Supporters of radical cleric al-Sadr storm Green Zone

Al-Sadr supporters turned protesters stormed Iraq’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Saturday and later stormed into parliament. Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have been holding demonstrations and sit-ins for months to demand an overhaul of Iraq’s corrupt and ineffective political system, but Saturday was the first time they broke into the Green Zone, home to most government ministries and foreign embassies. Iraq has been mired … Continue reading Supporters of radical cleric al-Sadr storm Green Zone

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Delta Force team captures ISIS operative in Iraq

BAGHDAD, March 1, 2016 – Just days after Delta Force teams launched operations against ISIS in Iraq, U.S. Special Operations captured their firs ISIS operative in Northern Iraq. U.S. forces have begun interrogating the detainee and is expected to be turned over to Iraqi officials in the next few days. The mission was carried out by the Pentagon’s expeditionary targeting force. Defense Secretary Ash Carter … Continue reading Delta Force team captures ISIS operative in Iraq

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ISIS kills seven in Baghdad mall shooting

Four gunmen charged into a shopping mall in eastern Baghdad on Monday after a car bomb exploded outside, killing at least seven people, two police sources said. State television said security forces were surrounding the site of “a terrorist attack” in Baghdad Jadida, citing an interior ministry spokesman. Officials estimated that 50-75 people were trapped in the mall. A hospital official confirmed the death toll … Continue reading ISIS kills seven in Baghdad mall shooting

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Multiple ISIS suicide bombings kill Iraqi soldiers

ISIS suicide bombers killed three Iraqi soldiers and wounded 17 on Friday after they drove 10 vehicles packed with explosives into an Iraqi army base near Ramadi. Anbar Provincial Council leader, Sabah Al-Karhut told CNN that the attacks happened in quick succession. ISIS targeted the Iraq’s 10th Division base northeast of Ramadi. ISIS still controls 25% of the city despite Iraqi Special Forces drove ISIS fighters … Continue reading Multiple ISIS suicide bombings kill Iraqi soldiers

Tehran responds to execution of Shiite Cleric

Saudi Arabia executed Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr along with 47 other prisoners on Saturday leading to strong condemnation from several Middle East countries including Iran. Saudi Arabia insisted the executions were part of a justified war on terrorism. Along with the cleric, Saudi Arabia executed several Al-Qaeda detainees convicted of launching a spate of attacks against foreigners and security forces a decade ago. “We … Continue reading Tehran responds to execution of Shiite Cleric

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White House agrees to send $1B worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia

U.S. selling smart bombs worth $1B to terror sponsor nation The United States has agreed to pay $1.29 billion as part of a massive arms deal to Saudi Arabia. The deal includes nearly 13,000 smart bombs. The huge deal — which is unlikely to be blocked by Congress — was announced on Saturday by the State Department after being hammered out by the Obama administration … Continue reading White House agrees to send $1B worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia

Turkey reaches deal with EU over handling of Syrian refugees

EU and Turkey seal migrant deal The European Union and Turkey reached a deal to cut the flow of migrants into Europe in exchange for European Union cash and help with its bid to join the 28-nation bloc. EU leaders hailed the agreement as a key step toward substantially reducing the number of asylum seekers entering the bloc, while Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said … Continue reading Turkey reaches deal with EU over handling of Syrian refugees

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ISIS threatening attacks against the White House and Times Square

New York officials confirmed on Thursday the release of an ISIS propaganda video that threatens attacks on New York. New York City officials have not verified the authenticity of the tape but say there are not any specific threats against the city. The video shows clips of Herald and Times Square as well suicide bombers getting ready for an attack. ISIS terrorists place the United … Continue reading ISIS threatening attacks against the White House and Times Square