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Monday 29 May 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Iraq

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# al-Baghdadi
Islamic State leader calls for 'volcanoes of jihad' in alleged new recording
He was rumoured to have died in an air strike earlier this week.
# unconfirmed reports
Has the leader of ISIS been hit in a US airstrike?
A US official said he couldn’t confirm if Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was in a convoy destroyed by US-led airstrikes.
# isis
Islamic State group slaughter dozens in one Iraqi village
Militants lined up and shot at least 50 men and women yesterday.
# be vigilant
British tourists warned they could be targeted by terrorists
The Foreign Office said it would be motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.
Opinion: What is the lure of IS for western girls and women?
Why would a western woman – who enjoys the freedom to vote, drive, and wear what she wishes – subject herself to such an apparently patriarchal culture?
# death from above
Watch: US military obliterate Islamic State flag planted on Kobane hill
The effect of the air campaign remains the subject of debate.
# Trial
Four Blackwater guards found guilty of 2007 Iraq killings
More than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad were shot and 14 were killed.
# peshmerga
Turkey will help Kurds fight Islamic State across the border in sudden policy shift
“We have no wish at all to see Kobane fall.”
# Syria
Obama: We are deeply concerned about what's happening in Kobane
The US president has committed to continued air strikes on the northern Syrian town.
# Air Strikes
Australia is joining the fight against Islamic State in Iraq
The country’s cabinet today approve the deployment of special forces and military air strikes.
# Iraq
British jets take out Islamic State weapons post and machine gun vehicle
IS fighters near the Turkish border were among the targets of the strikes.
Opinion: The US should step back and let the Middle East tackle Isis
It is time to stop air strikes and let the people of the Middle East decide their own fate – together and without interference.
# Terrorism
Israeli PM warns nuclear-capable Iran poses greater threat than Islamic State
He said “to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear state power is to win the battle and lose the war”.
# islamic state
Flanagan: 'The beheading, the barbaric sexual violence is too harrowing to witness'
Addressing the UN tonight, Flanagan said the “bloodlust and inhumanity which ISIS is displaying in Syria and Iraq” has shocked all civilised people.
# Interview
Obama admits they underestimated Islamic State group and what was happening in Syria
He said that it must be accepted the military action is part of the solution.
# Air Strikes
Al-Nusra terror group warns of attacks on nations involved in Syrian air strikes
The group, linked to Al-Qaeda, has declared the air strikes “a war against Islam”.
# tornados
British warplanes are already in the skies over Iraq waiting to attack
The Tornado combat jets took off from an RAF base in Cyprus.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you support the use of Irish airports for attacks on Islamic State militants?
Should Ireland join the international coalition?
# islamic state
US flying "near continuous" bombing raids but warn "ground component" will be needed
The US is planning to train and arm 5,000 Syrian rebels.
# islamic state
Explainer: What is happening with the Islamic State group?
Why has there been a spate of beheadings? What should the group be referred to as? Has the West just gone to war with them?
# Terrorism
British and Belgian politicians vote to join air strikes on Islamic State
Speaking today, David Cameron told MPs “there is no more serious issue than asking our armed forces to put themselves in harm’s way to protect our country”.
# Terrorism
Ireland to examine updating terror laws following UN resolution on foreign fighters
Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said Europeans joining Islamist State group is a ‘serious problem’.
# Recall
Will Britain join the US-led airstrikes on ISIS?.. MPs vote today
David Cameron has urged Britain not to be “frozen with fear” about re-entering conflict in Iraq.
# Terrorism
Islamic State plot to attack US and Paris subway systems revealed
He told reporters today that he had been alerted to the plan to target systems in the US and Paris which involved militants from that country who are part of IS.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you support US-led airstrikes on the Islamic State group?
They killed 19 people last night, including 5 civilians and one child.
# Terrorism
New video shows beheading of Frenchman by Islamic State militants
Herve Gourdel, a French hiker, was abducted at the weekend.
# islamic state
Cameron recalls British parliament to vote on joining air strikes in Iraq
Speaking after talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi, Cameron said he was “confident” that members of the House of Commons would authorise the move.
# held hostage
Captured British aid worker pleads for his life in audio file sent to his wife
Alan Henning was seized during an aid mission to Syria last December.
# islamic state
Fleeing ISIS: More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have now crossed into Turkey
Extremists with Islamic State have seized dozens of villages in the past week.
# Hostage
Wife of British taxi driver captured by Islamic State pleads with captors to release him
“I cannot see how it could assist any State’s allow the world to see a man like Alan dying,” she said.
# Iraq
France is the first nation to join the US in attacking Islamic State...
… but refused to support the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
# Air Strike
US bombs Islamic State near Baghdad for first time
Last week Obama ordered a “relentless” war against the Islamic State.
# military assistance
Countries to support Iraq by "any means necessary" against Islamic State
30 diplomats met today in Paris on the issue.
# Kreshnik Berisha
German court puts first alleged Islamic State jihadist on trial
Prosecutors say there is no evidence he was plotting an attack in Germany.
# Help
Family of British man kidnapped by ISIS ask his captors to make contact
Islamic State has threatened to kill David Haines, who was kidnapped in March last year.
# at war
White House makes it official: The US is at war with Islamic State
“The United States is at war with ISIS in the same way that we are at war with Al-Qaeda”.
# Iraq
CIA triples its estimate of the number of Islamic State fighters
Up to 2,000 Westerners are fighting with the group, the intelligence agency says.
# islamic state
US authorises $25m in military aid to help Iraq fight IS
US President Barack Obama authorised the aid today.
John Kerry travels to Middle East to hold anti-IS talks
Saudi has confirmed the Arab anti-IS talks with Kerry for Thursday.
# is
Steven Sotloff's family speak out for the first time since his death
“He ultimately sacrificed his life to bring their story to the world.”