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Below you will find news reports listed in chronological order (most recent on top) that cover the Iraq conflict by Sunni and Shia (and the Kurds) during 2015.

July 2, 2015. "US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State". The Telegraph.

June 7, 2015. "The Iraqi Army No Longer Exists". By Barry Posen, Defense One. The author examines the strength of the Iraqi Army and finds that it is a 'ghost army'.

June 7, 2015. "Britain boosts Iraq military trainers to combat Islamic State". USA Today. The U.K. will send an additional 125 trainers to Iraq. The trainers will help the Iraqi Army learn how to defeat IEDs. The total British troop numbers in Iraq will now be 200 personnel.

June 3, 2015. "Is U.S. Claim of 10,000 ISIS Dead Believable?", NBC News. Even if true events on the ground indicate that the Islamic State is still gaining recruits and territory. So the 'body count' number - even if accurate - is irrelevant.

June 3, 2015. "The White House's Game Plan for Iraq: Run Out the Clock". By S.V. Date, Defense One. The 'go slow' approach is politically motivated and based on ground reality.

June 2, 2015. "Former CIA spy: Obama doing 'lousy job' in fight against ISIS". The Hill. Henry Crumpton provides his perspective on Obama's Middle East policies.

May 28, 2015. "Interview with Sky News". General John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL is interviewed about the situation in Syria and Iraq, May 28, 2015.

May 22, 2015. "Special Ops to Obama: Let Us Fight ISIS, Already". By Kimberly Dozier, The Daily Beast. SF operators say they are hampered by the Obama administration's restrictive rules of war.

May 20, 2015. "It's Time to Arm the Sunni Tribes". By Paul Scharre, Defense One. The United States must work with what partners it has available in Iraq, not fictitious ones it might prefer.

May 19, 2015. "US Helicopter Shot at By Anti-ISIS Forces: Commander Blames Iran". Defense One. Army BG Kurt Crytzer, deputy commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT), says that rumor spreading by Iran is fueling actions against U.S. forces by anti-ISIS militias.

May 19, 2015. "Analysis: Ramadi rout shows limits of U.S. plan to train Iraqi military". USA Today. Keeping U.S. advisors from accompanying Iraqi army units in battle limits their effectiveness.

May 19, 2015. "The ISIS March Continues: From Ramadi on to Baghdad?" Foreign Policy. Anyone (U.S. DoD) telling you the Islamic State is in decline isn't paying attention.

May 18, 2015. "How Obama Lost Ramadi". Middle East Forum. The administrations insistance on funneling aid only through the Shiite dominated Iraqi government and not directly to Kurds or Sunni tribes is hurting the effort against the Islamic State.

May 15, 2015. "Strategy to Defeat ISIL is Working, Military Official Says". DoD News. Marine Corps Brig General Thomas D. Weidley, the Chief of Staff for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, is quoted as saying ISIL " . . . is on the defensive throughout Iraq and Syria . . . ". This news release by the DoD is poorly timed as the Islamic State fighters took control of the key city of Ramadi just west of Baghdad in Anbar province at the time of the news release.

May 1, 2015. "Meet the Shadow Warrior Leading the Fight Against the Islamic State". Foriegn Policy. Major General Mike Nagata predicted the rise of the mlitants. Can he train enough rebels to defeat them?

February 23, 2015. "Why Arab Ground Troops Won't Defeat ISIS". Defense One. There is no real history of Arab armies being organized enough to defeat an insurgency - as in Syria or Iraq defeating ISIS.

January 15, 2015. "US to Send 400 Trainers and Hundreds More Troops for Syrian Train-and-Equip Mission". Defense One. Some Special Forces units and support troops to be based at four training sites in three different countries - Qatar, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.

January 14, 2015. "The coming fall of the house of ISIS". Foreign Policy. Jim Sisco believes that the chinks in ISIS's armor are already starting to appear and it is only a matter of time before ISIS is defeated.

January 8, 2015. "The U.S. military is back training troops in Iraq, but it's a little different this time". The Washington Post. Training efforts currently underway at Taji - once a major base for the U.S. military and also the Iraqi military's logistical hub.

January 6, 2015. "Let the Iraqi Army Have Its Day". By Michael Knights, The Washington Institute. The author thinks the Iraqi Army needs to be resourced and trained.

January 6, 2015. "Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: 'Of Course It's Not Enough'". The Daily Beast. The U.S. military has unveiled a new effort to train the Iraqis to battle ISIS; but it falls way short of being enough.

January 5, 2015. "We Need to Figure Out Who's in Charge of the War Against ISIS". Task & Purpose. The appointment of retired General John Allen as special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS has caused some confusion on chain of command.




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