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last updated 27-Mar-2016

News articles and special reports related to insurgents and insurgency in the Middle East, a region with a rich yet conflicting history. We cover insurgency and rebellion in countries such as Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. The Adverse Private Forces we primarily focus here are the many Arabic insurgent and rebel groups in the region.



IRAQ - JUNE 6, 2014 - ONGOING: The advance through Iraq of the Islamist militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Shams (ISIS, or ISIL, or The Islamic State) continues to cause alarm in Baghdad and beyond.

Iraq News from The Telegraph: the latest and breaking news from Iraq: Al-Qaeda snubs caliphate by renewing allegiance to Taliban, July 22, 2014 | Iraq leader Nouri al-Maliki 'rejected Iran's pressure to step down,' July 24, 2014 | Britain to send military personnel back to Iraq, November 5, 2014: MULTIMEDIA

Iraq oil bonanza reaps $1 million a day for Islamic State. Islamic State strengthens grip on northern Iraq by raising millions from sale of oil through Kurdistan to Turkey and Iran. By Damien McElroy, July 12, 2014: MULTIMEDIA

British Isis fighters 'biggest threat to national security' says British PM Cameron. Foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria including Britons who could try to return to UK "biggest threat to national security that exists today", says Prime Minister, as Isis moves closer to Baghdad. By Andrew Marszal, June 17 as it happened: MULTIMEDIA

Mass grave with 150 bodies found in Iraq. The grave was found in Ramadi, the embattled capital of Anbar province, about 70 miles west of Baghdad, and the dead men are believed to be from the Albu Nimr tribe, a Sunni group. By David Blair, October 30, 2014: TEXT | PICTURES

ISIL jihadists boast about buying Yazidi sex slaves. The video shows young men relaxing and chatting about their captive women. “Today is slave market day,” says one man, By Richard Spencer, Novermber 3, 2014: TEXT | VIDEOS

Iraq News from The Guardian: the latest and breaking news from Iraq: Iraqi Christians in Mosul told by Isis to convert to Islam or be executed, July 24, 2014 | Isis militants blow up Jonah's tomb, July 24, 2014: MULTIMEDIA

Middle East Live (last updated September 25, 2014): US carries out new air strikes in Iraq, sees erosion of Isis 'morale', September 25, 2014 | US troops arrive in Baghdad, June 24, 2014 | Mosul dam 'retaken' by Iraqi and Kurdish forces, August 18, 2014 | Isis declares caliphate in Iraq and Syria, June 30, 2014: MULTIMEDIA

Isis declares caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Islamist militants have declared an Islamic "caliphate" in an area straddling Iraq and Syria, trumpeting in a video called End of Sykes-Picot the declaration "We will break other borders " and calling their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the caliph of Muslims everywhere. By Matthew Weaver, June 30, 2014: MULTIMEDIA

Schoolgirl jihadis: the female Islamists leaving home to join Isis fighters. Girls as young as 14 or 15 are travelling mainly to Syria to marry jihadis, bear their children and join communities of fighters, with a small number taking up arms. Many are recruited via social media. By Harriet Sherwood, Sandra Laville, Kim Willsher, Ben Knight, Maddy French and Lauren Gambino, September 29, 2014: TEXT | PICTURES

'Islamic State Conflict' from BBC News: Isis, Isil or Da'ish? What to call militants in Iraq, June 24, 2014 | Key players in Sunni rebellion, July 1, 2014 | Profile: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, July 5, 2014: MULTIMEDIA

UNSC Resolution 2178: How easily can it be enforced?. The resolution requires countries to have laws that permit the prosecution of: Their nationals and others departing their territories who travel or attempt to travel for terrorism purposes. September 26, 2014: MULTIMEDIA

United Nations Security Council Resolution Resolution 2178 (2014). S/RES/2178 (2014) Adopted by the Security Council at its 7272nd meeting, on 24 September 2014: PDF | PLAIN TEXT (Permalink at

Battle for Kobane: Before and after images. Satellite imagery, released by the UN's Institute for Training and Research (Unitar), reveals how Kobane is suffering amid the conflict. Analysis shows a build-up of vehicles near the Turkish border, widespread building damage as well as a refugee camp set up to accommodate those fleeing the fighting. October 20, 2014: SATELLITE IMAGERY (Pinned)

Islamic State: Diary of life in Mosul. In an exclusive series of diary instalments, residents describe what life is like in Mosul since IS took over. The diarists' names have been changed to protect their identities. November 5, 2014: TEXT | PICTURES | MAP


Syria crisis: Guide to armed and political opposition: Supreme Military Council (SMC) of Free Syrian Army (FSA), Martyrs of Syria Brigades, Northern Storm Brigade, Ahrar Souriya Brigade, Syrian Islamic Liberation Front (SILF), Farouq Brigades, Suqour al-Sham (Falcons of Syria), Liwa al-Tawhid (Battalion of Monotheism), Liwa al-Fath (Battalion of Conquest), Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam), Liwa al-Islam (Battalion of Islam), Syrian Islamic Front, Harakat Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyya (Islamic Movement of the Free Men of the Levant), Ahfad al-Rasoul (Grandsons of the Prophet), Asala wa al-Tanmiya (Authenticity and Growth), Durou al-Thawra (Revolution's Shields), Tajammu Ansar al-Islam (Gathering of the Supporters of Islam), Yarmouk Martyrs' Brigade, National Unity Brigades, Al-Nusra Front, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Jaysh al-Muhajirin wa al-Ansar (Army of the Emigrants and Helpers), Popular Protection Units (YPG). Researched by Lina Sinjab, David Gritten, James Longman, Faisal IrshaidBBC News, October 17, 2013: TEXT | PICTURES | INSIGNIA



Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan declares ceasefire with Turkey. PKK leader makes historic gesture to end 30-year Kurdish war, stressing need "to solve arms problem without losing another life.". By Constanze Letsch, The Guardian, March 21, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

Timeline: Kurdish militant group PKK's three-decade war with Turkey: a list of key dates and landmark moments. Reuters, March 21, 2013: TEXT



UN Panel to probe Iranian arms supplies to Yemen rebels. Gary Francis Quinlan, Chairman of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee on Iran, said the Comittee will examine the case of alleged transfer of weapons into Yemen to distabilize it. Kuwait News Agency, March 6, 2013: TEXT

How Did Chinese Missiles Get into Yemen? Officials in Yemen (and off-the-record sources in media reports) say the weapons were destined for use by the Houthi rebels in north-west Yemen, a Shiite sect that seeks to impose Sharia law. Popular Mechanics, March 6, 2013: TEXT | PICTURES | VIDEO

Yemen says Iran sending weapons to rebels. UPI, Febbruary 11, 2013: TEXT




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