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    https://www.hindustantimes.com/worl...27-fighters/story-cHpqgrVl6Ok24kp34jDLhK.html

    Islamic State ambushes Iraqi Shia-led force, kills 27 fighters
    The Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group of mostly Shia militias, said the attackers were disguised in army uniforms and the clashes lasted for at least two hours.
    Updated: Feb 19, 2018 16:53 IST

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    Islamic State militants have ambushed a group of Iraq’s Shia-led paramilitary fighters, killing at least 27.

    The Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group of mostly Shia militias, said on Monday the attack took place the previous night in al-Saadounya area, southwest of the northern city of Kirkuk, when the paramilitaries were conducting overnight raids.

    The PMF said the attackers were disguised in army uniforms. It said the clashes lasted for at least two hours and that some of the militants were killed while others fled the area.

    Brig Gen Yahya Rasool, a spokesman for Iraqi military, blamed IS “sleeper cells” and said Iraqi forces were searching the area to find the perpetrators.

    IS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on its Amaq news agency.
     
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    Experts say Iraqi troops have liberated Hawija militarily, but have not cleaned or inspected it. (Reuters)

    there have been many vital attacks in western Kirkuk and eastern Salahudeen where most of the militants who fled the fighting in Mosul and Anbar have taken refuge — in areas with difficult terrain such as Hawija, security and local officials said.

    Late on Sunday, 21 fighters from the Shiite-dominated paramilitary troops fighting Daesh alongside the government were killed in an ambush set up in Saadounia village, western Hawija, Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) field commanders told Arab News.

    “A force from the 16th brigade of the PMF apparently received information from one of its secret sources in the region that there was a senior Daesh leader there, so they entered the area at 7 p.m. (on Sunday) to arrest the target but were surprised by the ambush,” Sheikh Wassifi Al-A’assi, the commander of Kirkuk PMF, told Arab News.

    “The bodies of 21 fighters were found this morning (Monday), some burned inside cars and others beheaded. All signs indicate that they were attacked while they were inside their vehicles,” Al-A’assi said.

    Several military intelligence sources in the area told Arab News that the ambushed unit was looking to arrest a group of prominent militants, including Manhal Al-Humran who was responsible for oil sales within Daesh.

    Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack and said in websites linked to the organization that its fighters had ambushed a “national security force” in western Kirkuk, clashed with the force and killed 30 of them and burned six vehicles.

    Hawija town, 300 km north of Baghdad, was liberated from Daesh by Iraqi security forces in October, but the area’s rugged terrain and its large, dense agricultural land turned it into a safe haven for militants who fled the fighting in Mosul and Anbar.

    Iraqi forces liberated the area militarily, but have not cleaned or inspected it and many of its villages remain uninhabited.

    “We have information that dozens of militants have been gathering there (in Hawija). They have been taking advantage of the nature of the area to freely move from one village to another,” a local intelligence officer told Arab News.

    “This force came from Tazza town. They were out of their area and have not informed or coordinated with troops deployed in the region or the joint military operation commandership,” a senior PMF commander told Arab News on condition of anonymity.

    “Maybe they were afraid of a leak of information. Even if the goal was important, they had to coordinate with the units deployed in the region. The prior coordination would have secured their movement and they would be alive now.”
     
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    50 ISIS hiding in Mosul tunnel found, u can see they're very thin.
     
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    Foreign or local ISIS fighters ?
     
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    Can't hear well they barely talk, but makes no sense for them to hide if they're Iraqis as they'd have enough excuses to say they were forced. Foreign women also have a card to get out of it alive, foreign men have no way out. Likely foreigners.
     
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    More Than 11000 Civilians Were Killed By Americans In Mosul

    A new report says thousands more civilians were killed in Mosul than the US claims.

    By Alexia Underwood Updated Dec 21, 2017, 9:48am ESTSHARE
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    An injured civilian flees as Iraqi Army soldiers fight ISIS militants who occupy the last section of the Old City district on July 10, 2017, in Mosul, Iraq.
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    The US has declared victory in its fight against ISIS, with American allies retaking the last of the group’s major strongholds in Iraq and Syria. But lost amid the celebration is an incredibly grim reality: huge numbers of civilians have been killed in the crossfire.

    The latest evidence comes from Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, which the US-led coalition battling ISIS retook back in July. A dispiriting report from the Associated Press estimates that between 9,000 and 11,000 civilians died in the battle to free Mosul — a number nearly 10 times higher than previously thought.

    According to the report, US-led coalition forces or Iraqi forces were responsible for at least 3,200 civilian casualties over the course of the nine-month battle, which stretched from October 2016 to July 2017. ISIS was responsible for roughly the same number, and it wasn’t clear which side was responsible for the remaining civilian deaths.

    Daoud Salem Mahmoud, a Mosul resident who has recovered hundreds of bodies from his old neighborhood, told the AP the war had “turned Mosul into a graveyard.”

    The new estimate of civilian casualties from the fight for Mosul comes from data collected by the Iraqi city’s morgue workers, grave diggers, and other residents who have volunteered to retrieve bodies. It also incorporates data from the UN, Amnesty International, Iraq Bodycount, and Airwars, an independent organization that monitors civilian casualties in Iraq, Syria, and Libya.

    The figures notably don’t come from the US military itself, which has claimed that months of airstrikes left only a few hundred civilians dead inside Mosul, according to the report.

    “It is simply irresponsible to focus criticism on inadvertent casualties caused by the Coalition’s war to defeat ISIS,” Col. Thomas Veale, a spokesperson for the coalition, told the AP.

    The US says it hasn’t killed many civilians in the ISIS fight. That’s hard to believe.
    It’s not the first time the US government appears to have underestimated civilian casualties in the war against ISIS.

    The Pentagon claims its air war against ISIS is one of the most accurate in history, and that it is so careful in who it targets that the 14,000 US airstrikes in Iraq have killed just 89 civilians.

    But in November, an 18-month investigation by the New York Times found that the US-led military coalition was killing civilians in Iraq at a rate 31 times higher than it has acknowledged.

    “In terms of civilian deaths, this may be the least transparent war in recent American history,” New York Times reporters Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal wrote.

    The new numbers from Mosul will be pushing that death toll even higher: According to the Associated Press, there are could be hundreds of other dead civilians in unmarked graves around Mosul.

    https://www.vox.com/world/2017/12/20/16800510/mosul-death-toll-isis-trump-war
     
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    At least eight Daesh terrorists were killed on Friday by airstrikes carried out by the Iraqi air force in a mountainous region of northern Iraq.

    "The terrorists were killed by two separate airstrikes that targeted two tunnels in the northern Badoush Heights region [of Nineveh province]," Colonel Ahmad al-Jubouri of the army’s Nineveh Operations Command told Anadolu Agency.

    Following the strikes, at least 17 other Daesh terrorists were arrested in the same area, al-Jubouri said.

    In a related development, four Iraqi army personnel were killed late Thursday when Daesh militants attacked a checkpoint near the town of Badoush 20 kilometers west of Mosul, according to Major Saad Mahous of the Iraqi army's 20th Division.

    All of the militants managed to flee following the attack, Mahous said.

    Last year, officials in Baghdad declared that Daesh's military presence in Iraq had been all but dismantled. The notorious terrorist group, however, still appears to maintain "sleeper cells" in certain parts of the country
     
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    Iraqi forces kill 6 Daesh militants in Kirkuk

    Last week, at least 27 pro-government fighters were killed in a Daesh ambush in Kirkuk

    Six Daesh militants were killed in an Iraqi security operation in the northern Kirkuk province on Saturday, according to a local police officer.

    The militants were hiding inside a home in al-Tawireya town in al-Hawija district, 55 kilometer south-west of Kirkuk, Police Capt. Hamed al-Obaidi told Anadolu Agency.

    He said the slain militants were planning attacks against military targets in the province.

    Meanwhile, Police Lieutenant Iqbal Karim said federal police have begun to redeploy in southwestern Kirkuk in an effort to prevent militant activities in the area.

    Last week, at least 27 pro-government fighters were killed in a Daesh ambush in southwestern Kirkuk province.
     
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    The Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known as Hashed Al-Shaabi, plays a key role in the fight against Daesh

    They mobilized in 2014 as Daesh seized territory and became a formal military organization backed by parliamentary legislation in November 2016.

    one of the PMU factions, told Arab News that the fighters are contractors .

    total number of PMU fighters has been at the heart of the dispute.

    110,000 fighters out of 142,000, PMU commanders told Arab News.

    32,000 fighters who are not covered by 2017, another 12,000 fighters,” a senior PMU commander told Arab News.

    12,000 fighters are based in Mosul
     
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    The Pentagon says all seven service members aboard a US helicopter that crashed in Iraq were killed. The Pentagon says in a statement Friday that the crash does not appear to be the result of enemy activity and is under investigation. The US military helicopter crashed in western Iraq, US officials said Thursday.

    The Pentagon said an accompanying US helicopter immediately reported the crash and a quick-reaction force comprised of Iraqi security forces and Coalition members secured the scene.

    “It was a routine troop transport operation going from Iraq to Syria, nothing out of the ordinary.”

    A Pentagon statement said the crash involved a Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk and did not appear to be a result of enemy activity.

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    In this June 24, 2003 file photo, US soldiers prepare to escort a canister containing "yellow cake" or Uranium Oxide which was looted during the war from the nuclear facility in Tuwaitha, Iraq. (AP File)
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    Military representatives from Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Russia met at their joint operations HQ in Baghdad yesterday at the invitation of Iraq's Defence Minister to discuss ongoing security cooperation. The HQ was first established in 2014 to coordinate the war against ISIS

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    BAGHDAD: Iraq has detained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of connections to Daesh or other terror-related offenses, and sentenced more than 3,000 of them to death, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

    The mass incarceration and speed of guilty verdicts raise concerns over potential miscarriages of justice — and worries that jailed militants are recruiting within the general prison population to build new extremist networks.

    The AP count is based partially on an analysis of a spreadsheet listing all 27,849 people imprisoned in Iraq as of late January, provided by an official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Thousands more also are believed to be held in detention by other bodies, including the Federal Police, military intelligence and Kurdish forces. Those exact figures could not be immediately obtained.

    The AP determined that 8,861 of the prisoners listed in the spreadsheet were convicted of terrorism-related charges since the beginning of 2013 — arrests overwhelmingly likely to be linked to Daesh, according to an intelligence figure in Baghdad.

    In addition, another 11,000 people currently are being detained by the intelligence branch of the Interior Ministry, undergoing interrogation or awaiting trial, a second intelligence official said. Both intelligence officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the press.

    “There’s been great overcrowding ... Iraq needs a large number of investigators and judges to resolve this issue,” Fadhel Al-Gharwari, a member of Iraqi’s parliament-appointed human rights commission, told the AP.

    Al-Gharwari said many legal proceedings have been delayed because the country lacks the resources to respond to the spike in incarcerations.

    Large numbers of Iraqis were detained during the 2000s, when the US and Iraqi governments were battling Sunni militants, including Al-Qaeda, and Shiite militias. In 2007, at the height of the fighting, the US military held 25,000 detainees. The spreadsheet obtained by the AP showed that about 6,000 people arrested on terror charges before 2013 still are serving those sentences.

    But the current wave of detentions has hit the Iraqi justice system much harder because past arrests were spread out over a much longer period and the largest numbers of detainees were held by the American military, with only a portion sent to Iraqi courts and the rest released.

    Human Rights Watch warned in November that the broad use of terrorism laws meant those with minimal connections to Daesh are caught up in prosecutions alongside those behind the worst abuses. The group estimated a similar number of detainees and prisoners — about 20,000 in all.

    “Based on all my meetings with senior government officials, I get the sense that no one — perhaps not even the prime minster himself — knows the full number of detainees,” said Belkis Wille, the organization’s senior Iraq researcher.

    Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, who is running to retain his position in national elections slated for May, has repeatedly called for accelerated death sentences for those charged with terrorism.
    The spreadsheet analyzed by the AP showed that 3,130 prisoners have been sentenced to death on terrorism charges since 2013.

    Since 2014, about 250 executions of convicted Daesh members have been carried out, according to the Baghdad-based intelligence official. About 100 of those took place last year, a sign of the accelerating pace of hangings.
    The United Nations has warned that fast-tracking executions puts innocent people at greater risk of being convicted and executed, “resulting in gross, irreversible miscarriages of justice.”

    The rising number of those detained and imprisoned reflects the more than four-year fight against Daesh, which first formed in 2013 and conquered nearly a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria the next year.

    Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by a US-led coalition, eventually rolled the group back on both sides of the border, regaining nearly all of the territory by the end of last year.

    Throughout the fighting, Iraq has pushed thousands of Daesh suspects through trials in counterterrorism courts. Trials witnessed by the AP and human rights groups often took no longer than 30 minutes.

    The vast majority were convicted under Iraq’s Terrorism Law, which has been criticized as overly broad.
    Asked about the process, Saad Al-Hadithi, a government spokesman, said, “The government is intent that every criminal and terrorist receive just punishment.”

    The largest concentration of those with Daesh-related convictions is in Nasiriyah Central Prison, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, a sprawling maximum-security complex housing more than 6,000 people accused of terrorism-related offenses.

    Cells designed to hold two prisoners now hold six, according to a prison official who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. The official said overcrowding makes it difficult to segregate prisoners charged with terrorism and that an inadequate number of guards means Daesh members are openly promoting their ideology inside the prison.

    Though prisoners at Nasiriyah were banned last year from giving sermons and recruiting fellow inmates, the official said he still witnesses prisoners circulating extremist religious teachings.

    In wards holding mostly terror-related convicts, high-ranking Daesh members have banned prisoners from watching television. Many refuse to eat meat from the cafeteria, believing it hasn’t been prepared according to religious guidelines, the prison official said.

    The relative free rein for extremists is reminiscent of Bucca Prison, a now-closed facility that the US military ran in southern Iraq in the 2000s.

    The facility proved a petri dish where militant detainees mingled — including the man who now leads Daesh, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, who spent nearly five years there, joining with other militants who became prominent in the group.

    Iraqi officials say they have taken steps to prevent a repeat of the Bucca phenomenon.

    “We will never allow Bucca to happen again,” said an Interior Ministry officer overseeing the detention of Daesh suspects in the Mosul area, also speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

    “The Americans freed their captives; under Iraq, they will all receive the death penalty,” he said.
    Cellphone signal jammers are installed at prisons holding Daesh suspects. But in Nasiriyah, the prison official said inmates appear to remain in contact with the outside.

    He recounted how just days after a guard disciplined a senior Daesh member in the prison, the man threatened the guard’s family, listing the names and ages of his children.

    The imprisonments hit hard among Iraq’s Sunni Arab minority, threatening to worsen tensions with the Shiite-dominated government. The community was both the pool that Daesh drew recruits from and the population most brutally victimized by its rule.

    Mass incarcerations under former Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki led to widespread resentment among Sunnis, helping fuel the growth of Daesh.

    The head of the International Red Cross, an organization that regularly visits prison and detention facilities in Iraq, warned that mass detentions often incite future cycles of violence.

    “It’s the tortures, the ill treatments, the continuous long-term bad conditions in detentions which have radicalized a lot of actors which we find again as armed actors on the battlefield,” ICRC President Peter Maurer said during a recent visit to Iraq.
     
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    AP can go and write about Guantanamo that hold prisoners that after 10 year yet to see a judge or .....
     
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