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Pro-Iranian militia in Fallugah
How US gave Fallujah’s Sunnis into Iranian hands
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 20, 2016

In the last few days, the Western press has been full of harrowing reports on the death and destruction wrought by the Islamic State in Fallujah, western Iraq. But no media outlet is covering the still ongoing human disaster in which tens of thousands of the city’s Sunni residents are fleeing for their lives, including many elderly people, women and children, in dread of their ‘liberators,” the pro-Iranian Iraqi Shiite militias that captured the eastern and central parts of Fallujah. 

Iran’s Soleimani leads US-backed attack on Fallujah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2016

Even though Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that 35,000 Iraqi troops have launched an attack to liberate Fallujah from ISIS, most of those forces are not participating in the attack on the city,

Ramadi’s “Conquest” Leaves Little to Celebrate. ISIS Is Still Around
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015

Deep cracks emerged in the allied front that pulled off the partially successful Ramadi operation. Most forces stayed out of the fighting, Americans shut Shiite militias out of the city center, and the US-trained Sunni militias had their own agenda.

The Battle for Ramadi: Acid Test for Obama Doctrine
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2015

The Ramadi operation is meant to bear out the Obama doctrine for placing the war on ISIS in the hands of regional ground forces rather than the US and the West. The Iraqi army is fielding 10,000 troops against 600 ISIS fighters.

US-Iranian-Russian-Iraqi offensive launched to recover Ramadi from ISIS
DEBKAfile Special Report December 22, 2015

The importance of the offensive launched Tuesday, Dec. 22 to recapture the Iraqi town of Ramadi from ISIS lies chiefly in the makeup of the assault force facing ISIS, which is unique in contemporary Syrian and Iraqi conflicts. debkafile: For the first time, US and Russian army and air force are fighting side by side along with Iraqi Shiite and Sunni militias, the former under Iranian command, as well as the Iraqi army. debkafile: If this format succeeds, as military experts predict,, it may be transposed to Syria and other anti-ISIS fronts.

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Knows No One is in Line to Stop ISIS – Notably the US
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2015

ISIS is now fighting to capture the big Iraqi refinery town of Baiji from a mixed force of Iraqi army and Shiite troops under Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers. The US admits that its warplanes return from Iraq with most of their ordnance unused.

ISIS Proves a Tough, Crafty Foe Armed with Sophisticated Electronic and Cyber Weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2015

To overcome ISIS, which is fighting with sophisticated electronic and cyber weapons as well as terrorist tactics, Iran will need to deploy its air force and the West will have to raise a force of 100,000 professional soldiers.

ISIS sneaks behind US-backed Kurdish victories in Iraq to retake Baiji refinery city
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2014

The current military state of play in Iraq is being fought bizarrely on three more or less disconnected levels, debkafile reports. A combined Iraqi-Kurdish force captured Mt. Sinjar and, accompanied by US advisers, is poised to attack the northern town of Tal Afar, 50 km west of Mosul.  ISIS has meanwhile focused on grabbing the oil regions of Syria and Iraq and renewed its siege of the Iraqi refinery town of Baiji, so pumping up its revenues from $2 to 2.5 billion, despite falling crude prices – and even dumping looted oil for $25-30 per barrel.

Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani
Iranian military forces are fighting ISIS in Iraq. Gen. Soleimani is in Baghdad. Obama may send Iraq arms
DEBKAfile Special Report June 13, 2014

President Barack Obama is close to deciding on US military steps for thwarting Al-Qaeda whose march has halted 70 km short of Baghdad. He said Thursday, June 12: “We do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria.” debkafile: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki may finally get the US Apache helicopters and Hellfire rockets he has been appealing for, for months. Al Qods Brigades chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani arrived in Baghdad ahead of the Iranian troops now fighting in Iraq.

Al Qaeda battles Iraqi army for Falluja
Al Qaeda defeats a major Iraqi army offensive, invades Ramadi and Falluja
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2014

Al Qaeda fighters marched into the key Iraqi towns of Falluja and Ramadi Friday, Jan. 3, after resoundingly defeating a major Iraqi army offensive. This victory was aided by the Sunni tribes of western Iraq. The Iraqi-Syrian branch of al Qaeda (ISIS) has now gained a territorial chain of control stretching from Ramadi, 100 km west of Baghdad, to Al-Raqqah in northern Syria, 160 km from Aleppo. Its commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi vows to establish an Islamist caliphate, which would present a direct menace to Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

Iraqi troops provide service for Bashar Assad
First clash between Syrian rebels and Iraqi soldiers. Baghdad bankrolls Assad’s war
DEBKAfile Special Report June 9, 2013

Syrian rebel forces attacked two Iraqi military positions at the southern tip of their common border Sunday, June 9. They failed to beat the Iraqi troops back although a number of Iraqi officers and soldiers were killed. This was the Syrian rebels' first engagement with the Iraqi army, although it is unlikely to be the last. debkafile: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has even outdone Hassan Nasrallah in the generosity of his assistance for propping Assad up – advancing Damascus unlimited credit and a dip into Iraq’s multibillion-dollar oil revenues for his war chest.

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