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Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq

The acting United States defense secretary, Patrick M. Shanahan, arrived in Baghdad early Tuesday for an unannounced visit with Iraqi leaders to discuss the American troop presence in the country and the fight against the remains of the Islamic State.

NEW YORK TIMES

America’s Next Phony War: Will Iran Be Trump’s Iraq?

The president was upset. Watching TV in his White House residence, his usual morning routine, Donald Trump saw his intelligence chiefs kick the legs out from under yet another of his pet campaigns: Iran. Trump and two of his top national security officials had been suggesting for two years that the

NEWSWEEK

Ilhan Omar's District Is 'Terrorist Recruitment Capital Of The US,' Report Says

Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, represented by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D), is the terrorist recruitment capitol of the United States, according to FBI statistics. FOX News reports that "more men and boys from a Somali American community in Minneapolis have joined – or attempted to join – a foreign

DAILYWIRE.COM

Brother, 22, of jihadis killed in Syria, dies after he was stabbed in a car following a crash with a number of other vehicles

The brother of two jihadis killed fighting in Syria in 2014 has died after being found stabbed in a car following a multi-car crash on Saturday night. Abdul Deghayes, 22, from Brighton, died in hospital on Sunday morning as a result of his injuries.

DAILY MAIL

Death squads roam in the ruins of the caliphate: A gripping dispatch from the 'last stand' of ISIS and a chilling warning about their resurgence

The civilians able to escape have fled. Now there are just an estimated 500 fighters, many of them foreigners, making the last stand of the Islamic State’s ‘caliphate’ in a remote Syrian hamlet near the Iraqi border. They include some of the group’s most battle-hardened veterans, many wearing suicid

DAILY MAIL

Rep. Walter Jones, GOP rebel and Iraq War critic, dies at age 76

Longtime Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), who came to Congress in the Republican revolution of 1994 and later became an independent voice and critic of the war in Iraq, died Sunday at the age of 76.

THE HILL

Nothing is Happening in Iraq, and That’s the REALLY BIG News

Some years ago there was a prop forward in the French national rugby team called Pierre Dospital. This was considered a very appropriate name for him, as it was only one letter away from “hospital”, and given his size, and the demands of his position on the field, this is where many of his opponents

JOURNAL-NEO.ORG

Could a defeated IS rebound?

In short: yes, but not in the same form. The jihadist terror group's self-proclaimed "caliphate", which once ruled over nearly eight million people across Syria and Iraq, has been all but eliminated.

BBC

Trump wants Europe to take back ISIS fighters. That's tricky.

BRUSSELS — President Donald Trump's demand that European countries take back their citizens fighting in Syria is receiving a mixed reaction, as nations pondered how to bring home-grown Islamic State extremists to trial.

NBC NEWS

GOP Rep. Walter Jones, Who Spent Years Seeking Redemption For Iraq Vote, Dies At 76

Republican Congressman Walter Jones, who represented North Carolina for 24 years, died Sunday after complications from a fall. He had just turned 76. Jones was originally a strong proponent of the Iraq war, but after attending the funeral of a Marine sergeant killed by a rocket-propelled grenade, Jo

NPR

Canadian Muslim revealed to be notorious jihadi: ‘You’ll never kill the love for jihad’

The English voice of the Islamic State steps out of the shadows. He’s a Canadian, another one of your peaceful and loving Muslim neighbors. This is the “new generation” of Muslims.

GELLERREPORT.COM

ISIS begin surrendering in eastern Syria as Trump claims 'virtually 100%' of territory in Iraq and Syria has been liberated

The Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in eastern Syria have begun surrendering themselves to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) after a string of losses in the eastern Euphrates River Valley region.

SOTT.NET

The Zanj Revolt: A Slave War in Medieval Iraq

After generations of oppression, an army of slaves rose up to challenge the Abbasid Caliphate. The Zanj revolt was a major slave uprising against the Abbasid Caliphate that took place in the marshlands of Southern Iraq (al-Bata‘ih) and Southern Iran (al-Ahwaz) during the ninth century. Between the y

MEDIEVALISTS.NET

Sahel instability spreading to coastal West Africa - Burkina Faso

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - Islamist militants are increasing their activity in West Africa despite the establishment of a regional force to combat them in the Sahel region, and they are now threatening coastal countries, Burkina Faso’s foreign minister said on Saturday.

REUTERS UK

Iraq Rebuffs U.S. Demands to Stop Buying Energy From Iran

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is pressuring Iraq to stop buying energy from its neighbor and sole foreign supplier, Iran, in what has become a major point of conflict between Washington and Baghdad.

NEW YORK TIMES

Islamic State’s caliphate is nearing defeat

THE LAST defenders of the caliphate grazed like sheep until there was no grass left to eat. America bombed from above. Kurdish-led fighters pursued them on the ground. And Syrian and Iraqi armies maintained a siege from their respective positions across the Euphrates river and Iraqi border. Less tha

THE ECONOMIST

Kurds in Northern Iraq Want U.S. to Stay in Region

The US should stay in Iraq to prevent an ISIS resurgence, officials in the autonomous Kurdistan Region stressed in recent weeks. As the US holds a meeting on regional security in Poland, and as the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey gather in Sochi, the threat of ISIS continues in Iraq.

MIDDLE EAST FORUM

Hundreds Protest BP Sponsorship of British Museum

More than three hundred activists converged on the British Museum in London on Saturday, February 16, to stage one of the largest protests yet against oil sponsorship. Demonstrators formed one large circle in the museum’s Great Court and wielded banners that underscored the UK’s role in helping BP,

ARTFORUM.COM

The collapse of Isis will inflame the regional power struggle

The collapse of the Isis caliphate’s last stronghold in Syria is sending shockwaves across the region, changing the calculations of the major powers as they jockey for advantage. Triumphalism in Washington, Moscow and Damascus risks obscuring the human cost of a “victory” that may quickly prove tran

THE GUARDIAN

140 Fort Bragg soldiers return home from Iraq

FORT BRAGG (WTVD) -- One hundred forty soldiers returned home Sunday morning after being away in Iraq for nine months for Operation Inherent Resolve. The soldiers were responsible for providing maintenance and equipment repair for over 15 units spread across four countries.

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