‘ Iran’s Armed Forces Prepared For ISIS Threats ‘

#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – September 27 – Iran’s Armed Forces are “fully prepared” to repel any potential threats from the Islamic State militants, Brigadier General Ahmadrez Pourdastan, Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces, said.

If the ISIL terrorist group intends to come near the country’s borders, we will target them deep inside the Iraqi territory,”Pourdastan is cited by PressTV.

Iranian forces have been deployed in the country’s western border regions to beef up security there, he added.

The jihadist Islamic State has claimed large parts of land in Iraq and Syria, and plans to expand its territory, despite the ongoing air-strikes by the US and its allies. 

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‘ RAF Deploy First Wave of Bombers to Iraq ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN – September 27 – Armed British RAF jets have been deployed on their first mission in Iraq since UK lawmakers voted to authorize military strikes against so-called Islamic State (IS) targets in the country.

'A British Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoon '  (Reuters/Giampiero Sposito)

‘A British Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoon ‘ (Reuters/Giampiero Sposito)

A Ministry of Defense Spokesman (MOD) confirmed on Saturday that “Royal Air Force Tornados continue to fly over Iraq and are now ready to be used in an attack role as and when appropriate targets are identified.”

UK MPs vote overwhelmingly for ISIS airstrikes in Iraq

The spokesman added that no running commentary on the jets’ movements would be forthcoming, but they “are pleased with the response time achieved.”

On Friday, MPs in Britain’s House of Commons voted overwhelmingly to take part in military action against Islamic State (also known ISIS, or ISIL).

The motion proposed by Prime Minister David Cameron’s government was passed overwhelmingly by 524 votes to 43 – a majority of 481.

Britain’s three biggest parties, coalition government partners the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, plus the opposition Labour party, all officially backed the bombing campaign. The government insisted the intervention was legal under international law because it was requested by the Iraqi prime minister.

On Friday, MPs in Britain’s House of Commons voted overwhelmingly to take part in military action against Islamic State (also known ISIS, or ISIL).

The motion proposed by Prime Minister David Cameron’s government was passed overwhelmingly by 524 votes to 43 – a majority of 481.

Britain’s three biggest parties, coalition government partners the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, plus the opposition Labour party, all officially backed the bombing campaign.

The spokesman added that no running commentary on the jets’ movements would be forthcoming, but they “are pleased with the response time achieved.”

The motion proposed by Prime Minister David Cameron’s government was passed overwhelmingly by 524 votes to 43 – a majority of 481.

Britain’s three biggest parties, coalition government partners the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, plus the opposition Labour party, all officially backed the bombing campaign. The government insisted the intervention was legal under international law because it was requested by the Iraqi prime minister.

The measure did not propose any UK involvement in air-strikes in Syria, where a US-Arab coalition began bombing IS militants on Tuesday. A year ago, British MPs rejected air-strikes on Syria to oppose the government of President Bashar Assad.

Cameron told MPs early in Friday’s debate the situation in Syria is more complicated” than Iraq because of its “brutal dictator” President Assad, and the civil war that has been ongoing there for the past three years.

He noted, however, that there was a strong case for attacking IS in Syria, a proposition which both Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Defense Secretary Michael Fallon have cited as a distinct possibility.

Cameron added that there was no legal barrier” to expanding operations into Syria, though MPs were far from united on such a move.

Shadow Education Minister Rushanara Ali resigned from Labour’s front bench on Friday in order to abstain from voting on the measure.

I am not confident that this military action will be effective in the short term in just targeting the terrorists and not harming innocent civilians,” she wrote in a letter to Labour party leader Ed Miliband.Nor can I pretend to have any confidence that there is a credible long-term strategy to build up the capacity of the Iraqi army or that the potential impact on radicalisation in the UK has been properly thought through.”

She added that while a majority of British Muslims abhorred the actions of IS, there is a widespread belief in both Muslim and non-Muslim communities that military action “will only create further bloodshed and further pain for the people of Iraq.”

Public opinion, however, has turned decidedly in favor of military action following the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

A poll conducted for The Sun newspaper, published on Friday, showed that 57 percent of UK residents surveyed said they supported bombing ISIS in Iraq, compared to 24 percent who were against the move.

Support for a bombing campaign is up by one-fifth on a similar poll last month.

Asked whether they backed strikes on IS in Syria as well, 51 percent approved of spreading the intervention while 26 percent opposed it. Meanwhile, 43 percent backed sending ground troops to Iraq, or considering sending them there.

Meanwhile, activists from the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that US-led forces had launched airstrikes against Islamic State compounds in the central province of Homs and the northern region of Raqqa on Saturday, AP reports.

The targets included wheat silos west of the eastern city of Deir el-Zour.

BBC – RT – Daily Mail – Daily Express – AP – Reuters – Sun 

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' Hidden Camera Films Life Under ISIL Rule '

#AceNewsServices SYRIA(Raqqa) September 27 The footage, published by a French TV channel, was filmed by a student in February and April.

The amateur video shows that men and women are carrying weapons as they go about their business in busy streets in the city.

It also shows a woman walking her child to a playground with a rifle on her back.

It shows heavily armed men patrolling roads and parks and women carrying rifles.

The video reveals the presence of a great number of French women in the city.

Reports say about a hundred French women are living alongside militant groups in Syria.

Source:

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Washington: ‘ President Obama Asks Congress for $5 Billion Counter-Terrorist Relief Funding ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 11 – President Obama is pushing congressional leaders to authorize a broad counter-terrorism relief fund that could be used to support operations against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria.

Doing so might allow the White House and congressional leaders to avoid a tough vote to either authorize or fund military action before the midterm elections, but still achieve the “buy in” the president has said he wants from Congress.

By Justin Sink @ The Hill

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WHITE HOUSE: ‘ Statement by President Obama’s Approves Air-Strikes in Syria ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 11 – President Obama on Wednesday ordered a sharp escalation of the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State, authorizing U.S. air-strikes in Syria along with expanded air-strikes in Iraq as he vowed to wipe out the group’s terrorists “wherever they exist.”

Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy,” Obama said during a prime-time address to the nation.

The president’s address, just 15 minutes long, effectively completed a dramatic turnaround from the administration’s approach to the Islamic State just a few months ago, when the president downplayed the group’s advances through northern Iraq. Now, he is outlining a “comprehensive” strategy for targeting the organization in Iraq and Syria, including by potentially aiding moderate factions of the Syrian opposition.

Republicans who have urged a tougher approach voiced some relief that Obama appeared to be backing off “earlier dismissals” of the group’s fighting prowess. “He has finally begun to make the case the nation has needed him to make for quite some time: that destroying this terrorist threat requires decisive action and must be the highest priority for the United States and other nations of the free world,” House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement.

Boehner, though, cautioned that a “speech” is not a “strategy” and raised concerns that Obama is still treating this as an “isolated counterterrorism campaign.”

The president nevertheless made clear he is expanding the military campaign, and said the U.S. will lead a “broad coalition” against ISIS.

Until now, U.S. airstrikes have been limited to specific missions in northern Iraq. But Obama said Wednesday he is expanding those efforts “beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense.”

In a nod to his plans to go into Syria, Obama said: “I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq.”

Senior administration officials, on a conference call before the speech, said the president has authorized those airstrikes, and the military “will take action on the Syrian side” of the border.

The administration is not giving a timeframe for when the expanded air-strikes will begin. But senior administration officials said the militants operate freely across both sides of the Iraq-Syria border, and the U.S. cannot be restrained by that border in going after the organization.

Obama also announced Wednesday that another 475 service members will deploy to Iraq.

The president, who campaigned on ending the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, stressed Wednesday that this military effort will be different from those protracted conflicts and will not involve U.S. combat troops on the ground.

But, after weeks of mixed signals from the administration over how deeply it would commit to combating the Islamic State, or ISIS, the president set a goal Wednesday of eradicating the group.

This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground,” Obama said. In making the case, he cited the threat of Americans and other foreign fighters in the region returning to their home countries to “carry out deadly attacks.”

The president’s approach also involves a renewed call to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels. The president asked Congress to authorize this sort of program earlier this year, but the plan has not garnered support on Capitol Hill. He called in his address again for Congress to authorize and fund a mission to “train and equip these fighters.”

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WASHINGTON: ‘ President Obama Increased Military Pressure in Iraq Running Greater Risk’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 11 – By expanding military pressure on the Islamic State, President Obama is now running risks he had long hoped to avoid when he withdrew U.S. forces from Iraq.

His strategy to counter the militant Islamic faction has been marked by a core principle that military action should not race ahead of politics and diplomacy. It has led to a more incremental approach criticized by some as overly cautious while supporters describe it as methodical and systematic.

The White House believes that progress in putting together an international coalition to battle the insurgents and building an inclusive Iraqi government has allowed the United States now to ratchet up military pressure on the militants.

With that diplomacy now bearing fruit, Obama said, “I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.”

USA Today (Opinion)

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IRAN: ‘ Minister Accuses US of Lacking Understanding of ISIL in Interview ‘

#AceWorldNews – IRAN (Tehran) – September 08 – Iran accused the United States on Sunday of not taking the threat from ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria seriously, and charged that US aid had previously helped the Takfiri militants.

“There is still no serious understanding about the threat and they (the United States) have as yet taken no serious action,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with IRIB on Sunday morning.

 US has not been serious in fighting ISIL which roots in their double standards; the US supported ISIL back in Syria and now they want to fight them in Iraq,” he added, according to Mehr news agency.

The top Iranian diplomat said that there has not been enough and comprehensive understanding of ISIL threat yet, but “the Islamic Republic of Iran was aware of its danger since the beginning of ISIL establishment and Iran president’s WAVE (World Against Violence and Extremism) suggested to the last year UN General Assembly proves the Islamic Republic’s logic regarding such issues.”

He pointed to the Leader’s emphasis on danger of radicalism and said that “we know the ISIL danger and stand besides our Iraqi sisters and brothers to control it but this is dangerous for the whole region and international cooperation is needed to eradicate it.”

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`Al-Qaeda splinter group in Syria withdraws from town near Turkey’

#AceWorldNews says that Militants from an Al-Qaeda splinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), withdrew from a rebel-held Syrian town near the border with Turkey on Friday, Reuters said, citing a monitoring group.

ISIL took Azaz, 5km from the Turkish border, five months ago from rival opposition fighters, and has fought other rebels who control the border post with Turkey.

Months of rebel infighting in and around Azaz hampered efforts to get humanitarian aid into Syria and help tens of thousands of refugees.

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Anbar Province: “Media Reports Have Cited Deadly Clashes Between Iraqi Troops and Al-Qaeda Affiliated Fighters”

#AceWorldNews says In a statement read out during a formal meeting this evening Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Permanent Representative of Jordan, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for the month, the 15-nation body deplored the recent surge in violence in Anbar province, where, for the past week, media reports have citied deadly clashes between Iraqi-Troops and Al-Qaeda-Affiliated-Fighters.

Condemning the attacks by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) “against the people of Iraq in an attempt to destabilize the country and region,” the Council recognized that Iraqi security forces, local police and tribes in Anbar province are showing great courage as they fight to defeat ISIL in their cities.

“The Security Council urges the people of Iraq, including Iraqi tribes, local leaders, and Iraqi security forces in Anbar province, to continue, expand and strengthen their cooperation against violence and terror,” said the 15-member body, stresses the critical importance of continued national dialogue and unity.

The Council in its statement welcomed comments from Grand Ayatollah Sistani welcoming internally displaced residents of Anbar to Najaf and Karbala, as well as the commitment of a number of communities – Sunni, Shia and Kurd – to meet the needs of the displaced.

Expressing its strong support for the continued efforts of the Iraqi Government to help meet the security needs of the entire population of Iraq, the Council acknowledged the efforts of the Iraqi security forces and local police, “whose members are also being targeted and killed in ongoing attacks by terrorists”

The Council went on to welcome the Government’s commitment in the protection of the civilian population in Fallujah and elsewhere, and to the provision of humanitarian relief. It encouraged the Government to continue working with the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and humanitarian agencies to ensure the delivery of relief aid.

Concerned about the impact of the violence on civilians, the 15-nation body encouraged the safe passage of civilians trapped in conflict areas, as well as the safe return of internally displaced persons as conditions allow.

“The Security Council stresses the critical importance of continued national dialogue and unity, an inclusive political process, the holding of free and fair elections in April 2014, and the right to peaceful protest as guaranteed under the Iraqi Constitution,” the Council said, stressing its belief that this is vital to underpin a unified national stance against terrorism, and to ensure Iraq’s long-term security.

Reaffirming the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, the Council members also reaffirmed that ISIL is subject to the arms embargo and assets freeze imposed by Council resolutions 1267 (1999) and 2083 (2012).

The Council reaffirmed the need to combat all forms of terrorism and reiterated that “no terrorist act can reverse the path towards peace, democracy and reconstruction in Iraq, which is supported by the people and the Government of Iraq and the international community.”

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