Tag: Iraqi Kurdistan

Anatomy of an air strike: Three intelligence streams working in concert

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In a fast-moving war with an elusive foe like the Islamic State militants, information is as important as guns, jet fighters and bombs. Sometime early this summer, U.S. Special Operations Forces launched a raid into Syria in an effort to

ISIS Baffling U.S. Intelligence Agencies

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The U.S. intelligence community is still trying to answer basic questions about the jihadists who tried to wipe out Iraq’s remaining Yazidis and who now threaten to overrun the capital of the country’s Kurdish provinces. In a briefing for reporters

CIA Arms Kurdish Pershmerga in Battle Against ISIS: Officials

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. is directly arming Kurdish fighters in their battle against Islamist militants in northern Iraq, security officials told NBC News on Monday. In the past, the U.S. had channeled all weapons – including ammunition – through the

Intelligence Source: Turks Launch Bombing Strikes on ISIS

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A former high ranking CIA official in Baghdad tells Newsweek that Turkish jets carried out airstrikes on Islamic State (I.S.) militants threatening Kurdish refugees–an assertion that Ankara denies. The White House, meanwhile, said it had launched humanitarian air drops to

Turkey Confirms Civilian Deaths in Airstrikes

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A Turkish official has confirmed that 35 people killed in Turkish airstrikes in Iraq are civilians the military mistook for Kurdish rebels. Ruling party official Huseyin Celik said initial information shows the victims were smugglers, “not terrorists,” and apologized for