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Iraq Situation Report: August 25, 2014

Iraqi Kurds Advance on Jihadist Militants

Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by air power retook three villages from jihadist militants northeast of Baghdad on Monday and also held off two assaults …

Syria ready to cooperate with U.N. to fight terror

The Syrian regime says it's ready to accept support from the United States and others working under the U.N. umbrella to fight "terrorists."<p>The comments, by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, were made Monday as ISIS fighters seized control of a strategically important air base in the …

Summary executions in Somalia | Politics

Somalia's military court sentenced three men to death on July 30 for alleged membership in the armed Islamist group Al-Shaabab and involvement in attacks in Mogadishu, the capital. Four days later, the Somali media posted to Twitter photographs of their limp, hooded bodies tied to poles.<p>Such rapid …

Iran supplied weapons to Iraqi Kurdish forces; Baghdad bomb kills 12

ARBIL (Reuters) - Iran has supplied weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurdish forces, Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani said Tuesday at a joint press conference with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Arbil, capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region.<p>The direct arming of Kurdish forces is a …

ISIS Fighters Seize Syria's Tabqa Air Base From Syrian Regime

ISIS militants seized a vital government air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, according to state television. Tabqa air base was the Syrian regime's last stronghold in the area. "It will facilitate attacks towards the north by the south Turkish borders," according to Laith Alkhouri, a senior …