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Pentagon report predicted West’s support for Islamist rebels would create ISIS

by Nafeez Ahmed

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ISIL took Ramadi because the US failed to adequately train Iraq's military

On Sunday, May 24, US secretary of defense Ash Carter appeared on CNN’s State of the Union, during which he reflected on the performance of the Iraqi Security Forces in the recent battle for Ramadi.  1,064 more words

ISIL Near Ancient Monastery. Modern Church

Three monks and six students hold vigil at St. Matthew’s monastery on Al-Faf mountain in northern Iraq, a 1,600 year-old institution. They have moved their ancient manuscripts and their relics to safer territory and continue their studies despite the fighting nearby. 9 more words

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ISIS threatens St Matthews monastery

ISIS just 6km from St Matthews Monastery in Iraq. But the monks won’t leave…

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Iraq official: 500 killed, 8,000 fled as Ramadi fell to IS

May 18, 2015

DOHUK, Iraq (AP) — A spokesman for the governor of Iraq’s Anbar province said Monday that about 500 people — both civilians and Iraqi soldiers — are estimated to have been killed over the past few days as the city of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State group. 852 more words

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Contested Iraqi city of Ramadi falls to Islamic State group

May 18, 2015

BAGHDAD (AP) — The contested city of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State group on Sunday, as Iraqi forces abandoned their weapons and armored vehicles to flee the provincial capital in a major loss despite intensified U.S.-led airstrikes. 1,008 more words

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Iraq sends troops to Ramadi, largely held by Islamic State

May 16, 2015

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s military has dispatched reinforcements to help its battered forces in Ramadi, a city now largely held by the Islamic State group after its militants swept across it the day before, an Iraqi military spokesman said Saturday. 300 more words

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