The Iraqi army has repelled an Islamic State attack launched in Kirkuk on Friday that is believed to be an attempt to divert the army from its offensive to retake Mosul. There are reports of ongoing skirmishes with some militants around the city.
Those militants have been told to get through the borders in Europe, and we’re just a sitting target, waiting for them to come back into Europe, Janice Atkinson, Member of the European Parliament, told RT.
A terrorist drone has killed two Kurdish fighters in Iraq. A further two French soldiers also suffered injuries in the incident after the anti-ISIS coalition intercepted the unmanned aerial vehicle which, to their surprise, had been packed with explosives.
A US-trained former Special Forces colonel from Tajikistan, who defected last year, has reportedly been appointed a new top ISIS battlefield commander in Iraq. His promotion, reported by Iraqi media, coincides with the US placing a $3 million bounty on his head.
Since September 2001, the Pentagon has listed $40 billion worth of contracts for small arms intended for Afghanistan and Iraq, supplying 1.45 million guns to both countries while only accounting for 3 percent of them, says a new report by a British NGO.