Tag Archives: Iraq

20 October 2014

UNSC: common effort needed to counter ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and entities associated with Al-Qaida

The Security Council has urged the world to step up measures to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after the terrorist group carried out a spate of brutal attacks in Baghdad and Anbar over the past few days, calling for ‘a common effort’ among governments and institutions to ‘stamp out’ the violence and intolerance ISIL espouses. (more…)

Source: UN News Centre | 'ISIL must be defeated', declares Security Council, urging 'common effort' to halt militants' offensive

29 September 2014

US President urges cooperation to combat extremism

US President Barack Obama urged cooperation at the UN to tackle ‘violent extremism’ spread by groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). (more…)

Source: UN News Centre | Addressing UN Assembly, US President urges cooperation to combat extremism, renew multilateral system

22 September 2014

Security Council urges international support for Iraq’s combat against militants

The Security Council adopted a statement which urged the international community to work closely with the government of Iraq to identify how best the world can aid implementation of the new Iraqi (political) agenda. It once again expressed its deep outrage about Iraqis who have been killed, kidnapped, raped, or tortured by ISIL, and also reaffirmed its full support for the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq in assisting the Iraqis and their government in strengthening democratic institutions. (more…)

Source: UN News Centre | Iraq: Security Council urges international support for Government’s combat against insurgents

17 September 2014

In the fight against ISIS, Shiite militias and US forces find themselves on the same side but will not work together

Identified in 2008 by American officials as the biggest threat to US forces, Asaib Ahl al-Haq and the US military are now fighting on the same side, though each insists that they will not work together, The New York Times reports. According to the same source, Asaib Ahl ah-Haq or The League of the Righteous, considered to be the most formidable of Iraq’s three large Iranian-backed militias, is now spearheading the fight against the Sunny extremists of the Islamic State. (more…)

Source: The New York Times | Shiite Militias Pose Challenge for U.S. in Iraq
Source: The Washington Post | Iranian-backed militant group in Iraq is recasting itself as a political player
Source: HRW | Iraq: Pro-Government Militias’ Trail of Death

8 September 2014

Ten NATO states form coalition to fight the Islamic State

On 5 September, at the conclusion of the NATO summit in Wales, President Obama announced that nine NATO allies have agreed to join the US in order to form a coalition to fight the Islamic State. (more…)

Source: The Guardian | US forms 'core coalition' to fight Isis militants in Iraq
Source: Al Jazeera | US announces coalition to fight Islamic State
Source: New York Times | Obama Enlists 9 Allies to Help in the Battle Against ISIS

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