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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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... in northwestern Iraq. Stray dogs creep beside hundreds of slim Arabic headstones that stand cracked and broken, pummeled by the militants who considered them sacrilegious. ... A coordinated campaign by Iraqi and Kurdish forces to retake the city of ...

Iraqi troops are meeting stiffer resistance from "Islamic State" (IS) fighters as they close in on the strategic city of Mosul in northern Iraq. Iraqi forces ... As many as 6,000 militants are ready to fight against a core force of 30,000 Iraqi troops ...
Local government officials said Wednesday that militants linked to the Islamic State group killed around 30 civilians, including children, in retaliation for the killing of an 'IS' commander.
Iraqi forces wear masks after winds brought them fumes from a nearby sulfur plant set afire by ISIS militants. Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters.
Islamic State claimed responsibility Tuesday for an attack on a police academy in southwestern Pakistan that killed at least 60 cadets, demonstrating the militant organization's ability to create havoc far from its shrinking bases in Iraq and Syria ...

In a new photo report purportedly released by the Islamic State, ISIS militants are shown conducting a counterattack in "Wilayat Dijlah" to divert US coalition resources away from Mosul, Iraq. The photo report was released on ISIS terrorist channels on ...
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar - Commander of Anbar Operations, Major General Ismail Mahlawi, announced on Tuesday killing 40 ISIS militants in Rutba district, and evacuating the families in order to search the district after being fully liberated. Mahlawi said ...
The Islamic State group's (IS) Aamaq news agency released footage on Monday claiming to show a missile attack on an Iraqi Army tank near Qayara, in northern Iraq. (Oct. 25). Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPress. Get ...
Moscow (Sputnik) - The militants of the Daesh terrorist group executed nine of their supporters for duck-out in the Iraqi city of Mosul, media reported on Tuesday. "Daesh militants executed nine of their militants, who escaped from the confrontation ...
Islamic State militants have blown up an Iraqi tank, reportedly using a powerful Russian missile in the latest assault on the jihadi-held city of Mosul.
Iraqi and peshmerga forces faced resistance from Daesh on Monday, as they gained more ground in the terrorist group's last stronghold in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The militants hit back with shelling, sniper fire, suicide car bombs and booby traps. Iraq ...
The Islamic State group's (IS) Aamaq news agency released footage on Monday claiming to show a missile attack on an Iraqi Army tank near Qayara, in northern Iraq. (Oct. 25). Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPress. Get ...
On October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of a military operation to recapture Mosul from Daesh, a jihadist group outlawed in Russia, with the help of airstrikes by the US-led international coalition.
Qaraqosh (Iraq): Iraqi forces advancing on Mosul on Monday faced stiff resistance from the Islamic State jihadist group despite an unprecedented wave of air strikes by the US-led coalition in support of the week-old offensive.
government and politics:World Politics:ALL Unrest, Conflict and war:ALL:ALL Unrest, Conflict and War:terrorism:ALL Iraq:ALL:ALL Mosul, Islamic State, is, iraq, Kurds, rutba, Kirkuk, Sinjar, coalition Reuters Islamic State militants expand their attacks ...
A new photo report from "Wilayat" Anbar Governorate, Iraq shows Islamic State militants conducting a surprise attack on Iraqi forces to distract resources away from the US coalition retaking of Mosul. The photo report was released on October 24 on ISIS ...

FILE -- In this Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 file photo, Iraqi troops guard a checkpoint near the village of Awsaja, Iraq, as smoke from fires lit by Islamic State militants at oil wells and a sulfur plant fills the air. In the week since Iraq launched an ...
Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces prepare to attack Islamic State positions as fighting to retake the extremist-held city of Mosul enters its second week, in the village of Tob Zawa, outside Mosul, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016.
Sheikh Abdullah Alyawer, a tribal leader in the town of Rabia, on Iraq's border with Syria, told CNN that dozens of ISIS militants and their families were fleeing the city each day, and crossing into Syria at Ba'aaj, an ISIS-controlled crossing point ...
Arabic that reads: "Property belonging to Islamic State" is written on a house of a Christian man in the town of Bartella, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Iraqi forces retook Bartella, around 15 kilometers (9 miles) east of Mosul, earlier this week, but ...
FILE -- In this Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 file photo, Iraqi troops guard a checkpoint near the village of Awsaja, Iraq, as smoke from fires lit by Islamic State militants at oil wells and a sulfur plant fills the air. In the week since Iraq launched an ...
... with fierce resistance, as IS unleashed suicide truck bombs, rockets and mortars. less. FILE -- In this Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 file photo, Iraqi troops guard a checkpoint near the village of Awsaja, Iraq, as smoke from fires lit by Islamic State ...
Four militants with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Iraq's Dohuk district were "neutralized" on Oct. 23 during an operation with an armed drone, according to the Turkish military, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
Kurdish forces have carried out new attacks on positions of so-called Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq to retake the town of Bashiqa, near Mosul.
Arabic that reads "confiscated by Islamic State" is written on a restaurant in the town of Bartella, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Turkey is ready to "take measures" in northern Iraq because Ankara is not satisfied with promises from the United States and Baghdad about the role of Kurdish militants and Shi'ite militia fighters in the ...
ISIS militants launched a wave of pre-dawn attacks in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, killing at least 14 people and setting off fierce clashes with Kurdish security forces that were still raging after sundown.
Iraq's government said on Thursday its soldiers advanced from the south and east, while Kurdish peshmerga fighters moved in from the north and east on the country's second-largest city, now under control of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also ...
gunmen wearing suicide vests have attacked government and security buildings in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk this morning (21 October) killing at least 16 civilians.
Iraqi security forces Clash With ISIS militants in Kirkuk. More. ISIS assaulted three police stations, a political headquarters and a power plant in a daring pre-dawn assault.
Iraqi forces launched a third front in the offensive to take back Mosul but ISIL fighters put up stiff resistance, unleashing a wave of vehicle-borne suicide bombers while leaving a deadly trail of hidden explosive devices.
Islamic State fighters, from an Northern Iraq group called Wilayah Kirkuk, are pictured in a previous Propaganda video. "Three suicide bombers attacked the power plant at around 6am local time, killing 12 Iraqi administrators and engineers and four ...
Irbil - Witnesses in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk say armed militants have attacked a local police compound and that fighting is underway.
AL-HUD, Iraq (AP) - The mutilated bodies of Islamic State group fighters were still strewn on the ground of this northern Iraqi town on Wednesday. One was burned. Another's face was flattened by ... But they found residents had already risen up and ...
explosives and booby traps laid down by ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group), also known as ISIS, slowed down the Iraqi offensive in recent days, despite air support from the US-led coalition. ISIL snipers posed danger to Iraqi forces ...
DESPERATE ISIS militants have resorted to burning their own oil wells in a last ditch bid to avoid being bombed. By Charlie ... Bodycam footage has surfaced of Kurdish peshmerga forces descending on evil Daesh jihadis in the Iraqi city. Heavy fire can ...
Erbil, Iraq - Mosul's residents are hoarding food and furtively scrawling resistance slogans on walls, while the city's Islamic State rulers have feverishly expanded their underground tunnel network and tried to dodge American drones.
KHAZER, Iraq - A few hundred Iraqi special forces arrived Friday at the front line near militant-held Mosul, one small part of a series of troop movements that have massed thousands of soldiers ahead of an operation seeking to retake the country's ...
While one coalition official we spoke to said the liberation plan is not dependent on a large uprising inside the city to boost its success, the resistance insists it will play a seminal role in securing popular support for the forces that attack ISIS ...
The special forces are expected to lead the way into Mosul, where they will face fierce resistance in an urban landscape where IS militants are preparing for a climactic battle. The offensive is the largest operation launched by Iraqi forces since the ...
WASHINGTON - Islamic State fighters are likely to put up a stiff defense of Mosul but eventually lose their grip and morph into an insurgency, a U.S. Army general said Wednesday. Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of U.S. and coalition land forces in ...
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh - peshmerga Forces Command in the district of Sinjar announced on Wednesday repelling an attack launched by the ISIS, and pointed out that large numbers of the ISIS militants were killed. Deputy Commander of Peshmerga forces ...
As the Iraqi Army and its allies beat back the Islamic State in Mosul, the group may be forced to rally in Raqqa, the capital and last major city of its self-proclaimed caliphate.
Despite predictions that the current advance could take months, Iraq's army continues closing in on Mosul, securing more than a dozen villages on the city's outskirts and capturing ISIL operatives.
KHAZER, Iraq (AP) - A senior Iraqi general on Wednesday called on Iraqis fighting for the Islamic State group in Mosul to surrender as a wide-scale operation to retake the militant-held city entered its third day.
A senior Iraqi general on Wednesday called on Iraqis fighting for the Islamic State group in Mosul to surrender as a wide-scale operation to retake the militant-held city entered its third day.
explosives and booby traps laid down by ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group), also known as ISIS, slowed down the Iraqi offensive in recent days, despite air support from the US-led coalition. ISIL snipers posed danger to Iraqi forces ...
To defend a few miles of unremarkable road in northern Iraq, flanked by farmland, the occasional factory and flyspeck hamlets and villages, the Islamic State militants seemed to spare no effort. They loaded a Volkswagen with explosives and secreted ...
DESPERATE ISIS militants have resorted to burning their own oil wells in a last ditch bid to avoid being bombed. By Charlie ... Bodycam footage has surfaced of Kurdish peshmerga forces descending on evil Daesh jihadis in the Iraqi city. Heavy fire can ...


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