IRAQ: ‘ Minister Slams Islamic State for turning Jonahs Tomb into a Park ‘

#AceNewsReport – IRAQ:June.20: An Iraqi minister on Saturday slammed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) plans to turn the site of the tomb of the Prophet Younis (Jonah) in Mosul – which it destroyed last year – into a park as a “crime” perpetrated against the country’s heritage, a local news outlet reported.

Qais Hussain, the deputy minister of Antiquities and Tourism told the local al-Sumaria News that “there are reports about ISIS’s intention of transforming the tomb into a park and fun city which is another crime against Iraqi heritage.”

Hussain also said the ministry has “a plan after liberating conquered cities from ISIS,” adding that there is “a committee that is currently working to minimize damages being done to heritage sites.”

The site of the tomb is located in the northern city of Mosul, which ISIS seized in June last year. So far the Iraqi government, already backed with Shiite volunteer fighters known as the Popular Mobilization units, has not been able to recapture the city, which has become the group’s stronghold in the country.

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#BREAKING: ‘ US to send more troops to Iraq for expanded training mission’

#AceBreakingNews – Washington:June.10: More troops going to Iraq:

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JERUSALEM (AP) – An expected White House decision to send several hundred more troops to Iraq to expand training of Iraqi forces in Anbar province is not a shift in U.S. strategy but is aimed at helping Iraq retake the provincial capital, Ramadi, and eventually blunt the Islamic State’s battlefield momentum.

The decision, which could be announced as soon as Wednesday, would increase the n…

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White House: US won’t be ‘responsible’ for ‘security situation’ in Iraq

#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON:June.09:The White House last Thursday, in no uncertain terms, put the onus on the Iraqis to fight and defeat the Islamic State — even as a new report warned foreign fighters are flocking to the battlefield at a historic and dangerous pace.

White House: US won’t be ‘responsible’ for ‘security situation’ in Iraq.

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“Iraq Speaker `Escapes Militants’ Attack in Mosul”

#AceWorldNews says `Iraq speaker escapes militants’ attack in Mosul ‘

Iraq’s parliament speaker, Osama al-Nujaifi, narrowly escaped an attack in his home-town on Monday, AFP reported.

Iraqi Army on a patrol in Mosul

Iraqi Army on a patrol in Mosul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A convoy carrying the speaker, Iraq’s most senior Sunni Arab politician, was hit by a roadside bomb in the main northern city of Mosul, according to his office. Nujaifi escaped unharmed, but one of bodyguards was wounded, sources say. Mosul and surrounding Nineveh province, where Nujaifi’s brother Atheel is governor, is one of Iraq’s most violent areas.

 

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