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Brett McGurk, the United States' envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, arrives to attend his a news conference in Amman, Jordan, May 15, 2016. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

ISIS Is On The Defensive, Territory Shrinking In Syria and Iraq: U.S. Official

ISIS “is shrinking so they are very much on the defensive,” Brett McGurk, U.S. President Barack Obama’s special envoy in the fight against Islamic State, told a news conference in Amman. ISIS controls the cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria and is proving a potent threat abroad, claiming credit for major attacks in Paris in November and Brussels in March.

May 15, 2016
People gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite district of Sadr City, Iraq, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

Islamic State Bombs Kill 80 In Deadliest Baghdad Attacks This Year

Security has gradually improved in Baghdad, which was the target of daily bombings a decade ago, but violence against security forces and Shi’ite Muslim civilians is still frequent. Large blasts sometimes set off reprisal attacks against the minority Sunni community. The fight against Islamic State, which seized about a third of Iraq’s territory in 2014, has exacerbated a long-running sectarian conflict.

May 11, 2016
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Muqtada Al-Sadr Loyalists Leave Baghdad’s Green Zone

Protesters in Baghdad’s Green Zone have left the heavily fortified government district after a 24-hour sit-in but pledged to return by the end of the week if their demands for political reform are not met.

May 2, 2016
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Anti-War Priest Daniel Berrigan Dies, Aged 94

Berrigan was once imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the Vietnam war in 1968. The brothers entered a draft board in Catonsville, Maryland, in May 1968 with other activists and removed records of young men about to be shipped to Vietnam. The group took the files outside and burned them.

May 2, 2016
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Biden Arrives For Unannounced Visit To Iraq To Help Shore Up Wobbly Government

Vice President Joe Biden arrived unannounced in Iraq on Thursday for the first time in five years to assess the ongoing U.S.-led military coalition’s campaign against the Islamic State, amid political turmoil here threatening Prime Minister Haider Abadi’s hold on power.

April 28, 2016
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ISIS Income Drops On Low Oil Revenue, Taxes

Since mid-2014, the territory under ISIS control shrunk by about 22 percent, reducing its tax base to 6 million people from 9 million.

April 18, 2016
Iraqi security forces secure a road after bomb attacks outside the Green Zone in Baghdad

Irradiated Iraq: The Nuclear Nightmare We Left Behind

“Iraq is one large hazardous waste site,” Ritter says. “If it was the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency would declare it a Superfund site and order it be cleaned.”

March 31, 2016
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Suicide Bomber Kills 26, Wounds 71 South Of Baghdad: Official

A suicide attacker detonated an explosive belt in a park outside Baghdad on Friday, killing 26 people and wounding 71, said the security head in Babel province where the bomb – claimed by Islamic State – went off.

March 25, 2016
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How To Become Terror-Torn Europe — And How Not To

The would-be presidents vying for the Republican nomination consistently serve as useful idiots, their declarations of hostility to Islam only alienating that faith’s billion followers here and abroad, while in no way advancing our security.

March 25, 2016
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Endorse This: Rudy Giuliani Says Hillary Clinton “A Founding Member Of ISIS”

George W. Bush himself, in his book Decision Points, admits “Thousands of armed men had just been told they were not wanted. Instead of signing up for the new military, many joined the insurgency.”

March 24, 2016
Iraqi soldiers train with members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at Camp Taji, Iraq

Have We Learned Nothing? 13 Years After America’s Disastrous Iraq Invasion, Obama Quietly Deploys More Troops

Obama is the fourth consecutive president to militarily intervene in Iraq, despite pledges to end war.

March 21, 2016
A man gestures over the coffin of a car bombing victim during a commemoration ceremony in a mosque in Ankara, Turkey, March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkish Warplanes Strike Northern Iraq After Ankara Bombing Blamed On Kurdish Militants

Turkey’s government sees the unrest in its southeast as closely tied to the war in Syria, where a Kurdish militia has seized territory along the Turkish border as it battles Islamic State militants and rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

March 14, 2016
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ISIL Suicide Bombers Kill Dozens Of Iraqi Soldiers

Dozens of Iraqi soldiers and a general have been killed in separate suicide bombing attacks in Baghdad and Fallujah.

March 1, 2016
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The Leading Presidential Candidates Can Only Agree On One Thing: Make Arab States Fight ISIS

Asking neighboring states to right a historic wrong will find few sympathetic ears in any Arab capital. But at least America’s presidential contenders can agree that they should.

February 17, 2016
Canada's PM Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa

Canada To End Bombing Missions In Iraq And Syria

Trudeau: “We were guided by our desire to do what we could do best to help in the region and to do it in the right way.”

February 8, 2016
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5 Ways ‘Obama Knows Exactly What He’s Doing’

Marco Rubio’s canned assessment of Barack Obama is right. Obama clearly knows what he’s doing. Because despite inevitable imperfections and failings, his successes far outshine his limitations.

February 7, 2016
U.S. Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter attends the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland

US To Urge Partners To Do More To Fight Islamic State Amid Complaints From Pentagon

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has been the most vocal, complaining recently that some allies are “not doing enough or doing nothing at all.”

February 2, 2016
People gather at the site of car bomb in New Baghdad

At Least 48 Killed In Attacks In Iraqi Capital, Eastern Town

Gunmen detonated suicide vests inside a shopping complex in Baghdad on Monday and a car bomb exploded nearby in an attack claimed by Islamic State that killed at least 18 people and wounded 40 others.

January 11, 2016
A member of the Iraqi security forces holds an Iraqi flag at a government complex in the city of Ramadi

Capture Of Ramadi Complex Could Mark Strategic Victory Over Islamic State, But Will It Hold?

Anti-terrorism troops hoisted the national flag atop the key complex in the long-contested Sunni Muslim city west of Baghdad, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, Iraqi joint operations spokesman, said in a televised statement.

December 30, 2015
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Cartoon: Boots On The Ground

“Ever get homesick?”

December 29, 2015
Vehicles of Iraqi security forces are seen as they advance towards the center of Ramadi city, Iraq

Iraqi Forces Consolidate Position In Ramadi Ahead Of Final Push Against Islamic State

Iraqi troops who have fought their way deep into the Islamic State stronghold of Ramadi were consolidating their positions on Friday ahead of a planned final assault to capture the city.

December 25, 2015
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Iraq PM Says Would Consider Foreign Troop Deployment “Act Of Aggression”

Abadi’s statement comes after U.S. Army colonel said new force of around 100 special operations troops would be deployed to assist fight against ISIS.

December 3, 2015
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Presidential Candidate Bush Wants Increased U.S. Presence On Ground In Iraq

Bush was vague on how many ground troops the United States should contribute to an international coalition that he says he would build if elected president.

November 18, 2015
The Eiffel Tower is lit with the blue, white and red colours of the French flag in Paris, France, November 16, 2015, to pay tribute to the victims of a series of deadly attacks on Friday in the French capital.  REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Paris Terror: Why ISIS Needs The ‘Useful Idiots’ Who Demonize Muslims

Every imbecile who threatens Muslims is an unwitting agent of ISIS; in fact, it would be unsurprising to learn that ISIS itself is covertly promoting such messages in order to intensify enmity between the peoples of the Quran and the rest of the world.

November 16, 2015
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Iraqi Politician Ahmed Chalabi Who Pushed Bush To Invade Iraq Dies

Once viewed in Washington as its preferred future Iraqi leader, he lost favor among his American benefactors amid accusations that he had passed information to arch-foe Iran.

November 3, 2015
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