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Moroccan ISIS-Jihadists Want to Return to Morocco

Rabat - The Moroccan jihadists who fight among the ranks of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) have reportedly expressed their intention to come back to Morocco in case the Moroccan authorities promised not to detain them over terrorism charges.  Dozens of Moroccans who joined ISIS directly from Morocco have allegedly expressed their desire to return to their motherland. However, they raised fears o ...

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Morocco condemns ‘despicable terrorist crimes’ against innocents in Iraq, Syria

Rabat - Morocco denounced and condemned, in the strongest terms, the despicable terrorist crimes committed by terrorist groups against innocents of all nationalities, religions and professions, including journalists mainly in Iraq and Syria, said the Ministry of foreign affairs. These terrorist acts run counter Islam teachings and are a blatant abuse of universal human values, said the ministry in a stateme ...

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ISIS Allegedly Beheads American Journalist

Washington D.C.- The so-called Islamic State militant group released a video Tuesday allegedly showing the beheading of an American journalist in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The video was uploaded on YouTube and the victim was identified as James Foley, a freelance photojournalist who disappeared in Syria in November 2012. The graphic video has since been removed. The White House said that U.S. ...

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Kurdish Peshmerga Forces Retake Biggest Dam in Iraq with Support of US Military

By Ismail Elouafi Fez -The Kurdish Peshmerga has retaken Iraq’s biggest dam in Mosul from the ISIS forces after 10 days of control, according to Agence France Press (AFP). After its last offensive on the town of Mosul on August 7, the Peshmerga has seized its control over the region which will facilitate supplies of water and electricity in the north of Iraq. The location of the Mosul dam, along with its ri ...

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Iraqi army launches operation in Ramadi

Baghdad - The Iraqi army launched a major operation Sunday on the crisis-hit city of Ramadi, swathes of which have for weeks been controlled by anti-government fighters, officials said. Troops were backed by helicopter cover and imposed a ban on movement within the city, military spokesman Mohammed al-Askari told state television. A police lieutenant colonel in Ramadi city, speaking on condition of anonymit ...

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28 killed, 200 injured in army operations in Iraq’s Fallujah: hospital official

FALLUJAH - A total of 28 civilians were killed and 200 others injured in the western Iraqi city of Anbar since the start of military operations there weeks ago, a senior medical official told Anadolu Agency. "Most of the casualties were caused by the army shelling of homes, government buildings and worship places in the city," said Abdel-Sattar Lawas, director of Fallujah General Hospital. The tally, howeve ...

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13,000 families flee Fallujah amid Iraq standoff

Fallujah (Iraq)- More than 13,000 families have fled Fallujah, NGOs said Wednesday, warning of a "critical" humanitarian situation as masked gunmen locked in a days-long standoff with Iraqi troops hold the city. And though traffic police returned to its streets, some shops reopened and more cars could be seen, Fallujah was still hit by clashes and shelling, after an Al-Qaeda-linked group urged Sunnis to kee ...

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Iraq says 55 Qaeda-linked militants killed in Anbar

BAGHDAD- Anbar was rocked by clashes last week after government troops evicted months-old sit-in in the city of Ramadi staged by Sunni tribesmen. Fifty-five militants of the Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as Daesh, have been killed in the western Anbar province, the Iraqi Defense Ministry confirmed on Sunday. In a statement, the ministry said that 30 militants were killed in an airstrik ...

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Man who oversaw Saddam hanging recalls dictator’s end

Baghdad- Mowaffak al-Rubaie sits in his office with a statue of Saddam Hussein behind him, the rope used to hang the dictator around its neck, recalling his final minutes. The former national security advisor, who oversaw Saddam's 2006 execution, said he remained strong until the end, and never expressed any regret. "A criminal? True. A killer? True. A butcher? True. But he was strong until the end. "I rece ...

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Iraq defense minister survives Fallujah attack

BAGHDAD - The blast resulted in no human or material damage, the source added. Acting Iraqi defense minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi survived a Tuesday explosion that targeted his convoy in the western city of Fallujah, a security source said. "A roadside explosive device planted on the international highway between Fallujah and Ramadi went off when the minister's convoy passed by on the way to Ramadi," the sour ...

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Violence takes 27 lives in Iraq

BAGHDAD - 27 people killed, 39 wounded after deadly attacks in Iraq 27 people were killed and 39 were wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Saturday, according to security officials. Four police officers died after gunfire and two of the assaulters have been arrested, security officials said. In a village of Kirkuk, a group of unidentified people raided on some houses and killed six people who are allegedly ...

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Expat oil worker hurt in Iraq row over ‘Shiite insult’

BASRA, Iraq: A foreign oil worker was hospitalized after being attacked at Iraq's biggest oilfield where local residents accused him of insulting their religion, officials said Tuesday. They said the employee of US oil services firm Schlumberger, identified by Iraqi officials as a Briton, had on Monday tried to remove flags and pamphlets commemorating Imam Hussein, a venerated figure in Shiite Islam, just d ...

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