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Iraq Occupation Focus Newsletter No 290
Iraq Occupation Focus
Newsletter No. 290
December 1st, 2015
U.S. Military: Iraq Air Strike Likely Killed Four Civilians, Including Child Reuters report (November 20th): A U.S. air strike that targeted an Islamic State checkpoint in Iraq in March likely killed four civilians, one of whom may have been a child, the U.S. military said in a rare statement acknowledging the death of civilians.
Iraq's paramilitaries demand more cash for Islamic State fight, testing PM Reuters report (November 19th): Iraqi paramilitaries seen as essential in fighting Islamic State are resisting moves to rein in their budget, highlighting the challenge of imposing government authority on one of the country's most powerful forces.
ISIS Pursuing Chemical Weapons, Say Iraqi and U.S. Officials AP report (November 19th): Iraqi and U.S. intelligence officials say the Islamic State group is aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons, setting up a branch dedicated to research and experiments with the help of scientists from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region.
A doctor killed and three others wounded in coalition aircraft bombing south of Mosul NINA report (November 17th): A doctor was killed and three others doctors were wounded in the bombing of a health center by international coalition aircraft south of Mosul, according to local residents.
There are signs Canadian commandos are battling ISIS in northern Iraq CBC report (November 16th): Canadian special operations forces are continuing to advise and assist Kurdish forces as they battle ISIS in a major offensive in the northern part of Iraq, an operation that brings with it the strong likelihood Canadian commandos are in combat today.