An Iranian senior military official has warned that Iran might take "direct action" against the Islamic State terrorist organization if ISIS militants attack Baghdad or any other sacred sites hosting Shiite holy shrines.
Brigadier General of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Baqeri told reporters on Saturday that the Islamic Republic of Iran will act to protect Iraq's capital city and other towns with Shiite holy sites from possible destruction or occupation by Sunni ISIS militants, who have already seized large swaths of territory throughout Iraq and Syria.
"Baghdad, the holy shrines and the shines of Shiite imams are surely all among the Islamic Republic's red lines," Baqeri stated. "The Islamic Republic will take direct action [if they are attacked]." more >>
A number of Yazidi refugees now living in various refugee camps across Iraq have detailed, in recent interviews with The Daily Mail, how their family members were lost at the hands of the Islamic State while trekking across Northern Iraq in search of the safety and peace found in Kurdish-protected refugee centers.
Many of the Yazidi refugees said that when ISIS had taken control of most of the Nineveh Province in Northern Iraq in early August, they and their family members had to walk continuously over the span of several days in the blistering August heat to escape from the militants.
Although the refugees who spoke with The Daily Mail were fortunate enough to escape safely, many of them recounted how their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters were either killed or are now missing after being caught by ISIS militants. more >>
Weapons recently supplied by the United States to Iraqi military forces and tribal militias are already ending up in the hands of Islamic State militants, Iraqi officers and lawmakers are claiming.
As the Pentagon requests $1.3 billion in 2015 to provide weapons to the Iraqi military and tribal forces to help them defeat the Islamic State terrorist organization, Iraqi lawmakers, officers and soldiers recently told The New York Times that corruption has run rampant among Iraq's military leadership and because of it, some of the "recently" supplied U.S. weapons have been sold on the black market to Islamic State fighters.
"I told the Americans, don't give any weapons through the army, not even one piece, because corruption is everywhere, and you will not see any of it," asserted Col. Shaaban al-Obeidi of the internal security forces, who is also a leader of a Sunni tribe on Anbar Province. "Our people will steal it." more >>
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 >>