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US approves $295m Military Kit for Peshmerga

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Iraq for equipment for two Peshmerga infantry brigades and two support artillery battalions. The estimated cost is $295.6 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 18, 2017. The […]

Video: Syrian Kurds take on ISIL in Mosul

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Kurdish Peshmerga forces have played a vital role in the fight to take Mosul, helping clear towns and villages since the offensive started last month. But the Kurds on the frontline are not […]

Kurdish Authorities “Banish hundreds of Arabs from Kirkuk”

Kurdish authorities bulldoze homes and banish hundreds of Arabs from Kirkuk Kurdish authorities have carried out a wave of attacks, demolishing the homes and driving out hundreds of Arabs from Kirkuk, as apparent revenge for an attack carried out by the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) on 21 October, said Amnesty International […]

Special Forces 1 Mile from Mosul; 772 Terrorists Killed

The Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced on Friday afternoon that Special Forces from the elite “Golden Division” (Counter Terrorism Services, CTS) have advanced to the town of Tob Zawa, and are now one mile from Mosul. This is despite a desperate attempt by Daesh to slow progress by setting fire to the Mishraq Sulphur Plant. […]

Oil Fires Burn South of Mosul

Combined Joint Task Force – Inherent Resolve is assessing the potential risk to personnel at Camp Swift and Qayyarah West Airfield, located about 50 miles south of Mosul, as a result of nearby burning oil wells and a sulfur plant fire. The coalition has taken air samples and analysis is ongoing to determine what, if […]

Video: Two-Pronged Offensive for Mosul

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces have begun a new two-pronged offensive against ISIL in Mosul, from the northeastern Bashiqa region and through eastern Bartella villages. The goal of this northeastern push […]

Iraqi Forces Begin Battle for Mosul

Iraqi forces launched their counterattack yesterday to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to a statement released by Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials. “The United States and the rest of the international coalition stand ready to support Iraqi security forces, peshmerga fighters and the people of […]

Germany Resumes Weapons Exports to Kurds

By Simon Kent. Germany have resumed arms shipments to the Kurdish Peshmerga after they were suspended following allegations that some of the arms had been seen on the black market. The latest shipment comes after the Kurdish Regional Government completed an investigation into the allegations and pledged that it would not happen again. Germany has […]

NOC Allows Kirkuk Oil to Enter Kurdish Pipeline

By Simon Kent. Heightening speculation that  a new, comprehensive deal may be reached between the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and Baghdad over oil exports and revenues, news has emerged that the federal North Oil Company (NOC) is allowing exports of Kirkuk crude via the Kurdish pipeline through Turkey. This could add up to 150,000 bpd […]

Peshmerga Capture Villages Near Mosul

By Simon Kent. Kurdish Peshmerga forces have captured several villages from the self declared Islamic State, near the city of Mosul, the group’s last urban stronghold in Iraq. Around 5000 Kurdish fighters participated in the operation, which was backed by Coalition air strikes. IS responded by launching suicide vehicle attacks, but these were not successful. […]

Video: Aid Shortage Leaves IDPs Suffering

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces are intensifying their battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in the south of the city of Mosul. […]

Canada Plans Field Hospital for Mosul Battle

By John Lee. Canadian Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan has announced that Canada will establish and staff a field hospital (or military hospital) as a part of its contribution to the forthcoming battle for Mosul, expected some time over the coming winter. Sajjan noted, “As part of our ongoing commitment, Canada will soon deploy up […]