Joanne Stocker

joanne.stocker@thedefensepost.com
  • The Iraqi National Army said its troops and federal police liberated the town of Hawija on October 5.

    Iraqi forces recapture Hawija from ISIS

    Iraqi forces recaptured the town of Hawija from Islamic State militants, less than two weeks after the offensive began, the army reported on Thursday.

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    Coalition strikes target 16 ISIS ‘tactical units’ near Raqqa – CJTF-OIR

    U.S.-led Coalition strikes in Iraq engaged 16 ISIS tactical units and 14 fighting positions near the Syrian city of Raqqa on Tuesday, Operation Inherent Resolve said.

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  • Motorbike explodes outside Jordanian defense mission in Paris

    A motorbike exploded outside the Jordanian military mission in the French capital early on Wednesday morning. Jordan’s Petra news agency reported that no one was injured in the explosion, which occurred outside the defense attache’s office on avenue Foch in Paris’ 16th arrondissement. The Jordanian embassy is located nearby. An embassy official said he did not believe the military office was deliberately targeted. Several vehicles were damaged, according to the foreign ministry. The Paris police department said the motorbike was set on fire in front of the office, but nothing “corresponded to an explosion,” Reuters news agency reported. Police said the incident was under investigation but not believed to be linked to terrorism.

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    Mattis: Pentagon supports Tillerson’s diplomatic efforts with North Korea

    U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis told a Senate panel on Tuesday that the Pentagon supports Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's talks with North Korean officials.

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    Coalition strikes destroy car bomb factory near Hawija – CJTF-OIR

    US-led Coalition strikes in Iraq destroyed an ISIS car bomb factory near Hawija, Operation Inherent Resolve said.

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  • US-Led Coalition service member killed by IED in Iraq

    A member of the U.S.-led Coalition against Islamic State was killed by an IED during operations in Iraq, Operation Inherent Resolve said

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    Macron lays out plans for Eurozone overhaul and common defense

    French President Macron laid out a roadmap for reforming the EU, calling for greater Eurozone integration and common European defense

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  • Iraq, ISIS, Coalition, ISF, Islamic State

    Iraq announces start of offensive to retake Hawija from ISIS

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Thursday the start of the Hawija operation, with Iraqi Security Forces leading the fight to oust Islamic State fighters from the city. In a statement, Abadi said: “We announce the launch of the first phase of the liberation of Hawija, in fulfilment of our pledge to our people to liberate all Iraqi territory and cleanse it from terrorist Daesh gangs.” القائد العام للقوات المسلحة الدكتور حيدر العبادي يعلن انطلاق المرحلة الاولى من عملية تحرير الحويجةhttps://t.co/wEiMApidsy pic.twitter.com/3X3LKSqlEu — Haider Al-Abadi (@HaiderAlAbadi) September 21, 2017 ISIS captured Hawija, located about 55 kilometers (34 miles) south of Kirkuk, in June 2014. Col. Ryan Dillon said on Thursday that the Coalition believes between 800-1,500 ISIS fighters remain in Hawija, including foreign fighters. Previously the Coalition estimated fewer than 1,000 fighters were in the city. In an emailed statement, the Norwegian Refugee Council told The Globe Post an estimated 60,000-85,000 people may flee Hawija and the surrounding areas. “The biggest need for families inside Hawiga now is protection and safety away from the crossfire. We also know that civilians inside Hawiga have suffered a lack of food and water and medical care during the last couple of years under …

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