Army’s Delta Force begins to target ISIS in Iraq




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By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
Updated 5:27 PM ET, Mon February 29, 2016

Washington (CNN)The U.S. Army’s elite Delta Force operations to target, capture or kill top ISIS operatives have begun in Iraq, after several weeks of covert preparation, an administration official with direct knowledge of the force’s activities told CNN.

The official said the group has spent the last several weeks preparing, including setting up safe houses, establishing informant networks and coordinating operations with Iraqi and Peshmerga units. It’s the same strategy that Special Operations forces have used in previous deployments to combat zones.

Several Pentagon and military officials declined to discuss specifics of the so-called Expeditionary Targeting Force with CNN.

But Defense Secretary Ash Carter seemed to confirm in comments made at the Pentagon on Monday that the Special Operations forces had begun missions.

“The only thing I’ll say is the (Expeditionary Targeting Force) is in position, it is having an effect and operating, and I expect it to be a very effective part of our acceleration campaign,” he said during a press conference.

According to Carter, the force will conduct raids, seize places and people, and free ISIS-held hostages and prisoners.

Carter also told reporters that the force would cause ISIS “to fear that anywhere, anytime, it may be struck.”

A U.S. official told CNN that Carter’s statement reflects that Delta operations have begun.

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CNN is not detailing any precise locations or operations. Based on several interviews with U.S. officials however, a growing role is rapidly emerging for Special Operations forces in Iraq and Syria.

CNN has learned that Delta Force plans to replicate the strategy that Special Operations forces used for years in Iraq and Afghanistan. The plan: Gather enough intelligence to stage raids on terror compounds and hideouts. Then from intelligence gathered at those sites, such as laptops and cellphones, forces will try to rapidly learn more about ISIS networks and quickly attack additional related targets.

It’s a strategy that worked in May 2015, when Delta raided a compound in Syria, killing ISIS operative Abu Sayyaf and capturing his wife.

U.S. military officials have said material gathered at the raid and the interrogation of his wife provided extensive intelligence of ISIS networks that has been used in subsequent missions.

The Abu Sayyaf raid is the only known ground combat operation inside Syria for U.S. forces outside of a failed hostage rescue attempt. All other operations to kill ISIS operatives have been conducted by overhead drones. Putting forces on the ground is seen as a way to go more directly after key individuals, although it poses the risk of any ground combat operation.

Carter announced the initial details in December during congressional testimony, saying that the Pentagon was sending a “specialized expeditionary targeting force” to conduct “raids and intelligence gathering missions.”

Carter also said at the time that “this force will also be in a position to conduct unilateral operations in Syria.” For now, the force is in fact working only in Iraq, but is prepared to go into Syria if it gathers enough intelligence to warrant a mission.

Conducting targeted operations inside Syria is seen as potentially more risky because there would not be a local force on the ground for the U.S. troops to work with.

The ETF — which numbers about 200 personnel — has collected enough intelligence now about ISIS operations in Iraq in up to half a dozen locations that raids and field operations are ready inside Iraq.

These are described as “targeted” missions, in which the military is going after a specific individual or ISIS operation. Targeted missions required days, if not weeks, of continuous surveillance of the area to ensure civilians are not nearby. Depending on the situation, the President often will be asked to approved specific missions.

The personnel are largely made up of Delta Force, one of the U.S. military’s so-called “Tier One” Special Operations units. As with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group — publicly known as Seal Team 6 — Delta operatives are highly trained to operate secretly in hostile environments.

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There remains a raging debate inside the administration about whether to acknowledge the ETF operations once they begin. Gen. Joseph Votel, head of the the U.S. Special Operations Command has warned all his troops not to talk about it because of security concerns. But Pentagon officials acknowledged to CNN that there is pressure within the administration to tout the success of the effort — if indeed the operations are successful.

While the ETF is not yet operating in Syria, a separate group of about 50 U.S. special forces have greatly expanded their initial operations there in recent weeks after the Pentagon announced they were going to Syria.

This group’s mission is to accompany tribal, Arab and Kurdish forces in Syria as they try to regain territory from ISIS. Small U.S. teams now regularly leave their locations in northern Syria and go into the field. Several U.S. military officials confirmed that most recently U.S. troops went with local fighters to a location near the town of Al-Shaddadi in eastern Syria to help coordinate their operations and assist them in calling in airstrikes. ISIS has in recent days been driven from the area and U.S. officials see it as a victory for the policy because getting ISIS out of the town cuts a key route between Syria and Iraq.

But expanding Special Operations forces in Syria by sending the ETF remains complicated in addition to security concerns. If the teams capture operatives in Iraq, the plan calls for them to be turned over to the Iraqi government. If ISIS operatives are captured in Syria, the U.S. might try to turn them back over to their home countries, officials said. But clearly if there are Syrians and other nationalities fighting, that might make a turnover difficult and the U.S. is not planning to hold the people it captures beyond a short period of time.

And in another complication, so far it is not clear to what extent the U.S. would inform Russia of any ground operations to ensure U.S. troops are not inadvertently bombed in Russian airstrikes. Currently the Russians have only been given the broad indications, and not specifics, of where Special Operations force are based in northern Syria, U.S. officials said.

Carter also said Monday that “momentum is now on our side” in the fight against ISIS.

He told reporters that he fully expects the U.S. to play a greater role in assisting the Iraqi military’s effort to retake Mosul.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford also said that U.S. forces would “do more in Mosul” to help the Iraqi Army reclaim the city — the country’s second-largest — from ISIS.

Carter also discussed the U.S. cyber campaign against ISIS, using another terms for the organization, saying it was intended to “disrupt ISIL’s command and control” and “overload their network,” thereby impacting ISIS’ ability to control its forces, the local population and the economy.

CNN’s Ryan Browne contributed to this report.

Mr. Ammar al-Hakim calls for security chiefs to review the plans after the events of Abu Ghraib


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{Baghdad: Euphrates News} head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim called on the security agencies to be aware of their responsibilities and that the decline in the size of its plans to permit such recent events at Abu Ghraib.
Mr. Ammar al – Hakim said in their profile location social networking {Facebook} “Terrorism Aldaasha tried his luck bad luck of being exposed to areas west ofBaghdad suffered heavy losses , and emerged from the battle Khasia and rejected, commending the role of the security forces of the army and police , the popular and the crowd in addressing them and this era of Iraq their” .
It is said that Abu Ghraib District , west of Baghdad yesterday witnessed terrorist attacks and try to control the silo in Khan Dhari fully .anthy was to kill all theterrorists and cleanse Granaries

Parliament will vote tomorrow on imports of municipal law and presents the names of deputies



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{Baghdad: Euphrates News} House of Representatives will vote at its scheduled to be held tomorrow, Tuesday, the draft Law on Municipalities and imports, and displays the names of the deputies and was named the latter limit is exhausted holidays. “
According to a statement of the Council and the agency {Euphrates News} received a copy of it today that ” the agenda of the meeting No. {12} Tuesday {1} March 2016 includes a vote on a draft imports Municipalities Act, also includes considering the appeals filed on the membership of some of the MPs health, and display a blog parliament behavior regarding what comes out of the behaviors or actions or matters relating to convention parliamentarian, will also be absent display names and names reached the final limit is exhausted holidays. ”
He noted that” the meeting also include the first reading of the draft law onratification financial agreement relating to a loan of the World Bank submitted to theLaw Republic of Iraq , dated on 02.03.2014., and includes a discussion of a bill defining the mandates of the three presidencies report. ”
and he finished the table also includes the report and discuss the draft law onratification agreement on economic and technical cooperation between theGovernment of the Republic of Iraq and the Government of the State of Kuwait law, noting that” the time the session begins ten in the morning , “.anthy

The new tax details in Baghdad !!


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Baghdad Provincial Council embarked on the study of plans to expand the capital resources to impose extra charges on the border crossing points and extra fees on buildings and its generators.

She said the Baghdad Provincial Council member Fatima al – Hassani in a press statement today, said that ” the provincial council discuss a mechanism to expand the imports of the province through charging for vehicle access through the capital outlets, and the amounts of run of the province generators, as well as rents sports clubs and vital facilities.”

He said al – Hassani, said that ” the Council has formed a committee to develop a strategic mechanisms to collect the money and submit them to the province in order to initiate its implementation.”

Earlier reports resolutely Baghdad province to charge for vehicles entering through its outlets, ranging from one thousand dinars to 25,000 dinars, depending on the size and type of the vehicle, in addition to fees for the ration card and subscribe to private generators.

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URGENT US embassy denies reduce the number of their employees because of the Mosul Dam



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denied the US embassy in Baghdad news about reducing the number of employees after the warnings of thedangers of the plug connector.
According to an embassy statement received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of it, that ” the recent local media reports which claim to reduce the numbers of staff in the US embassy in Baghdad were untrue.”
He said “continues embassy operations normally and all employees are fully under the supervision ofAmbassador American Stewart Jones. ”
the US embassy denied” advised US citizens to leave Iraq, but advised the embassy of the United States simply American citizens arranged contingency plans in line with the communication issued by the Prime Minister Haider al – Abadi in his press statement yesterday about the Mosul Dam. ”
media reports said the United States called on its citizens to prepare to leave Iraq in the event of what it called, that would be a disaster if the collapsed connector plug.
the Prime Minister ‘s Office issued yesterday inter guidance to residents on how to avoid the potential risk of thecollapse of the Mosul dam in northern Iraq.

US sources: Elite Forces are about to start their operations in Iraq


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familiar with the preparations undertaken by the American elite forces sources revealed that the mission is about to begin in Iraq against al Daash, and they are ready.
The sources pointed to the US news network CNN that the troops had spent the past seven weeks in basic training accommodation housing units safe and the establishment of information networks and coordination with theIraqi forces and the Peshmerga, in the same strategy used by the special forces in the past in Iraq and Afghanistan.
At the time rejected it officials at the US Department of defense [Pentagon] to provide additional details on this task, where Colonel Chris Garver told reporters: “when we are ready to announce this important Snalmkm this, and I have no comment on the operations or areas where these operations will be at the present time . ” .
the US Secretary of defense Ashton Carter said on Monday that the alliance , which the United States led in theface of the organization Daash expected to supply the Iraqi forces additional forms of support in the battle of therestoration of the city of Mosul.
the US military ‘s intelligence chief Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart said in a 10 February / February , “we can start thecampaign against Mosul and do some operations.”
He described a spokesman for the international coalition Colonel Steven Warren in the second of this month battle to liberate Mosul that it would be “bloody , ” adding that ” the role of the alliance in the battle will be theonly air support.”
He revealed that ” one of the things that we work closely with the Iraqi government is how can we believe theborder with Syria , and we have implemented air strikes would prevent Daash from moving there , “adding that” asmall private uS force will come to support the Iraqi forces to secure the border between Iraq and Syria in theevent of Iraqi government ‘s request so the task of intelligence gathering and perhaps do some raids against Daash in order to prevent members of the organization to cross the border and this is after a request from Baghdad as well. “

Parliamentary security: study the host commander of Baghdad operations


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He stressed the security and defense committee member of the parliamentary Majid al-Gharawi, on Monday, that the committee is considering hosting the commander of Baghdad Operations Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir al-Shammari.

The capital , Baghdad, on Sunday, a major security breaches represented a terrorist bombing in Sadr City, and the entry of some elements of al – Daash terrorist to the outskirts of Abu Ghraib.
He Ghraoui L / balance News /, said that “after the security breaches that hit the capital , Baghdad, on Tuesday, Committee began studying the possibility of hosting the commander of Baghdad operations Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir al – Shammari in the Commission ,”noting that” the Committee will meet next Wednesday to determine the possibility of hosting or not. ”

He added, “it was the formation of committees to conduct urgent investigations into security breaches,” calling at the same time, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to “reconsider a lot of failed and corrupt security chiefs that had a fundamental role in the deterioration of the security situation in the capital.”

Revealed a coalition of state law for / balances News /, on Monday, all held three presidencies evening meeting to study the formation of the new government and discuss the security situation in the country .anthy 29

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Sadr calls for a mass demonstration Friday at the gates of the Green Zone



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called the cleric Moqtada al – Sadr, to go out a mass demonstration next Friday at the gates of Baghdad ‘s Green Zone , which includes the most prominent government headquarters and diplomatic missions.
Sadr said in a statement Mkhtaba supporters “after he touched you in Tahrir Square , obedience, organized and up unified patriotism I Astnezkm again and trust you and Bhbkm to Otunkm for a mass demonstration specific to the inhabitants of Baghdad , of all regions , but this time will not be in Tahrir Square , but the location of thenearest I mean [green] region, but not on their doors in this – way and at a time determined by the committee supervising the demonstration consists of Hazem al – Araji, Salah al – Obeidi and Muhannad al – Gharawi and pro – Asadi and activist Ahmed Abdul Hussein]. ” He
also called on the demonstrators to be” demonstrations in the provinces both in the provinces and in front maintaining that the Council characterized these demonstrations in Ospoekm this as peaceful but it is angry hoping to hear your voice , who are trying to ignore the protesters as a threat and what was the voice of thepeople threat but is the voice of the right. ”
he called on the leader of the Sadrist movement , ” the demonstrators to reflect the same image which lived abeacon of pride and honor in Tahrir Square , and I hope that this event will not be a dedicated region of no other people are Collect lover of reform and Bagd to corruption. ”
he noted that” demonstrations in Baghdad and the provinces go out at the same time and the time until you reach the message is clear to all. ”
the cleric Moqtada al – Sadr, had warned Friday last broke into the green Zone, said : “today we are on the green walls, tomorrow people will be where to regain the rights of the corrupt and evil – doers.”
Sadr said his word in front of thousands of his followers came out demonstrations last Friday in Tahrir Square inBaghdad that ” the Prime Minister Haider al – Abadi, today at stake, and especially after the people were roused, and still Mentvdha, and it remains Mentvdha. ”
he noted that” after the voice of religious authority and the voice of home and abroad, who support reform and enabled Abadi of reforms, but dawdle, and today is a binding reform, even radical reform does not Prosthetic ,“accusing the government that it had “left people struggling with death and fear, hunger, unemployment and occupation, and the crisis of security and economic stranglehold, and deteriorating services and major political crisis , ” he said . On.

Urgent three presidencies will meet this evening



Urgent three presidencies will meet this evening

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three presidencies, said a source familiar with [ the Republic and the Cabinet and Parliament] will meet Monday evening.
The source told all of Iraq [where] that “the meeting will be held at the presidency at seven in the evening to discuss the latest political developments and security situation.”