Immigration arrests of dozens of Chaldeans prompt protest
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Immigration arrests of dozens of Chaldeans prompt protest

DETROIT (AP) — The arrests of dozens of Iraqi Christians in southeastern Michigan by U.S. immigration officials appear to be among the first roundups of people from Iraq who have long faced deportation, underscoring rising concerns in other immigrant communities. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on Monday declined to say how many were taken … Continue reading

Immigration arrests of dozens of Chaldeans prompt protest
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Immigration arrests of dozens of Chaldeans prompt protest

DETROIT (AP) — The arrests of dozens of Iraqi Christians in southeastern Michigan by U.S. immigration officials appear to be among the first roundups of people from Iraq who have long faced deportation, underscoring rising concerns in other immigrant communities. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on Monday declined to say how many were taken … Continue reading

Iraqi troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talks
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Iraqi troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talks

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces advanced Monday into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a push to drive Islamic State militants from the city’s western half, as the visiting U.S. defense secretary met with officials to discuss the fight against the extremists. With aerial support from the U.S.-led … Continue reading

President Moore issues statement on travel ban
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President Moore issues statement on travel ban

February 20, 2017 To the University Community: The White House issued a Presidential Executive Order (“Executive Order”) on January 27, 2017, which impacts members of the Norfolk State University Community.  The Executive Order suspends the “entry into the United States” for 90 days (and possibly longer) to nationals from seven countries:  Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, … Continue reading

US commander: Mosul and Raqqa should be retaken in 6 months
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US commander: Mosul and Raqqa should be retaken in 6 months

CAMP TAJI, Iraq (AP) — Forces fighting the Islamic State group should be able to retake the IS-held cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria within the next six months, according to the top U.S. commander in Iraq. On a tour north of Baghdad Wednesday, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said “within … Continue reading

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Iraqi Shiite cleric al-Sadr slams Trump

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has slammed President-elect Donald Trump over his “escalating statements… against Islam and Muslims,” and criticized him for not distinguishing between radical and moderate Muslims. In written statement issued Thursday, the influential anti-U.S. cleric responded to the outcome of the U.S. presidential election saying “Even if the president … Continue reading

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Russia says militants used chemical weapons in Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said Friday its officers have found evidence of chemical weapons use by Syrian militants in the northern area of Aleppo where government forces are trying to regain control of areas they recently lost to insurgents. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that ministry experts have found … Continue reading

The Latest: Scandinavian nations criticize Turkey on arrests
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The Latest: Scandinavian nations criticize Turkey on arrests

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on an explosion and detentions in Kurdish areas of Turkey (all times local): 6:25 p.m. All three Scandinavian foreign ministers have summoned the Turkish ambassadors in Norway, Sweden and Denmark to explain the arrests of pro-Kurdish politicians. Borge Brende, foreign minister of Norway, which is outside the European Union, … Continue reading

In renewed Aleppo attacks, Syrian troops capture high ground
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In renewed Aleppo attacks, Syrian troops capture high ground

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces and their allies on Monday captured strategic high ground in embattled Aleppo as Russia — a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad — said it was not planning more “humanitarian pauses” in the fighting in the city’s eastern, rebel-held districts. The fighting in Aleppo came as airstrikes hit … Continue reading

IS attacks Iraq city of Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight
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IS attacks Iraq city of Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Islamic State militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Friday, in an assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi security forces from a massive offensive against the IS-held city of Mosul. At least 13 workers, including four Iranians, were … Continue reading

Iraqis push toward IS-held Mosul in long-awaited operation
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Iraqis push toward IS-held Mosul in long-awaited operation

KHAZER, Iraq (AP) — Columns of Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led airstrikes slowly advanced on Mosul from several directions on Monday, launching a long-awaited operation to retake Iraq’s second largest city from the Islamic State group. As airstrikes sent plumes of smoke into the air and heavy artillery rounds rumbled, troops pushed into … Continue reading