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#Thread: 𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝗘𝘂𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝗜𝗦𝗜𝗦 𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺?
13,157 Europeans were among the approximately 30,000 foreign terrorist fighters from over 86 countries that joined the genocidal terrorist organisation #ISIS 2014-2016. Image
Most of them (almost 4000) come from just five countries: #France, the #UK, #Germany, #Belgium, and the #Netherlands. Image
in 2014 ISIS had controlled 1-3 of Iraqi and Syrian territory, including #Mosul the second largest city in #Iraq. Between 2014/2019, ISIS killed tens of thousands of Iraqis and Syrians. Millions have become #refugees.
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What an exciting first day in #Iraq. It was a great pleasure for me to walk the streets of Old #Baghdad, to see its monuments which testify to the rich history of Iraq and to have direct talks with the Baghdadis. ImageImageImageImage
I especially wanted to go to #AlMutanabbi Street, famous in the Arab world to have long drawn bibliophiles. Its bookstores and its very dynamic life highlight the return of peace and prosperity to #Iraq through culture. #Baghdad ImageImageImage
I spoke with the booksellers and we have the same conviction: culture has a central role for the future of #Iraq. It is an important factor of social cohesion, as well as it is a source of job creation and economic activity. #AlMutanabbi #Baghdad Image
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Local sources say 12+ killed in #Baghdad today.

Despite curfew, heavy gunfire & explosions heard in #Baghdad -- multiple security offices attacked. Green Zone on security alert & U.S. Embassy sirens sounding off.

In #Mosul, security forces say they foiled a major #ISIS attack.
The situation in #Baghdad is deteriorating fast -- mortars, rockets, RPGs & heavy machine guns all reportedly in use, including within/targeted at the Green Zone. Many casualties; grisly images emerging.

#Basra also in a very bad place -- heavy fighting too.

#Iraq spiraling.
Heavy fighting outside #Iraq's Parliament tonight, as pro-#Sadr & pro-#Iran factions confront.

Dutch Embassy personnel have just evacuated to #Germany's Embassy.

2 soldiers & 20+ protesters dead -- dozens more injured.

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Happening now: @SecDef Lloyd Austin testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee
.@SecDef joined by @thejointstaff Chairman Gen Mark Milley
"We are now facing 2 global powers, #China & #Russia" warns @thejointstaff's Gen Milley

"We are entering a world that is becoming more unstable & the potential for significant int'l conflict btw great powers is increasing..."
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Clashes between PKK terrorists and Iraqi Army in Sinjar, #Iraq.
An explosion rocks Sinjar town northern #Iraq.
Unidentified drone bombarding a target in Sinjar town near #Mosul, northern #Iraq.
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Several rockets landed near #Erbil, #Iraq.
The rockets were fired from Kremlesh town near #Mosul and landed near Khabat town near #Erbil northern #Iraq.
The target of the rocket attack was KAR #Oil refinery which is located in Kawergosk but landed near Topzawa in #Erbil without any casualties or damages.
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Short Thread 🧵

1/ According to pro-#AQ channels, the new leader of the #IslamicState is Professor Zaid, also known as “Haji Zaid” (See photo).
His name is Bashar Khattab Ghazal al-Sumaida'i.


@ColinPClarke @ToreRHamming @NihadJariri @hxhassan @colebunzel @Minalami Image
2/ Also according to pro-#AQ channels, al-Sumaida'i was previously a member of Ansar al-Sunna and joined #ISIS in 2013, in the city of #Mosul, #Iraq
3/ After the organization took control of #Mosul, Abu Muslim al-Turkmani appointed him as the head of the Court of Justice and Claims over the city of Mosul.
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Update #Ukraine .
Im Überblick:
- ukr. und russ. Außenminister treffen sich erstmals;
- #Nuland sorgt mit Aussagen über US-Biolabore in Ukraine für Furore;
- #Mariopol rüstet sich für den Sturm;
- Einkesselung von #Mykolaiv schreitet voran.
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Erstmals seit Beginn der russischen Invasion in der #Ukraine haben sich heute die Außenminister Lawrow und Kuleba in der Türkei getroffen.
Der türk. Außenminister Çavuşoğlu agierte als Vermittler.
Ankara unterhält gute Beziehungen sowohl nach Moskau als auch nach Kiew...
In diesem Sinne könnte sich die Türkei tatsächlich als ein internationaler Vermittler in diesem Konflikt positionieren.
Konkrete Ergebnisse wurden vom heutigen Treffen nicht erwartet, es könnte aber die Grundlage für weitere Verhandlungen legen.
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High security alert at #US military base in #Erbil, #Iraq.
All runways in Erbil international airport closed.
According to documents from #Iraq’s intelligence service, there’s an attempt to targeting #Erbil Military base from Abzakh village between #Mosul and #Erbil.
The base hosts #US lead coalition troops.
Seems that reports about #Erbil Airport are true.
The last flight was delayed at 07:45 and no informations about other flights.
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Several rockets fired toward #Turkish military base in Zilkan, #Musul.
The attack was launched from outside of Ba'shiqa subdistrict which’s under the control of 30th Brigade (Liwa al-Shabak)
قصف عنيف بعدة صواريخ على معسكر #زيلكان في #بعشيقة .
الصواريخ انطلقت من خارج حدود مركز ناحية بعشيقة و بالتحديد من مناطق يخضع لسيطرة اللواء ٣٠ من الحشد الشعبي.
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I’m going to share a few snapshots and moments along the way during my visit to Iraq, to provide some color.

I’m reporting for a forthcoming book that asks: What happened in Iraq after America invaded in 2003, and what broke around the world as a result of that war. #Iraq
The last few days I visited Najaf and Karbala. Here some pilgrims rest in the plaza outside the Shrine of Imam Ali in Najaf at midday, with the temperature at 117 degrees Fahrenheit. #Iraq #Najaf Image
A family takes a deceased relative to the shrine of Imam Ali before burial in the Najaf cemetery. #Iraq #Najaf Image
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This week will be fully dedicated to #Iraq where ALIPH supports almost 30 projects. Meetings with the State Board of Antiquities & Heritage #SBAH & site visits. Thank you Iraq for your warm welcome! Image
📆 Today: a visit to the Arch of Ctesiphon in Taq Kasra, south of Baghdad, where we are supporting emergency stabilization measures implemented by @IraqHSP, @iconem & #SBAH. What a magnificent site, what a breathtaking vault! Image
Yesterday, in #Mosul, ALIPH spoke with the teams working on the Mosul Museum project to rehabilitate the building and its collection, being implemented by @MuseeLouvre & the @smithsonian.
#Iraq ImageImage
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.@frontlinepbs's documentary on #HTS leader Abu Mohammed al-Jolani begins at 10pm EST tonight -- it's already caused shockwaves in the jihadist world.

I've been studying #HTS (& its predecessors) & Jolani's leadership for 10yrs -- the story has profound analytical implications. Image
@frontlinepbs Few could have imagined in 2012-13 that Jolani's Jabhat al-Nusra would years later have a new name & be speaking in quasi nationalist tones; running a semi-technocratic "govt"; proactively engaging w. international NGOs & media; & seeking to establish dialogue w. Western govts.
@frontlinepbs The path between '12 Nusra & '21 #HTS is complex & strewn with inter-factional conflict; vicious internal strife; geopolitical manipulation; and above all, the impact of #Syria's nationwide uprising.

In breaking from #AlQaeda, #Jolani sparked a massive intra-jihadist debate.
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#BREAKING Pope arrives in Mosul, Iraqi city left in ruins by IS
#UPDATES Pope Francis lands in Mosul, now lying in ruins after three-year reign of the Islamic State group
Amid extremely tight security, the pope will hold a prayer service for the "victims of war" outside a church ravaged by IS
Pope Francis says the exodus of Christians from Iraq and the broader Middle East "does incalculable harm not just to the individuals and communities concerned, but also to the society they leave behind"
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THREAD: Iraq boasts a 2,000-yr-old continuous Christian community rooted in its ancient civilization & geography. The apostle St Thomas founded his faith in Iraq, fr where he traveled to convert India, China & Ethiopia along the trading routes for silk & spices #PopeFrancisInIraq
“We have Christianity in Iraq from the very beginning,” Kirkuk Archbishop Fr. Yousif Toma (Toma references St. Thomas) told me. “Christianity spread very quickly from the first century & we've a long & interesting history. The first churches in the world were founded here.”
In the N. town of Mangesh, a cave can still be seen where St. Thomas taught his disciples that was a place of protection. "St Thomas travelled fr Iraq to the far East & the exact kind of cave has been found in China," says Fr. Toma who has documented Iraq's early Christian sites.
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Today is the anniversary of the execution of #Sheikh_Abdulsalam_Barzani.
Barzani was executed in Mosul on 14-12-1914 by an Ottoman state decree, after seven years of continuing the revolution in the Barzan region for the sake of Kurdish national and nation rights.
"Sheikh Abdulsalam #Barzani, the owner of the first manifesto of the Kurdish national liberation movement," says French journalist and historian Chris Kochera.
Sheikh Abdulsalam first collected the Kurdish clans in #Duhok in 1907 on a set of demands for the Kurds and sent them to the sultan of the Ottoman state, but the Ottoman state interpreted it in an attempt to secede and attacked the #Barzan region.
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All security forces in #Baghdad are in high alerts, #Iraq’s PM @MAKadhimi orders Army to deploy in the city and move toward GreenZone .
The chief of #Iran's elite Quds Force Esmail Qaani is in #Baghdad.
🔴 Today there was a meeting between Shia Factions in #Baghdad , the chief of #Iran’s elite Quds Force Esmail Qaani participated in this meeting.
Former PM @nourialmalikiiq asked all factions to dismiss a speaker @AlHaLboosii because they’re not agree with new election bill.
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NEW: 23yo American #ISIS Omer Kuzu - captured by #SDF and repatriated to the US in 2019 - pleads guilty to conspiring to provide material support to terrorism, per @TheJusticeDept
.@TheJusticeDept "remains committed to holding accountable those who have left this country in order to join & support #ISIS" per Asst AG John Demers in statement
"We hope countries around the world, including our #Europe|an allies and partners, will likewise take responsibility for their own citizens who traveled to support #ISIS" per @TheJusticeDept's Demers
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At least 20 journalists are currently missing from countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

All but one of these journalists have disappeared from #Iraq, #Syria & #Lebanon.

Each is #MissingNotForgotten.

Learn their stories in the thread below ⤵️… Image
Samir Kassab, a Lebanese cameraman and photographer for @skynewsarabia, went missing in #Aleppo, #Syria, on Oct. 15, 2013, along with Mauritanian reporter Iszhak Ould Mokhtar and their driver.

They have not been heard from since.

Ishzak Ould Mokhtar, a Mauritanian reporter for @SkyNewsArabia_B, went missing in #Aleppo, #Syria, on Oct. 15, 2013.

"Our family has been unable to talk to him since he was abducted,” his brother told CPJ. The family is unable to confirm his whereabouts.… Photo Credit: Abdallah Ould...
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The shameful secret is that #Mosul fell to Da’ish a long time before they actually seized its streets.

The terrorists had a mafia-like grip on the city. They ‘taxed’ its businesses and infiltrated its local government.

10th June 2014 was just their coronation.
The people of Mosul, like all Sunni communities around #Iraq, had been fed the “Sunni marginalisation” myth.

It said they were worse off in the new Iraq than Shi’a Iraqis.

In reality, the poverty levels in the Shi’a south were significantly worse. But who cares about the truth?
The Sunni marginalisation myth compounded Sunni anger at losing their pre-2003 grip on power in #Iraq. It fuelled the notion that Iran defeated them. It poured gasoline on the fire.

The black flags of Da’ish & the starred flag of Saddam side by side became a less uncommon sight.
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US reassuring allies #ISIS, while still dangerous, is in decline in #Iraq #Syria

Number of attacks down year-on-year & have been "less complex, showing less sophistication, showing the organization remains under a lot of pressure" per @StateDept's Amb James Jeffrey
"There's been a number of aggressive operations, aggressive #Iraq|i operations" per Jeffrey, the US Sepcial Rep to the Global Coalition to Defeat #ISIS "There's been a number of strikes on terrorist leaders that we've been very successful"
#ISIS "leadership is under very, very strong pressure by coalition or local forces," per Amb Jeffrey "We see them very, very limited in their ability to coordinate tactically, even within #Syria & #Iraq, and very very little ability to organize" external attacks or w/affiliates
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The Islamic State published a new video a few days ago, entitled "Smite at the necks", through which it documented the organization's attacks within the Iraqi geography in the so-called battle of attrition which began two and a half years ago.1/15
#ISIS #USA #Iraq
This video carried many messages to us as researchers in the affairs of jihadist groups, which I will present in the form of points that may clarify the scene further to the reader on what is going on in #Iraq in particular and what may happen later.2/15
#ISIS #USA #Trump #PMU
First, the organization, through this video, tried to confirm the strength of its network, the strength of its institutions, and its ability to rise once, twice, three times, which was presented by recalling the period between 2009 and 2013.3/15
#ISIS #USA #PMU #Iraq #Syria
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Good news: An Iraqi committee has been formed to oversee the implementation of the withdrawal of all foreign forces from #Iraq, including the US forces. The US, UK, France, and tens of countries involved are informed of the procedure. #QassemSoleimani
I have to bow to the request to offer further explanation here:
I have to bow to the request to offer a further explanation here:e: The Iraqi government and all Iraqi forces agreed to allow the US and other forces to leave within 3 months.+
If Foreign forces refuse to complete the withdrawal, these will be considered occupation forces and therefore legitimate targets.

This is why I said the other day that no Iraqi anti-US group was responsible for rocket launching against the US embassy.+
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