Iraq

After Islamic State's defeat, a massive bill to rebuild Iraq

(Worthy News) – The Iraqi government estimates $100 billion is needed nationwide to rebuild cities and towns left in ruins by more than three years of war against the Islamic State group. Local leaders in Mosul, the biggest city held by IS, say that amount is needed to rehabilitate their city alone. But so far,…

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After ISIS campaign, Iran-backed fighters in Iraq vow to drive out US troops

(Worthy News) – Now that they’ve helped vanquish the Islamic State from much of Iraq, a battle-hardened militia with close ties to Iran may be training its sights on the remaining U.S.-led coalition troops scattered across the country. At least that’s the thinking among some in the ranks of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a…

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Islamic State got U.S. weapons meant for Syrian rebels: study

(Worthy News) – Sophisticated weapons the U.S. military secretly provided to Syrian rebels ended up with the Islamic State, a study said Thursday. Conflict Armament Research, a British-based organization, examined 40,000 weapons and other items recovered from the Islamic State from July 2014 to last month — time which the U.S.-led coalition removed militants from…

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Iraq PM warns Islamic State might erupt again somewhere else

(Worthy News) – Three days after declaring victory over the Islamic State group, Iraq’s prime minister warns that the group’s extremists might “erupt again somewhere else” without international cooperation in combatting the militants. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told reporters Tuesday that “we have managed to break them” in Iraq, but added that it’s a worry…

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Iraq holds victory parade after defeating Islamic State

(Worthy News) – An Iraqi military parade in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone celebrated final victory over Islamic State on Sunday, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi looking on as troops marched in formation, their bodies spelling ‘victory day’ in Arabic. Iraqi forces recaptured the last areas still under Islamic State control along the border with…

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Suicide attack targets area southeast of Baghdad

(Worthy News) – Two attackers shot several civilians on Monday in the Nahrawan area southeast of Baghdad before one blew himself up and the other was killed by security forces, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said, without providing official casualty figures. Local media reported at least 17 people were killed and 28 wounded. Islamic State claimed…

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Hezbollah to withdraw forces from Iraq, in wake of Islamic State’s defeat

(Worthy News) – The Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah is preparing to pull its cadre of commanders and military advisers from Iraq, with the group’s leader saying Monday it had achieved its goal of defeating the Islamic State in the Middle East country. During a televised address from Beirut, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said its operations…

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IDF Chief of Staff: Israel willing to share intelligence with Saudis

(Worthy News) – Gadi Eisenkot has offered to share Israeli intelligence about Iran with Saudi Arabia, in remarks published in a rare interview with a Saudi newspaper published in London. “We are ready to exchange experiences with Saudi Arabia and other moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence information to confront Iran,” Eisenkot told the Elaph…

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