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Syrian regime forces on Sunday briefly captured four villages east of the Euphrates River in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor after rare clashes with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), then lost the area in a counteroffensive by the YPG-led force. The area close to the border with Iraq ...
The Syrian army said via state media Sunday that it had captured four villages from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces near Syria's border with Iraq on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River, where Kurdish-led forces are in control. In a statement to NPR, the SDF confirmed the offensive and ...

"In the days ahead," he added, "you'll see a re-energized effort" in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, where remnants of IS are holding out. He said "you'll see increased operations on the Iraq side of the border," without elaborating. It is unusual for Mattis to talk publicly about future military operations.
Iraq Interior Ministry denies ISIS controls villages in Kirkuk ... Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared ISIS militarily defeated in Iraq last December. ... today a joint military force launched a raid into the groves and areas of the Imam River and Shok al-Rim in eastern Sharaban town," Adnan Dilemi, said.
Local Iraqi police officers who joined the Popular Mobilization Units to fight the Islamic State seem to have no intention of returning to their old jobs. ... SHIRQAT, Iraq -- Along the Tigris River cutting through the town of Shirqat, where attacks from Islamic State fighters occupying the eastern section ... police
The drying of Iraq's marshes and rivers from low water levels has led to the disappearance of many workshops of this traditional industry," Asadi said. ... In the district of Krit'a on the Hillah River in central Babil governorate, boat craftsman Hussain al-Khafaji told Al-Monitor that there are only four ...

The 2,940km-long Euphrates River streams about 1,000km in Iraq, while the 1,718km-long Tigris River runs for nearly 1,300km within the Iraqi borders. Total annual flow of the two rivers is between 80 and 84.2 billion cubic metres (BCM). Nearly 65 BCM comes from Turkey, 11 BCM from Iran, 6.8 BCM ... dam
Al-Majid attributed the contamination to polluted water came from the north, where Nineveh's capital city of Mosul, which is widely believed that its sewers were open to the river with their water full of toxins and rotten bodies. In mid-July 2017, Iraqi security forces liberated the city of Mosul, some 400 ... pollution Iraq
... State of Iraq and Syria in the middle Euphrates River valley, it's important to stay focused on the key objectives, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters today. ... In Badush, near Ninevah, he said, Iraqi clearance operations resulted in confiscating a large cache of weapons that included small arms, hand ... pollution Iraq
The rally was easily the largest anti-war gathering in Brisbane's history. Public transport into the city was at bursting point. The march started from King George Square, winding its way around city blocks to the River Stage in the Botanic Gardens. When the people leading the march arrived at the destination, ... pollution Iraq
When I was 12, Saddam Hussein, vice president of Iraq at the time, carried out a huge purge and officially usurped total power. I was living ... In the late 1990s, I wrote my first novel, “I'jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody,” about daily life under Saddam's authoritarian regime. Furat .... Its rivers are polluted and ebbing. pollution Iraq
Erdogan said Turkish troops and allied Syrian forces would now press eastward, toward the town of Manbij and areas east of the Euphrates River, including ... Erdogan said Turkish troops could also cross into Iraq to drive out Kurdish militants from the region of Sinjar, if the Iraqi government does not act ... pollution Iraq
Born in Nasiriyah, a southeastern Iraqi city, Alwash spent part of his childhood paddling a wooden boat with his father, a district irrigation engineer, ... Climate change is making rainfall erratic in Iraq, causing river levels to drop by 40 percent in recent decades, the country's water ministry told Reuters in ... pollution Iraq
Zanetis, 37, was among the seven U.S. troops killed Thursday when a similar Pave Hawk crashed in the Iraqi town of Qaim near the Syrian border. ... campaign against the Islamic State in both countries, but the militants retain pockets of influence in some parts of Syria, including along the Euphrates River. pollution Iraq
The ban has been in place since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, but the organization now believes there is enough stability in Iraq to allow games at stadiums in Basra, Erbil, and Karbala. Iraq has been playing “home” games in Iran, Jordan, and Qatar. Iraq is holding a friendly game between Qatar and Syria in ... pollution Iraq
The crash occurred in Anbar Province outside Al-Qaim, Iraq on the Syrian/Iraqi border 400 kilometers northwest of Baghdad along the Euphrates River. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. A New York Times story published Friday, March 16, 2018 by Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Al Baker reported ... pollution Iraq
And the next day, we will ensure that terrorists are cleared east of the Euphrates River up to the Iraqi border," he said. Manbij is regarded as a particularly delicate issue as the US - unlike in Afrin - has a presence there, raising the prospect of a direct clash with Turkey. Meanwhile, an emergency aid delivery ... pollution Iraq

The four bodies were discovered nearly eight hours after the gunman slipped into an employee going-away party in a building where combat veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan receive treatment, said California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Chris Childs. The three female victims were employees of the ... pollution Iraq
Iraqi's legendary copper markets, once centers of commerce and socialization, are now fading away, from Baghdad to Najaf. ... In Nasiriyah, a city on the banks of the Euphrates River about 370 kilometers (225 miles) southeast of Baghdad, the copper market, once an important place of commerce and ... pollution Iraq
The banks of Tigris River have become a hideout for the militants who entrench in tunnels well-hidden in the middle of the jungles, according to Abbar. Nineveh officials have recently warned that several IS members were moving in the province with fake IDs. Iraq declared victory over Islamic State militants ... pollution Iraq
Basra ( Iraq will launch a search for a British, artefacts-laden ship that sank more than century ago, officials were quoted saying on ... According to Obaid, the predominant theory had been that the ship capsized in the Tigris River at a location near the town of Qurnah, but a new one tells that, ... pollution Iraq
Before Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, Gulf Arabs partied on the banks of the Shatt al-Arab river in southern Iraq. Many owned villas in the fields around Basra and took Iraqi wives. Now, after a break of three decades, they are back. Saudi Arabia is putting the finishing touches on a consulate in ... pollution Iraq
Despite recent success in the Euphrates River Valley, there was little confidence Iraqi forces were up to the task of retaking Mosul. ... Initially deployed as an 800 Soldier detachment, TF Strike was the third U.S. Army BCT to assume the advise and assist mission in Iraq since the ISIS incursion into the country in 2014. pollution Iraq
Daesh (ISIS/ISIL)* is reportedly amassing thousands of fighters in eastern Syria, near the border with Iraq, in order to launch an offensive against the ... Daesh still has thousands of fighters on hand on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River and in the desert areas along the Syrian-Iraqi border to launch a ... pollution Iraq
Recalling an iconic River Tyne-built aircraft carrier at sea during the Iraq War. Launched at ... A spectacular shot of one of the most high-profile ships built on the River Tyne. It was March 6, ... The carrier would be heavily involved in the military campaign to overthrow Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Launched by ... pollution Iraq
Even if all Arab countries comply with this resolution to ban smoking in public places, Iraq in particular will not be able to implement it. This is why I suggest that it takes a neutral stance as not implementing the resolution will diminish the Iraqi state's worth and value. Subsequent summits and health ... pollution Iraq
It has been 15 years since the Turkish parliament rejected providing support to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in the contentious “March 1 Resolution” vote. ... While Turkey has been keeping itself busy in Afrin and to the west of the Euphrates River in northern Syria, the PKK has been settling to the east of the ... pollution Iraq
(COUSHATTA, LA) A Red River Parish sheriff's deputy has been cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old war veteran with a history of mental health issues. KTBS 3 has ... His family would later tell investigators Thornton was never the same after tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. pollution Iraq
One or two days a month while deployed in Iraq, Neutzling was required to haul her unit's trash to a nearby burn pit. “I grew up on the Ohio River, and the Ohio River on a hot, muggy day smells like dead fish,” Neutzling said. “I'll take that smell over the burn pits. That was harsher, and it left a metallic taste in ... pollution Iraq
However, IS remnants used hideouts in rugged areas near the rivers of Tigris and Zab as well as Himreen mountainous areas to continue their almost daily attacks against civilians and Iraqi forces. On Dec. 9, 2017, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi officially declared full liberation of Iraq from the IS after ... pollution Iraq
Baghdadi "is still present today with the help of his collaborators in the Syrian region of Al-Jazeera," a span of desert flanked by the Euphrates river and Tigris River in Iraq. Basri also said he had was suffering from severe "physical and psychological deterioration" due to injuries sustained in Iraqi air raids ... pollution Iraq
However, IS remnants used hideouts in rugged areas near the rivers of Tigris and Zab as well as Himreen mountainous areas, to continue their almost daily attacks against civilians and Iraqi forces. On Dec. 9, 2017, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi officially declared full liberation of Iraq from the IS after ... pollution Iraq
The loving words of late Iraqi poet Muhammad Mahdi al-Jawahiri: “Tigris of abundance,” “mother of orchards” sharpen the contrast. “The Tigris has resigned in its capacity as one of Iraq's twin rivers,” wrote Mustafa al-Awsi on Facebook, days before a downpour transformed Iraq into a temporary Venice of ... pollution Iraq
The macabre pile is just another obstacle for the former shop owner struggling to repair his damaged home eight months after U.S.-backed Iraqi forces drove ISIS from Mosul. If some of the city's residents initially welcomed ISIS and its promise of good governance when it took over Iraq's second-biggest city ... pollution Iraq
An army officer who faces another investigation over the death of an Iraqi teenager has revealed that he returned his war medals to the Queen. ... Major Campbell, from Cambridge, who has denied any wrongdoing and has described trying to save Mr Shabram who had jumped into the river, said he had ... pollution Iraq
An Iraqi government delegation will visit Turkey to discuss the country's water share amid environmental concerns over Turkey's Ilisu Dam on the ... “Iraq has made official requests to Turkey and Syria to release its share of Euphrates and Tigris rivers, which have witnessed a great decline,” Nayef said. pollution Iraq
Baghdad ( Iraq has urged neighboring countries to release its share of water from Euphrates and Tigris rivers, warning that it may be ... visit by the Iraqi side is planned to Turkey soon to discuss Iraq's water share in light of Turkey's Ilisu Dam, one of the biggest dams on Tigris River southeast ... pollution Iraq
The water crisis in Iraq's southern regions has led to several conflicts between tribes as they fight over the depleted resource, and the Iraqi government appears ... He added, “There is a tribal sheikh in the northern areas of Maysan province controlling the water flow of the Tigris River to irrigate his farms. pollution Iraq
The Iraqi stretch of the Tigris is downstream from Turkey, leaving it vulnerable to reduced flows. Along with the mighty Euphrates, the enduring presence of the Tigris river helped give Iraq its nickname: "the land of two rivers". With water increasingly scarce, Iraq's three major dams and 20 smaller ones ... drought
Using the river as a deconfliction line is likely to remain a nuisance for the US, Iraq and the pro-Syrian camp. ISIS has a history of using rivers and areas adjacent to them as hideouts and for mobility, even when the US was heavily present inside Iraq after 2007. The villages that the US complained about ... militants
The anti-IS campaign accelerated through much of last year, as coalition and Iraq forces battled to take back a string of cities and towns. "Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over IS in Mosul in July. In the following months Iraqi forces retook a handful of other IS-held towns including Tal Afar in ... militants
The heavy rains that hit Iraq over the past two weeks have not only put an end to the dry season, which has almost dried up the historic Tigris River, but it ... Iraqi Archaeologist Dr. Zain El Abidine Moussa Jaafar told Asharq Al-Awsat that the detection process takes place on several levels: archaeological ... militants
As US troops hunt down some 2,000 remaining IS fighters in the Euphrates River Valley, the legal core of the US involvement in Syria derives from ... “We saw the rise of [IS] and the inability of Iraqi Security Forces to address it as it was growing,” Votel said of the impact of US troops' departing Iraq in 2011. militants
Aqeel Adnan from the Iraqi Army's 8th Division told Al-Monitor that some IS fighters are still across the border in Soussa and Hejin, but they are confined to an area of some 60-70 square kilometers (23-27 square miles). "The [Syrian Defense Forces] are north of the river, and the Syrian regime is south of it," ... militants
A U.S.-led coalition partner force member pulls security during basic infantry training led by German army trainers near Irbil, Iraq, Dec. 5, 2017. Army photo by ... In the Middle Euphrates River Valley, Iraqi forces destroyed an ISIS-held cave network and weapons cache, the colonel said. “In Kirkuk, an ISIS ... militants
Head of Presidency's Foreign Relations Dept: Eastern Euphrates may be secured by both Turkish, Iraqi armies ... groups to retreat from Manbij, and highlighted the possibility of a joint initiative by the Turkish and Iraqi armies to secure the eastern bank of the Euphrates River by opening a new front in Sinjar. militants
However, remnants of IS militants resorted to hideouts in rugged areas near the rivers of Tigris and Zab, as well as Himreen mountainous areas to continue their almost daily attacks against civilians and Iraqi forces. On Dec. 9, 2017, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi officially declared full liberation of Iraq ... militants
Truth urged on airstrike that killed Iraqi police officers and injured the mayor in Anbar province. ... 27 airstrike, al-Baghdadi, Iraq, Feb. ... Al-Baghdadi sits along the snaking Euphrates River, date palms lining its banks, roads curving around collapsed bridges, a wadi running through and the enormous Ain ... militants
He was accused alongside two colleagues of forcing Said Shabram into a river in Basra, Iraq, where the 19-year-old drowned. Major Campbell, who ... Major Campbell, who denies any wrongdoing, is said to have jumped into water to save the Iraqi teen, according to court documents. Eyewitnesses claim ... militants
An army officer who faces another investigation over the death of an Iraqi teenager has revealed that he returned his war medals to the Queen. ... Major Campbell, from Cambridge, who has denied any wrongdoing and has described trying to save Mr Shabram who had jumped into the river, said he had ... militants


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