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Iraq case law firm Leigh Day 'had no sinister agenda'.

Law firm Leigh Day did not have an agenda to make money from Iraq torture claims, a tribunal hears.

- BBC - UK

Afghan, Iraq Troops a 'Long-Term' Pledge: Turnbull.

Afghan, Iraq Troops a 'Long-Term' Pledge: Turnbull...

- MENAFN - JO

Iraq four neighborhoods away from fully capturing west Mosul.

The Iraqi Army on Thursday said security forces are four districts away from fully capturing Mosul from the control of the Islamic State.

- UPI - US

Pentagon can set troop levels in Iraq, Syria without White House approval.

President Donald Trump has authorized Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to set troop levels in Iraq and Syria without White House approval. The switch gives the Pentagon more autonomy to determine how many forces are required in the fight against Islamic State.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Iraq forces retake town of Hatra southwest of Mosul.

HATRA, April 27 — Iraqi forces today retook the town of Hatra, southwest of Mosul, on the third day of an operation that saw them wrest back a nearby Unesco-listed ancient city, a statement said. Hashed al-Shaabi ...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Trump gives Pentagon power to determine U.S. troop levels in Iraq, Syria.

The Force Management Level system was introduced in Iraq during the Obama administration to limit troop levels

- CBS NEWS - US

Trump gives Pentagon more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops.

WASHINGTON " The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders.The...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

WATCH: Trump gives Pentagon authority to set troop levels in Syria and Iraq.

President Trump has delegated to the Pentagon the authority to set the American military troop levels in Iraq and Syria.

- ABC News - US

Iraqi paramilitaries have cut off more of ISIS escape routes to Syria.

Mushtaq Muhammed/Reuters ERBIL, Iraq - Iraqi paramilitary units captured the northern province of Hatra on Thursday, cutting off several desert tracks used by Islamic State to move between Iraq and Syria, the military. The operations in Hatra are carried out by Popular Mobilisation, a coalition of mostly Iranian-trained ...

- Business Insider - US

DJI preventing Isis from weaponising drones by adding Syrian and Iraqi no-fly zones.

DJI has updated the Go app to stop its drones taking off in large parts of Iraq and Syria.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Israelis Learn to Live With a New Neighbor: Islamic State.

While most attention has focused on Islamic State's shrinking but still vast territory in eastern Syria and northwestern Iraq, the extremist group has also proved surprisingly resilient in a pocket of southern Syria near Israeli-populated towns and villages in the Golan Heights.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Iraq forces retake ancient town of Hatra from the Islamic State

Iraqi forces on Thursday retook the town of Hatra, southwest of Mosul, on the third day of an operation that saw them wrest back a nearby UNESCO-listed ancient city, a statement said. Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary forces said they had flushed the Islamic State group out of Hat...

- The Raw Story - US

Iraqi paramilitaries shut more Islamic State escape routes to Syria border

ERBIL, Iraq - Iraqi paramilitary units captured the northern province of Hatra on Thursday, cutting off several desert tracks used by Islamic State to move between Iraq and Syria, the military.

- Reuters - US

Donald Trump gives greater power to Pentagon over US troop numbers

The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of US troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders.The decision will give defence...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Iraqi paramilitaries shut more Islamic State escape routes to Syria border

The militias dislodged Islamic State from Hatra, which suffered great destruction under the militants' three-year rule The post Iraqi paramilitaries shut more Islamic State escape routes to Syria border appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Foreign Fighters Rethinking Their ISIS Allegiance

ISIS is steadily losing territory in Iraq and Syria, and a lot of foreign fighters are apparently having second thoughts about fighting to the death for it. The Guardian reports that officials in Turkey and Europe say large numbers of foreign fighters are abandoning the group and trying to flee,...

- Newser - US

700,000 people granted EU asylum

EU states granted asylum to 710,400 people in 2016, more than doubling the previous year's figure, European Commission data shows. EU states also resettled a further 14,000 refugees. Some 57 percent of those granted asylum were Syrians. Iraqis, Afghans and Eritreans were the next biggest nationalities. Germany gave asylum ...

- EU Observer - EU

Pentagon gets more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

The Pentagon is getting greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria.

- FOX News - US

Iraq forces retake town of Hatra southwest of Mosul

Iraqi forces Thursday retook the town of Hatra, southwest of Mosul, on the third day of an operation that saw them wrest back a nearby UNESCO-listed ancient city, a statement said

- The Daily Star - LB

UPI Almanac for Thursday, April 27, 2017

On April 27, 1993, Kuwait said it foiled an Iraqi plot to assassinate former President George H.W. Bush during his visit earlier in the month.

- UPI - US

Israelis Learn to Live With a New Neighbor: ISIS

While most attention has focused on Islamic State's shrinking but still vast territory in eastern Syria and northwestern Iraq, the extremist group has also proved surprisingly resilient in a pocket of southern Syria near Israeli-populated towns and villages in the Golan Heights.

- Wall Street Journal - US

US Army soldiers in CENTCOM train on Battelle DroneDefender

US Army soldiers in Kuwait have trained on counter-unmanned aerial vehicle systems, as UAVs have been used in theatre as reconnaissance or attack platforms by Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria. "Task Force Spartan personnel took action to counter the threat by familiarising

- Jane’s - US

Pentagon gets more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

WASHINGTON — The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders.

- Billings Gazette - US

Former MP Bob Marshall-Andrews: Why I'm leaving Labour and joining the Lib Dems

A former political ally of Jeremy Corbyn explains why he is leaving Labour after nearly 50 years. I'm leaving home. It's a very hard thing to do. All of my natural allegiances have been to Labour, and never had I contemplated leaving the party – not even in the gloomy years, when we were fighting Iraq and the battles ...

- New Statesman - UK

The EU granted protection to 700,000 asylum-seekers last year

AFPBrussels - EU nations granted refugee or protection status to 710,400 people last year, of whom more than half were Syrian, the bloc's statistical agency said on Wednesday. The figure was "more than double the number of 2015," Eurostat said. "The largest group of beneficiaries of protection status in the EU in 2016 ...

- Business Insider - US

Pentagon gets more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Trump gives Pentagon more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders

- The Daily Star - LB

20 dead as Turkish warplanes target Kurdish fighters in Syria

The US has said it is "deeply concerned" about a series of Turkish air strikes on Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria early Tuesday morning. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

- Albawaba - UK

Iraq is holding hundreds of millions of Qatari ransom money

Iraq is holding hundreds of millions of dollars Qatari negotiators had brought to Baghdad as ransom money for the release of kidnapped hunters, the prime minister said Tuesday. Naharnet © 2017

- Albawaba - UK

UNESCO listed site of ancient Hatra recaptured from Daesh

Iraqi pro-government forces said on Wednesday they had seized the UNESCO-listed ancient site of Hatra from the Islamic State group, the latest archaeological jewel to be wrested from the militants' grip. Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary forces fighting IS around Iraq's se © 2017 Al Bawaba

- Albawaba - UK

New Zealand and Australia Deploying More Troops; 134 Killed in Iraq

New Zealand and Australia announced they will soon be transferring more personnel to Iraq.

- Antiwar.com - US

The Dangers of the Institutionalization of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units

The emergence and legitimization of the Popular Mobilization Units represent a continued phenomenon in modern Iraqi history: a weak state and divided armies. For democracy to emerge, the army has to be united and neutral so that it can provide a space for competition among various civilian groups in a civil manner. ...

- The Washington Institute - US

Pentagon gets more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

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- Miami Herald - US

Trump gives Pentagon power to reset Iraq, Syria troop limits

This is another sign of the greater authority Trump appears comfortable giving his military commanders The post Trump gives Pentagon power to reset Iraq, Syria troop limits appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Trump gives Pentagon more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders.

- Stars and Stripes - US

DJI adds much of Iraq and Syria to its list of no-fly zones for its drones

Drone maker DJI has updated their software to turn huge expanses of Syria and Iraq into no-fly zones. DJI usually prevents users from navigating their drones over sensitive areas like military bases and airports, but its new no-fly zones cover a much wider breadth and includes most of the northern half of both countries , ...

- TechCrunch - US

Iraqi forces now attacking ISIS militants with drones in Mosul

Iraq's military has turned the tables on the Islamic State's drone tactics by improvising its own unmanned aircraft to drop grenades and other small munitions on the militants in the key battle for Mosul, U.S. officials say. The development comes as the threat from Islamic State drones has been effectively neutralized ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Mosul businesses start reconstruction without waiting for final IS defeat

Some businessmen in Mosul have begun rebuilding their shattered premises without waiting for financial support from the cash-strapped Iraqi government or for the final defeat of Islamic State in the city. "If we wait for support, it could take a long time," said Rafeh Ghanem, who owns an automotive spare-parts business in ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

On the Mosul Front, a Brutal Battle Against ISIS and Time

Clambering onto a rooftop with a small group of soldiers from Iraq's counterterrorism service, we scanned the Islamic State's stronghold in western Mosul as one of its armored car bombs maneuvered toward the front line. Within minutes, there was an enormous explosion — a shoot of red flame and a funnel of black smoke that

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Pipeline blown up in Kirkuk: Official

An oil pipeline was blown up in the city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, said a police official, adding that the fire has not been contained as of yet. Brig. Sarhad Qadir, Kirkuk Suburban Police Chief confirmed to Rudaw that On Wednesday morning, a pipeline between the villages of Drkai Arab and Sartika in the area

- Iraq Oil Report - US

For some Mosul men, escape leads straight to the interrogator

The Iraqi intelligence officer kept barking the same question at the 46-year-old man who was looking nervously at his hands after having escaped Mosul: "Why do you still have a beard?" Having walked with his wife and children across frontlines in Iraq's second-largest city, dodging gun fights between Iraqi forces and ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Iraqi forces seize ancient site of Hatra from IS

Iraqi forces seized the UNESCO-listed ancient site of Hatra from the Islamic State group Wednesday, the latest archaeological jewel to be wrested from the jihadists' grip. Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary forces fighting IS around Iraq's second city Mosul said they had "liberated the ancient city of Hatra... after fierce ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Inside Mosul: April 26, 2017

Detailed updates from Islamic State militant-held areas of Ninewa province, gathered via Iraq Oil Report's network of reporters and contacts.

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Trump gives Pentagon more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

WASHINGTON — The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders.

- Billings Gazette - US

Report: Trump Restores Troop-Level Authority to Pentagon

President Donald Trump has reportedly given Secretary of Defense James Mattis the authority to determine troop levels for the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

- Newsmax - US

New Kirkuk-Ceyhan Pipeline Explosion Disrupts Kurdish Production

A pipeline explosion in Kirkuk caused a disruption in oil production on Wednesday, according to government sources who confirmed the source of the commotion. "An explosion occurred in Kirkuk, which caused considerable material damage and stopped production," the Ministry of Natural Resources said in a press release. "The ...

- OilPrice.com - US

U.S. says raised deep concerns with Turkey over air strikes

The United States on Tuesday expressed "deep concern" over Turkish air strikes against Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq and said they were not authorized by the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State. The raids in Iraq's Sinjar region and northeast Syria killed at least 20 in a campaign against groups linked to the ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Two jihadists linked to Islamic State arrested in Spain

Spanish authorities said Wednesday that they had arrested an Egyptian suspected of facilitating the return of jihadists from Iraq and Syria and a Spaniard who allegedly recruited people for the Islamic State group.

- The Local - ES

Donald Trump gives Pentagon more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

The decision will give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to send more forces into Syria, to assist US-backed local troops as they move to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State group.

- Zee News - IN

Pentagon gets power to reset Iraq, Syria troop limits

The Pentagon, however, said no change has yet been made to US troop limits. It also stressed the US strategy in Iraq and Syria still was focused on backing local forces to fight Islamic State - a tactic that has averted the need for a major US ground force.

- Times Of India - IN

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