Iraq war

What Lies Beneath

Daesh’s underground tunnels derail the retake of Mosul By Suadad Al Salhy When Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi signaled the launch of the offensive to regain Mosul, the last and largest Iraqi city held by the terrorist militant group Daesh on October 16, Iraq’s military general involved in the operation were fairly optimistic. They did

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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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Blood, Dirt and Bombs: Battle for Mosul is Fierce Urban War

By Michael Georgy MOSUL, Iraq, Nov 4 – As Iraqi troops battled to gain ground a few streets away, soldiers in the Mosul district of Intisar wrapped a wounded and bloodied colleague in a blanket, lifted him off his Humvee, and sped him away from the frontlines for treatment. Heavy shooting and mortar fire shook

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Daesh Leader Confident in Victory, in First Message about Mosul Battle

By Mostafa Hashem and Ahmed Tolba CAIRO/BAGHDAD, Nov 3 – Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi expressed confidence in victory, in his first message after U.S.-backed Iraqi forces started an offensive to take back Mosul, the last major city under control of his group in Iraq. He also called on Daesh fighters to invade Turkey. “This

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This Week in History: November 2-8

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid November 5, 1996: PM Benazir Bhutto’s government dissolved by the president Relations between Pakistan’s first female Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and then-Pakistani president Farooq Leghari were complicated, to say the least. Leghari was brought to power first by Bhutto, who had appointed

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Week in History: October 26 – November 1

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid October 31, 1984: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi Assassinated  On this day in history, India’s only female prime minister to date, Indira Gandhi, was assassinated by her own two Sikh bodyguards in New Delhi. Beant Singh shot her two times, and Satwant Singh

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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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Chilcot and the Great Game

The Iraq Inquiry’s verdict on Tony Blair’s misadventures is finally out. It makes for tough reading BY Sunny Hundal The story of why Britain invaded Iraq with the U.S. is of a once-powerful empire yearning for its former military stature in the world. Some say it was Iraq’s oil that seduced Tony Blair into joining George Bush; others point to Britain’s eagerness

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