Skip to content

FINALLY! Kurds and Iraqis join forces to fight Caliphate!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/4/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Iraqi airpower will support Kurdish offensive against Islamic militants in Iraq

Fighters from the recently formed Islamic Caliphate in Iraq have taken control of Iraq's biggest dam, an oilfield and three towns after their first clash with Kurdish forces in northern Iraq.

Kurdish fighters have engaged militants belonging to the new Islamic State after watching the fighting for nearly four months.

Kurdish fighters have engaged militants belonging to the new Islamic State after watching the fighting for nearly four months.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
8/4/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: International, Middle East, Iraq


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The August 3 gains marks the first round of fighting between the Caliphate and the Kurds who had remained-for the most part-neutral in the Iraqi civil war until now.

You can be a light in the darkness with "Prayer and Action."

A 24 hour offensive resulted in the capture of the electricity-generating Mosul Dam, which could also give the Caliphate the ability to flood major Iraqi cities or withhold water from farms, a massive boost in their attempt to overthrow the Shi'ite-led Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

"The terrorist gangs of the Islamic State have taken control of Mosul Dam after the withdrawal of Kurdish forces without a fight," said Iraqi state television.

A Kurdish official in Washington denied this claim, instead stating that the dam was still under control of Kurdish forces, though towns nearby had been taken by Islamic State forces.

"The situation has taken a turn for the worse over the weekend," said Karwan Zebari, an official from the Kurdistan Regional Government's office..

The Islamic State, which seeks to destroy Iraq's majority Shi'ites, also seized three towns and the Ain Zalah oilfield, adding up to seven towns under their control in the region.

Reports indicate that a strong Kurdish resistance was quickly overwhelmed during the Islamists offensive to take the town of Zumar.

Good news did come out of Iraq, as it seems this offensive by the Caliphate has been the catalyst required to form a unified front between the Iraqi government and the Kurds. Maliki authorized air support for Kurdish forces, as the Kurds get ready to launch a counter-offensive to retake the towns and dam that had been taken over.

Maliki ordered the air force to support this operation, in the first pledge of air power to the semi-autonomous government in the Kurdish region of Iraq.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed.
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.


Comments


More Middle East

50 years of Israeli occupation - enough is enough! Watch

Image of What is it going to take to reach peace?
[Photo by: tikkun.org]

Fifty years is a long time to endure forced suffering. Since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War when Israel captured and occupied the Palestinian ... continue reading


The Catholic Mass returns to Mosul Watch

Image of The Mass has returned to Mosul.

Following the liberation of Mosul, Iraq, from the hands of the Islamic State, Christians are cautiously returning to the city. And as they ... continue reading


Rare Christian mosaic unearthed in Jerusalem Watch

Image of The mosaic is undergoing restoration for possible display.

Workers installing communication cables in Jerusalem's Old City have unearthed a Byzantine Christian mosaic inscribed with honors to ... continue reading


President Trump announces new strategy for Afghanistan - do we get to win this time? Watch

Image of The number of U.S. troops will increase as President Trump orders a new offensive in the region.

President Trump has announced a new strategy for the U.S. in Afghanistan that involves a significant investment in winning the conflict ... continue reading


People in Yemen are dying of a foul and dreaded disease as civil war grips the country Watch

Image of Cholera is a killer disease, easily treated, but without care, will kill half of its victims.

A cholera outbreak in Yemen has now infected over half-a-million people, the latest terrible byproduct of a raging civil war that is ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Catholic Online MasterClass
Learn from experts

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Catholic Media Missionaries
The New Evangelization

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.