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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Kurdish Intel Chief Lahur Talabani

Kurdish Intel chief: Without post-Daesh plan, history will repeat itself in Iraq and Syria By Tanya Goudsouzian Lahur Talabani’s journey to the forefront of the global war on terror began in the spring of 2002. It was a year after the 9/11 attacks had Americans questioning their intelligence failures in Afghanistan and the greater Middle East

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The Displaced

Mosul residents fleeing Daesh’s hell to cold Kurdish-controlled camps By Cathy Otten During the battle to retake Mosul from Daesh, Nujud Ali, 45, lay on the ground, wounded by a bullet that had just shot straight through her right shoulder and out of her back, knocking her over. The hail of bullets greeted her when she

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Jazz in the Time of War in Iraq

High notes and low notes at Sulaimania’s first and only jazz BISTRO By Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah The only way to describe the opening of Uptown Jazz in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimania last September, is to call it an act of rebellion. In a country where the typical live music cafés feature Middle

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Ministers Prepare to Retake Daesh Stronghold of Mosul

By Warren Strobel, Jonathan Landay and Stephen Kalin WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD, July 19 – Dozens of defense and foreign ministers will meet in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday to take stock of the fight against Daesh, their focus increasingly on a major prize: the militant group’s bastion in Mosul, Iraq. The battle for Mosul is expected to

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Ramadan Around The World

A look at how Ramadan is celebrated across the world. BY Arfa Shahid UNITED COLORS OF ISLAM: Muslim worshippers stretch their hands to touch the door of Kaaba, Islam’s holiest site in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It was rebuilt by Prophet Mohammed(PBUH) after elements of nature eroded its foundation. PRAYING FOR PEACE: A Palestinian girl prays in front of the

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Could a Millionaire Businessman Save Iraq’s Sunnis?

By Ned Parker ERBIL, Iraq, June 1 – For at least a decade, Iraqi business mogul Khamis Khanjar has bankrolled Sunni politicians and fighters alike. Now, he wants to use his multi-million dollar fortune to create an autonomous region for Iraq’s Sunnis. Khanjar’s emergence from backroom deal-maker to would-be Sunni champion is just one sign

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U.S. Volunteers Seek Adventure Fighting Daesh Alongside Kurds

By Stephen Kalin MAKHMOUR, Iraq, April 25 – Towering over his Kurdish partner at a checkpoint in northern Iraq, U.S. volunteer John Cole cuts an unusual figure on the road to the newest front in the war against Daesh. Seven feet (2.1 metres) tall and holding his assault rifle upside down, Cole is among a relatively

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Rescued Swedish Girl Says Life Under Daesh “Really Hard”

ERBIL, Iraq, Feb 24 – A Swedish teenager rescued from Daesh militants in Iraq has said life in the so-called caliphate was “really hard” and that she was duped into going there by her boyfriend. In her first interview since Kurdish special forces recovered her in northern Iraq, the 16-year old told a Kurdish TV channel

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Turkey Limits Visas for Iraqis, Cites Illegal Immigration

BAGHDAD, Feb 15 – Turkey has restricted entry visas for Iraqis in a bid to limit foreign fighters reaching its territory and stem the flow of migrants and refugees to Europe. The European Union is banking on Turkish help to alleviate its worst migration crisis since World War Two, which saw more than a million

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Iraqi Kurdish Leader Calls For Non-Binding Independence Referendum

ERBIL, Iraq, Feb 3 – Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region should hold a non-binding referendum on independence, its president said on Tuesday, despite the numerous crises it is facing. Massoud Barzani has previously called for a referendum but set no timetable for a proposed vote. The chaos created by Daesh’s occupation of swathes of Iraq and

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