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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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With this week marking the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, thousands of people from more than a dozen countries on Sunday will join foreign policy experts and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a live video call to discuss ongoing conflicts, soaring military tensions across the globe, and "how we ...
Operation Fudge Documentation and Equivocate Endlessly Before Destabilizing a Key Part of the World Causing Ongoing Chaos a Decade and a Half Down the Line (not the official title) kicked off on 20 March 2003, lasting until the start of May before turning into the general Iraq War. This then dragged on ...

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) - An Iraqi lawmaker has warned of plots to expand U.S. military bases in Iraq, stressing that his country is no longer in need of ... In recent weeks, suspected Islamic State insurgents have carried out several attacks targeting security forces in the areas north-west of Kirkuk.
Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) - Iraqi troops killed on Sunday seven Islamic State (IS) militants while trying to infiltrate into al-Ba'aj district in Nineveh province, a military ... The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the ...
Iraqi troops reinforced their presence in Kirkuk and launched operations to purge the province from remaining militant cells following an ambush set up by the militants in mid February left 27 mobilization members dead mid February. Iraq declared victory over Islamic State militants and the recapture of all of ...
TIKRIT, Iraq, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi security forces on Wednesday killed at least seven Islamic State (IS) militants in clashes at a village near the city of Shirqat in Iraq's central province of Salahudin, a provincial security source said. The clashes erupted at dawn when about 10 IS militants attacked a ...

Reasserting government control over such a large rural area has proved to be beyond the capabilities of Iraqi forces, which remain stretched after three years of concerted fighting against insurgents. "The militants are regrouping and retraining to carry out attacks on security forces in the region," Sarhad ...
On Wednesday, five Iraqi security personnel were killed and wounded in an armed attack launched by IS members, south of Balad town in Salahuddin. Four IS members were killed as Iraqi army, backed by PMFs, repelled an infiltration attempt into Shirqat via western borders. Thousands of IS militants as ...
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Two militants were killed as Iraqi troops launched an airstrike, north of Baghdad on Wednesday. A statement by Baghdad Operations Command said, "depending on accurate information gathered by the intelligence, security troops managed to follow three gunmen in al-Baghdadi ...
BAGHDAD, March 14 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi government-backed paramilitary Hashd Shaabi members on Wednesday killed 10 Islamic State (IS) militants near the town of Hawijah in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk, the Iraqi military said. Acting on intelligence tips, paramilitary Hashd Shaabi fighters carried ...
KIRKUK, Iraq (AA) - Eleven Daesh militants were killed in an Iraqi security operation in the northern Kirkuk province on Thursday, according to a local police officer. The militants were intercepted at a point close to the Riyad town of Kirkuk as a result of some intelligence obtained, police Capt. Muntazar ...
Last moth, Kuwait hosted an international donors conference for the reconstruction of Iraq after the damage sustained during the war against Islamic State militants since 2014. At the end of the conference, Iraq had acquired nearly USD30 billion, much less than a previously projected USD100 billion. Iraqi ...
Six Daesh militants were killed in an Iraqi security operation in the northern Kirkuk province on Saturday, according to a local police officer. The militants were hiding ... Last December, officials in Baghdad had declared that Daesh's military presence in Iraq had been all but dismantled. However, it appears ...
Now, many of Iraq's tanks are immobilized for want of maintenance, potentially jeopardizing the country's ongoing campaign against Islamic State militants. While the Islamic State has retreated from large swaths of Iraq it once controlled, mobile groups of militants continue to stage attacks on Iraqi troops ...
The Turkish General Staff said in a statement on March 1 that four Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been "neutralized" in air strikes, launched after the militants opened fire at military posts. The authorities use the word "neutralized" in statements to imply that the militants in question either ...
The Islamic State (IS) group on Saturday killed two policemen guarding a northern Iraqi oil field, in a first attack on energy facilities since militants were driven from the region's towns, a security source said. "A large number of IS terrorists attacked a post of the oil police force near well 43 in the Khabbaz oil ...
Why We Need to Remember the Iraq War--As Well as the Global Resistance to It .... We need to remember that hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, perhaps over 1 million, died in the US war and occupation--and that doesn't even count the hundreds of thousands already dead from the 12 years of ...

The Iraqi army and the Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces on Wednesday started a major offensive against armed militants in the country's northeastern region near the border with Iran. Iraq's Joint Operations Command said in a statement the operation was aimed at cracking down on remaining Islamic ...
Speaking to Alghad Press news website, Ali al-Husseini, a spokesman for al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) northern axis, said "During a military operation to hunt for Islamic State militants in Kirkuk, paramilitary troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi found a hideout that was used by the militant ...
24 (Xinhua) -- A total of five civilians were kidnapped Saturday in Iraq's central province of Salahudin by armed men who were believed to be Islamic State ... 9, 2017, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi officially declared full liberation of Iraq from IS militants after Iraqi forces recaptured all the areas once ...
The Islamic State (IS) group on Saturday killed two policemen guarding a northern Iraqi oil field, in a first attack on energy facilities since militants were driven from the region's towns, a security source said. "A large number of IS terrorists attacked a post of the oil police force near well 43 in the Khabbaz ...
France so far has ignored appeals by families and lawyers advocating repatriations and said it supported the idea of its nationals detained in Iraq and Syria being tried there. ... Related Articles. Syrian militia says large number of Daesh foreign fighters held · Iraqi Kurds say 4,000 militants detained including ...
QAMISHLI, Syria (AFP) - Iraq and Syria's Kurds have netted foreign militants by the thousands but while the former is expediting trials, the latter would rather send ... They have committed war crimes on Iraqi soil, and Iraqi law prevails," said the main spokesman of Iraq's judiciary, Abdel Sattar Bayraqdar.
Why We Need to Remember the Iraq war--As Well as the Global Resistance to It .... We need to remember that hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, perhaps over 1 million, died in the US war and occupation--and that doesn't even count the hundreds of thousands already dead from the 12 years of ...
The Iraqi Army and the Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces on Wednesday started a major offensive against armed militants in the country's northeastern region near the border with Iran. Iraq's Joint Operations Command said in a statement the operation was aimed at cracking down on remaining Islamic ...
Baquba, Iraq, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Six paramilitary Hashd Shaabi fighters were killed Monday in an attack by Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq's Eastern province of Diyala, a local official said. The incident occurred in the morning when IS militants carried out surprise attack on a Hashd Shaabi base near ...
"I don't want my children to have to walk past dead bodies in the street every day," said Abdelrazaq Abdullah, back with his wife and three children in the quarter where the militants made their last stand in July against Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition forces. "We can live without electricity, but we need the ...
At least 17 militants were killed on Monday in airstrikes carried out by the Iraqi Air Force in the desert region of Iraq's northern Nineveh's province, according to an Iraqi military source. "intelligence obtained by the air force revealed significant military activity in a village located in Nineveh's Baaj district ...
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) - Iraqi forces are in the early stages of a military campaign aimed at clearing out areas near Tuz Khurmatu, south Kirkuk Province, from an insurgent group which emerged after Iraqi troops and Shia militias took control of Kirkuk late last year, according to an Iraqi military commander.
A Yazidi boy who was held captive for three years by Iraqi militants got his wish to meet with Justin Trudeau, simply by showing up to the prime ... Emad was separated from his family after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant displaced thousands of members of the Kurdish-minority Yazidis in 2014.
Baghdad: Iraqi security services on Sunday published the names of 60 people wanted on suspicion of belonging to the Islamic State group, al-Qaeda or the Baath party of ... "It's an old story that dates back to the American invasion of Iraq when we were partisans of the Iraqi resistance," Bashour told AFP.
Iraqi Official: The Resistance Aims To Preserve The Current Regimes; Its Most Important Goal Is To Liberate Palestine; The Palestinian factions, Led By ... The resistance will defend any legitimate regime in the region that finds itself under attack, like it did in Iraq, in Syria, in Bahrain, in Yemen, in Iran, and ...
Iraqi Karrar Hassan, 25, who is among tens of thousands of Iraqi fighters wounded in the battle against the Islamic State group, sits in his living room in the ... Hashed al-Shaabi, a paramilitary coalition dominated by Iran-backed groups that fought alongside Iraqi government forces against the militants.
Thousands of Islamic State militants and Iraqi civilians were killed since Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S-led coalition, launched an offensive to clear IS-held regions, starting with Mosul in October 2016. The campaign for Mosul lasted for more than eight months and managed to liberate the city in July. Iraq ...
Under the cover of night, the monastery's manager, a priest named Yousif Ibrahim, whose brother had already been murdered by the militants, ... To be sure, Kurdistan is nothing like the Iraq of Mosul but a Middle Eastern Montana with ruins: a cooler, welcoming tableau of crisp mountain streams and ...
Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) - A 22-strong terrorist cell was arrested Monday in Mosul city on charging of forging documents for Islamic State militants to help ... On July 10, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced liberation of the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from IS militants, who had captured it in ...
28 (Xinhua) -- A total of four people were killed and nine others wounded on Sunday in separate gunfire and bomb attacks in the Iraqi provinces of Diyala ... Early in the month, IS militants carried out a twin suicide bomb attacks on the house of the anti-IS tribe's leader Sheikh Haitham al-Houm, leaving the ...
The bodyguard and civilian died during the raid. Iraq's Joint Operations Command said Iraqi forces were going after a terrorist leader. Iraqi local police officers and local tribesmen rushed to the scene, thinking the Iraqi troops who raided the house could be ISIS militants dressed as Iraqi troops, according to ...
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi forces found on Friday a new mass grave of people executed by Islamic State militants in west of Kirkuk, a security source was quoted saying. National Iraqi news agency (NINA) quoted the source saying that Popular Mobilization Forces ran into the grave in al-Riyad region.
Turkey's military operation to sweep Kurdish militants from its southern borders could soon be expanded as far east as Iraq, President Recep Tayyip ... "We will rid Manbij of terrorists, as it was promised to us, and our battles will continue until no terrorist is left until our border with Iraq," Mr Erdogan said ...
Ramadi, Iraq, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Eight people were killed mistakenly and 10 wounded Saturday when a U.S. and Iraqi joint force clashed with local police ... The incident came after the Iraqi security forces and allied Hashd Shaabi units fought fierce battles with Islamic State (IS) militants during the past ...
Senior Daesh militants, like Abu Hamza Al-Beljiki (real name is Tarik Jadaoun) now sitting in Iraqi prisons, are subjects of mockery for the populace ... Time was finally up for the notoriously hard-line head judge of the "caliphate" which at its height ruled over roughly seven million people in Iraq and Syria.
25 (Xinhua) -- Four Islamic State (IS) militants were killed Thursday in an airstrike and a bomb explosion in Iraq's Eastern province of Diyala, a provincial police ... Like most of the Iraqi provinces, Diyala has been suffering from sectarian tension and reprisal killings between Sunni and Shiite communities, ...
Sunni-Shia tensions fueled by political disputes are often at the heart of the ongoing violence in Iraq. When IS came to power, they won favor among portions of the population by stoking those tensions. With the militants in charge, says Houla, they believed they were safer than the alternative IS presented ...
23 (Xinhua) -- A local leader of Islamic State (IS) group and two of his aides were killed Tuesday in an airstrike in Iraq's Eastern province of Diyala, ... 9, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi officially declared full liberation of Iraq from IS militants after Iraqi forces recaptured all the areas once seized by the ...
At least 21 gunmen have been killed in an ongoing military operation in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, according to an Iraqi military officer. The operation was launched on Tuesday in southern Mosul with a view to clearing the area from remaining Daesh militants. "A total of 21 gunmen were killed and six ...
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 24, 2018, on page 8. Recommended. Related Articles. Turkey strikes Kurdish militants in Iraq 'planning attack' · Turkey clashes with Kurdish militia as US sounds alarm · Turkish jets bombard Kurdish-run city of Afrin in Syria ...
Around 150 fighters with the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) have been killed in U.S. airstrikes near Al-Shafah, Syria, U.S. military officials said Tuesday. The military said the strikes were a result of "extensive intelligence" that helped it confirm the location of an "ISIS headquarters and ...
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Six Islamic State militants were killed by Iraqi troops on Wednesday south of Kirkuk province as Iraq works to clear its territories from militants' vestiges, a source was quoted saying. Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that Popular Mobilization Forces were conducting a ...
In October, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that Iraqi troops recaptured Hawija, a main town held by Islamic State in the country. The town had fallen to IS in June 2014, when the militant group seized control of much of northern and western Iraq and proclaimed the creation of a self-styled ...


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