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Reuters Journalist Leaves Iraq After Being Threatened Over Story

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2015 | Media

LONDON, April 11 (Reuters) - The Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters has left Iraq after he was threatened on Facebook and denounced by a Shi'ite param...

Iraqi Teams Start Exhuming Mass Grave Of Soldiers In Tikrit

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 06.07.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forensic teams in the newly recaptured city of Tikrit have started exhuming bodies from mass graves believed to contain some of...

Iraqi Officials: Shiite Militias Pulled Out Of Tikrit After Looting

Reuters | Posted 04.04.2015 | World

BAGHDAD, April 4 (Reuters) - Almost all Shi'ite paramilitaries had left Tikrit on Saturday after locals complained that some fighters had spent severa...

A Wave Of Looting And Lynching Follows Iraqi Forces Recapture Of Tikrit

Reuters | Posted 04.03.2015 | World

TIKRIT, Iraq, April 3 (Reuters) - On April 1, the city of Tikrit was liberated from the extremist group Islamic State. The Shi'ite-led central governm...

Iraqi Minister Declares 'Magnificent Victory' Over ISIS In Tikrit

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 06.01.2015 | World

TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — The government declared victory in Tikrit on Wednesday over extremists of the Islamic State group, and it warned the militants h...

Postmodern Politics?

Francis Levy | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Francis Levy

There's strength in numbers and its always easier when a coalition can close ranks against a common enemy the way the allies did against the axis powers during the Second World War. But there's also something undeniably intriguing about the prospect of sharing objectives with unlikely partners.

A Tale of Two Cities: Aden, Tikrit and the Battle for Arabia

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Joseph V. Micallef

Two cities, two air campaigns. In many ways completely different from each other, and yet both underscore the growing power and influence of Iran in the Middle East. From Riyadh's perspective, these two conflicts at opposite ends of the Arabian Peninsula are just the opening round.

The Middle East, Unraveling: And Your Solution Is...?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Tell me again: Whose side are we on this time? ...

Sophia Jones

As U.S. Bombs Tikrit, Some Iraqi Sunnis Are Stuck Between ISIS And Shiite Militias | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.27.2015 | World

TIKRIT, Iraq -- There’s a ghost town called al-Dour on the way from Baghdad to the besieged city of Tikrit, where the United States began striking t...

Why the Conflicts in Tikrit and Yemen Signal a New Middle Eastern War

Alastair Crooke | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- With the Iranian involvement against ISIS in the assault on Tikrit, and the Saudi invasion of Yemen to stem the tide of Iranian influence, we have entered a new Middle Eastern war.

Sophia Jones

Iran-Backed Shiite Militias In Iraq Contradict U.S. About Their Role In Battle For Tikrit | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.26.2015 | World

Iraqi security forces and al-Hashid al-Shabi forces prepare in Tikrit to stage an attack with heavy weapons on March 26. (Photo by Ali Mohammed/Anad...

U.S. Launches Airstrikes Against ISIS In Battle To Take Back Tikrit

AP | Posted 05.25.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — At Iraq's request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the c...

Iraq Needs More Air Strikes To Dislodge ISIS In Tikrit, Say Officials

Reuters | Posted 05.16.2015 | World

By Maggie Fick BAGHDAD, March 16 (Reuters) - Iraq said on Monday it had put its Tikrit offensive on hold and senior officials called f...

Iraqi Offensive To Take Back Tikrit Stalled For Third Day

Reuters | Posted 05.15.2015 | World

BAGHDAD, March 15 (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters traded sniper fire and mortar rounds with Iraqi troops and allied Shi'ite militia forces on Sun...

Iraqi Troops Clash With ISIS In Battle To Take Back Tikrit

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.12.2015 | World

TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops clashed along two fronts with Islamic State militants in Tikrit on Thursday as rockets and mortars echoed across Sa...

Top U.S. General Worries Over What Follows Swift Iraq Win In Tikrit

Reuters | Phil Stewart | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer on Wednesday predicted certain victory by Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militia battling to ...

Iraqi Forces Enter Tikrit In Offensive To Take Back The ISIS-Held City

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 05.11.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi soldiers and allied Shiite militiamen swept into the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit on Wednesday, launching a two-front offe...

Iraqi Troops, Militia Enter Strategic Town Near Tikrit In Offensive Against ISIS

Reuters | Posted 05.10.2015 | World

BAGHDAD, March 10 (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite militia took the center of a town on the northern edge of Tikrit from Islamic State ...

Remaining Tikrit Residents Cut White Flags As Iraqi Forces Close In

Reuters | Posted 05.05.2015 | World

By Isabel Coles ERBIL, Iraq, March 5 (Reuters) - As Iraqi forces close in, Tikrit's few remaining civilians are cuttin...

U.S. On The Sidelines In Key Battle Against ISIS

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 03.03.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribes have joined Iraq's military in a major operation to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown ...

Iraq Launches Military Operation To Recapture Tikrit From ISIS

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 05.01.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Backed by Iranian-supported Shiite militias, Iraqi forces launched a large-scale offensive Monday to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown...

Is It Time to Arm the Peshmerga?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The White House has some thinking to do. Is the security situation in northwestern Iraq so dire that the administration's "one Iraq" policy needs to be reviewed and perhaps changed?

Iraq: Learning From Yesterday and Planning for Tomorrow

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Nathan Gonzalez

Before embarking on another adventure to pacify the region, the United States must understand several basic facts that seemed to have eluded the architects of the war of 2003 -- an invasion that ultimately set Iraq up for its present dilemmas.

As Militants Declared Caliphate, Iraqi Troops Battle For Tikrit

Reuters | Posted 08.30.2014 | World

By Oliver Holmes and Isra'a al-Rubei'i BAGHDAD, June 30 (Reuters) - Iraqi troops battled to dislodge an al Qaeda splinter group from t...

Iraqi Forces Clash With Militants In Northern City

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN & SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 08.29.2014 | World

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN & SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi helicopter gunships struck suspected insurgent positions in Tikrit o...