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US asks for full coordination between KRG and Baghdad in Mosul

Rudaw reports:

Erbil and Baghdad should have full coordination with each other and the international coalition in the battle for Mosul, urged an American senator during a visit to the Kurdistan Region.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Premier Nechirvan Barzani received a US delegation headed by Texas Senator John Cornyn on Friday. The upcoming battle of Mosul, an anticipated wave of internally displaced persons (IDPs), and relations between Erbil and Baghdad were the main topics of the meeting.

Cornyn asked the KRG to have full coordination with Baghdad and the coalition in the Mosul battle. He stated that all parties should consider the concerns of the people of Mosul and the Sunnis after the defeat of ISIS in the city.

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Baghdad considers security overhaul

Omar Sattar writes for Al-Monitor:

The Iraqi Cabinet has formed a supreme committee consisting of representatives from a number of ministries and security institutions to develop an integrated surveillance system for Baghdad.

Since 2003, Iraq's successive governments have failed to halt the bloodshed in Baghdad. Terrorist attacks have been ongoing, especially car bombs. The failure of all security plans in the past 13 years and the ongoing terrorist attacks are due to the poor management of the security file.

After all of these ineffective attempts, the government is again endeavoring to solve Baghdad’s security problem. But the new plan, if approved by the government, is unlikely to succeed, in light of the political and sectarian interference in all of the state institutions that are already crippled by financial and administrative corruption.

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Iraqi defense minister sacked as Mosul battle looms

Saif Hameed reports for Reuters:

Iraq's parliament impeached Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi on Thursday over corruption allegations, removing him from office as the army gears up for an assault on Islamic State's de facto capital, Mosul.

Parliament voted 142-102 to withdraw confidence from Obeidi, two lawmakers said, after questioning him this month about weapons contracts. He had denied the corruption allegations and in turn accused Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri and five other MPs of wrongdoing.

Lawmakers have accused the Defence Ministry of wasting billions of dollars and weakening the armed forces to the point where they collapsed in 2014 in the face of the Islamic State onslaught under the previous government led by Nuri al-Maliki, who was also acting defense minister.

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Iraqi Kurdistan: Kurdish Journalist Abducted, Killed

Human Rights Watch reports:

An Iraqi Kurdish journalist who had been threatened by security services was abducted and found dead on August 13, 2016. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) should ensure a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation into the killing of Wedad Hussein Ali, 28, who was allegedly affiliated with the armed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Witnesses described his apparent kidnapping by unknown assailants, who claimed to be Kurdish security forces, following repeated interrogations by the KRG’s Asayish political police forces over the past 12 months about his writings critical of Kurdish authorities.

“The KRG should provide serious answers about how it came to be that this journalist was kidnapped and killed in broad daylight, following repeated interrogations by Asayish forces,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “He is one of dozens of journalists in KRG territory who have been killed, beaten, detained, or harassed.”

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M for Muqawama: The secret resistance fighting ISIS with graffiti

Arwa Damon, Hamdi Alkhshali, and Brice Laine write for CNN:

The graffiti artist works under cover of darkness, spraying the letter M on walls across Mosul. M for Muqawama: resistance; M for Muaarada: opposition; M for Muwajaha: confrontation.

This small act of rebellion is enough to leave the painter at risk of torture, even death.

Because that M is more than clandestine street art, more than simple vandalism. It is the Mosul Battalions' message to ISIS: We are here, we are among you, and we are watching.

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Zawahri urges Iraq Sunnis to wage guerrilla war as IS loses more land

Maher Chmaytelli writes for Reuters:

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri on Thursday called on Iraq's Sunnis to prepare for a "long guerrilla" war as Islamic State militants lost more land near their de facto capital Mosul.

Islamic State (IS) has lost this year about a half of the territory it conquered in 2014 and 2015 in Iraq in battles against government and Kurdish forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition as well as Shi'ite militias supported by Iran.

The ultra-hardline group is also retreating in neighboring Syria against an array of U.S.-backed Syrian and Kurdish forces and the government army backed by Iran and Russia.

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How Many Guns Did the U.S. Lose Track of in Iraq and Afghanistan? Hundreds of Thousands.

C. J. Chivers writes for The New York Times:

Early this year, a Facebook user in Baghdad using the name Hussein Mahyawi posted a photograph of a slightly worn M4 assault rifle he was offering for sale. Veterans of the latest war in Iraq immediately recognized it. It was a standard American carbine equipped with a holographic sight, a foregrip that was military-issue during the occupation and a sticker bearing a digital QR code used by American forces for inventory control. Except for one detail — an aftermarket pistol grip, the sort of accessory with which combatants of the current generation often pimp their guns — it was a dead ringer for any of the tens of thousands of M4s the Pentagon handed out to Iraqi security forces and various armed militias after toppling Saddam Hussein in 2003. And here it was on the open market, ready for bids.

Was this a surprise? No. A little more than four years after the United States withdrew all its military forces from Iraq, and not quite two years after a smaller number of American troops began returning to the country to help fight the Islamic State, the open sale of such an M4 was part of Iraq’s day-to-day arms-trafficking routine. Mahyawi’s carbine was another data point attesting to an extraordinary and dangerous failure of American arms-trafficking and public accountability and to a departure from a modern military’s most basic practice: keeping track of the guns.

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Turkey’s Erdogan, Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani discuss fight against militants

Reuters reports:

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday discussed strategy in fighting Islamic State and Kurdish PKK militants with visiting Iraqi Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani, sources at Erdogan's office said.

They said Erdogan and Barzani also addressed necessary steps to shut down schools and institutions in Iraqi Kurdistan that are affiliated with Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based Islamic cleric whom Turkey blames for last month's failed military coup.

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Sectarian Abuses in Iraq Help Ensure IS Survival

Sharon Behn and Jeff Seldin write for Voice of America:

In its frenzy to clear Iraq of Islamic State and erase any trace of the extremists' self-declared caliphate, Baghdad is running the risk of laying the foundation for the terror group's resurgence.

Human rights groups already have voiced repeated concerns about the treatment of civilians from areas once controlled by IS, and point to a growing anxiety among Iraqi Sunnis living under IS that they will be targeted no matter what.

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Special Report: Massacre reports show U.S. inability to curb Iraq militias

Ned Parker and Jonathan Landay report for Reuters:

Shi’ite militias in Iraq detained, tortured and abused far more Sunni civilians during the American-backed capture of the town of Falluja in June than U.S. officials have publicly acknowledged, Reuters has found.

More than 700 Sunni men and boys are still missing more than two months after the Islamic State stronghold fell. The abuses occurred despite U.S. efforts to restrict the militias' role in the operation, including threatening to withdraw American air support, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials.

All told, militia fighters killed at least 66 Sunni males and abused at least 1,500 others fleeing the Falluja area, according to interviews with more than 20 survivors, tribal leaders, Iraqi politicians and Western diplomats.

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