Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister al-Abadi of Iraq

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
December 18, 2014

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister al-Abadi of Iraq

President Obama spoke by phone today with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to discuss the political and security situation in Iraq and the progress of Iraqi Security Forces in their efforts to counter ISIL.  The President commended the steps that Prime Minister al-Abadi has taken in the first three months of his administration to govern inclusively and begin building a united front among Iraqis to combat ISIL.  The President congratulated the Prime Minister on the conclusion of the recent oil revenue-sharing arrangement with the Kurdistan Regional Government and reiterated his commitment to supporting the Iraqi Security Forces’ success through train and assist programs, provision of weapons and equipment, and airstrikes.  He also noted U.S. support for the Iraqi government’s ongoing efforts to integrate Sunni tribal fighters into Iraq’s security institutions.

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US source: the death of deputy leader «Daash» in Iraq

56 minutes ago | wrote: MENA
أبو بكر البغدادي يسمي الخليفة إبراهيم Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called Caliph IbrahimPhotograph: AFP

An official US source killing deputy leader of al «Daash», Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in Iraq due to an air raid.

According to the channel «Arab» News, Thursday, in an urgent news bulletin to her, without reference to more details.

It is noteworthy that the Iraqi forces backed by the international coalition led by the United States launched attacks on strongholds «Daash» in the north of the country.

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Kurds: We’ve recaptured territory in Iraq; US: Airstrikes have ISIS on defensive

By Susanna Capelouto, CNN
updated 4:12 PM EST, Thu December 18, 2014

(CNN) – Kurdish Pershmerga forces say they’ve recapturedterritory near Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq from ISIS and “cleansed” the area of ISIS fighters.

“We have opened a corridor from south of Zummar to the Mountain Sinjar,” said Masrour Barzani, chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council, on Thursday.

Kurdish military officials said coalition airstrikes were key in the success of their ground forces.

“ISIS is always making damage, killed the people, steal the stuff, kidnapping people, taking money from people. That’s what ISIS is doing, and that’s not Islam,” said Peshmerga fighter Khalid Suleymen Kolaoh, who was on the front line.

This past summer, the siege of Sinjar had forced Yazidis, one of Iraq’s smallest minorities, to flee the ISIS advance. They found refuge in the surrounding mountains but were trapped without food, water or medical care in the heat before being rescued.

The US military says it has conducted 1,300 airstrikes to slow down ISIS. In November, Airstrikes by killed two top-level and one mid-level leader ISIS, Including Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Deputy and the emir of Mosul, a senior US official Military Told CNN.

“We’re not seeing the broad offensive movement we saw in May and June,” Gen. James Terry, commander of Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday.

He said the military is seeing signs that ISIS is having a hard time communicating with its fighters and resupplying them. There’s also social media traffic out of Mosul that shows an “inability of their self-declared caliphate to govern population centers,” Terry said.

An array of names for the group

During the Pentagon briefing, Terry referred to ISIS as “Daesh” for the first time. It’s the Arabic term for the terror group.

“Our partners – at least the ones that I work with, ask us to use that because they feel that if you use ‘ISIL,’ you will legitimize a self-declared caliphate, and they feel pretty strongly that we should not be doing that, “Terry said.

ISIS, ISIL or the Islamic State?

Several names have been associated with the same group this year. CNN and some other news organizations have primarily maintained the use of ISIS (for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). The US government has been using ISIL (for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant). Earlier this year, the group declared it was calling itself simply the “Islamic State.”

Mass grave found

A mass grave with 230 bodies was discovered in Syria’s al-Keshkeyyi Desert near Deir Ezzor across the border from Iraq, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

They were members of the al-Shaitaat people and were killed by ISIS militants, the observatory said.

ISIS had fought for control of Deir Ezzor five months ago and many fled to the surrounding countryside, said Omar Abu Leila, a spokesman for the Free Syrian Army’s Eastern Front who is from Deir Ezzor.

He said ISIS told people they could return to their homes if they put down their weapons and followed the group’s orders.

Those who came back without weapons, and no ability to fight, thought that maybe their family members were arrested, but they found a mass grave instead. “It is obviously a warning to the returning residents,” Omar said.

The bodies were decomposing, and one father told Omar, “I can not even tell which is my son.”

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Zebari discusses with the ambassadors of Italy, Russia, Tunisia and the French charge d’ affaires the political, economic and security situation in the country

17/12/2014 23:00:00
BAGHDAD / NINA / Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari discussed on Wednesday with the ambassadors of Italy, Russia , Tunisia and French charge d’ affaires, separately the political, economic and security situation in the country.

A statement by his press office today said that Zebari met Italian ambassador Massimo Maruti, Russian ambassador Ilya Morganov, Tunisian Ambassador Samir Gama’i, and the French charge d’ affaires Christophe Katsaan, separately and discussed with them the developments in the political, economic and security situation in the country.

The statement added that they discussed, too, in how to pursue cooperation between Iraq and their countries, contracts and bilateral committees and projects of investment issues,” where Zebari stressed, the government keenness to fulfill its international obligations and activating relations in various fields, especially economic one./ End

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Dempsey: US raids in Iraq killed three senior leaders Daash

Thursday 18 December 2014 21:35
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Alsumaria News / Baghdad
The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, on Thursday, the US raids in Iraq killed three senior al “leaders Daash . “

The news “agency Reuters “for Dempsey as saying that” the US air strikes in Iraq killed three senior leaders of the organization of the Islamic state . “

“The senior leaders have been killed in recent weeks as part of the expansion efforts with partner countries in the coalition to fight the militants.”

Raises attempts to organize “Daash” to impose its control over Syria and Iraq concern to the international community, as expressed several countries, including Arab and foreign “concern” about this organization attempts, before the international coalition led by the Washington air strikes sites organization scattered areas of the two countries.

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