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Oct 7, 2014

As Iraqi body count grows, Shi’ites start to demand answers

KERBALA Iraq (Reuters) – As an undertaker in Iraq’s Shi’ite holy city of Kerbala, Faris al-Kaa’bi has had an unusually busy summer.

His niche is burying the bodies of the unclaimed and the unidentified from all over Iraq, which in the last few months has meant hundreds of victims of the fight against Sunni Islamist militants.

Oct 3, 2014

In rare alliance, Shi’ites join Sunnis to defend Iraqi towns

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – When Islamic State fighters tried to storm the Tigris River town of Dhuluiya north of Baghdad this week, they were repelled by a rare coalition of Sunni tribal fighters inside the town and Shi’ites in its sister city Balad on the opposite bank.

The assault, which began late on Tuesday ran into Thursday, was one of several major battles in recent days in which Sunni tribes joined pro-government forces against the militants, in what Baghdad and Washington hope is a sign of increasing cooperation across sectarian lines to save the country.

Oct 3, 2014

Insight – In rare alliance, Shi’ites join Sunnis to defend Iraqi towns

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – When Islamic State fighters tried to storm the Tigris River town of Dhuluiya north of Baghdad this week, they were repelled by a rare coalition of Sunni tribal fighters inside the town and Shi’ites in its sister city Balad on the opposite bank.

The assault, which began late on Tuesday ran into Thursday, was one of several major battles in recent days in which Sunni tribes joined pro-government forces against the militants, in what Baghdad and Washington hope is a sign of increasing cooperation across sectarian lines to save the country.

Sep 26, 2014

Wary of air strikes, Islamic State insurgents change tactics

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic State militants are changing tactics in the face of U.S. air strikes in northern Iraq, ditching conspicuous convoys in favor of motorcycles and planting their black flags on civilian homes, tribal sources and eyewitnesses say.

They reported fewer militant checkpoints to weed out “apostates” and less cell phone use since the air strikes intensified and more U.S. allies pledged to join the campaign that began in August, saying the militants had also split up to limit casualties.

Sep 22, 2014

Islamic State urges attacks on U.S., French citizens, taunts Obama

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic State urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the militant group.

Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western “crusaders” in a statement carried by the SITE monitoring website, saying their forces faced inevitable defeat at the militants’ hands.

Sep 11, 2014

Insight – Islamic State’s financial independence poses quandary for its foes

BAGHDAD/DUBAI (Reuters) – Sometimes they came pretending to buy things. Sometimes they texted, sometimes they called, but the message was always the same: “Give us money.”

Months before they took control of the Iraqi city of Mosul in June, Islamic State militants were already busy collecting money to finance their campaign of setting up a 7th century-style caliphate.

Sep 11, 2014

Islamic State’s financial independence poses quandary for its foes

BAGHDAD/DUBAI, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Sometimes they came
pretending to buy things. Sometimes they texted, sometimes they
called, but the message was always the same: “Give us money.”

Months before they took control of the Iraqi city of Mosul
in June, Islamic State militants were already busy collecting
money to finance their campaign of setting up a 7th
century-style caliphate.

Aug 25, 2014

Kidnappers free American missing in Syria since 2012

Aug 24 (Reuters) – Al Qaeda-linked militants in Syria on
Sunday freed an American writer missing since 2012 following
what officials said were efforts by the Gulf Arab state of Qatar
to win his release.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that
Peter Theo Curtis had been held by Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s
official wing in Syria whose rivalry with militant group Islamic
State has fueled war among the insurgents themselves.

Aug 19, 2014

Scene of fighting, grandiose Mosul dam always beset with problems

DUBAI (Reuters) – The Mosul Dam was always meant to be a symbol of Iraq’s grandiose ambition to escape poverty and underdevelopment.

But from the start, the $1.5 billion barrier north of the city was beset with significant engineering problems, now made worse after it became the center of a battle between Islamist insurgents and U.S. and Iraqi forces.

Jul 22, 2014

Yemen’s al Qaeda wing seeks to set up ‘emirate’ in east

ADEN/DUBAI (Reuters) – Yemen’s al Qaeda wing has ordered men and women in the east to obey its strict interpretation of Islamic law, saying it aimed to set up an emirate in the remote area, local media and a resident said.

The announcement by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) will stoke concerns about the territorial ambitions of militant groups weeks after al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State declared its own caliphate across parts of Syria and Iraq.