Iraq

Iraq says it Destroys Mosul Car Bomb Factories

By Dominic Evans BAGHDAD, Dec 9 – Iraqi forces captured a neighbourhood in east Mosul on Friday, pushing deeper to the heart of Daesh’s Iraq stronghold and destroying three sites where it produced car bombs used in waves of suicide attacks, the campaign’s commander said. Lieutenant-General Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah said Counter Terrorism Service forces

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Iraq’s Parliament Speaker Demands Inquiry Into Deadly Qaim Airstrikes

By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD, Dec 8 – Iraq’s parliament speaker called on Thursday for a government inquiry into air strikes on an Daesh-held western border town which local politicians said had killed around 60 people, mostly civilians. Hospital sources and two parliamentarians said the air strikes killed dozens of civilians, including 12 women and 19

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Tigris Lioness: Iraqi Militiawoman Fights for Revenge Against Daesh

By Isabel Coles MAKHMUR, Iraq, Dec 8 – Wearing a camouflage cap over her headscarf, Miaad al-Jubbouri cuts an unusual figure among the hundreds of men fighting to retake a village from Daesh in northern Iraq. The mother of five was the sole woman among a joint force of Iraqi army and tribal militias who attacked

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How Iran Closed the Mosul “Horseshoe” and Changed Iraq War

By Dominic Evans, Maher Chmaytelli and Patrick Markey BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq, Dec 7 – In the early days of the assault on Dash in Mosul, Iran successfully pressed Iraq to change its battle plan and seal off the city, an intervention which has since shaped the tortuous course of the conflict, sources briefed on the plan

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A Hole in Time

Taliban and Daesh’s bullet marks turned into art pieces By Mishaal Khan We live in a world of constant change, with so much destruction, devastation, and uncertainty around us. At a time when historic buildings, holy sites and ancient monuments are being demolished at the hands of the enemy within, it is important to do

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The Real Victims

Daesh attacks civilians, including children fleeing Mosul By Cathy Otten Through a cloud of dust, Esme Jasim, 30 and her two children are carried from a black humvee and laid out on stretchers to be treated in a field clinic on Mosul’s eastern edge. Esme, a biologist from Mosul, can hear her 4-year-old daughter, Shahd screaming

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German Police Arrest Iraqi Rape Suspect, Leaders Warn Against Backlash

BERLIN, Dec 6 – German police have detained an Iraqi migrant for suspected rape only days after an Afghan refugee was held in a separate rape and murder case, and the government warned against a political backlash to such crimes. The two cases threaten to fan anti-migrant sentiment in Germany, which saw a record 890,000

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Iraqi Troops Push Towards Central Mosul from Southeast

BAGHDAD, Dec 6 – Iraqi army units launched a fresh assault in southeast Mosul on Tuesday and a senior commander was quoted as saying an armoured division had advanced to within less than a mile (1.5 km) of the Tigris River running through the city centre. Iraqi television quoted operations commander Lieutenant-General Abdul Ameer Rasheed

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Iraqi Banks Rely on Government Support to Recover from Daesh Devastation

By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD, Dec 5 – Iraq’s private banks are pinning hope on the oil-rich government to bring back into the black their balance sheets severely affected by Daesh’s take over of parts of the country. In an interview with Reuters on Monday, Iraqi Private Banks’ Association President Ali Tareq said that several lenders

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U.N. Launches Record $22.2 Billion Humanitarian Appeal for 2017

By Umberto Bacchi LONDON, Dec 5 – The United Nations launched a record humanitarian appeal on Monday, asking for $22.2 billion in 2017 to help almost 93 million people hit by conflicts and natural disasters. More than half of the money will be used to address the needs of people caught up in crises in

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