Marines arrive in Syria in support of fight for Raqqa, defense official says


A detachment of US Marines arrived in Syria outside the ISIS de-facto capital of Raqqa, a US defense official confirmed Wednesday to Fox News.

The Pentagon is not publically confirming the move, citing operational security.

The recent deployment is expected to be discussed Thursday when the head of US Central Command, Gen. Joe Votel, the top US general responsible for American forces in the Middle East, appears before Congress to testify on the ISIS fight.

Votel had hinted that more troops would be headed to Syria along with artillary when he spoke to reporters while traveling in the region late last month.

The US is authorized to have up to 500 troops in Syria. Before the Marines arrived, roughly 300 US special operations personnel were supporting local Syrian forces there.

In addition, the US is preparing to send hundreds of US troops to Kuwait in order to be ready to join the Islamic State fight if they are needed, the official said. The number would be fewer than 1,000, the official said.

The Washington Post was first to report on the deployment of Marines.

Separate defense officials told the newspaper the group of Marines are working to establish an outpost from which they can fire artillery guns in support of the fight to take back Raqqa from ISIS.

Pentagon leaders sent a new plan to defeat ISIS to the White House late last month.It outlined a strategy that would likely increase the number of US troops in Syria in order to better advise and enable the US-backed Syrian fighters who will take on the battle for Raqqa.

US officials say the battle for Raqqa will look much like the fight in neighboring Iraq, where local forces are in a fierce battle to retake the northern city of Mosul from ISIS. As troops were preparing to move into Mosul, the US set up bases outside the city to use as logistical hubs and as locations for heavy artillery.

The moves to pre-position US troops closer to the fight, so they can be tapped as needed, are the kinds of decisions that military commanders say they need to be able to make more quickly, without going to the White House every time for approval .

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews

A security source: al – Baghdadi , the choice between the elements Daesh blow themselves upor flee

Wednesday 8 March 2017 21:46

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Revealed a security source in Nineveh province, on Wednesday, the leader of the “Daesh” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi cede his powers to “rulers” and the leaders of the local organization in a number of areas, which are elements of the organization still deployed where, inter-Baghdadi best elements of the organization between blow themselves up or flee from confrontation.

The source said in an interview with Alsumaria’s News, he said that “al-Baghdadi issued guidance to what is called a Boullah and leaders of local regulation in areas where the elements are still deployed in the right coast and Tal Afar and Baaj and other areas in Iraq and Syria, including assignment of powers to them.”

The source, who asked not to be named, said: “al-Baghdadi, the best elements of al-Daesh among themselves to go to heaven or to escape from confrontation.”

Experiencing Nineveh province, large-scale military operations in the right coast of the city of Mosul since the announcement of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Haider al-Abadi in the (February 19, 2017) the launch of liberalization west of Mosul operations, in order to regain control of the last bastions of the “Daesh” in the city.

US and Iraqi sources: al-Baghdadi leaves Mosul battle field commanders


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Since 08/03/2017 20:03 pm (Baghdad time)

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US and Iraqi officials believe that the leader of al Daesh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi left the battle for Mosul operations leaders and faithful followers and that he is now hiding in the desert, where he concentrated his attention on his survival.

It is impossible to ascertain from hiding place of al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed successor to the Muslims from the Grand Mosque in Mosul after being swept elements Daesh northern Iraq in 2014.

However, US and Iraqi intelligence sources say that the absence of any official statements from the leadership of the organization and the loss of control over parts of the city of Mosul suggests that the abandonment of the city which is the largest population center under the control of the organization.

It has proven to be an elusive goal Baghdadi rarely used means of communication can be monitored and sources say he travels constantly and often more than once during the day.

The sources add that they think through the efforts of tracing to be hiding mostly among civilians from sympathizers in the villages of desert familiar to him not among the fighters in their barracks in urban areas where fighting is taking place.

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The organization was governed at the height of his power two years ago, more than two million people in the areas under his areas in northern Syria and across the towns and villages along the river valleys of the Tigris and the Euphrates River to the outskirts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

And Iraqi forces launched a US-backed operation five months ago to regain control of Mosul, which are larger than at least four times on any other city subject to the control of the organization.

This process is the biggest battle taking place in Iraq since the invasion of US troops to him in 2003, it has proceeded slowly, partly because of the survival of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable to harm the civilian population.

And managed the Iraqi force of 100 thousand fighters wrest full control of the eastern part of Mosul in January and last month, the leaders began the implementation process to cross the Tigris River and the control of the western part.

Iraqi forces have made steady progress, says the coalition now that the inevitable victory will lead to the elimination of the so called “Caliphate State” in Iraq.

According to intelligence sources, a sharp decline in the organization publishes Daesh on social media as evidence that al-Baghdadi and his entourage are getting isolated.

Baghdadi himself did not issue a recorded message since early November, two weeks after the beginning of the battle of Mosul, when he called on his supporters to fight “infidels” and the shedding of their blood rivers.

Since then, sporadic data of the organization talking about attacks by suicide bombers in different locations in Iraq and Syria, but does not attach particular importance to Mosul despite the fact that the city’s main square to fight.

There was no al-Baghdadi all or any of his close aides comment on the fall of the eastern part of the city in January.

The existence of the organization on the telegram social networking has gradually declined after becoming a major network to launch its platform statements and speeches.

It is estimated that the coalition organizing activity on Twitter has shrunk by 45 percent since 2014 with the freezing of its accounts on Twitter that 360 thousand numbering so far and close new accounts during the two days in the habit.

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In what is expected to be a major symbolic victory for Iraqi forces backed by the United States became the troops now approaching the area where the Grand Mosque on the western bank of the Tigris River, which was announced from the pulpit Baghdadi do Mazaam the “Caliphate State” is located.

Says Hisham al-Hashemi, author of “A World Daesh” which was released in English, one of the Iraqi government advisers said more than half of the six thousand of its fighters who left to defend the city were killed.

US commanders are optimistic and say that the battle to liberate the city is now at an advanced stage.

Reuters quoted Brigadier General Matthew Keller of the US Air Force in the west of Qayyarah Airport south of Mosul, “the revelation of the game” and added that some regulation of foreign fighters trying to leave the city.

He said that from the left to continue fighting, most of them Iraqis seem “extremely violent resistance” at the tactical level but they do not now make up an integrated force, as coalition air strikes destroyed a command and control and the car bombs and weapons caches centers.

“We have lost this battle and Tchehdonh now delay the process (to resolve).”

Although he lost control of Mosul will put a real end to the rule of the organization in the territory of Iraq, US and Iraqi officials are preparing for the transformation of the organization to covert action and fight an insurgency like the one that followed the invasion of Iraq.

And it will end the existence of the organization as an entity Daesh fall of tenderness, which is the actual capital of the organization in Syria, perhaps later this year.

And the city of Raqqa much smaller than the connector is to launch military operations targeting the organization in Syria is more difficult than in Iraq because the enemies of the regulation of many in Syria too busy fighting each other in a civil war since 2011.

However the organization faced setbacks in Syria over the past year in the face of the three main opponents of the armed factions in Arabic and Kurdish US-backed Syrian army, backed by Russia, Syria and the opposition supported by Turkey.

Maj. Gen. Robert Jones, deputy coalition that led the United States to fight the leader of the organization “The inevitability of their destruction has in fact become a matter of time.” He added that the leadership of the organization is now focusing on staying in the foundation.

The last official report on al-Baghdadi of the Iraqi army on February 13 when the military said its warplanes F-16 carried out a raid on a house believed he was meeting with other leaders in western Iraq near the Syrian border.

He says al-Hashemi said al-Baghdadi, the Iraqi nationality real Ibrahim al-Samarrai and his name, traveling in a remote desert area inhabited by Sunni tribes from the Arabs to the north of the Euphrates River.

The region stretches from the city of Baaj in northwestern Iraq to the Syrian border town of Abu Kamal on the Euphrates River.

Hashemi said “this historic their area and they know the people there and the terrain is easy to get food, water and gasoline as spies to monitor easier” than in crowded areas.

The US government has formed a joint force to trace the impact of al-Baghdadi, comprising members of the Special Operations Forces and the CIA and other US intelligence agencies in addition to the use of spy Boqmar.

However, US intelligence sources say that al-Baghdadi awareness apparently lesson from the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011 and became dependent on the transfer of messages using several envoys envoy not one, contrary to what was bin Laden doing founder of al-Qaeda.

It also switches the car during trips a lesson learned from the attack drone plane in 2011 that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a leader of the organization in Yemen.

Baghdadi did not publicly declare the appointment of a successor is that the Iraqi intelligence sources say that it is known that Ayad al-Obeidi, also popularly known as Fadel Haifa security officer under Saddam Hussein, is the actual vice-Baghdadi.

Security experts say that the Iraqis more than 40 of the group’s leaders were killed in the coalition air strikes, but is likely to continue even if the insurgency has control of Mosul and killed al-Baghdadi and his aides.

Fadel said Abu loaf of Iraqi security expert who specializes in the affairs of the terrorist organization “other leaders will appear because the organization structure still stands,” .anthy 29 / tc n

Representatives of the Iraqi private sector meet the International Monetary Fund



Since 08/03/2017 15:11 pm (Baghdad time)

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Met with a delegation representing some economic organizations and a number of businessmen as representatives of the Iraqi private sector with a delegation of the International Monetary Fund for the purpose of discussing a number of important topics, the most important launch dues of contractors and suppliers late, farmers paid by the Iraqi government and the ways to solve this problem and the approval of the International Monetary Fund for a loan to Iraq for the payment of outstanding dues.

The two sides spoke of the ideas and extensive discussions took all aspects of this important and vital and influential in the movement of the market and work in Iraq subject was attended by the International Monetary Fund, both Christian coconut vice president of the Middle East Department, Central Asia and G.Maxime economic Noumon and, Ritu Basu economist The ascension Asim Hussain, deputy director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department and Amjad Hijazi economic Marwa Alencah resident Representative Ellen Kirkspa economic expert.

And on the Iraqi side of both Majid Saadi head of the Iraqi Business Council in Jordan, and Ibrahim al-Baghdadi al-Masoudi head of the Iraqi Economic Council attended, and luxury Snava president of the Federation of Iraqi contractors, Saad Mohsen Nagy, secretary general of the Iraqi Council of business in Jordan and Mohammed Jawad Hadi al-Jubouri, a member of the Federation of Iraqi contractors, and Mackie Fayez Hussein teller a member of the Iraqi Business Council in Jordan and several other businessmen and businesswomen.

Christian coconut deputy head of the International Monetary the Middle East and the Asia Foundation have talked and wondered about: the possibilities that would increase state revenues, including direct taxes and indirect taxes and taxes on non-petroleum products, saying: Formerly fees customs between 5% -10%, and this method is not the correct way in which the revenues of customs rally, and it should change this way for up to 30%, the fastest gains and revenue comes from the organizing unit tax Almklvih this is achieved substantial revenue terms imposed on a slide traders Akabar.oan second point hiring freeze to the presence of a civilian administration flaccid, because high the proportion of employees in the civil service was a way to please others and employment without regard to efficiency, this system will lead to a deficit over the next 10 years, as there is still support for the share of the ration for all and must be limited to the poor.

He added that the electricity sold at less than cost, and must be reduced support for petroleum products, which fell due to lower world oil prices, but when high oil prices will be reconsidered this support.

He continued: As for the business environment in Iraq, it is more complicated for other countries and is slowing due to the lack of security and inadequate electricity and not to collect the dues and fulfilled.

He pointed out that: There is a major problem in Iraq, a weak banking sector and to strengthen our business must restructure the Rafidain and Rasheed and wide open space in front of the private banks must assess the weaknesses and the correct foundations for combating money laundering and could resort to the Integrity Commission and to specialized organizations such as the IFC.

Turning to that: there is an important element of the work by the government of helping the private sector and pay late dues has been a report in Arabic and English on the IMF website Aldoulibanoan (What is the strategy to address the arrears to global oil and gas Basra, the Ministry of Commerce for procurement of wheat and the electricity sector, in addition to the dues late Contractors). where must be audited and ensure its legitimacy first and what the government should do as there are 4 billion requires Sdadhahit will be paid 2 billion of the loan and the government pays billion order to ensure the receipt of each contractor 50% during 2017 and the remainder by 2018.

He said: applaud the progress made by BSA in auditing transactions that have not been audited two months ago during a meeting in Baku and listen now to the points that contribute to the upgrading of the economy and how you are going business compared to last year Did you see the sign for the economic recovery that we do not support the existence of two prices for the disbursement of the dollar and that taxes must be 30% have seen Jordan exempt from this tax on imported materials as well as Iran and Turkey, how is increasing state revenues.

Speaking next, Majid al-Saadi said that the State is the sponsor of the economy, and most traders dependent on the public sector and in the government was unable to pay dues has given it a negative message to the Iraqi and foreign construction companies and that there was no logical point of view the requirement of paying dues at once if the fear of corruption, it gives impetus to complete the audit of transactions for the purpose of receiving benefits in addition to the presence of 10,000 contract entitlements between 2-4 billion How are repaid at once.

For his part, Ibrahim al-Baghdadi al-Masoudi, said: the beginning I must thank you for guiding us to the invitation to attend this important meeting, Christian coconut Prime esteemed Fund delegation, I have listened carefully and a large concentration to talking about the goals and visions of the fund and is based on scientific and professional large .. Before we ask worksheet attended specifically for this meeting, I would like to Jnabk Karim, from different point of view with Jnabk Quran in four false information Ttdharguet her for the purpose to be your knowledge about Iraq’s true, namely: – First: that Iraq began levied customs tariff which has doubled its resources in some ports and points of customs to Aktrmen 30 times, for example, a yellowish center Alkmarki now levied daily billion Iraqi dinars, while the total levied entire month to exceed 700 million only, while the second paragraph (electricity) is also collecting electricity in Iraq nearly doubled to 20 twice in some cases, for example, the Babylon Hotel, a return to investors, members of us in the Council, one of the Al5star hotels in Baghdad, was to pay the Kahrbaelataatjaoz 20 million dinars, but now it has to pay in one month last summer of 460 million dinars, and the third that the Ministry of Electricity has referred the collection Iraqi and international electricity companies, under the investment contract, has started to show positive results clearly.

He said al-Baghdadi: The fourth paragraph Zzkrt that the ration card are still available to the businessmen and the rich and the senior staff, assure Jnabk it blocked all the businessmen and industrialists men and even young in years traders, as well as government officials, who have his salary nominal more than 1.5 million dinars per month, and now allow me start the paper, ((Iraq the only country in the world and throughout history, who played in just 37 years 6 wars and Hsartaiwil long as 13 years, while the first in 1980 when the first Gulf war with Iran, and that 8-year war and the second International war in 91 to liberate Kuwait began the third war, brutally beaten and abortion people uprising in 91 and then the siege, which began in 1990 after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and did not end until the year 2003, and the fourth International war to eliminate the former regime in 2003, and the fifth of Iraq’s war on terrorism baseband led by Zarqawi, since 2005 until 2010 and the sixth the current war launched by Iraq against terrorism Aldaasha led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to liberate their land and holy places, which began in 2014 and up to now. every war which destroyed hundreds of educational and health institutions and water plants and sewage systems, bridges, schools and oil facilities and other was accompanied by the martyrdom and death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, which significantly affected the progress and development of Tnumeihalmwardalepeshrah in Iraq, so we hope and expect from the world-friendly financial organizations discreet, particularly the international Monetary Fund and world Bank to put Iraq at the top of the list of countries that are providing care and financial and technical support to them, especially since Iraq is fighting terrorism for the world, there are inevitably ratio is expected from the terrorists who are fighting in Iraq will go after their defeat of course to another and possibly including countries in Europe, America and the rest of the world, but the same when this terrorist killed or captured or injured Basabh.anthy 29 / d 24

Officials: al-Baghdadi fled the fighting to the desert villages


Officials: al-Baghdadi fled the fighting to the desert villages

It is believed officials, who spoke to Reuters, that al-Baghdadi is currently hiding amid civilians sympathetic to him in the desert villages, not with its fighters in residential areas where there are battles, and became a focus for his personal safety.
It is difficult to determine the site-Baghdadi, who declared himself a “successor” to the Muslims in 2014, but officials believe that the absence of communication “official” between the leadership of the organization and its components suggest Baghdadi out of Mosul.
. The Iraqi forces have announced targeted the convoy of al-Baghdadi in the district of the far west of the country based on the ninth of February last.
Baghdad could not confirm at the time whether the air strikes had led to the wounding or killing of al-Baghdadi, but the intelligence of cholera reported seriously injured.
Iraqi forces have regained the majority of areas dominated by the organization in 2014, and began the process of liberalization in western Mosul, 19 of February.–%25D8%25A7%25D9%2584%25D8%25A8%25D8%25BA%25D8%25AF%25D8%25A7%25D8%25AF%25D9%258A-%25D9%2581%25D8%25B1-%25D9%2585%25D9%2586-%25D8%25A7%25D9%2584%25D9%2585%25D8%25B9%25D8%25A7%25D8%25B1%25D9%2583-%25D8%25A7%25D9%2584%25D9%2589-%25D9%2582%25D8%25B1%25D9%2589-%25D8%25B5%25D8%25AD%25D8%25B1%25D8%25A7%25D9%2588%25D9%258A%25D8%25A9&usg=ALkJrhjia6Zc_bI4LoNhtz52c09nBEVMGQ

Twilight News / Iraqi and American officials said that Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi fled from Mosul, leaving the remainder of the few under the control of regulatory regions in western Mosul, however, a number of Kiedier field.

Petraeus: Iraqi counter-terrorism forces, the strongest in the Middle East


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described the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Gen. David Petraeus, a counter – Iraqi terrorism as « the most powerful special forces in the Middle East , » he said , adding that the Iraqis did not fall into the «mistakes» Syrian President Bashar al – Assad, as he put it .
He said in a statement on Tuesday: that « the Iraqis did not fall into the Syrian President Bashar al – Assad errors during the battles».
He added that « the Iraqis have succeeded in reducing the number of civilian casualties and the extent of destruction through the restoration of their areas from the grip of theorganization« Daesh »battles and this is what distinguishes them from Bashar al- Assad ,who caused the destruction of a large part of Syria , » he says.
US general described the Iraqi Anti Terrorism Service as « the most powerful special forces in the Middle East», adding that « the prime minister Haidar al – Abbadi was right when he said that anti – terrorist units in his country is the strongest in the region, which is at least in terms of the size of losses in battles».
Petraeus said, «I know the city of Mosul well because I lived in when I was thecommander of Division 101 , which entered Nineveh province in 2003».
He pointed out that «must be combing buildings and neighborhoods successively so that the enemy does not come back from behind, unlike what is happening in Syria, and in theend, Iraqis will prevail on the « Daesh »in
US general and continued to »organize« Daesh »got two years to prepare for thedefense of the city In order dig tunnels and traps published in homes and they have drones and snipers, but it was the way the Iraqis to overcome this situation

Peshmerga, Iraqi Forces Cooperation Destroying IS: US Envoy


Peshmerga, Iraqi Forces Cooperation Destroying IS: US Envoy


ERBIL — The cooperation between Kurdistan Region Peshmerga and the Iraqi forces is destroying the Islamic State (IS), said Brett McGurk, the US Special Presidential Envoy to the coalition battling IS.

McGurk made the remark after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s visit to Erbil and the liberate areas of Mosul.

On Tuesday, Abadi met Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani in Erbil to discuss the latest security and political developments, with the ongoing operations against IS in Mosul on the top of the agenda.

Both leaders expressed satisfaction over the level of coordination and cooperation between the Iraqi and Peshmerga forces who have both been actively engaged in the Mosul operation.

“They also expressed their condolences to the loved ones and families of those who paid the ultimate price within the Iraqi and Peshmerga forces,” Kurdistan Region Presidency reported.


Rasheed announce Mbacherth sell the dollar for travelers and humanitarian cases



Proceeded Rasheed Bank, on Tuesday, the dollar sold for travelers and humanitarian cases.
The bank said in a statement that he “began to sell the dollar for travelers and humanitarian cases through six branches, including branches # Baghdad International Airport, Al Wathba, session, and Shorja, Yarmouk, Spring neighborhood.”
The statement added, “The sale will be in accordance with the regulations set out by the former, which included a passport and a ticket.

He began the fifth business forum Sulaymaniyah

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It began this morning at the American University building in Sulaymaniyah Sulaymaniyah business forum to discuss the fifth post-Daesh and the future of the region and the political process in Iraq, the stage presence of Prime Minister Dr. Haider al-Abadi and attend a number of high-ranking officials from Baghdad and the region.
The kind invitation by the president of the Forum d. Barham Salih, head of the Iraqi private banks association Wadih Handal senior delegation in the forum participated.
At first, the President of the Forum d. Barham Salih, a welcoming speech the delegates then called Prime Minister Dr. Haider al-Abadi to deliver a speech on the occasion.
At the beginning of his speech alive Abadi great victories achieved by our security forces the heroine to crush the remnants of Daesh and expelled from Mosul said the devastation wrought by this aggression in infrastructure, which amounted, according to the Ministry of Planning estimates up to $ 35 billion at the end of last year in addition to the large tampering wrought on the children our people in Nineveh, Ebadi said, “it is appropriate to recall the Iraqi women’s Championships in the defense of the homeland and the holy sites and what they offer from the clutches of the championships in fighter Daesh to salute and congratulate festivities celebrating International women’s calling that women have the highest affair in our Constitution.”


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