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Hezbollah says ready to pull forces from Iraq after IS defeat

Hezbollah says ready to pull forces from Iraq after IS defeatHezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Monday he was prepared to pull his forces from Iraq, after the Islamic State group lost control over its last urban stronghold in the country. In a televised address on Monday evening, Nasrallah said the Lebanese movement had deployed “large numbers of our commanders and cadres” to Iraq to fight IS. Once that official declaration came, Hezbollah would reassess its presence in Iraq and may pull its members out.



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Raw: Iraqi Forces Find Mass Graves

Raw: Iraqi Forces Find Mass GravesIraqi officials said Sunday up to 400 bodies of civilians and security forces had been found in an abandoned base near Hawija, a northern town retaken from the Islamic State group in early October. (Nov. 12)



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US special forces 'fought Niger ambush alone after local troops fled'

US special forces 'fought Niger ambush alone after local troops fled'Johnson and three other US soldiers were killed in Niger on 4 October. The US special forces detachment ambushed in the Niger last month fought alone for hours after the local Nigerien forces they were accompanying fled in the first minutes of the engagement, retired and serving special forces officers with knowledge of events have said. Four US Green Berets and five Nigerien troops died in the incident, which has been the focus of an intense debate in Washington over the executive branch’s extensive powers to use military force abroad without congressional approval and with little oversight.



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Syrian forces responsible for sarin attack: UN panel

Syrian forces responsible for sarin attack: UN panelSyrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces were responsible for a deadly sarin gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun that killed scores of people, a UN investigative panel said Thursday. The “panel is confident that the Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for the release of sarin at Khan Sheikhun on 4 April 2017,” said the confidential report to the UN Security Council, which was obtained AFP.



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Iraq orders 24-hour truce in standoff with Kurds over Kirkuk takeover by Iraqi forces

Iraq orders 24-hour truce in standoff with Kurds over Kirkuk takeover by Iraqi forcesKurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi forces agree to a 24-hour truce after fighting broke out Oct. 16 when Iraqi forces took control of Kirkuk.



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US-backed forces seize major Syria oilfield

US-backed forces seize major Syria oilfieldA US-backed Arab-Kurd alliance announced on Sunday it had retaken one of Syria’s largest oilfields from the Islamic State group in the east of country. The Al-Omar oilfield in the province of Deir Ezzor produced 30,000 barrels per day before the start of Syria’s conflict in 2011 and became a key source of income for the jihadists after they seized it in 2014. “The Syrian Democratic Forces seize the whole of the Al-Omar oilfield, the biggest field in Syria,” the alliance said in a short statement.



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Iraqi forces complete Kirkuk province takeover after clashes with Kurds

Iraqi forces complete Kirkuk province takeover after clashes with KurdsBy Maher Chmaytelli and Raya Jalabi BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi forces on Friday took control of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said. The district of Altun Kupri, or Perde in Kurdish, lies on the road between the city of Kirkuk – which fell to Iraqi forces on Monday – and Erbil, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq that voted in a referendum last month to secede from Iraq against Baghdad’s wishes.



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SitRep: U.S. Warships on Alert; Taliban Rip Through Afghan Forces

SitRep: U.S. Warships on Alert; Taliban Rip Through Afghan ForcesSitRep: U.S. warships ready near Korea; Deadly new Taliban offensive



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Isil attacks villages south of Kirkuk as Iraqi and Kurdish forces are distracted fighting each other

Isil attacks villages south of Kirkuk as Iraqi and Kurdish forces are distracted fighting each otherIslamic Stateof Iraq and the Levant (Isil)  jihadists attacked villages south of the city of Kirkuk yesterday, exploiting the growing crisis between Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the area. Three villages near the town of Daquq were briefly captured by Isil in a nighttime assault on Wednesday.  The region had until recently been controlled by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, but they were driven out earlier this week by Iraqi forces looking to claim zones disputed with the Kurds after they voted last month to secede.   Isil had been mostly driven out of the province after an Iraqi army offensive in the major city of Hawija saw more than a thousand of its militants surrender.  Isil fighters surrender in Hawija But the current chaotic security situation has given Isil room to manoeuvre. The US and its coalition partners had warned Kurdistan’s President Masoud Barzani against holding the referendum, saying that pursuing independence would undermine the war Iraq was still fighting against Isil.  Washington has stressed it would like its allies in Iraq to work together against the militant group, and warned it may consider halting its massive train-and-equip program for Iraqi forces if they continued their offensive against the Kurds. “As long as there will be problems between Baghdad and Erbil, Isil extremists benefit from the conflicts,” said Kamal Chomani, a nonresident fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. “Isil can easily reorganise itself when there is a political and security vacuum, this is the strength of any extremist groups here as the ideology remains the same.” He said both Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia militia fighting with the Iraqi army are strong enough to control their areas now, but if conflicts intensified, both get weakened and Isil can easily gain ground. “I believe Baghdad thinks it's more important to move on the Kurds than to deal with remaining pockets of Isil in Iraq,” said Michael Pregent, a former US intelligence officer now with the Hudson Institute think-tank, told the Telegraph.   “I don't think it cares if Isil pops up here and there as long as it doesn't threaten non-Kurdish areas.” Members of Iraqi federal forces enter oil fields in Kirkuk, Iraq  Credit: Reuters Iraqi and Kurdish forces have slowly retaken territory from Isil over the past three years.  In July, they retook Mosul and effectively shattered its self-declared territorial caliphate. Despite the losses, however continues to carry out attacks in Iraq. Last month, an attack claimed by Isil at a checkpoint and restaurant in southern Iraq left more than 80 killed and 93 wounded. With relations continuing to deteriorate, a Baghdad court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan on charges of "provocation" against Iraq's armed forces. About | Kirkuk Kosrat Rasul had referred to the Iraqi army and federal police as "occupation forces", the court said. In the statement, Mr Rasul, who is also vice president of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of the two main Kurdish parties, criticised his own group for not having resisted the entry of Iraqi federal forces into the disputed northern city of Kirkuk on Monday. The judiciary in the Iraqi capital last week also ordered the arrest of three senior Kurdish officials responsible for organising a September 25 independence referendum that went ahead in defiance of Baghdad.



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Iraqi forces push into disputed Kirkuk as Kurds withdraw

Iraqi forces push into disputed Kirkuk as Kurds withdrawKIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State group, Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over last month's Kurdish vote for independence.



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