Saturday, June 23, 2018

Iraq’s leader to seek arms, with deferred payment, on U.S. visit

(Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister will seek President Barack Obama's help to acquire billions of dollars in drones and other U.S. arms to fight Islamic State during a U.S. visit next week but wants to defer payment for the purchases, a senior Iraqi official said. Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi is...

Iraq invasion was about oil

Maximising Persian Gulf oil flows to avert a potential global energy crisis motivated Iraq War planners - not WMD or democracy. Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of the 2003 Iraq War - yet to this day, few media reflections on the conflict accurately explore the extent to which opening up...

Islamic State Weapons in Iraq and Syria

Analysis of weapons and ammunition captured from Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria. This dispatch outlines preliminary findings from an examination of weapons and ammunition captured from Islamic State (IS) forces in Iraq and Syria between mid-June 2014 and early August 2014. IS forces have been operating in Northern Syria...

Syria slams Turkey over troop deployment in Iraq

Syria slammed Turkey on Sunday for deploying hundreds of troops in neighboring Iraq, accusing Ankara of playing a "destructive role" against both Arab countries. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has described the deployment as a routine rotation of forces that set up a camp almost a year ago near the...

Iraq declines U.S. offer of more troops, attack helicopters

BAGHDAD — Defense Secretary Ash Carter traveled to Iraq's capital Wednesday with an offer to deploy more American troops and new attack helicopters to help the Iraqi army defeat the Islamic State group. But for now, at least, the Iraqis are passing up that offer. Specifically, Carter said the U.S. is...

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