IRAQ: ‘ Islamic State ram explosive-laden Humvees into troops deployed outside University in Ramadi ‘

#AceNewsReport – IRAQ:July.30: Suicide attacks targeting Iraqi security forces near the Islamic State-held city of Ramadi on Wednesday killed at least 12 troops, AP said.

The suicide bombers rammed explosives-laden Humvees into forces deployed outside of the University of Ramadi complex, according to officials.

Eight Iraqi soldiers were reportedly wounded in the bombing. Iraqi government forces recaptured the university, 5 kilometers south of Ramadi, from IS militants on Sunday.

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IRAQ: ‘ Suicide Bombers in Vehicles hit Security forces & their HQ ‘

#AceNewsReport – IRAQ:#BreakingUpdate June.13: Four suicide bombers in vehicles packed with explosives hit security forces and the local headquarters of the Shi’ite militias killing 11 people.

Islamic State militants attacked government forces and their Shi’ite militia allies on Saturday near the city of Baiji, Iraq.

Four suicide bombers in vehicles packed with explosives hit security forces and the local headquarters of the Shi’ite militias killing 11 people. The attack comes as the battle for control of Iraq’s biggest refinery continues.

Iraq has been struggling for stability since the last US troops pulled out in 2011, as the battle against Islamic State and extensive sectarian disputes obstruct efforts to rebuild the economy.

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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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BAGHDAD: ‘ CURFEW IMPOSED ON CAPITAL RAMADI OVER FEARS OF ISLAMIC STATE ADVANCE INTO THE CITY’

#AceWorldNews – BAGHDAD – October 17 – Authorities in Iraq’s western Anbar province have imposed a curfew in the capital Ramadi over fears that the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) might try to advance on the city.

The curfew began at midnight Friday to limit movement in and out of the city, AP quoted Sabah Karhout, the chairman of the Anbar provincial council, as saying.

The IS has been making gains around Ramadi in recent weeks against the Iraqi military, despite the US-led coalition’s airstrikes.

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PENTAGON: ‘ Air-Strikes Causing ISIL to Change Tactics

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON(Fort Meade) – October 04 – Operations against the so-called Islamic State continue apace with 334 air-strikes against the terror group, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon yesterday.

Those air-strikes, the admiral added, are causing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to change its tactics.

Kirby briefed on the situation in Iraq and Syria and the coalition that is building against ISIL. He said there have been, to date, 248 airstrikes in Iraq and 86 in Syria.

While U.S. forces are carrying the primary load now, more and more coalition nations are participating.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced yesterday his government has approved airstrikes against ISIL.

The Defence Department has launched a new web page on defense.gov that focuses on the operations against ISIL.

It contains an interactive map which will detail continued air-strikes in Iraq and Syria, including mission objectives, number of air-strikes and aircraft utilized, the admiral said. 

New Tactics: 

The air-strikes are having an effect and the ISIL terrorists are changing tactics, Kirby said.

“Not surprisingly, they have gotten better at concealment,” the admiral said. “Before the air-strikes … they pretty much had free reign.

They don’t have that free rein any more, because they know we’re watching from the air.”

The terrorists have had to disperse, in part, because of the air-strikes inside Syria against fixed targets — headquarters buildings, command-and-control nodes, finance centres and oil refineries.

ISIL Remains Dangerous: 

Though the terrorists are being degraded, they remain a potent and dangerous threat, Kirby said. The group continues to threaten areas in Fallujah and Ramadi in Iraq and areas in Northern Syria on the border with Turkey.

“We expect that they will continue to change their tactics, based on the increasing pressure they’re going to get, not just from the air, but from the ground, with Iraqi security forces,” Kirby said.

And, while the enemy changes, coalition forces will adjust, too, the admiral said.

“Everybody paints them as this great adaptive, capable, agile enemy,” Kirby said. “We’re pretty adaptive, capable and agile ourselves.”

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‘ ISIS Militants Storm University to take Hostages but Come Away Empty Handed ‘

#AceWorldNews – IRAQ (Ramadi) – Militants have stormed a university in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, briefly taking dozens of students and staff hostage before retreating under fire.

At least two people died in the attack, but officials said security forces were now back in control of the campus.


(The militants were said to be from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant)

Saturday’s attack was the third major assault by insurgents in as many days following raids on Mosul in the north and the central city of Samarra.

Police said militants had infiltrated the campus in the early hours from the neighbouring al-Tasha district, blowing up a bridge to the university’s main gate.

Security personnel sealed off the campus and one Agence France-Presse reporter said special forces had led an assault.

One student, Ahmed al-Mehamdi, told the Associated Press news agency by telephone that he awoke to gunfire and saw armed men running across the campus.

The gunmen entered the dormitory and told everybody to stay in their rooms. Some students were taken to other buildings, he said, but others were trapped and “in panic”.

He said the gunmen had said they belonged to ISIS, a Sunni group which grew out of al-Qaeda’s Iraqi operation.

Later, he told AP he had managed to escape, and that “this crisis ended almost peacefully and no student was hurt as far as I know”.

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` Sunni-Shia Sectarian War has `Killed More than 2,400 People ‘ in a ` Series of Attacks ‘ and Blood-Letting ‘

#AceWorldNews – BAGHDAD – April 07 – Iraqi Security Forces have killed 19 militants, while three others were killed in violence across the country on Monday, as unrest spreads ahead of parliamentary elections on April 30.

Iraqi police and soldiers killed 19 militants in clashes south of Baghdad as well as in the conflict hit western cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.

Authorities also found the corpses of two men in different areas of Baghdad and a policeman was gunned down north of the capital.

The polls on April 30 are the first since 2010 and come amid the worst sustained period of violence since 2008.

The blood-letting is driven by a brutal Sunni-Shia Sectarian war that has already killed more than 2,400 people this year.

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` Iraq’s further Escalation of Violence sees another 25 people Killed and Dozens Injured in Baghdad ‘

#AceWorldNews – At least 25 people have been killed and dozens injured in a recent waves of attacks on Friday, including two suicide bombings, in Iraq, officials said. In the first attack, an unidentified gunman rammed an explosives-laden tanker into police HQ in the village of Injana, 120 km north of the capital, Baghdad.

Nine policemen – including a battalion commander and his assistant – were killed.

The second attack happened a few hours later when a suicide bomber set off his explosive belt among mourners, killing nine people and injuring 25 more in the city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad.

A further three people were killed and 14 injured in back-to-back car bombings in a town of Dibis, 290 km north of the capital.

Meanwhile, gunmen peppered an army checkpoint with bullets near the city of Samarra, north of Baghdad, killing four soldiers.

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#Iraq : `Suicide Bomber kills seven soldiers and police near council headquarters in Ramadi’

#AceWorldNews says attacks in Iraq are increasing and getting ever more severe, with the latest killing seven soldiers and police Tuesday, AFP reports, citing officials.

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near the provincial council headquarters in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province.

Three soldiers were killed and at least four wounded. In a village west of Baiji, a town north of Baghdad, gunmen attacked a police checkpoint, killing four police and wounding three more.

The attacks came a day after violence in the country killed 35 people.

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15 journalists hurt in Kiev clashes

Fifteen journalists, mostly Ukrainian, have been hurt over two days of clashes between protesters and police in downtown Kiev. They include a news photographer for Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper, Yevgeny Feldman, Interfax said. On Monday, a photographer for Ukraine’s LB.ua, Maks Levin, was beaten up, media reports say. Police also reportedly detained TV operator Vladimir Karagyaur.

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Woman suspected of torturing her Indonesian maid arrested in Hong Kong

Police in Hong Kong have arrested a woman suspected of torturing her Indonesian maid, the BBC reported. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, who is currently in hospital in Indonesia, said she suffered months of abuse from the 44-year-old woman in Hong Kong. Several thousand domestic staff rallied in Hong Kong to demand justice for Sulistyaningsih on Sunday. She was reportedly badly beaten and was in a critical condition when she arrived in Indonesia last week.

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14 companies bid to destroy Syrian stockpile – watchdog

The global chemical weapons watchdog said Monday it had received tenders from 14 commercial companies, offering to destroy part of Syria’s toxic stockpile, Reuters reported. The companies include those from America, Europe and China, the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said. It is tasked with overseeing the destruction process, and has earmarked up to $54 million for the commercial processing of 500 metric tons of industrial chemicals and millions of liters of toxic waste.

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600 people evacuated in Italy flooding

A Syrian-born doctor out visiting a patient died and hundreds of people were forced from their homes by flooding in Italy, AFP reported. The doctor, Elias Kassabij, 66, was carried away by the flood waters from a swollen stream near the port of Genoa in northwest Italy. The father of the young patient he had visited was rescued. Emergency workers near the city of Modena were looking for a man who took to a dinghy on a canal amid heavy rain to help some stranded people and fell into the water. Some 600 people were evacuated from their homes around Modena.

EU ministers approve the military mission in Central African Republic

EU foreign ministers on Monday approved sending up to 1,000 soldiers to the Central African Republic, Reuters reported. The forces will back up French and African soldiers trying to restore order after bloody clashes. Diplomats earlier said the mission would be limited to four to six months, and soldiers would take over security at Bangui Airport to free up French troops.

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RussiaUS-UN meeting ahead of Geneva 2 possible on Jan. 21 – Moscow

A trilateral Russia-US-UN meeting on preparing the Geneva 2 international conference on Syria could be held on Tuesday, Interfax quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying. It is possible that a trilateral meeting with the participation of US representatives and UN Special Representative on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi “could take place tomorrow,” Gatilov said Monday.

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Workers to strike at top platinum firms in S. Africa

The AMCU union on Monday served notice to strike for higher wages within 48 hours at top global platinum mines in South Africa, AFP reported. Anglo-American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin confirmed members of the dominant Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union will start their strike at morning shift from Thursday. Earlier talks failed to provide a solution. Over 80,000 workers will strike at the firms, just over half their combined workforce. Workers demand a basic salary of 12,500 rand ($1,150) – more than double the 5,000-rand entry-level pay, according to the union.

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Militants attack NATO base in Afghanistan, ISAF service member killed

An assault by suicide bombers and gunmen against a NATO base in southern Afghanistan on Monday killed one service member, according to the coalition. All nine insurgents wearing coalition uniforms were killed during the attack on the base in southern Kandahar’s Zhari district, AP reported, citing officials. Two civilian bystanders also died. As foreign troops withdraw this year, the Taliban have intensified a campaign against Afghan and international forces.

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Al-Qaeda has enough arms to ‘take Baghdad’ – official

Al-Qaeda fighters entrenched in a city they seized late last month west of Baghdad have enough heavy weapons allegedly to take the country’s capital, Iraq’s Senior Deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Asadi said Monday. Iraqi forces are fighting “fierce battles” against heavily armed militants to recapture parts of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, and also the nearby city of Fallujah, he said. The weapons in Fallujah that are in the hands of Iraq’s Al-Qaeda branch and other Sunni militant groups are “advanced and huge and enough to occupy Baghdad,” AP quoted the official as saying. Iraq announced on Sunday an all-out military operation to push Al-Qaeda out of Ramadi.

 

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