Media Al-Harbi announces the killing of about 200 elements of “Dahesh” south-west of Tal Afar

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The military information cell, Friday, killed about 200 elements of “Daqash” and the destruction of three dens of the organization with an air strike southwest of Tal Afar district of Nineveh province.
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NATO announces support for Iraq in the fields of military medicine and maintenance of armored vehicles

 

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Since 03/31/2017 19:57 am (Baghdad time)

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It decided to NATO foreign ministers of countries, on Friday, conducting lessons in military medicine inside Iraq, and to help maintain Iraqi armor.

The Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, a press statement, and seen him / scales News /, said that “NATO decided to tighten measures inside Iraq, including doing lessons in military medicine, to train Iraqi doctors, and helping to maintain tanks and armored vehicles.”

This was announced Jens Stoltenberg, the former market, the alliance had received a request from the Iraqi authorities, to help strengthen the defense capabilities of Blad.anthy 29 / s 5

 

Pentagon: We will release a secret video showing responsibility for the bombing Daesh new Mosul

 

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said the US Department of Defense [Pentagon] it would soon deploy video recording fighters from Daesh shows they are marching civilians to a building in the city of Mosul , and then shoot him in the latest response from the US military to the criticism that followed another explosion believed to have inflicted dozens civilians killed in the new neighborhood of Mosul last Friday.
The US military has admitted that the alliance led by perhaps had a role in the blast , which occurred on March 17, but said the responsibility could also be located on Daesh.
Local officials and witnesses said up to 240 people may have died in the new neighborhood of Mosul , when an explosion in a building collapsed and buried families under the ruins.
And it called on Amnesty International also called on Pope Francis to provide better protection for civilians trapped in combat zones in Iraq.
The Pentagon usually does not publish photographs or videotapes of operations sites, but had so this month after he denied hitting a mosque in Syria and broadcast an image from the air to show that the mosque was intact, and is being investigated in the incident.
A spokesman for the coalition led by the United States in the fight Daesh told reporters on Thursday that he isseeking to remove the secret for a video showing Daesh civilians as they entered the building in western Mosul , ” the coalition on the bait tempted to attack.”
Col. Joseph Skeroka “What is happening now is not the use of civilians as human shields, for the first time we discover this through a video yesterday as forced by armed fighters from Daesh civilians to enter the building and killed one showed resistance and then used the building as a fight against anti – terrorist unit]” .
The Defense Minister Irfan Algiala said during a hosted last Tuesday in parliament about the incident , said that “preliminary investigations indicate that who is behind the incident in the new Mosul is Daesh,” stressing that “no interest to charge against any party without evidence and will not be delayed in the detection of thefacts before the public opinion. ”
Interior Minister Qassem al – Araji , also said during the meeting also that “Daesh makes civilians as human shields and killing any civilians is painful for all,” adding that “investigations into the incident continued and the cabinet face to send a ministerial delegation to the coast right area to support civilians and security forces in the battle , explaining that there were no state in a state of war calling for parties to hold accountable security services. ”
He added that “any evidence to show that what happened was by the Iraqi forces will take all legal measures but existing data suggest that Daesh stands behind what happened.”
According to a parliamentary report during the parliamentary session on the incident , the role of theinternational coalition led by the United States and said that ” the new Mosul neighborhood has seen in this March 17 , booking hundreds of civilians in one of the buildings and the Daesh terrorist opened fire on security forces, which he considered the international coalition source of fire , which led to the bombing of the building and killing 263 civilians. ”
And defense parliamentary security committee also confirmed the role of the coalition process bombing and said yesterday in a report in the parliament session that ” the new Mosul area exposed to the air strike by coalition aircraft on a residential role appeared the presence of civilians , which has been reported to thefight against terrorism , a commander of the piece of information, which contributed to presenting thebombing assistance for the evacuation of the martyrs, “he said . ” the air strike was at the request of the Iraqi forces , as demonstrated by the terrorist Daesh detained civilians as human shields. ”
For his part , the representative of the anti – terrorism system by hosting ministers and security leaders yesterday ‘s meeting of parliament that “Daesh terrorist benefited from the left coast battles lessons and resorted to the use of civilians as human shields,” adding that ” the international coalition forces dealt withthe same day as the new Mosul accident three wheels bomb, but it can not lead to such destruction. ”
He stressed the parliament speaker Salim al – Jubouri that “can not say for sure now , the results of the investigation on the Mosul incident,” urging that “the House of Representatives to thank the forces of security and crowd the popular and the Peshmerga and the sons of the tribes for their effort in the battle and warn Antla tricks of the enemy and not to be rushed by mentioning the details of the incident and left parliamentary committees competent investigation, explaining that the enemy is fighting in his last days , andit is unlikely he broadcast sedition among the sons of the homeland. ”

Sadr’s will to follow him: adhere to the rules of procedure and stay away from differences

 

Sadr's will to follow him: adhere to the rules of procedure and stay away from differences

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The leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr on Friday urged his followers to abide by the rules of procedure established by him, to stay away from the differences and help the needy, calling on his followers to remain steadfast in the “Sadrist approach.”
And publishes “Al-Gharab Press” the will of the leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr:

U N calls for greater solidarity with the population of Mosul

 

 

Secretary-General of the United Nations, speaking at Hassan Sham camp for displaced persons, Photo: AFP

Khandan – Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres called on Friday to a wider with the people of Mosul , who havesuffered for years under the rule of the “Daesh” terrorist and months of “fighting the scourge of international solidarity.”

Guterres told reporters while inspecting Hassan Sham camp , which receives fleeing from the city of Mosul: “These people have suffered two and continue to suffer. We need greater international community ‘ssolidarity with them,” as quoted “Agence France – Presse.”

He said the Secretary – General of the United Nations , “We do not have the resources necessary to support these people and we do not have the required international solidarity.”

Guterres noted that “Unfortunately, our program here is funded only by eight percent, and this shows how limited our resources.”

The visit comes as the secretary – general of the camp, on the second day of his visit initiated on Thursday to Iraq and his meeting withsenior officials.

This visit coincides with the continuation of the battles waged by Iraqi forces , supported by the international coalition led by Washington to restore Mosul , which was dominated by the organization “Daesh” terrorist in June , 2014.

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Trump administration stops revealing troop deployments in Iraq and Syria

 

 

Even as the US military takes on a greater role in the war in Iraq and Syria, the Trump administration has stopped disclosing significant information about the size and nature of the US commitment, including the number of US troops deployed in either country.

Earlier this month, the Pentagon quietly dispatched 400 Marines to northern Syria to operate artillery in support of Syrian militias that are cooperating in the fight against Islamic State, according to US officials. That was the first use of US Marines in that country since its long civil war began.

In Iraq, nearly 300 Army paratroopers were deployed recently to help the Iraqi military in their six-month assault on the city of Mosul, according to US officials.

Neither of those deployments was announced once they had been made, a departure from the practice of the Obama administration, which announced almost all conventional force deployments.

The decision appears to be making good on Trump’s promise as a candidate to insist on more of an “element of surprise” in battle tactics.

“In order to maintain tactical surprise, ensure operational security and force protection, the coalition will not routinely announce or confirm information about the capabilities, force numbers, locations, or movement of forces in or out of Iraq and Syria,” said Eric Pahon, A Pentagon spokesman.

That move deprives the public of information it has a right to know about the wars in which the US is engaging, said Ned Price, National Security Council spokesman under Obama.

“The position of the Obama administration was that the American people had a right to know if servicemen and women were in harm’s way,” he said.

“It’s really shocking that the current administration furtively deploys troops without public debate or describing their larger strategy.”

In addition to the number of troops being larger, American forces are now nearer to the front lines in both Iraq and Syria than they have been since the war against Islamic State began nearly three years ago.

The deployment of Marines to Syria was confirmed for the first time publicly this week by Gen. Joseph Votel, the top commander in the Middle East, in response to a question at a congressional hearing from a member of the House Armed Services committee who asked whether there were additional Americans inside the country.

“They have deployed,” Votel said, adding that there were likely more troops headed for deployment.

Under the Obama administration, Pentagon policy was to announce conventional deployments after they occurred. That administration even took the unusual step of revealing in 2015 that 200 special operations forces – which missions often are classified – had been sent to Syria.

That’s now changed, according to Pentagon officials.

“The coalition commander’s intent is that ISIS be first to know about any additional capabilities the coalition or our partner forces may present them on the battlefield,” Pahon said, using an acronym for Islamic State.

Even when news of a deployment leaks, the officials will confirm only the broad description of the unit size being deployed – such as a brigade, which can be between 3,200 and 4,000 troops.

The military does reveal what’s been dubbed a “force management level” – the number of full-time troops deployed, which is currently about 5,200 in Iraq and 500 in Syria.Pentagon officials acknowledge, however, that the number significantly understates the size of the US troop presence because it does not include troops that are deployed on what the military considers a “temporary basis.”

More than 1,000 troops are currently in the two countries in that status, which applies to troops deployed for less than about six months and security personnel. The count also excludes civil contractors, several thousand of which are in Iraq and Syria.

The Obama administration created and used the force management level in a way that undercounted US forces, although it did announce most deployments.

There were exceptions. Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, 27, of Temecula, died on March 19 2016 after coming under Islamic State rocket fire in northern Iraq. At the time of Cardin’s death, the US military had not disclosed the presence of American troops in the region, raising questions about the Obama administration’s transparency.

Michael E. O’Hanlon, a military analyst at the nonpartisan Brookings Institution in Washington, said limiting statements of incremental deployments could have been justified to avoid giving information to hostile forces.

“Broad contours of an operation should be debated openly, and publicly understood, but specific raids or other modest changes in capabilities and deployments should not be telegraphed in advance,” he said.

But officials of previous administrations said that approach limits debate over military policy.

“Syria is a complicated environment, so if you’re sending Americans in harm’s way over there, people need to know what the overeaching goal is,” said Lawrence Korb, a former assistant secretary of Defense under President Reagan and current fellow at the Center For American Progress Action Fund.

“It’s important to have a public debate,” he said. “Congress must have a role in deciding what happens next, otherwise this is a slippery slope.”

Congress has not debated the additional deployments, and the Trump administration has yet to explain what its longer-term policy is for Iraq or Syria.

In the absence of a specific authorization for use of troops in those two countries, the Pentagon for years has been relying on legal authority granted by Congress in 2001 to combat Al Qaeda and its affiliates. That authorization predated the existence of the Islamic State by more than a decade.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told Congress last week that he favored a more specific authorization.

“I think it would be a statement of the American people’s resolve if you did so,” he said.

Some members of Congress have raised concerns about the deployments.

Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.) Told Votel she was concerned that additional deployments might lead to an “expansive, open-ended commitment” in Syria.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Thursday that a new use of force authorization could be up for debate once the White House settles on its strategy for combating Islamic State.

“They’re developing an ISIS strategy. They sent one to the president a month ago; He has not accepted it. When they finish that, we plan to have hearings on all of these issues, “Corker said. “My guess is after that, we may in fact try and do an AUMF,” he said, referring to an authorization for use of military force.

Sen. Thom Tillis (RN.C.), a member of the Armed Services Committee, said the appetite in Congress has grown for taking a fresh look at the issue.

“The world’s changed a bit,” Tillis said. “The nature of the threat’s changed too.”

That would be an important step, said Sen. Here Udall (DN.M.).

“I do not think it is right for the US military to become involved in the Syrian civil war based on the 9/11 AUMF,” he said. “I voted for that AUMF as a House member. I never imagined that vote being used to justify US ground troops in Syria in the year 2017. And I do not think anyone else who voted in favor of it did either. “

Times staff writer Lisa Mascaro contributed to this article.

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Trump administration stops revealing troop deployments in Iraq and Syria

 

 

Even as the US military takes on a greater role in the war in Iraq and Syria, the Trump administration has stopped disclosing significant information about the size and nature of the US commitment, including the number of US troops deployed in either country.

Earlier this month, the Pentagon quietly dispatched 400 Marines to northern Syria to operate artillery in support of Syrian militias that are cooperating in the fight against Islamic State, according to US officials. That was the first use of US Marines in that country since its long civil war began.

In Iraq, nearly 300 Army paratroopers were deployed recently to help the Iraqi military in their six-month assault on the city of Mosul, according to US officials.

Neither of those deployments was announced once they had been made, a departure from the practice of the Obama administration, which announced almost all conventional force deployments.

The decision appears to be making good on Trump’s promise as a candidate to insist on more of an “element of surprise” in battle tactics.

“In order to maintain tactical surprise, ensure operational security and force protection, the coalition will not routinely announce or confirm information about the capabilities, force numbers, locations, or movement of forces in or out of Iraq and Syria,” said Eric Pahon, A Pentagon spokesman.

That move deprives the public of information it has a right to know about the wars in which the US is engaging, said Ned Price, National Security Council spokesman under Obama.

“The position of the Obama administration was that the American people had a right to know if servicemen and women were in harm’s way,” he said.

“It’s really shocking that the current administration furtively deploys troops without public debate or describing their larger strategy.”

In addition to the number of troops being larger, American forces are now nearer to the front lines in both Iraq and Syria than they have been since the war against Islamic State began nearly three years ago.

The deployment of Marines to Syria was confirmed for the first time publicly this week by Gen. Joseph Votel, the top commander in the Middle East, in response to a question at a congressional hearing from a member of the House Armed Services committee who asked whether there were additional Americans inside the country.

“They have deployed,” Votel said, adding that there were likely more troops headed for deployment.

Under the Obama administration, Pentagon policy was to announce conventional deployments after they occurred. That administration even took the unusual step of revealing in 2015 that 200 special operations forces – which missions often are classified – had been sent to Syria.

That’s now changed, according to Pentagon officials.

“The coalition commander’s intent is that ISIS be first to know about any additional capabilities the coalition or our partner forces may present them on the battlefield,” Pahon said, using an acronym for Islamic State.

Even when news of a deployment leaks, the officials will confirm only the broad description of the unit size being deployed – such as a brigade, which can be between 3,200 and 4,000 troops.

The military does reveal what’s been dubbed a “force management level” – the number of full-time troops deployed, which is currently about 5,200 in Iraq and 500 in Syria.Pentagon officials acknowledge, however, that the number significantly understates the size of the US troop presence because it does not include troops that are deployed on what the military considers a “temporary basis.”

More than 1,000 troops are currently in the two countries in that status, which applies to troops deployed for less than about six months and security personnel. The count also excludes civil contractors, several thousand of which are in Iraq and Syria.

The Obama administration created and used the force management level in a way that undercounted US forces, although it did announce most deployments.

There were exceptions. Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, 27, of Temecula, died on March 19 2016 after coming under Islamic State rocket fire in northern Iraq. At the time of Cardin’s death, the US military had not disclosed the presence of American troops in the region, raising questions about the Obama administration’s transparency.

Michael E. O’Hanlon, a military analyst at the nonpartisan Brookings Institution in Washington, said limiting statements of incremental deployments could have been justified to avoid giving information to hostile forces.

“Broad contours of an operation should be debated openly, and publicly understood, but specific raids or other modest changes in capabilities and deployments should not be telegraphed in advance,” he said.

But officials of previous administrations said that approach limits debate over military policy.

“Syria is a complicated environment, so if you’re sending Americans in harm’s way over there, people need to know what the overeaching goal is,” said Lawrence Korb, a former assistant secretary of Defense under President Reagan and current fellow at the Center For American Progress Action Fund.

“It’s important to have a public debate,” he said. “Congress must have a role in deciding what happens next, otherwise this is a slippery slope.”

Congress has not debated the additional deployments, and the Trump administration has yet to explain what its longer-term policy is for Iraq or Syria.

In the absence of a specific authorization for use of troops in those two countries, the Pentagon for years has been relying on legal authority granted by Congress in 2001 to combat Al Qaeda and its affiliates. That authorization predated the existence of the Islamic State by more than a decade.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told Congress last week that he favored a more specific authorization.

“I think it would be a statement of the American people’s resolve if you did so,” he said.

Some members of Congress have raised concerns about the deployments.

Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.) Told Votel she was concerned that additional deployments might lead to an “expansive, open-ended commitment” in Syria.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Thursday that a new use of force authorization could be up for debate once the White House settles on its strategy for combating Islamic State.

“They’re developing an ISIS strategy. They sent one to the president a month ago; He has not accepted it. When they finish that, we plan to have hearings on all of these issues, “Corker said. “My guess is after that, we may in fact try and do an AUMF,” he said, referring to an authorization for use of military force.

Sen. Thom Tillis (RN.C.), a member of the Armed Services Committee, said the appetite in Congress has grown for taking a fresh look at the issue.

“The world’s changed a bit,” Tillis said. “The nature of the threat’s changed too.”

That would be an important step, said Sen. Here Udall (DN.M.).

“I do not think it is right for the US military to become involved in the Syrian civil war based on the 9/11 AUMF,” he said. “I voted for that AUMF as a House member. I never imagined that vote being used to justify US ground troops in Syria in the year 2017. And I do not think anyone else who voted in favor of it did either. “

Times staff writer Lisa Mascaro contributed to this article.

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