At least 37 people have died as Islamic State militants and Iraqi and tribal forces have been involved in an intense battle near the main government complex in Anbar province's capital city of Ramadi since ISIS launched a massive offensive Friday.
The fighting is taking place close to the regional government and security headquarters in Ramadi, about 70 miles from Baghdad, according to CNN.
ISIS, also known as ISIL, controls most of Anbar, and therefore the city of Ramadi is highly strategic for the Sunni terror group, which last month executed hundreds of members of the Albu Nimr clan in an attempt to weaken local resistance to their advances in the Sunni province. more >>
A militant of the Islamic State terror group who sold kidnapped Yazidi girls in a slave market in Syria has reportedly been killed along with 34 other ISIS fighters in a U.S.-led airstrike in Mosul in northern Iraq.
Mustafa Sulaiman Qarabash, also known as Abu Husam al-Iraqi and who is responsible for selling kidnapped Yazidi girls, is said to have been killed near the al-Faruq mosque in Tal Afar close to the Syrian border, reported Rudaw, a Kurdish media network, attributing it to Kurdish official sources.
Husam was among 35 ISIS armed men who were killed, and their base destroyed, in airstrikes on ISIS positions near Gayara, it added. more >>
A former Islamic State commander, currently locked away in a Baghdad prison, is now a key informant for the Iraqi government and has provided crucial intelligence that has aided the liberation of strategic areas that were once under ISIS control.
After being arrested by the Iraqi government at the end of 2013, Abu Shakr, ISIS' head of security operations in the town of Fallujah, was given a choice by Iraqi security officials.
The 36-year-old Sunni extremist said in a recent interview with The Associated Press that the offer was if he aided the Iraqi government in defeating ISIS, he would be provided special prison privileges including free roam of his max-security prison and quality free time with his five children. more >>
Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni, the top ISIS leader in the terror group's Iraq stronghold of Mosul, has reportedly been killed by an airstrike, local sources said on Thursday.
Reuters reported that Mosul residents and a local medical source said that Hamdouni was killed in a car alongside his driver during an attack Wednesday afternoon by the U.S.-led coalition.
ISIS has captured a number of cities across Iraq and Syria, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. It has committed a number of atrocities, including numerous beheadings filmed on video, and has implemented Sharia law in towns it has captured. more >>
For the first time since the Islamic State seized most of the Nineveh province in northern Iraq over the summer, a Christian mass was successfully held at a church in a small Iraqi village nearly 20 miles north of the ISIS stronghold of Mosul this past Sunday, Iraqi News reports indicate.
Although reports coming from Iraqi news outlets originally said that the mass was held at the Mar Yacob Church in the Christian village of Telskuf, Father Paulus Thabit Makku, a Chaldean priest in Mosul, told Fides News that the Eucharist was held at the only other church in Telskuf, Saint Georges Chaldean church.
"We celebrated the Eucharist this Sunday in one of the Nineveh province's villages – the first time since locals were forced out last August by ISIS jihadists," Father Makku said. more >>
ISIS released a video Sunday of the beheading of who it claims is 26-year-old American aid worker Peter Kassig. The video was after the beheading and it is unclear through the video if the body is that of Kassig or not.
While still authenticating the video, the White House and British Prime Minister David Cameron have quickly responded with statements condemning the gruesome murder.
"The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine (the video's) authenticity. If confirmed, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American aid worker and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends," said National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan. more >>