Tag: Iraq

Canada Approves ISIS Airstrikes in Iraq

Canada’s parliament has authorized the country’s armed forces to join U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS militants in Iraq. The vote allows the strikes for up to six months, but rules out the use of ground troops. The Canadians will provide as many as six CF-18 fighter planes, as well as surveillance and refueling aircraft. Canada already…

Colbert Report: No Boots on the Ground in Iraq [VIDEO]

Colbert Report: No Boots on the Ground in Iraq [VIDEO] Obama says no boots on the ground could that be semantics? Could there will be crocs on the ground, or open-toed sandals on the ground? Because he’s asked for 90 days. Will it be called a war?

Obama Authorizes First Syria Air Strikes [VIDEO]

Obama Authorizes First Syria Air Strikes [VIDEO]: President Obama outlined a multi-phase plan for combating ISIS, saying the United States would lead a “broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.” He said he was authorizing U.S. air strikes in Syria for the first time, and that the U.S. effort in Iraq would expand. The…

FBI: Identity of masked British executioner to be revealed

Anti-terror police are set to arrest up to 12 British associates of Islamic State executioner Jihadi John, it has been reported. British and American authorities say they know the identity of the hostage killer – and are set to reveal it within days. The executioner is one of four British jihadis known as the ‘Beatles’…

Obama authorizes deployment of 350 more troops to Iraq

President Obama has authorized the deployment of an additional 350 troops to protect U.S. facilities and personnel in Baghdad, the White House said Tuesday night. The additional personnel, who will be deployed at the recommendation of the Department of Defense, will not be serving in a combat role.

Islamic State claims to behead US journalist Steven Sotloff [VIDEO]

Islamic State claims to behead US journalist Steven Sotloff [VIDEO]: An Islamic State video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who disappeared in Syria in 2013. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said U.S. officials were checking the reports and urged caution about the veracity of the video.

ISIS Waterboarded James Foley

At least four hostages, including slain American journalist James Foley, were waterboarded in the early part of their time being held captive in Syria by ISIS. “They knew exactly how it was done,” a person with direct knowledge of what happened to the hostages told The Washington Post. The CIA used the simulated drowning technique…

US citizen killed in Syria fighting for Islamic State

A San Diego native fighting for ISIS in Syria was killed over the weekend, according to the Free Syrian Army. NBC News reported Tuesday that a passport and tattoo positively identified the body as that of Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33. Calling himself “Duale ThaslaveofAllah” on Facebook and Twitter, he declared “It’s Islam over everything.” In…

ISIS Threatens Second Hostage Journalist Steven Sotloff

A second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, is at risk of being killed by ISIS after the group killed James Foley on Tuesday. The U.S. government confirmed that the video sent out on Tuesday does in fact show ISIS militants beheading Foley, who is the first American victim of ISIS. In the video, after Foley is…

Pope Blesses Iraq Intervention

Pope Francis support the effort against ISIS in Iraq, where religious minorities are increasingly under threat. “In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression I can only say that it is legitimate to stop the unjust aggressor,” he told reporters on Monday. “I underscore the verb ‘to stop’. I am not saying ‘bomb’ or…

RAF makes second aid drop to Yazidi on Mount Sinjar in Iraq

Group Captain Simon Edwards from RAF Brize Norton says they have been able to drop a second planeload of “essential supplies” on behalf of the Department for International Development over Mount Sinjar in Iraq to assist thousands of people trapped as they flee advancing militants. British forces have dropped a second round of aid to…

Obama Praises New Iraqi Prime Minister

Iraq’s new president named a new prime minister on Monday, despite current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s refusal to leave office. “Today, Iraq took a promising step forward in this critical effort,” President Obama said in a press conference, praising a more inclusive government. Prominent Shiite politician and current Deputy Speaker of Parliament Haider al-Abadi will…

Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki: I Won’t Give Up My Office

Maliki said on Iraqi television Sunday night that he would go to court against the country’s president, Fouad Masoum, to keep his premiership after Masoum failed to direct him and his bloc in parliament to form a new government. “What is happening today is a coup against the constitution, a deliberate violation of it by…

President Obama: US airstrikes destroyed ISIS equipment

President Obama said on Saturday that U.S. airstrikes he ordered in northern Iraq have successfully destroyed arms and equipment held by Islamic State forces. In remarks on the White House South Lawn, Obama emphasized again that U.S. military involvement would not be the ultimate solution to the country’s crisis. Photo: Yazidi and Christian people flee…

U.S. Shipping 200 More Troops to Iraq

As Iraq battles a militant takeover, President Obama has announced plans to send 200 more U.S. troops to the country to protect American citizens and property if necessary. There are already 600 troops in Iraq training local forces and securing the American embassy. According to the letter Obama sent to congressional leaders on Monday, along…

‘Give up your wife and come to jihad’ ISIS Recruitment Creepy VIDEO

Three jihadists apparently from Britain urge others to martyr themselves as they head for Iraq. British jihadists are encouraged more young Muslims to head to Syria and Iraq to martyr themselves in a chilling new recruitment video for the terror group Isis. The men urge their fellow countrymen to “answer the call” and to “fight…

275 U.S. Troops Deployed To Iraq – ISIS Moving in on Baghdad [VIDEO]

On Monday, the White House told Congress that 275 troops will be deployed to Iraq to protect the American Embassy and other interests in the embattled country. In addition, officials in the White House say U.S. special forces may go there to assist the Iraqi government with “non-operational training” as Baghdad fights terrorist group, the…

‘What the F*ck Is Going On?!’ Stewart Tackles Crisis in Iraq [VIDEO]

‘What the F*ck Is Going On?!’ Stewart Tackles Crisis in Iraq Jon Stewart dusted off the old “Mess ‘O Potamia” graphic to tackle the latest crisis in the Middle East; specifically the militants taking control of Iraqi cities. Stewart watched all the footage of these militants running rampant in cities like Tikrit and cried, “What…

UN ‘extremely alarmed’ at ‘hundreds of deaths in Iraq’

UN ‘extremely alarmed’ at ‘hundreds of deaths in Iraq’ United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay said the UN was “extremely alarmed” by the impact of the Islamist takeover of several cities in Iraq on the civilian population. Pillay said the UN was alarmed by reports that the number of people killed in summary executions…

Nearly 800 Killed In Iraq In May

The UN said Sunday that almost 800 people have been killed just in May in Iraq, making it the most violent month in the restive country thus far in 2014. Photo: A man walks past the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad on May 29, 2014. (REUTERS/AHMED MALIK) [reuters]