Iraq Oil Report's Daily Brief compiles the most important news and analysis about Iraq from around the web.

Apache gunships enter combat as Iraqi forces encircle Mosul, Pentagon says

Thomas Gibbons-Neff reports for The Washington Post:

As Iraqi forces backed by U.S. support engage the Islamic State across multiple battlefronts in Iraq, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced Monday that American Apache helicopter gunships had been used in combat for the first time since President Obama authorized their use in April.

Speaking to reporters during a flight to a meeting of NATO ministers in Brussels, Carter declined to go into details about the operation but said the Monday strikes were in support of Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State outside Mosul.

Click here for the entire story

Iraq arrests 500 IS suspects fleeing with civilians: police

AFP reports:

Iraqi forces have detained more than 500 suspected Islamic State group members trying to sneak out of the city of Fallujah by blending in with fleeing civilians, police said Monday.

"We have arrested 546 suspected terrorists who had fled by taking advantage of the movements of displaced families over the past two weeks," said Hadi Rzayej, the police chief for Anbar province in which Fallujah is located.

Click here for the entire story

Iraq probes human rights violations in Fallujah offensive

The Associated Press reports:

Iraq said Monday it had launched an investigation into possible human rights abuses against civilians fleeing the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah as an aid group said more than 4,000 more people had left the city over the weekend.

Iraqi government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said some fighters suspected of violating human rights during the three-week-old operation to retake the city have been arrested over the past few days and are under investigation.

Click here for the entire story

Iraq makes arrests over reports of Sunnis executed in Falluja

Isabel Coles and Stephen Kalin report for Reuters:

Iraq said on Monday it had made arrests as it investigates allegations that Shi'ite militiamen helping the army retake Falluja had executed dozens of Sunni Muslim men fleeing the city held by Islamic State.

Iraqi authorities "are following up on the violations and a number of arrests have been made," government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said after a regional governor said 49 Sunni men had been executed after surrendering to a Shi'ite faction.

Click here for the entire story

Inside Islamic State’s female recruitment machine

Alexandra Bradford reports for News Deeply:

By all accounts 22-year-old Aqsa Mahmood was an ordinary adolescent. She dreamed of being a doctor and excelled during her years at the private school she attended in Scotland. Her weekends were spent with friends and she was devoted to her family. Mahmood’s parents describe her as “the best daughter you could have.” Yet in late 2013, while her friends were studying for their exams and planning their winter break, Mahmood was preparing to run away from Glasgow to Syria, where she would join the ranks of the so-called Islamic State group.

But Mahmood is not only a runaway to the group also known as ISIS – she is a recruiter. She would go on to become the female role model for Western women seeking to make their home among the members of the terror group.

Click here for the entire story

Iraqi cleric calls for big protest following Ramadan

Kurdistan24 reports:

On Sunday, Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr asked people to hold a big protest in Baghdad after the holy month of Ramadan against the federal government of Iraq.

Sadr’s office released a statement calling people to prepare for a protest involving a million demonstrators in Baghdad following the Islamic month of fasting.

Click here for the entire story

A personal quest to document IS massacre of Iraqi Yazidis

The Associated Press reports:

The walls and even the windows of Bahzad Farhan Murad's office are covered with lists. They name the thousands of people who were killed or are still missing after the Islamic State group launched an attack on unarmed Yazidi communities in northwestern Iraq nearly two years ago.

The 28-year-old Yazidi has been documenting crimes against his community ever since the August 2014 attack. He is collecting data on as many victims as he can, gathering information on the men who were executed in groups, the women who were captured and forced into sexual slavery, the children who were indoctrinated in extremist training camps. To date, he has conducted hundreds of interviews and produced detailed files on over 2,400 victims.

Click here for the entire story

Iraqi forces retake land claimed by ISIS south of Mosul

Isabel Coles reports for Reuters:

Iraqi troops advanced against Islamic State south of Mosul on Sunday as the US-led coalition intensifies its campaign against the militants on multiple fronts across their self-proclaimed caliphate.

Officers involved in the operation said Iraqi forces had moved towards the village of Haj Ali in tanks and armoured vehicles under cover of coalition airstrikes and artillery fire, capturing another village on the way.

Click here for the entire story

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to defend Yazidi women, ISIS sex slaves

Lin Taylor reports for Reuters:

International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney will defend Yazidi women who have been victims of sexual slavery, rape and genocide by Islamic State militants in Iraq, her law firm said on Friday.

Clooney, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers in London, is seeking to prosecute the Islamist group through the International Criminal Court for their crimes against the Yazidi community.

Click here for the entire story

Captured in Iraq, Northern Va. man regrets choosing ISIL

J.J. Green reports for WTOP:

Mohamad Jamal Khweis, 26, was prepared to become a suicide bomber and attack America when he left his life in the D.C. suburbs in 2015. He was headed for what he was led to believe was paradise, but after a circuitous sequence of events, he had second thoughts.

Khweis, of Alexandria, Virginia, was charged in federal court Thursday in the Eastern District of Virginia with “providing and conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization,” as stated in the criminal complaint against him.

Khweis was detained by Kurdish Peshmerga military forces on March 14 in northern Iraq after leaving an ISIL-controlled neighborhood in Tal Afar, Iraq.

Click here for the entire story

Page 4 of 490« First...23456...102030...Last »