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The Iraqi resistance is composed of over a dozen major insurgent organizations and countless smaller cells. It can be subdivided into three main ideological strands: Ba'athism, nationalism, and Islamism.



The Ba'athists are composed of former Ba'ath Party officials, the Fedayeen Saddam, and some former agents of the Iraqi intelligence and security services. Their goal, at least before the capture of Saddam Hussein, was the restoration of the former Ba'athist regime to power.



The nationalists are composed of former members of the Iraqi military as well as some ordinary Iraqis. Their reasons for opposing the occupation vary between a rejection of the foreign presence as a matter of principle to U.S failure to restore security and basic services or quickly hand over power. Many Iraqis who have had relatives killed by American soldiers may also be involved in the nationalist resistance as part of the Iraqi code of tribal revenge. Beyond the expulsion of U.S troops from Iraq, there is no coherent political goal being pursued by the Iraqi guerillas fighting under the banner of nationalism.

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The Turkish Air Forces have killed six militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in a strike on northern Iraq, the military stated on Jan. 7. According to a statement from the General Staff, the militants were planning an attack on military posts and bases when they were "neutralized.".
6 (Xinhua) -- At least three people were killed Saturday in bombing attacks targeting an anti-IS tribal leader in Iraq's Eastern province of Diyala, ... remnant of Islamic State (IS) militants and their sleeper cells in their areas east of Baquba city, which located some 65 km northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

More than 40 Daesh militants were killed Friday -- and almost a dozen others captured -- in a wide-ranging security sweep in Iraq's northern Kirkuk province, according to local security sources. Iraqi joint forces began the operation on Thursday after the terrorist group reportedly carried out several attacks ...
Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) - Iraqi troops killed on Thursday four Islamic State militants and arrested 10 others in Kirkuk, a military source was quoted as ... Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members, who declared a self-styled "caliphate" in a third of Iraq and ...
Karim Nuri, a commander of the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi, told Rudaw that the limited military operation is to clear the areas in question of ISIS militants as the ... south of Erbil and were some of the last areas cleared in the fall of 2017 before Iraqi Prime Minister declared the defeat of ISIS in Iraq in December .
Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) - Iraqi security forces killed on Wednesday six Islamic State militants during a combing operation south of Mosul city, a deputy military commander said. Speaking to Radio Sawa on Wednesday, Deputy Commander of Nineveh Operations Major General Ahmed Bahgat said, ...

insurgency is flaring across the disputed territories, a strip of land running from Khanaqin on the Iranian border through Kirkuk which is contested ... Such confidence was difficult to imagine when Abadi was appointed as Nouri al-Maliki's replacement following the rout of Iraqi forces from Mosul in 2014.
"Islamic State militants opened fire against a car carrying three lawyers on a road between Hamam al-Alil and Mosul cities south of Nineveh, leaving the trio dead," the source told Alghad Press. On Tuesday, Iraq's military intelligence announced arresting an Islamic State militant, who escaped from Mosul ...
Don Bacon, R-Neb., is upbeat about progress in both Iraq and Afghanistan after a recent trip to the region. ... The weeklong journey included Christmas in Baghdad, where Bacon said the Islamic State militants have been decimated and Iraqi forces have found new cohesion. "It's really the first time we've ...
Baghdad, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi security forces killed 15 Islamic State (IS) militants who were trying to infiltrate into Iraq from neighboring Syria, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said Tuesday. Acting on intelligence reports, the federal police and the Iraqi intelligence Agency ambushed and killed 15 IS militants ...
Baquba, Iraq, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- A local leader of Islamic State (IS) group and two of his aides were killed Monday in an airstrike in Iraq's Eastern province of Diyala, a provincial security source told Xinhua. The Iraqi aircraft bombarded an IS hideout near a village named Sansal, some 45 km northeast of the ...
31 (Xinhua) -- Thirteen Islamic State (IS) militants were killed Sunday in clashes with paramilitary Hashd Shaabi fighters in Iraq's eastern province e of ... when IS gunmen attacked the Hashd Shaabi posts at villages in north of the town of Maqdadiyah, some 100 km northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the ...
Regardless, Iraqi government bureaucracy, inefficiency and neglect have left thousands of families across Iraq hanging as the country's leadership celebrates the defeat of the militants. Outside a Mosul courthouse, dozens wait to hear if investigators have news of their missing relatives. They cling to thick ...
Iraq is now faced with the difficult task of implementing effective counter-insurgency methods as the group reverts to its origins as a stateless terrorist ... The coalition "is also focused on helping the Iraqi Army to operate in the deserts and ungoverned spaces, in Anbar and Nineveh, and in the Hamrin ...
Baquba, Iraq, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- A local leader of Islamic State (IS) group and two of the group's militant were killed Friday in an airstrike in Iraq's Eastern province of Diyala, a provincial security source said. Acting on intelligence reports, the Iraqi aircraft bombarded an IS hideout in Wadi Thlab area, some ...
The scale of devastation at the place he hoped to mold Iraq's next generation of leaders drew a flutter of despair from the principal, Muthana Saleh. But then he harnessed the traits that residents of Mosul are famous for: ingenuity and industriousness. This month, thanks in part of volunteers and an Iraqi ...

Baghdad (Reuters) - The United States is committed to helping Iraq recover from three years of war against Islamic State despite President Donald ... on Saturday after Iraqi forces drove the last remnants of the group from the country, three years after the militants captured about a third of Iraq's territory.
About 500 French militants who joined the terrorist group ISIS are still in Syria and Iraq, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on the air of the ... According to the data voiced earlier by the Minister of the Interior of France Gerard Colon, over 240 militants have returned to France over the past five ...
KIRKUK - Iraqi forces said they killed 10 members of the Islamic State (ISIS) group in a tunnel near the city of Kirkuk on Saturday (December 9), the same day that the prime minister declared the war on ISIS over. "Brigade 16 of the Hashed al-Shaabi found a tunnel on the outskirts of Rashad and killed 10 IS ...
Iraqi people gather to celebrate the victory of the battles against Islamic State (IS) militants in Baghdad, Iraq, on Dec. 9, 2017. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday officially declared full liberation of Iraq from the Islamic State (IS) militants after Iraqi forces recaptured all the areas once seized by ...
Baghdad -- Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State on Saturday, announcing the end of more than three years of ... of the insurgent force, in large part because of the years of sectarian violence and abuse they had experienced from Iraq's Shiite-majority politicians.
The coalition of Russia, Iran and Syria has claimed victory over the militants, which the U.S. was also battling in Iraq and Syria. Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters TV. Despite still facing pockets of ISIS resistance in eastern Syria, Gerasimov declared Wednesday that "all ISIS formations in Syria ...
Iraq is now faced with the difficult task of implementing effective counter-insurgency methods as the group reverts to its origins as a stateless terrorist ... The coalition "is also focused on helping the Iraqi Army to operate in the deserts and ungoverned spaces, in Anbar and Nineveh, and in the Hamrin ...
The attack destroyed a building which Turkish officials accused of being a "weapons depot," and a pair of vehicles near the site. The attack also heavily damaged a shelter housing a large number of people, who they also identified as part of the PKK. Turkey and the PKK have been at war off and on since ...
Qatari al-Samarmad was quoted by IkhNews saying that army warplanes pounded an Islamic State hideout in Wadi Hawran, west of the province, killing 27 militants, including foreign nationals. He said a number of vehicles and a restroom belonging to the militants were also destroyed in the raid. Iraq ...
The Turkish military killed a total of 12 outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants on Nov. 27, according to a statement from the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces on Nov. 28. The statement said Turkish fighter jets conducted an airstrike on PKK targets in northern Iraq's Zap and Metina areas, ...
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops are on high alert to liberate Wadi Hauran area from the Islamic State militants, a military commander said. ... The mission is to destroy all the hideouts in the desert and valleys to secure western Iraq's border with Syria" before soldiers are posted along the frontier, ...
Iraqi forces have launched an operation to clear the desert bordering Syria of ISIS, a final campaign to rid Iraq of the militant group, the military said in a statement. Troops from the Iraqi Army and Shi'ite Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) were taking part in the campaign against militants hiding in a large strip ...
Iraqi forces have recaptured a city and several villages from Islamic State (IS) militants ... militia to retake the last pocket of IS-held territory in Iraq, the commander said. ... IS militants withdrew from Al-Bukamal and launched a ...
In 2014, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants obliterated the town ... The coalition of U.S. and Iraqi forces battling ISIS also wreaked ...
7 killed in crash of Iraqi helicopter in eastern Iraq ... 12 (Xinhua) -- An Iraqi helicopter crashed on Sunday in Iraq's eastern province of Wasit, ... drive out the extremist militants from their strongholds in northern and western Iraq.
Iraqi forces have launched an offensive to recapture Rawa, the last town ... the militants' control in Iraq, after the larger town of al-Qaim fell last week. ... that IS would "almost certainly morph into an insurgent organisation" that ...
6 IS militants killed in anti-IS operation in Iraq's Salahudin province ... Earlier, Iraqi security forces and allied paramilitary Hashd Shaabi units ...
Kurdistan turns in over 100 militants to Iraqi troops: Commander ... takeover came after Kurdistan voted in September to secede from Iraq.
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Twelve Islamic State militants were killed ... Iraqi troops still have only western Anbar's towns of Rawa and Qaim ...
Beirut -- Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants withdrew ... human rights said government forces and allied troops, including Iraqi forces who ... and its fighters are likely to keep up their insurgency from desert areas.
Egypt's president said the defeat of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria was likely to have forced militants to seek a safe haven ...
"The remaining number of militants in Rawa are no more than 20, while ... when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic "caliphate". ... away and were killed in airstrikes by the Iraqi and U.S.-Coalition jets.
FILE- In this undated file photo provided by Egypt's state news agency, Mena, Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi participates in a panel ...
A senior Iraqi official said there was an agreement Tuesday to send Iraqi ... Boukamal is the last urban center for the militants in both Iraq and ...
The daily quotes "sources from the Iraqi resistance," as well as Akram Al-Ka'bi, ... The article added: "The American forces deployed in Iraq will ...
Ekhlas Khudur Bajoo of Iraq gestures as she listens to Jacqueline ... by her Islamic State captors, Iraqi teen Ekhlas Khudur Bajoo made a vow.
The Iraqi authorities have continued to make progress in removing the Islamic State group's militants from one of their last holdouts in Iraq, with ... weeding out insurgents and terror cells, and Iraq's forces and allied militias will ...
Islamic State militants withdrew Thursday from their last stronghold in Syria, a strategic town near the border with Iraq, following a ... rights said government forces and allied troops, including Iraqi forces who linked from across ... active and its fighters are likely to keep up their insurgency from desert areas.
Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says Islamic State militants are ... his country via Libya after the defeat of the extremist group in Syria and Iraq. ... say the insurgency in Sinai is rooted in longstanding local grievances.
Iraqi VP asks for arms, training for Sunnis in his country ... Iraq's highest-ranking Sunni is in Washington this week pleading for more military aid for ... His requests for equipment and training face resistance: While Trump has ...
The Iraqi military launched a large operation in October 2016, ... of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants since June 2014.
COWARDLY Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi fled Iraq in a yellow taxi before ordering remaining militants to fight to the death, it has been claimed. An intelligence source told the Iraqi media news agency how the ...
Panel looks at future of religious minorities victimized by IS militants ... by her Islamic State captors, Iraqi teen Ekhlas Khudur Bajoo made a vow. ... I'm fighting for all women and minority groups inside Iraq," she said. Bajoo ...


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