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US Orders Airstrikes Against ISIS

Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby on Airstrikes in Iraq At approximately 6:45 a.m. EDT, the U.S. military conducted a targeted airstrike against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. Two F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Erbil. ISIL was using this artillery to […]

Vital Infrastructure Falls to Militants

By Patrick M Schmidt. Despite relative success in stemming the advance of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, Kurdish security forces faced their first major defeat on Thursday. Sources report that Kurdish security forces have been forced to withdraw and that the vital Mosul Dam now lays under control of the extremists. […]

Turkish Jets Scramble to Assist Kurds

By Patrick M Schmidt. While Kurdish security forces battle Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters on the ground, the Turkish Air Force has begun gathering intelligence on the militants’ movement from the air. Following a meeting between Turkish leadership, as many as eight jets were scrambled from Diyarbakir airbase. The Turkish leadership […]

Mass Exodus from Iraqi Towns and Cities

From Amnesty International. Panic has taken hold in north-western Iraq as tens of thousands of people flee areas where Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants are continuing their advance, Amnesty International said. “The situation for Iraqis in the north-west of the country, especially those from the Yezidi and Christian minority communities, is becoming […]

Kurdish Offensive Continues

By Patrick M Schmidt. An offensive launched by Kurdish security forces over the weekend has continued into the middle of the week. Their forces have mainly focused on the city of Mosul that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had previously declared as the capitol of their “caliphate.” Kurdish forces have suffered […]

Charities Push for US Assistance

By Patrick M Schmidt. Almost three-dozen different non-governmental organizations have pushed for action on the part of the American government to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis in the Kurdistan region. It is estimated that the violence that erupted this weekend alone displaced at least 30,000 people as Kurdish and militant forces clashed. It is […]

Video: US Considers Air Strikes in Iraq

From CNN. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The U.S. is considering air strikes in Iraq in response to a militant surge in northern areas. CNN's Jim Sciutto reports:

Video: Christians Forced to Flee ISIS

From CNN. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. ISIS fighters seized Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian town, forcing thousands of Christians to flee for their lives:

Video: ISIS Consolidating Power in Northern Iraq

From CNN. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. After defeating the Kurdish Peshmerga, ISIS' advance across Iraq is on a dangerous threshold. Nic Robertson reports:

Volunteers Ill-Prepared to Fight IS

By Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A popular mobilization is occurring in Iraq in response to the “righteous jihad” fatwa issued three days after the Islamic State (IS) occupied Mosul on July 10. Saad Hamid is among […]

ISIL Mounts Major Offensive

By Patrick M Schmidt. Over the weekend, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS) mounted a major offensive near the city of Mosul. The offensive marked a number of defeats for Kurdish security forces who have mostly been noted for their successes in battling the insurgents. Both Iraqi and Kurdish sources agree […]

Video: ISIS claims Mosul Dam

From CNN. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. ISIS has taken control of Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam, which provides power to Mosul. CNN's Nic Robertson reports: