U.S. Defense Chief Questions Iraq’s ‘Will to Fight’ ISIS After City’s Fall

“The Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria’s takeover of Ramadi is evidence that Iraqi forces do not have the “will to fight,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, in the harshest assessment yet from a high-ranking Obama Administration official of Iraqi fighters and the loss of […]

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Iraqi Forces Take Control of Tikrit From ISIS

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the “liberation of Tikrit” and congratulated Iraqi security forces on their “historic milestone” Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants holed up in downtown Tikrit, going house to house Tuesday in search of snipers and booby traps, and the prime minister said security forces had reached the heart of the city. In a statement on Twitter, […]

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How is ISIS luring Westerners?

A group of medical students — including an American, seven Britons and a Canadian — may be the latest Westerners to join ISIS. It’s become a familiar story: Young people give up their futures in Western democratic nations to join the terrorist network establishing a self-declared Islamic state in the Middle East. Last month, three teenage British girls suspected of […]

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Iraqi Troops and Shi‘ite Militias Have Retaken Large Areas of Tikrit From ISIS

The operation was the Iraqi government’s largest to date in the fight against ISIS After a week of intense fighting, Iraqi and Shi‘ite forces have retaken major parts of Tikrit — a strategically vital city in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle — from ISIS. Iranian military officials were also reportedly involved in the city’s recapture. The battle, involving over 30,000 Iraqi soldiers […]

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Turkey PM Warns That Assault on ISIS in Tikrit Could Ignite Sectarian Tensions

Warnings that a defeat for ISIS could lead to bloody Sunni-Shi’ite warfare in Iraq By sending Shi’ite militias and Iranian forces to battle ISIS in Tikrit, Iraq risks stoking the sectarian divide that nourishes the extremist group. So warns Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. “If Daesh is a big threat in Iraq, another threat is Shi’ite militias,” Davutoglu told TIME […]

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