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ISIS uses remittance companies to obtain money, says iraqi judicial council

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The Iraqi Higher Judicial Council released a report on Wednesday (May 10) saying that the Islamic State (ISIS) is using remittance companies and selling goods to the Iraqi market in order to create funds. The judicial council report also said security forces had detained a number of ISIS militants who were responsible for ISIS finances in the country. A number of investigative prosecutors told the judicial council that a number of the detainees worked in the group finding methods to receive money. The judicial council said ISIS receives money from rich people in neighboring countries through remittance companies. “A large amount of the money which is sent through remittance companies is transmitted to Baghdad”, the report added. “A person who receives the money says the money has been transferred to him to buy houses, cars or refineries. It is repeated twice a month”. The report also stated that ISIS is receiving money through indirect ways such as selling goods to the Iraqi market to obtain money. The goods are traded cheaply so as to be sold rapidly. The report comes after ISIS loses territories it captured in the country during its swift advance in 2014. The militant group is now facing a big loss after Iraqi forces liberated the eastern side of Mosul in February.

 

U.N. says 435,00 civilians displaced since start of Western Mosul offensive

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The United Nations said 435,000 civilians have been internally displaced since the beginning of an offensive to liberate the western side of the city from Islamic State (ISIS) militants. UN Secretary-General Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Tuesday (May 9) more than 403,000 Iraqis have currently been displaced from western Mosul.  Dujarric added some 31,000 people have been returned to the liberated areas of the city. Iraqi forces opened a new front against the militants in the northwest of Mosul in an effort to push down into the handful of remaining districts held by ISIS, including the Old City.  The new push from the northwest began last week after other fronts in the city’s southern districts stalled around the Old City where the iconic mosque from which ISIS leader Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi proclaimed a modern-day caliphate is located. Dujarric said the United Nations humanitarian staff are concern about the hundreds of thousands of civilians who are still living in the area. He added some 360,000 people are believed to be caught between the fighters. “Families continue to arrive at the newly established mustering point at Badoush, northeast of Mosul, along the Syrian highway, where emergency assistance and basic services are being provided by humanitarian partners”, Dujarric said.

Trump announces first official foreign trip to include Israel.

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U.S. President Donald Trump has officially announced he will visit Israel as part of his first foreign trip since his inauguration in January.U.S. press secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement saying, “The leaders will discuss a range of regional issues, including the need to counter the threats posed by Iran and its proxies, and by ISIS and other terrorist groups. They will also discuss ways to advance a genuine and lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians”. Officials said Trump would meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, but declined to say where, and said dates and other details would be provided later. Trump’s visit will come ahead of Israel’s Jerusalem Day celebrations on May 24.A presidential waiver suspending the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is set to expire on June 1. Trump must decide by then whether to fulfill his campaign promise to relocate the embassy, thereby officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, or follow in the footsteps of his predecessors and renew the waiver. Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, had a testy relationship with both Israel and Saudi Arabia, whose leaders viewed him as being concerned less with traditional alliances than with negotiating a diplomatic agreement with Iran, which both Israel and Saudi Arabia view as an enemy. Trump’s foreign visit appears to be aimed at reinvigorating traditional alliances in the region.

Unconfirmed number of civilians killed in missile attack in western Mosul.

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An unconfirmed number of civilians, including several children, were killed in a missile attack that hit what may have been a school where civilians had taken refuge in the city of Mosul. The missile attack occurred in the Islamic State (ISIS) held zone of Mosul known as July 17, where 81 people were reportedly killed. The number includes 34 men, 29 women and 18 children, Anadolu Agency reported, citing an Iraqi army commander who did not wish for his name to be disclosed. It is still unknown whether Iraqi forces or ISIS militants launched the missile, but the Islamic State affiliated Amaq News Agency posted a video online  purportedly showing the aftermath of a strike. An unidentified man is seen in the video describing the site of the explosion as a school. “We don’t say it was hit by accident – it was intentional”, he said. The ISIS-linked Amaq footage shows dead children being pulled from the rubble and other seriously injured people. Anti-Terror Unit Captain Ali al-Bahadili told Anadolu Agency that ISIS’ war administrator, Habib Abdul Jabar, was targeted in a missile attack on the al-Najar neighborhood.

 

Iraqi army opens new front, advances on ISIS in Mosul from northwest

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“At hour 06:00 forces of the army ‘s 9th Division and the 73rd Brigade of the 5th Division and forces of the federal police including the Rapid Response units attacked neighborhoods of Mshirfa, al-Kanisa and al-Haramat neighborhoods north of the right side of the city of Mosul”, the military statement read. “Your sons are now fighting to break defenses of the enemy and destroy its capabilities and they are ready to embrace either victory or martyrdom to liberate what has been remained of the Mosul city from the terrorist Daesh”, the statement continued using an Arabic acronym for ISIS. The attack would help the elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) and Interior Ministry Federal Police troops who were painstakingly advancing from the south, a military commander told Reuters. The militants are now besieged in the north-western corner of Mosul which includes the historic Old City centre and the Grand al-Nuri Mosque-from which ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a “caliphate” in 2014. Heavy sustained gunfire has been a constant in the Old City area for days, where militants are hiding among residents and using the alleyways, traditional family homes and snaking narrow roads to their advantage. Tens of thousands of Mosul residents are trapped inside homes, caught in the fighting, shelling and air strikes as Iraqi forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition advance in the west. The United Nations believes up to half a million people remain in the area, 400,000 of whom are in the Old City with little food, water and medicine

Iraq: ISIS attack on SDF and fleeing civilians kills over 30

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ISIS attack in an area held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeast Syria killed at least 32 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The attack on Rajm al-Salibi, the location of a checkpoint and refugee camp near the border with Iraq, led to fierce clashes, injuring dozens, the Britain-based war monitor said. The SDF has been battling ISIS since dawn in nearby areas of Hasaka province, which Kurdish forces largely control. An adviser to the SDF, Nasser Haj Mansour, confirmed that several civilians had died, including people fleeing ISIS in Syria’s Deir al-Zor and in Iraq. The SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, has seized large swathes of northern Syria from Islamic State in a campaign to drive the jihadist group out of Raqqa city, its base of operations in Syria. This week, the SDF said it captured most of the strategic town of Tabqa, 40 km (25 miles) west of Raqqa along the Euphrates. The SDF said fighting continued on Tuesday to capture the last few districts of Tabqa as well as an adjacent dam, Syria’s largest.

NATO Chief: alliance could increase troops in Afghanistan in face of intensifying insurgency

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Western military alliance is pondering upon the deployment of a bigger number of its troops in Afghanistan to strenghten the government army, which is afflicted by some heavy blows from the terrorist group either relatively new (ISIS) and older (Taliban). They are harshly testing the sway order that the american s substuncial funds for the recostrution and the government struggle have ensured at 59.7 percent of the country’s 407 districts, up from 57.2 percent in mid-November of last year. For Afganistan that remains in the grip of a deadly war, John Nicholson, the U.S. general who commands NATO forces in Afghanistan, told the U.S. Congress in February is needed in the ‘shortfall of a few thousand’ troops to meet requirements in the country. Since NATO’s combat mission formally ended in 2014, Taliban attacks have intensified, often overwhelming the Afghan military. NATO troops are in Afghanistan as part of the alliance’s Resolute Support mission to train, assist, and advise local forces.

First International Conference of the Kurds in Tokyo.

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The media announced on 1st of May, decisions being made for the first international conference of Kurds in the Japanese capital, Tokyo. The conference confirmed the decisions, with the participation of a number of Kurdish political figures from the four parts of Kurdistan, along with Japanese politicians, which is :

– In order not to diminish the role of the forces fighting against Daesh and other terrorist groups, a no-fly zone should be declared in Rouge-Ava; Western Kurdistan.

– The need to recognize the project of Federal Northern Syria, which will serve to solve the Syrian crisis.

– In the South, the people will decide their destiny through the referendum.

– Stop the arrests of members of the Kurdish political movement in northern Kurdistan, by the government of the Justice and Development Party.

– Japan must assume its responsibilities, so that the AKP will return from its policies against the Kurdish movement and solve the Kurdish issue through democratic political methods.

– The Japanese government should provide assistance to the four parts of Kurdistan.

– Because of the political risks in Turkey, the Kurdish issue turned its attention to Japan to resolve this issue.

 

Italy to continue providing treatment to wounded Peshmerga.

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Italy is to continue providing treatment to members of the Peshmerga forces wounded during the fight against Islamic State (ISIS), the Italian Consul to Erbil. Masoud Barzani received the new Italian Consul to the Kurdistan Region, Serena Muroni, in Erbil on Monday, the Kurdistan Region’s Presidency (KRP) reported. According to a statement by the KRP, Muroni reaffirmed her country’s support and training for the Peshmerga forces as well as medical treatment to wounded Peshmerga forces. Barzani acknowledged the government of Italy, saying the country has expressed readiness to support the Kurdistan Region and the Peshmerga forces in the rainy days that have plighted the region. After Barzani brought up the issue of a referendum and the independence of Kurdistan, Consul Muroni said Italy supports any effort which brings stability and peace to the area, the KRP stated. Italy has about 750 soldiers stationed in military camps in Baghdad and Erbil, and mostly trains Iraqi army and police. The country has also provided Iraqi forces with 24 B1 tanks and provides air support with four Tornado warplanes and two Boeing 767 aircrafts. Iraq has also signed a contract with Italy’s Trevi Group worth €273 million ($296 million) to reinforce and maintain Mosul Dam for 18 months. In an unannounced visit, Italy’s Defense Minister visited Iraq on February 3 and met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Following her meeting with Abadi, Minister Roberta Pinotti held talks with senior Kurdish officials the next day. According to the KRP at the time, Pinotti said Italian assistance to the Kurdistan Region and Peshmerga forces would continue.

 

 

The Internal Security Forces arrests two persons on charges of belonging to Daesh.

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The Internal Security Forces General Directorate issued on Wednesday a statement in which it announced that two individuals proven to be involved in acts of terror and affiliated with the terrorist organization, Daesh, have been arrested after thorough investigations and pursuit. The arrestees have admitted to having contacted a number of ISIS leaders for the end of carrying out acts of terror in Lebanon, recruiting young men, joining the organization’s ranks in Syria, targeting Army and Security elements, receiving training in explosives manufacturing, and promoting the organization’s ideology through social media platforms.

 

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