Iran Sent Arms to Iraq to Fight ISIS, US Says


United States intelligence officials say that Fateh-110 missiles, like this one displayed in 2010 in Tehran, were sent to Iraq. CreditAtta Kenare / Agence France-Presse – Getty Images

WASHINGTON – Iran has advanced Deployed Missiles and rockets to Iraq to help fight the Islamic State in Tikrit, a Significant escalation of firepower and another sign of Iran’s growing Influence in Iraq.

United States intelligence agencies detected the deployments in the past few weeks as Iraq was marshaling a force of 30,000 troops – two-thirds of them Shiite militias largely trained and equipped by Iran, according to three American officials. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence reports on Iran.

Iran has not yet launched any of the weapons, but American officials fear the rockets and missiles could further inflame sectarian tensions and cause civilian casualties because they are not precision guided. Their deployment is another dilemma for the Obama administration as ittrains and Equips the Iraqi Military and security services to help defeat the Islamic State, but unlike Iran is Unwilling to commit fighters and Advisers who join Iraqi Forces in the field.


US general warns of entry “Daash” to America through the Caribbean Sea

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A top US general warned of the possibility of entering some belonging to the organization, “Daash” terrorist to the United States through the Caribbean as a result of poor control of Latin American countries.

He said the South American commander John Kelly told a news conference at the Pentagon, “The militants Daash can enter to North America across the Caribbean.”

Kelly added that “small countries in the Caribbean such as Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname expressed concern about the return of militants belonging to Daash to their home countries and then to launch terrorist attacks.”

The general noted that “might be useful Daash of smuggling and organized crime in the Caribbean to enter the United States dealers, especially Latin American countries lack the capacity to monitor the activity of the terrorist organization.”

Infallible confirms receipt through the adoption of the Cuban ambassador leaves design Iraq to develop relations between the two countries

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{Baghdad: Euphrates News} received the President Fuad Masum in the Peace Palace in Baghdad on Monday to adopt the non-resident Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba Vladimir Andreas Konzzalz Quesada papers.
He said a presidential statement, the agency {Euphrates News} received a copy of it today he was “at the beginning of the meeting, the President expressed infallible for the design of Iraq to develop and deepen the relations between Iraq and the Republic of Cuba, referring to the depth of the historical relations between the two countries and the need to promote them to serve the people of both countries interests, especially since there broad areas of bilateral cooperation in trade and investment. ”
He held infallible according to the statement of the Cuban ambassador his greetings to President Raul Castro, the government and the Cuban people, and wishes the progress and evolution.
The statement said that “Ambassador Quesada in turn, conveyed the greetings of the Cuban president and the government to infallible president, stressing his country’s aspiration to improve and develop frameworks for cooperation and constructive relations with Iraq.
He pointed to the desire of Cuba in the adoption of a permanent ambassador to Baghdad in order to consolidate the coordination and communication with Iraq in a lot of attention with Almstrk.anthy vital areas

White House acknowledges Petraeus advising gov’t on ISIS, despite guilty plea

The White House appeared to confirm Monday that former CIA Director David Petraeus is advising the Obama administration on Islamic State issues — even after he pleaded guilty two weeks earlier to giving classified material to his mistress.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked at Monday’s briefing about a Newsweek report saying Petraeus has been advising the National Security Council on Iraq and ISIS issues since last summer.

“Obviously, General Petraeus is somebody who served for a number of years in Iraq. He commanded a large number of American military personnel in that country,” Earnest said. “Over that time, he developed strong relationships with some of his Iraqi counterparts and with some of Iraq’s political leaders.

“He is, I think, legitimately regarded as an expert, when it comes to the security situation in Iraq. So I think it makes a lot of sense for senior administration officials to, on occasion, consult” with him, he said.

Asked if any security precautions are being taken given his legal situation, Earnest said: “Not that I’m aware of.” An official told Newsweek that Petraeus no longer has his CIA security clearance.

Earlier this month, Petraeus entered a guilty plea on a single misdemeanor count of the unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.

The agreement was filed March 3 in federal court in Charlotte, N.C., where Paula Broadwell, the general’s biographer and former mistress, lives with her husband and children.

Prosecutors recommended two years of probation and a $40,000 fine. However, the judge who hears the plea is not bound by that and could still impose a sentence of up to one year in prison. No immediate date was set for a court hearing for Petraeus to enter the plea.

This recommendation has raised accusations of a double standard.

By comparison, former CIA officer John Kiriakou pleaded guilty in 2012 to one count of intentionally disclosing the identity of a covert agent to a reporter and was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Then the CIA director, Petraeus hailed the conviction as a victory for the agency.

Prosecutors said that while Broadwell was writing her book in Washington in 2011, Petraeus gave her eight binders of classified material he had improperly kept from his time as the top military commander in Afghanistan. Days later, he took the binders back to his house.

Among the secret information contained in the “black books” were the identities of covert operatives, the coalition war strategy and notes about Petraeus’ discussions with President Obama and the National Security Council, prosecutors said.

Those binders were later seized by the FBI in a search of Petraeus’ Arlington, Virginia, home, where he had kept them in the unlocked drawer of a desk in a ground-floor study.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jobouri, Hakim discuss mutual coordination 


Baghdad (AIN) –The Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Salim al-Jobouri, hosted the head of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, Ammar al-Hakim, at his office in Baghdad on Monday.
A statement by Jobouri’s office received by AIN cited “The two sides discussed the recent political and security updates in Iraq.”
”The meeting tackled the means of mutual coordination and cooperation,” the statement concluded. \End\


Breaking News Volunteers liberate village of ISIL in Basher area 

Published: 2015/3/16 22:40 • 14 Reads
Kirkuk (Forat) –The volunteers liberated a village of Basher area of the terrorists affiliated to what is so called the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.

A leading figure of the volunteers told Alforat News Agency ”The volunteers liberated al-Jadeeda village of Basher area of ISIL.” \End\

Updated: 2015/3/16 23:24

Baghdad announces the cessation of military operations in Tikrit

Iraqi Interior Minister confirms the decision to stop the attack to reduce military casualties in the face of Tfajih organization ‘Islamic state’ of the city.

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BAGHDAD – The Iraqi Interior Minister Mohammed Salem Ghaban Monday, “stop” process, which today entered its third week to restore the city of Tikrit, the organization of the Islamic state, so as to reduce losses of Iraqi forces in the face of roadside bombs planted by jihadists.

It was about 30 000 component of the Iraqi army and police, backed by armed Shiite factions and sons of some Sunni tribes, began a massive operation in the second of March / March to restore Tikrit and its environs.

While troops advanced successively in areas south of Tikrit (110 km north of Baghdad) and the north, the progress in the city seemed harder.

Field commanders said in recent days that he is slow and cautious as a result of sniping and the large number of improvised explosive devices planted.

Ghabban said during his visit to the leadership of Samarra operations headquarters south of Tikrit, “was achieved more than 90 percent of the targets (in the process) according to the plans, according to the charts, and in accordance with the timings that are set.”

“Today, what is left is a very small part of a Tikrit city center. We stopped in order, first, to reduce losses in the ranks of the developed our heroine for the liberation of the city of Tikrit (Salahuddin) province,” in addition to the protection of infrastructure, “considering that The enemy booby-trapped buildings and existing circuits, and also to provide an opportunity for those who remain of our people in Tikrit (…) to get out. “

The minister, who oversees the police did not identify, and belongs to the “Badr Organization,” which is the military wing of the main factions fighting alongside government forces, the means that will allow the resumption of military operations.

It was also unclear what is the position of the other military commanders overseeing the operation, which is divided between the army and the police and the armed factions.

Iraqi forces last week and was able to break into the Qadisiyah neighborhood in the northern part of the city, but it was not able to fully restore it.

The fighting has subsided in recent days, with the continued shelling, in addition to the interference of the Iraqi Air Force.

The military official said Sunday that the involvement of the international coalition, led by Washington, which performs air strikes against the organization in Syria and Iraq, “necessary” in the battle of Tikrit.

The commander of the Salah al-Din Operations Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi said: “If there was sometimes inaccurate information, the Americans have advanced devices, and they have AWACS aircraft (allocated to the control), and they can determine the exact goals, and processors also accurate.”

“The high-tech aircraft and weapons in (the coalition make) .. address any of them are necessary,” adding that the coalition’s failure to participate is the reason for a “political” and not militarily.

Alliance did not participate in the process from the beginning, as opposed to a senior Iranian role represents the existence of the Qods Force commander in the Revolutionary Guards, Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Salah al-Din, and the broad participation of the Shiite factions backed by Tehran.

Iraqi forces tried to retake Tikrit three times since June, but it was not able to do so.