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IS siege of Mount Sinjar broken: Iraqi Kurd official
Date:  Friday, December 19, 2014
Title:  IS siege of Mount Sinjar broken: Iraqi Kurd official
Description:  A broad peshmerga operation backed by US-led air strikes broke the Islamic State group's weeks-old siege of Iraq's Mount Sinjar on Thursday, a top Iraqi Kurdistan security official said. Duration: 01:12
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Hagel Could Be Briefed Friday on Bergdahl Investigation
Date:  Friday, December 19, 2014
Title:  Hagel Could Be Briefed Friday on Bergdahl Investigation
Description:  the Pentagon says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to be briefed as early as Friday on an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the capture of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl by Taliban militants in Afghanistan, Bergdahl was released in May in a prisoner swap after five years in captivity.
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Fifteen U.S.-led Air Strikes Target Islamic State Militants: Task Force
Date:  Friday, December 19, 2014
Title:  Fifteen U.S.-led Air Strikes Target Islamic State Militants: Task Force
Description:  The Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement the U.S.-led coalition conducted 15 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria on Friday, Eleven strikes in Iraq hit several groups of Islamic State militants as well as other vehicles and a building, among other targets, according to the statement In Syria, four air strikes hit two units of militant fighters and an Islamic State...
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Obama: Keystone Benefits for U.S. Consumers, Workers Nominal
Date:  Friday, December 19, 2014
Title:  Obama: Keystone Benefits for U.S. Consumers, Workers Nominal
Description:  U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast would only nominally benefit American consumers and workers. Obama told reporters during an end-of-year press conference, There is very little impact - nominal impact - on U.S. gas prices, what the average American consumer cares about. Obama added that...
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How Syria Policy Stalled Under the analyst in Chief
Date:  Friday, December 19, 2014
Title:  How Syria Policy Stalled Under the analyst in Chief
Description:  Throughout 2012, as signs mounted that militants in Syria were growing stronger, the debate in the White House followed a pattern. In meeting after meeting, as officials from agencies outside the executive residence advocated arming pro-Western rebels or other forms of action, President Barack Obama’s closest White House aides bluntly delivered the president’s verdict: no. This summer, events over...
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Obama Declares 2014 a Breakthrough Year for America
Date:  Friday, December 19, 2014
Title:  Obama Declares 2014 a Breakthrough Year for America
Description:  President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been a breakthrough year for America, putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of compromise with his political foes who are taking control of Congress. Obama said at a year-end news conference before leaving on a two-week vacation to Hawaii, My presidency is entering the fourth quarter. Inter...
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Kurdish Forces Claim to Have Broken Islamic States Siege of Mount Sinjar
Date:  Thursday, December 18, 2014
Title:  Kurdish Forces Claim to Have Broken Islamic States Siege of Mount Sinjar
Description:  Kurdish forces said they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where thousands of Yazidis have been trapped for several months. The peshmerga have managed to reach the mountain. A vast area has been liberated, said Masrour Barzani, head of the Iraqi Kurdish region's national security council. Now a corridor is open and hopefully the rest of the (Sinjar) region will be...
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Serious Blow: U.S. Kills Three ISIS Leaders in Iraq Strikes
Date:  Thursday, December 18, 2014
Title:  Serious Blow: U.S. Kills Three ISIS Leaders in Iraq Strikes
Description:  U.S. defense officials said three leaders of ISIS have been killed by American airstrikes in Iraq in the past month and a half. They were identified as Haji Mutazz, a deputy to the ISIS leader; Abd al-Basit, the top military commander; and Radwin Talib, who is in control of ISIS in Iraq. They were described as mid- to high-level leaders. One official called the deaths of Mutazz and al-Basit in par...
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U.S. Says Three Top Islamic State Leaders Killed in Air Strikes: WSJ
Date:  Thursday, December 18, 2014
Title:  U.S. Says Three Top Islamic State Leaders Killed in Air Strikes: WSJ
Description:  U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq have killed three of the militant group's top leaders, the head of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. In an interview with the newspaper, U.S. General Martin Dempsey said the senior leaders were killed in recent weeks as part of expanding effort with partner nations to combat the militants.
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U.S.-led Air Strikes Focus on Islamic State Kobani in Syria
Date:  Thursday, December 18, 2014
Title:  U.S.-led Air Strikes Focus on Islamic State Kobani in Syria
Description:  The U.S. military said, U.S.-led air strikes in Syria focused on the contested city of Kobani near the Turkish border on Thursday, with six air strikes that destroyed seven Islamic State fighting positions, a building and a tactical unit. The U.S. Central Command said in a statement, U.S. and partner nations also conducted five air strikes in Iraq on Thursday, targeting Islamic State militants in ...
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New Orphan Black Season 3 Trailer: This Is War
Date:  Thursday, December 18, 2014
Title:  New Orphan Black Season 3 Trailer: This Is War
Description:  The trailer for the third season of the critically lauded Canadian sci-fi drama Orphan Black has finally been unveiled, with Tatiana Maslany reprising her multiple clone roles. This is war, clone Sarah Manning played by Maslany, declares in the trailer, which includes an appearance by Ari Millen, who returns in the third season as identical male soldiers putting the bond between Sarah, Cosima, Ali...
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Iraqi Kurds Say They Have Secured Route to Besieged Sinjar Mountain
Date:  Thursday, December 18, 2014
Title:  Iraqi Kurds Say They Have Secured Route to Besieged Sinjar Mountain
Description:  Masrour Barzani, head of the Iraqi Kurdish region's national security council said on Thursday that Kurdish peshmerga fighters have secured a route to Iraq's Sinjar mountain, where hundreds of people had been trapped by Islamic State fighters. Barzani said, The peshmerga have managed to reach the mountain. A vast area has been liberated. Also adding that 100 Islamic State fighters had been killed....
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U.S. General Says Islamic State Fight to Take at Least Three Years
Date:  Thursday, December 18, 2014
Title:  U.S. General Says Islamic State Fight to Take at Least Three Years
Description:  The general in command of U.S. forces involved in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria said on Thursday he thought it would take a minimum of three years to achieve a turning point against the group. Asked at a Pentagon briefing about progress in the fight,, Army Lieutenant General James Terry said that the first U.S. air strikes had taken place only four months ago. He advi...
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U.N. Defers Iraqs $4.6 Billion Gulf War Reparations to Kuwait
Date:  Thursday, December 18, 2014
Title:  U.N. Defers Iraqs $4.6 Billion Gulf War Reparations to Kuwait
Description:  A senior U.N. official said, the United Nations Gulf War compensation fund agreed on Thursday to defer Iraq's requirement to deposit five percent of its oil revenues for a year due to its budgetary difficulties. Major powers on the fund's ruling body took the decision by consensus as Iraq's economy is being battered by both low oil prices and war with Islamic State militants. Iraq this week reques...
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Iraq Kurds Launch Sinjar Offensive After Coalition Air Strikes
Date:  Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Title:  Iraq Kurds Launch Sinjar Offensive After Coalition Air Strikes
Description:  Kurdish officials said that Kurdish forces launched an operation to retake the town of Sinjar in northwest Iraq on Wednesday after coalition planes pounded Islamic State positions overnight. The peshmerga fighters made gains against IS throughout the day, the officials said, driving the militants out of at least eight sub-districts in the Zumar area, east of Sinjar.
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U.S.-led Coalition Conducts 67 Air Strikes Against Islamic State: Task Force
Date:  Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Title:  U.S.-led Coalition Conducts 67 Air Strikes Against Islamic State: Task Force
Description:  The United States and its allies have conducted 61 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq in the past the three days, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on Wednesday. The statement said, forty-five of the strikes in Iraq were conducted in support of the Peshmerga (KSF) and Iraqi security forces operating in the region and destroyed 50 targets, including militant fighter...
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U.N. Security Council Renews Cross-border Syria Aid Authorization
Date:  Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Title:  U.N. Security Council Renews Cross-border Syria Aid Authorization
Description:  Security Council on Wednesday renewed for 12 months its authorization for humanitarian access without Syrian government consent into rebel-held areas of Syria at four border crossings from Turkey, Iraq and Jordan. The unanimously adopted resolution authorizes aid deliveries across Al Yarubiyah on the Iraq border, Al-Ramtha from Jordan and Bab al-Salam and Bab al-Hawa from Turkey.
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Inquiry Finds Iraqi Detainees were Ill-treated by British Soldiers
Date:  Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Title:  Inquiry Finds Iraqi Detainees were Ill-treated by British Soldiers
Description:  An inquiry into the treatment of Iraqi detainees by British soldiers after a firefight more than 10 years ago has found that they were ill-treated, but it dismissed claims of torture and murder as deliberate and calculated lies. Although some of the treatment, such as food and sleep deprivation, violated the Geneva Convention, the inquiry published Wednesday found it was not deliberate.
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Iraq Requests One-year Deferral on Gulf War Reparations
Date:  Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Title:  Iraq Requests One-year Deferral on Gulf War Reparations
Description:  A U.N. official said on Wednesday that Iraq has requested a one-year deferral of its final payment of 4 point 6 billion dollars in reparations for destroying Kuwait's oil facilities during its 1990-91 occupation. Kuwait and major powers on the ruling body of the U.N. Compensation Commission will consider the formal request at a special session in Geneva on Thursday. The official said We have a req...
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German Cabinet Approves Training Mission to Iraq
Date:  Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Title:  German Cabinet Approves Training Mission to Iraq
Description:  The German cabinet on Wednesday agreed to send around 100 German troops to northern Iraq to train Kurdish peshmerga forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants. Western powers see the Kurds as a vital bulwark against further IS advances. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said, With Islamic State, sheer barbarism has returned to the Middle East, adding they were a terrorist group who...
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Suspect in Six Pennsylvania Killings is Target of Manhunt
Date:  Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Title:  Suspect in Six Pennsylvania Killings is Target of Manhunt
Description:  Pennsylvania police on Tuesday searched for an Iraq war veteran suspected of killing six family members, including his 14-year-old niece, in a shooting spree in communities near Philadelphia. The Montgomery County district attorney said, the manhunt for Bradley William Stone, 35, focused on and around Pennsburg, about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Philadelphia, where residents were advised to rema...
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Britain Faces Threat of Sydney-style Attack at Any Moment: PM Cameron
Date:  Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Title:  Britain Faces Threat of Sydney-style Attack at Any Moment: PM Cameron
Description:  Britain faces the threat of a Sydney-style 'lone wolf' attack at any moment, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday, after a 16-hour siege at a cafe in the Australian city in which two captives were killed. Britain raised its terrorism alert to the second-highest level in August and last month said it was facing the biggest terrorism threat in its history because of radicalized Britons retur...
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U.N. Gulf War Fund to Meet This Week on Iraq Payment Delay
Date:  Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Title:  U.N. Gulf War Fund to Meet This Week on Iraq Payment Delay
Description:  A United Nations official said, the U.N. Gulf War reparations fund will hold a special meeting on Thursday to address Iraq's plea to postpone a final $4.6 billion installment payment for its 1990-91 occupation of Kuwait. Reuters reported exclusively on Friday that Iraq, faces a cash crisis caused by falling oil prices and war with Islamic State, is seeking to defer the final tranche of reparations...
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Iraqs New Premier Battles to Unite a Fractured Nation
Date:  Monday, December 15, 2014
Title:  Iraqs New Premier Battles to Unite a Fractured Nation
Description:  Three months after he took office with a mission to unite his broken, warring country, Iraq's new prime minister has swept away the divisive legacy of his predecessor with a burst of rapid and dramatic measures. But Haider al-Abadi faces a huge challenge forging a common front against Islamic State fighters, rebuilding an ineffective army and reasserting a degree of central government authority ac...
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Obama Vows no Safe Haven for Islamic State
Date:  Monday, December 15, 2014
Title:  Obama Vows no Safe Haven for Islamic State
Description:  President Barack Obama used a holiday season visit to a U.S. military base on Monday to issue a tough warning to Islamic State militants, saying a U.S.-led coalition will permit no safe haven to the group and will destroy it eventually. Obama spoke to hundreds of camouflage-wearing troops in a hangar at Fort Dix to thank the U.S. military for its actions around the world. In a display of bipartisa...
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