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Scores of Iraqis Are Still Killed Daily in Sunni Arab Cities by Air Strikes, Scores Arrested, More Mass Graves Discovered

November 27, 2017

Editor's Note:

The following are just examples of news stories about the continuous Iraq war. Daily news stories can be accessed from the news sources listed below and others in the internet.

 

Iraqi government soldiers arresting Iraqi Sunni men using the allegation of ISIS members, file, November 26, 2017 Iraqi Sunni Arabs search for the mass graves to find corpses of their relatives who were kidnapped by Hashd government militias, November 26, 2017

 

The following are news stories from the independent Iraqi Arabic news agency, Yaqein ( http://yaqein.net/ ):

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The following are news stories from a pro-Iraqi government website (http://www.iraqinews.com/), which usually reports those who are killed by Iraqi government attacks as Islamic State fighters, implying no civilians were killed by bombing residential neighborhoods:

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 IS prominent leader, family, 40 others killed in airstrikes on Nineveh, Anbar borders

by Nehal Mostafa Nov 26, 2017, 2:20 pm

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) --

A prominent Islamic State member was killed along with around 40 others in airstrikes that hit al-Jazira region, located between Nineveh and Anbar on Friday, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper reported on Sunday.

Three IS locations in al-Jazira and Tal al-banat, on the borders between Nineveh and Anbar, were targeted leaving Iyad al-Jumeily, known as abu Yahia al-Ansari, an Iraqi national, killed. an officer from Anbar Operations Command said.

Jumeily was killed along with his wife, children and 40 other prominent members, the officer added.

Iraqi troops announced in April Jumeilys death, however, the militant group showed him in one of its video releases.

The Joint Operations Command announced on Saturday that only fifty percent of the regions between Salahuddin and Anbar provinces were liberated. At least 15 Islamic State members were killed in airstrike by the U.S.-led Coalition jets in the western desert, the War Media Cell said in a statement.

Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said his country defeated Islamic State over the military level, but will declare final victory after desert areas are purged of militants.

A government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition has been fighting, since October 2016, the militant group, which declared a self-styled caliphate from Mosul in June 2014.

Four Islamic State members killed by army airstrike in Nineveh

by Nehal Mostafa Nov 25, 2017, 9:27 pm

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) --

Four Islamic State militants were killed in an airstrike carried out by Iraqi army in Nineveh province, security sources were quoted saying.

Iraqi fighter jets targeted six locations of IS remnants at the boundaries of Hammam al-Alil, south of Mosul, Col. Abdul Salam al-Jabouri, of the army, told Anadolu agency on Saturday.

Some havens by the Tigris River and on islands in the river, where the militants are hiding, were targeted, he added.

Meanwhile, Cap. Ahmed al-Jabouri, of the militarys Nineveh Operations Command, said four IS members were killed due to the airstrikes there.

The shelling took place simultaneously with an operation on the ground carried out by Federal Police to destroy the IS hideouts, from which they attack surrounding regions, he said.

Federal Police cordoned off the region and used boats to invade it in search for militants, he added.

On July 10, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.

Since the city was declared free, security troops continue to comb western Mosul areas for hidden IS cells. Despite the victory over IS there in the city, observers say IS is believed to constitute a security threat even after the groups defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces.

A government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition has been fighting, since October 2016, the militant group, which declared a self-styled caliphate from Mosul in June 2014.

Twenty six Islamic State members arrested, southeast of Mosul

by Nehal Mostafa Nov 25, 2017, 8:17 pm

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) --

Twenty six Islamic State militants were arrested as security troops carried out a security campaign in southeast of Mosul, a source said on Saturday.

Security troops launched a campaign, during which several IS members were arrested in Nimrud, the source told Baghdad Today website.

In related news, an informed source from Nineveh Operations Command said wide-scale campaign was launched to comb west and central Mosul regions.

The Iraqi armys 16th division, in collaboration with al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] and local police combed the central islands in Tigris river and regions on the banks of the river in the western flank of the city, the source said.

The command received information over presence of sleeper cells in the region falling between the eastern and western sides of Mosul, the source said, adding that operations are ongoing to comb regions in Mosul.

On July 10, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.

Since the city was declared free, security troops continue to comb western Mosul areas for hidden IS cells. Despite the victory over IS there in the city, observers say IS is believed to constitute a security threat even after the groups defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces.

A government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition has been fighting, since October 2016, the militant group, which declared a self-styled caliphate from Mosul in June 2014.

Coalition jets destroy IS targets, kill militants in desert: Military

by Nehal Mostafa Nov 22, 2017, 11:00 pm

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) --

The U.S.-led Coalition jets have destroyed more than twenty targets of Islamic State, killing militants in Al-Jazeera desert, the military media reported.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Defense Ministrys War Media Cell said, the Coalition jets launched airstrike against IS militants in al-Jazeera desert.

The airstrike left militants killed and twenty-two targets, including headquarters, havens as well as stores of booby-trapped vehicles, destroyed, it added.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said during his weekly press briefing on Tuesday that his country has defeated Islamic State over the military level, but will declare final victory after desert areas are purged of militants.

Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasool, spokesperson for the Joint Operations Command, announced on Friday, achieving great victory in Rawa, stressing that advance will resume in the depth of desert toward the Syrian borders.

Iraqi Interior Minister said that the military presence of IS is over after the liberation of Rawa in western Anbar.

Earlier this month, Abadi declared the liberation of Qaim and other regions from IS members in western Anbar.

Operations were launched, late October, to liberate Qaim and Rawa towns. Both have been held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic Caliphate

Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, have been fighting since October 2016 to retake territories Islamic State had occupied. Since then, forces took back the groups former capital, Mosul, the town of Tal Afar, Kirkuks Hawija, and Anbars Annah, Rawa and Qaim.

The war against IS has displaced nearly five million people, with tens of thousands of civilians and militants killed since the launch of the offensives to recapture occupied cities.

Tens of Islamic State members killed in operations, north of Kirkuk

by Nehal Mostafa Nov 19, 2017, 11:40 pm

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) --

Tens of Islamic State members were killed during operations in north of Kirkuk, a commander said.

Security troops carried out an operation in north of Hawija, which left tens of militants killed, Maj. Gen. Ali Fadel Mahran, commander of Kirkuk Operations Command, said in a statement on Sunday.

Rest houses of IS and suicide belts were also destroyed during the operations, he added.

Operations were launched in late September to liberate Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, before Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced freeing the town in October.

In late October, operations were launched to liberate Qaim and Rawa towns, west of Anbar. Both have been held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic Caliphate.

Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasool, spokesperson for the Joint Operations Command, announced on Friday, achieving great victory in Rawa, after the War Media Cell said operations launched on the dawn of Friday for the liberation of Rawa.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, earlier this month, liberation of Qaim, in west of Anbar, in record time. Troops also freed Ebeidi and Krabla regions in western Anbar.

A government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition has been fighting, since October 2016, the militant group, which declared a self-styled caliphate from Mosul.

The war against IS has so far displaced at least five million people. Thousands of others fled toward neighboring countries including Syria, Turkey and other European countries, since IS emerged to proclaim its self-styled caliphate.

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The following are news stories from the US Department of Defense website (http://www.defense.gov/News) :

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Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Nov. 24, 2017

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 10 strikes consisting of 14 engagements Nov. 10-23, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

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Officials reported details of the strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Yesterday near Abu Kamal in Syria, coalition military forces conducted a strike that engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Syria on Nov. 22.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Syria on Nov. 21.

On Nov. 20 near Abu Kamal in Syria, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of an engagement that destroyed an ISIS vehicle.

On Nov. 19 near Abu Kamal, two strikes consisting of two engagements damaged four ISIS tunnel systems.

Strikes in Iraq

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq yesterday.

On Nov. 22 near Qayyarah in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements that destroyed an ISIS headquarters and a vehicle-borne bomb factory.

On Nov. 21 in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of nine engagements against ISIS targets:

-- Near Qaim, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.

-- Near Qayyarah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS air defense headquarters, a fighting position and 22 ISIS-held buildings.

-- Near Rawah, three strikes destroyed two ISIS tunnels, two weapons caches and an ISIS bunker.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Nov. 20.

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