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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BAHRAIN: ‘ Release Sunni-Opposition leader Ibrahim Sharif after 4-years ‘

#AceNewsReport – BAHRAIN:June.20:  The Bahraini government has released a Sunni opposition leader who had been imprisoned for four years for taking part in Shiite-backed anti-government protests, the Waed secular group – his party, announced on its Twitter account.

Ibrahim Sharif became a prominent face in the 2011 uprising that demanded a constitutional monarchy and an elected prime minister. He was later charged along with 20 other activists for allegedly plotting to overthrow the Sunni rulers of Bahrain – a Shiite-majority country.

He received a five-year sentence, which was one of the lesser sentences. Eight others received life. News of the release comes four days after another opposition leader – the Shiite Ali Salman – received a four-year sentence for inciting disobedience. Salman’s group was also a key force in the 2011 uprising.

Some 90 people have died in clashes with security forces since then, according to rights groups. Hundreds more have been put on trial.


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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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IRAQ:Speicher Massacre: ‘ Nearly 600-bodies exhumed – officials ‘

#AceNewsReport – #BreakingUpdate:IRAQ:June.11: The remains of 597 people, slaughtered last year at the Speicher military base by Islamic State militants have been exhumed, Iraq’s human rights minister announced.

The mostly Shiite recruits were slaughtered in June 2014, when jihadists captured the area around Tikrit. The number victims of the so-called Speicher Massacre is estimated to be over 1,000 men.

After execution, some were pushed into the Tigris River, while other were buried in different locations.


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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:


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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‘ Iran’s President Vows to Defend Shiite Holy Sites in Iraq and US Support Their Oil Interests ‘

#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – June 18 – Iran‘s president vowed on Wednesday to defend Shi’ite holy sites in Iraq, where Sunni militants battled their way into the biggest oil refinery in what is rapidly turning into a sectarian war across the frontiers of the Middle East.

​(Iran’s President vows to Protect Shiite Holy Sites in Iraq)

Sunni fighters were in control of three quarters of the territory of the Baiji refinery north of Baghdad, an official said there, after a morning of heavy fighting at gates defended by elite troops under siege for a week.

​(Fighting for Justice or Oil)

A lightning advance has seen Sunni fighters rout the Shi’ite-led government’s army and seize the main cities across the north of the country since last week.

The fighters are led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant which aims to build a caliphate ruled on mediaeval precepts, but also include a broad spectrum of more moderate Sunnis furious at what they see as oppression by Baghdad.

​Iraq Preparing for Holy War as US Protects their Financial Interests)

Washington and other Western capitals are trying to save Iraq as a united country by leaning hard on Shi’ite Prime Minister to reach out to Sunnis. Maliki met Sunni and Kurdish political opponents overnight, concluding with a frosty, carefully-staged joint appearance at which an appeal for national unity was read out.

But so far Maliki’s government has relied almost entirely on his fellow Shi’ites for support, with officials lashing out at Sunni political leaders as traitors.

Extra-legal Shi’ite militia – many believed to be funded and backed by Iran – have mobilized to halt the Sunni advance, as Baghdad’s million-strong army, built by the United States at a cost of $25 billion, crumbles.


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#Baghdad : `Reports of 49 people have been killed in a series of bomb-blasts’

#AceBreakingNews says at least 49 people have been killed in a series of bomb blasts in the capital Baghdad and the city of Hilla in central Iraq, police and medics said.

Several explosions rocked mainly Shiite districts in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday killing 14 people. The deadliest attack took place in the district of Bayaa, when a bomb inside a parked vehicle exploded near a bus station, killing five and wounding 24,

Reuters said citing sources.

Further 35 people were killed in the central Iraq, when three car bombs went off in different locations in the city of Hilla and four more in nearby towns.

Hilla hospital has received 35 bodies so far from seven car bomb blasts,” said one health official.

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#Baghdad : `Suicide Bombers Storm’ an `Iraqi Government Building’

#AceNewsServices says `Militants Storm Iraqi Transportation Ministry’ today.

Ace News Desk Militants stormed an Iraqi government building in north east Baghdad on Thursday, police said, adding that several suicide bombers could remain inside. Militants shot dead two guards near the main gate to the Transportation Ministry and entered the building, Reuters said. No casualties among those inside the building were immediately reported. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, in which some people were taken hostage, according to police sources.


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#Bahrain : ” Court Shutters `Shiite Muslim Cleric’s Council’ and `Functioning Outside’ the Law”

#AceWorldNews `Bahrain Closes Shiite Clerics’ Council’

Ace News Desk A Bahraini court on Wednesday shuttered a Shiite Muslim clerics’ council. Authorities in the Sunni-ruled kingdom earlier accused it of politicization and illegal operations. The court ordered the closure of the Olamaa Islamic Council and the liquidation of its assets following a lawsuit by the ministry of justice, Islamic affairs and endowment, AFP reported, citing a judicial source.

In September, the ministry said that the office had been “functioning outside the law.” The verdict came as authorities crack down on opposition action by Shiites. They make up the majority of the population.


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#AcePictureNews -`4 Dead as Suicide Blast Rocks Beirut’ – 23 January 2014 –

#AceNewsDesk says they say that every `Picture Tells A Story’ well this one certainly does  

“Suicide Blast Rocks Beirut


Courtesy of AFP/Photo

Lebanon 2014


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#AceNewsDesk : “World News – Today – 21 January 2014 – Good Morning”

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Blast heard in Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut – witnesses

An explosion was heard and smoke was seen rising on Tuesday in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, Reuters reported, citing witnesses and local media. The area is a stronghold of the Shiite Muslim militant movement, Hezbollah. Witnesses said they heard the sound of a blast in the area, which has been the target of repeated car bombs in recent months. Hezbollah’s Al Manar channel said the blast occurred in the Haret Hriek area.


Iran sends warships to Atlantic – TV

Iran’s navy has sent warships on a mission to the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in the county’s history, state TV said on Tuesday. The Sabalan destroyer and Khark logistic helicopter carrier will be dispatched on a three-month voyage. The ships carry some 30 navy academy cadets for training, alongside an unspecified military mission, AP reported. No ports of call were mentioned. Tehran has regularly deployed warships to the Gulf of Aden off the eastern coast of Africa to fight piracy and protect commercial ships.


Gunmen kill 3 polio workers in Pakistan’s Karachi

Gunmen killed three health workers taking part in a polio vaccination drive in Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi, police said. Attackers on motorbikes opened fire on polio teams on Monday in two separate incidents in the Qayyumabad neighborhood in the east of the city. The World Health Organization recently warned that Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar was the world’s “largest reservoir” of the polio virus.


Leader of Yemeni Shiite Muslim Houthi group killed in Sanaa

Unknown attackers shot and killed a leader of the Yemeni Shiite Muslim Houthi group in Sanaa on Tuesday, Reuters reported. Ahmad Sharafeddin, a former dean of the school of law at Sanaa University, was on his way to attend reconciliation talks in the Yemeni capital. He reportedly died immediately after the gunmen opened fire on him. Another Houthi leader, Abdulkarim al-Khiwani, accused hardline Sunni militants of carrying out the attack. The Houthi group has fought hardline Sunni Salafis in northern Yemen since October. A ceasefire was reached earlier this month to relocate the Salafis to another city, but clashes have continued in other parts of northern Yemen with tribesmen allied to the Salafis.


Cambodia police detain 11 anti-government protesters

Police in Cambodia detained 11 activists Tuesday who were trying to hand over a petition to foreign embassies, AP reported. Demonstrators urge four embassies, including those of the US and France, to help free two dozen anti-government protesters arrested during a brutal crackdown this month. Twenty-three people were arrested in early January in connection with protests against the government.


​Pakistan bombards tribal areas in Taliban hunt

Pakistani fighter jets and helicopter gunships raided suspected Taliban hideouts in the tribal area of North Waziristan province. It was the first time aircraft were used in the area since the 2007 ceasefire with local Taliban chiefs. Military sources said they targeted militant positions around the Mir Ali area. The strikes came as pressure grows on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to hit harder on the Taliban in response to its attacks on security forces. The PM came to power promising peace talks with Taliban, but an attempt to arrange negotiations failed after the killing of Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a November by a US drone strike.

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