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Kurds keep up offensive against extremists in northern Syria

...their homes and they know the terrain well, unlike the foreign fighters who have joined the IS."By contrast, Iraqi government forces and allied Shiite militiamen have been slow in retaking IS-held territory. The Iraqis have also suffered...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-24/kurds-keep-offensive-against-extremis
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Senators quiz chiefs, criticize IS fight

...strengthened, especially on the ground," Carter said."We must see a greater commitment from all parts of the Iraqi government," Carter said.There are about 3,300 in Iraq assisting the nation's security forces. Moreover, the U.S...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-08/senators-quiz-chiefs-criticize-fight
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Biden reassures Iraqi PM of support

...told The Associated Press.Al-Hadithi said the Iraqi government believes the fall of Ramadi was due to mismanagement...attrition against ISIL in Ramadi, coupled with what the Iraqi government has acknowledged were breakdowns in military command...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-05-26/biden-reassures-iraqi-pm-support
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Fears mount over Palmyra as IS expands territory in Syria

...made further inroads in Iraq's Anbar province, seizing the Iraqi side of a key border crossing with Syria after Iraqi government forces pulled out, according to Athal al-Fahdawi, a local councilman. The fall of the al-Walid crossing will...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-05-22/fears-mount-over-palmyra-expands-terr
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Major piece of anti-IS strategy is stalled

...hope in September that a new Iraqi government led by Prime Minister Haider...reaching out to Sunnis, the Iraqi government has bolstered its already close...and a partnership between Iraqi government forces and Sunni tribal units...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-03-13/major-piece-anti-strategy-stalled
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Obama pledges support to Iraqi leader in fight against IS

...said any foreign assistance must be answerable to Iraq's chain of command.After frustrations with the previous Iraqi government, Obama expressed confidence that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is a strong partner in fighting terrorism and...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-04-15/obama-pledges-support-iraqi-leader-fi
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Militants seize Iraqi villages near Ramadi

...Ramadi was one of the strongholds of the insurgency in the U.S.-led war in Iraq. It now is mostly held by Iraqi government forces, although militants control some parts of it, mainly on the outskirts.In a dawn advance, IS extremists...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-04-16/militants-seize-iraqi-villages-near-r
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Outside editorial: Iraqi government signals desire for alliance with U.S.

...they would be a major step in the opposite direction, by placing American troops under the sovereignty of the Iraqi government rather than the United Nations. If the United States were to make a formal commitment to defend Iraq from external...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/061608/opi_291413613.shtml
Outraged about U.S. plan in Iraq

...response to an editorial, "Iraqi government signals desire for Alliance...trying to finalize with the Iraqi government by this summer. The author...obligation to get permission from the Iraqi government, or even notify it. 4) The...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/062508/let_295316382.shtml
Analysis: US-led airstrikes produce few gains

...others have proven unable to do the same. The Iraqi military is undermined by corruption and command problems. A new Iraqi government has being trying to woo support from more Sunni tribesmen, whose fighters are seen as vital against the Sunni extremists...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-10-08/analysis-us-led-airstrikes-produce-fe
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