't guarantee security.


  17. Iraq's Sunni ArabsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jun 25 |

    The divisions among Sunnis that surfaced in the run-up to the October 15 referendum highlight both the fractiousness of the Sunni leadership and the various ethnic, political, and geographic divisions within the Sunni community. Sunnis, who comprise around 20 percent of Iraq's population, are far from a monolithic group.


  18. The Preparedness of Iraqi Security ForcesRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 27, 2008 |

    Since toppling Saddam Hussein in 2003, U.S.-led forces have worked to rebuild the country's army and police with money, weapons, and training. As of late 2007, $19.2 billion had been spent on the effort.


  19. The Baker-Hamilton CommissionRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 6, 2006 |

    In March 2006, as the security situation and sectarian violence in Iraq took a turn for the worse after the February bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra, Rep. Frank Wolf suggested creating an outside commission of prominent foreign policy figures to provide "fresh eyes" and propose recommendations on resolving the conflict in Iraq. The ten-person panel, whose membership comprises five Republicans and five Democrats, issued its report on December 6, 2006.


  20. ISIS publicly flog two men for privately breaking their fast during RamadanRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jun 25 | Daily Mail

    ISIS publicly flog two men for privately breaking their fast and lying about their 'crime' during the holy month of Ramadan Savage jihadis fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq have publicly flogged two men who were accused of secretly breaking the Ramadan fast and lying about their 'crime'. Photographs released by ISIS' Information Office of the State of the Island - believed to refer to Samarra on the eastern banks of the Tibris river, show the men being punished in a desert clearing.