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1/23/2019 DoD Army Casualty Identified Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale, 32, of Carrollton, Virginia, died Jan. 22, 2019, as a result of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire during combat operations in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. Beale was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. https://dod.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/1738430/dod-identifies-army-casualty/
1/23/2019 BasNews Demonstrators March Towards Baghdad’s Green Zone Several dozens of demonstrators gathered in Baghdad on Wednesday to denounce the government’s failure in compensating the families of fallen soldiers. The demonstrators were reportedly walking toward the Green Zone where most of federal government institutions and foreign diplomatic missions are located. http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/iraq/496148
1/23/2019 IraqiNews 43 IS militants killed, wounded as they planned attack on Iraqi troops, says commander Pro-government fighters of Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi thwarted on Wednesday a planned attack by Islamic State militants on security forces in a village on the Iraqi-Syrian border, leaving 43 terrorists dead and wounded. “Iraqi artillery targeted a hotbed grouping IS militants in the village of Baghuz on the Iraqi-Syrian border after receiving intelligence reports about a plot by those extremists to attack security forces,” Almaalomah news website quoted Commander of Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi operations in Western Anbar Qassim Mosleh as saying https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/43-is-militants-killed-wounded-as-they-planned-attack-on-iraqi-troops-says-commander/
1/23/2019 BasNews Car Bomb Kills Two Iraqi Police Officers A bomb blast targeted a checkpoint of Iraqi federal police in western Kirkuk on Wednesday, killing at least two officers. A local security source said the attack occurred in Riyadh subdistrict of Kirkuk province. It was carried out by a suicide bomber driving a car bomb, the source added. Another police officer was wounded. http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/kurdistan/496226
1/23/2019 Aawsat US Forces in Iraq Confuse Pro-Iran Factions From the halls of parliament to the lightning-fast rumor mills of social media, pro-Iran factions are demanding US troops withdraw from Iraq in a challenge to the country’s fragile government. The political wrangling is another indication of Iraq’s precarious position as it tries to balance ties between two key allies — the United States and Iran. https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1558241/us-forces-iraq-confuse-pro-iran-factions
1/23/2019 UPI U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan A U.S. service member died Tuesday in a firefight with enemy forces in Afghanistan, the second American soldier killed there this year. The soldier was hit by small-arms fire in Urozgan province in central Afghanistan, north of Kandahar, said military spokesman Col. Dave Butler. https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2019/01/23/US-soldier-killed-in-Afghanistan-second-troop-death-this-year/9811548244561/
1/21/2019 Reuters Taliban say they hold talks with U.S. Afghan envoy in Qatar The Taliban met U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Qatar on Monday, the militant group said in a statement, days after threatening to pull out of Afghan peace talks. “Talks between Taliban leaders and U.S. officials have started today in Qatar,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/taliban-say-they-hold-talks-with-u-s-afghan-envoy-in-qatar-idUSKCN1PF1GC?rpc=401&
1/21/2019 Reuters Suicide bomber rams U.S.-backed forces at Syria checkpoint A suicide bomber drove his car into a checkpoint in northeastern Syria on Monday, injuring several soldiers of Kurdish-led forces during a joint convoy with U.S. allies, locals said. The attack happened on the western edge of Shadadi town in Hasaka province near a route frequented by the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State, residents and sources said. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-blast/suicide-bomber-rams-u-s-backed-forces-at-syria-checkpoint-idUSKCN1PF184?rpc=401&
1/21/2019 BasNews Iraqi Shi’ite Militias Accuse US Forces of Provocative Moves in Anbar A commander for the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias in western Iraq has accused the US forces in the region of provoking the local forces to start a war. Speaking to BasNews on Monday, Qasim Muslih, commander of Hashd al-Shaabi militias in Anbar, said they have no intention to begin an armed conflict with the US troops on the border areas with Syria. http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/iraq/495657
1/21/2019 Al-monitor Najaf Shiites launch solidarity initiative with Sunni areas Clerics and other religious figures from Najaf's Hawza Illmiya, a prominent Shiite seminary, have launched the Dialogue for Social Cohesion in Iraq, a community cooperation initiative reaching out to western and northern Sunni governorates recently liberated from the Islamic State (IS). In the first phase of the initiative, a delegation from Najaf visited Anbar University Jan. 10 for meetings to open channels of communication with Sunni scholars and other religious figures, professors, students, intellectuals and civil society members. https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/01/iraq-shiite-najaf-sistani-sectarianism.html