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Canada to welcome 1,200 Yezidi refugees from Iraq.

OTTAWA, Feb 22 โ€” Canada will resettle 1,200 Yezidi refugees who faced persecution by the Islamic State group, the immigration minister said yesterday. Some 400 have already been airlifted to this country. Our operation is under way and...

- The Malay Mail - MY

British IS 'suicide bomber was former Guantanamo Bay detainee'.

A British Islamic State fighter who is believed to have carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, according to reports.

- BreakingNews.ie - IE

Inside the epic tank battle that molded Trump's new national-security adviser.

Via Wikimedia CommonsPresident Donald Trump announced US Army Gen. H.R. McMaster as the new leader of the National Security Council on Monday, casting a spotlight on McMaster's storied past. A particularly formative and epic episode in McMaster's career was a lopsided victory in a tank battle under McMaster's command in ...

- Business Insider - US

Daily Caller: House Dem IT Staffers Secretly Took 100K in Iraqi Money.

Three congressional staffers, who are currently under criminal investigation for allegedly stealing House equipment and improperly accessing House IT systems, received $100,000 from an Iraqi politician while working for several Democratic representatives...

- Newsmax - US

New Trump Adviser H.R. McMaster Faces An Old Challenge โ€” Iraq.

McMaster first made his name as a captain in Iraq in 1991. Then, in 2007 he was a key figure in the "surge." Now, 26 years after he first went to Iraq, he'll be seeking a solution in his new post.

- NPR - US

British suicide bomber dies in attack on Iraqi forces in Mosul.

A man who blew himself up in Iraq two days ago was Ronald Fiddler, an ex-Guantanamo Bay inmate, the BBC understands.

- BBC - UK

Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State set to storm airport, clear way to western Mosul.

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul prepared on Tuesday to storm the airport and a nearby military base on its southern outskirts to create a bridgehead for a thrust into the city.

- Reuters - US

Iraqi forces on Mosul hilltop gird for fierce fight ahead.

Iraqi troops worked to secure a strategic hilltop overlooking Mosul's international airport and a nearby military base on Tuesday, fearing the Islamic State group, which still holds both facilities, may launch another wave of nighttime counterattacks. The U.S.-backed Iraqi forces advancing on western...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

As new Mosul offensive unfolds, sheltering IDPs back in focus.

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Iraq It is estimated that up to 250,000 people could be displaced. Almost 217,000 people have fled hostilities since 17 October, of whom around 160,000 are still displaced.This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson โ€“ to whom quoted text may be attributed โ€“ ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

UNHCR readies for fresh Mosul exodus as battle moves west.

Displaced Iraqis voice fears for relatives trapped in west of the city, as UNHCR prepares for movement of up to a quarter of a million people.

- UN - INT

Iraqi forces closing in on Mosul airport in anti-Daesh operations.

US-backed Iraqi forces reached the vicinity of Mosul airport on Monday after dislodging Daesh hardliners from a nearby hill, the Iraqi military said in a statement. US-backed Iraqi forces fought Daesh militants to clear way to the airport, on the second day of a ground offensive against the extremists remaining in the Daesh ...

- Albawaba - UK

British suicide bomber dies in attack on Iraqi forces in Mosul

Man who blew himself up in Iraq was Ronald Fiddler, an ex-Guantanamo Bay inmate, the BBC understands.

- BBC - UK

IS, Boko Haram won't be defeated unless corruption tackled: NGO

LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 21 - Western governments need to step up their efforts to combat corruption if they are to defeat jihadists such as the Islamic State group and Boko Haram, Transparency International warned Tuesday. Corrupt practices in states such as Nigeria, Libya and Iraq are providing fertile ground for ...

- CapitalFM Kenya - KE

Iraq, Iran agree on construction of oil pipeline

- Today.Az - AZ

Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State set to storm airport, clear way to western Mosul

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq, BAGHDAD - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul prepared on Tuesday to storm the airport and a nearby military base on its southern outskirts to create a bridgehead for a thrust into the city.

- Reuters - US

Tom Cotton: Picking McMaster as National Security Adviser 'Reflects Great Credit' on Trump

Tuesday on MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” Sen. Tom Cotton , a U.S. Army veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, commended President Donald Trump for his selection of U.S. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his National Security Adviser. “I want to commend the president for picking General McMaster as a national security ...

- Breitbart - US

Iraqi military says troops consolidate gains south of Mosul

Iraqi forces were consolidating their gains south of Mosul on Tuesday ahead of moving into the city's Islamic State-held western half, a military spokesman said, as civilians fled along the front line to government-controlled areas.

- Stars and Stripes - US

New national security adviser McMaster battle-tested in Iraq

President Donald Trump's choice for his national security adviser is a battle-tested Army general whose leadership in dealing with insurgents in Tal Afar, Iraq, in 2005 made him a leading U.S. strategist.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Soldier who died in noncombat incident in Iraq identified

The Pentagon has identified a 21-year-old soldier who died Monday while supporting the U.S.-led coalition to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Iraqi forces battling Islamic State about to reach Mosul airport

By Stephen Kalin and Maher Chmaytelli SOUTH OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces battling Islamic State fighters have fought their way close to Mosul's airport on the second day of a ground offensive on the jihadists' remaining stronghold in the western side of the city, military statements said on Monday. ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Iran and Turkey trade barbs over Syria and Iraq

Iran summons Turkish ambassador and hits back at Ankara, after officials blame Tehran of destabilising the Middle East.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Iraq forces press assault on IS south of Mosul

Iraqi forces backed by jets and gunships retook Village Al-Buseif which IS had used as its main base The post Iraq forces press assault on IS south of Mosul appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Trump's new national security adviser is a soldier-scholar who fought in Iraq

Trump announced Monday that he has appointed Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to serve as his national security adviser

- CBS NEWS - US

H.R. McMaster: Did Trump make a good choice for national security adviser?

Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster is a widely respected military strategist who served in both the Persian Gulf war and the second Iraq war.

- Christian Science Monitor - US

Mosul offensive: Iraqi army seizes key town of Abu Saif

Iraqi troops now have direct sight of western Mosul, the last area of the city under IS control.

- BBC - UK

Trump's new national security adviser a soldier-scholar

President Donald Trump has chosen as his national security adviser a soldier-scholar who fought in both Iraq wars and wrote an influential book that called out the U.S. government for "lies" that led to the Vietnam War. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster would remain on active military duty while leading...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Iraq: building peace and understanding through art

Education union members in Kurdistan’s Iraqi region have shown their willingness, through a joint teachers’ and students’ art and handicraft exhibition, to work together towards building peace and understanding across their region and country.

- Education International - BE

Private military companies don't stand much of a chance against Islamic State

Western governments find themselves in a dilemma in their fight against the so-called Islamic State . The organisation has proved remarkably resilient to military force, which so far has depended heavily on air strikes. Ground troops from outside the region are not forthcoming and while a sizeable local ground force is ...

- The Conversation - UK

Iraqi military says troops consolidate gains south of Mosul

ABU SAIF, Iraq โ€” Iraqi forces were consolidating their gains south of Mosul on Tuesday ahead of moving into the city's Islamic State-held...

- Townhall.com - US

Trump picks Gen. McMaster for national security adviser

President Trump's new national security adviser, Gen. H. R. McMaster, is a soldier and a scholar. He is the director of a military think tank, the Army Capabilities Integration Center. McMaster served in the First Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq. Major Garrett reports.

- CBS NEWS - US

Mattis Holds Talks on Defeating ISIS as Iraqi Troops Advance on Western Mosul

The U.S. defense secretary is due to present a new strategy for defeating ISIS next week

- TIME Magazine - US

Iraqi military says troops consolidate gains south of Mosul

BAGHDAD โ€” Iraqi forces were consolidating their gains south of Mosul on Tuesday ahead of moving into the city's Islamic State-held western...

- Townhall.com - US

IDEX 2017: Iraq takes delivery of Textron Commandos

The Iraqi Federal Police is currently in the process of receiving the Textron Commando Select armoured vehicles that were ordered last year, Jonathan Dalrymple, vice president for business development at Textron's Marine and Land Systems division, told Jane's at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi. "We

- Jane’s - US

Trump's new national security adviser a soldier-scholar

WASHINGTON รขย€ย” President Donald Trump has chosen as his national security adviser a soldier-scholar who fought in both Iraq wars and published an influential book that called out the U.S. government for "lies" that led to the Vietnam War.

- Billings Gazette - US

ISIS battle: Iraq forces storm key village

US-backed Iraqi forces have stormed a key village overlooking Mosul's airport "and are continuing to clear it" of ISIS fighters, the Iraqi army said Monday, less than 48 hours after an offensive was launched to retake control the western part of the city.

- CNN Top Stories - US

Iraqi military says troops consolidate gains south of Mosul

Iraqi forces were consolidating their gains south of Mosul Tuesday ahead of moving into the city's ISIS-held western half, a military spokesman said

- The Daily Star - LB

Trump defense minister: 'We are not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil'

The United States does not intend to plunder Iraq's petroleum reserves, said Defence Secretary Jim Mattis before arriving in Baghdad on Monday. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

- Albawaba - UK

As new Mosul offensive unfolds, sheltering the displaced comes back into focus

- UN - INT

US 'not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil'

US 'not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil'...

- MENAFN - JO

Leftover IS IED kills three child shepherds in Iraq

Leftover IS IED kills three child shepherds in Iraq...

- MENAFN - JO

Iraq 'must address corruption to defeat IS'

Iraq 'must address corruption to defeat IS'...

- MENAFN - JO

Iraqi forces bring the fight to west Mosul

ISIS loses ground as Iraqi forces move in to west Mosul.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Trump's new national security adviser a soldier-scholar

WASHINGTON " President Donald Trump has chosen as his national security adviser a soldier-scholar who fought in both Iraq wars and published an influential book that called out the U.S. government for "lies" that led to the Vietnam...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

World โ€บ Iraqi troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talks

Iraqi forces advanced Monday into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half, as the visiting U.S. defense secretary met with officials to discuss the fight against the extremists. With aerial support from the U.S.-led coalition,โ€ฆ

- Japan Today - JP

Non-combat Death of U.S. Servicemember; 144 Others Killed in Iraq

A U.S. servicemember died in a non-combat-related incident.

- Antiwar.com - US

Mattis says US has no plans to seize Iraqi oil

US defence secretary on Baghdad visit rows back on Trump comments

- Financial Times - US

Rosneft updates exploratory programs in Iraq, Brazil

OJSC Rosneft has reported startups of exploratory drilling in Iraq and Brazil.

- OGJ - US

How new National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster became a soldier's soldier

How H.R. McMaster Became a Soldier's Soldier In early 2005, a U.S. Army sergeant running a battlefield intelligence operation near Tal Afar, in northwestern Iraq, was in deep trouble. One of his Kurdish sources had approached him saying he had a list of Syrian officers who were planning a mil...

- The Raw Story - US

Iraqi troops advance on west Mosul as Mattis holds talks

Iraqi forces advanced Monday onto the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a push to drive Daesh militants from the city's western half, as the visiting U.S. defense secretary met with officials to discuss the fight against the extremists.

- The Daily Star - LB

Iraqi military says troops consolidate gains south of Mosul

A military spokesman says Iraqi forces are consolidating their gains south of Mosul ahead of moving deeper into the city's ISIS-held western half

- The Daily Star - LB

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