Iraq

Daesh Made Weapons in Mosul up to Military Standards, Report Says

ERBIL, Iraq, Dec 14 – Daesh militants have been producing weapons on a scale and sophistication which matches national military forces and have standardised production across their self-styled caliphate, an arms monitoring group said on Wednesday. Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said the jihadist group had a “robust supply chain” of raw materials from Turkey, and

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The Other Kurdish War

Historians battle to save the remnants of Kurdish culture BY  Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah When Mazhar Khaleghi was arrested by Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in 1980, he says his only crime was being himself. A sitar player and singer of Kurdish folk songs, Khaleghi was something of a pop star among Kurds. He was

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Innovative Young Arabs

The region’s youth are creating new opportunities via social media By Jessy El Murr To say that young Arabs today lack serious opportunities would be the understatement of the century. For millions of Arab youth (about 105 million of them), the outlook consistently looks bleaker. This year’s Arab Human Development Report placed the region’s youth

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China’s Sinopec Weighs Takeover of Gulf Keyston

Dec 13  – China’s Sinopec Corp is weighing a takeover of Gulf Keystone Petroleum , an oil company operating in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Gulf Keystone shares were up 13.5 percent at 144.43 pence at 1041 GMT. Sinopec, Asia’s largest refiner, is working with advisers and has made an approach

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Syrian Army, Iraqi Militia Reportedly Killing Aleppo Civilians – U.N.

By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA – The United Nations said on Tuesday it had reports that Syrian government troops and allied Iraqi militias had killed civilians in eastern Aleppo, including 82 people in four different neighborhoods in the last few days. The Syrian army and its allies have taken full control over all

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Iraqi Police say Ready to Join Assault on East Mosul

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, Dec 12  – Several thousand Iraqi federal police are ready to join the assault against Daesh in east Mosul, a spokesman said on Monday, reinforcing troops who have faced weeks of fierce counter-attacks from the militants. The extra forces are being deployed as the gruelling U.S.-backed campaign to crush Daesh in

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Iraqi Christians Confront Painful Memories in Town’s Clean-Up

By Patrick Markey QARAQOSH, Iraq, Dec 11 – For decades, the Immaculate Conception Church in Qaraqosh was the heart of Iraq’s largest Christian town. After two years under Daesh rule, it lies scarred and desecrated. In the church’s inner courtyard, Daesh fighters set up a shooting range for target practice, leaving behind bullet-riddled female mannequins and

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Iraq says Army Makes Gains in Gruelling Mosul Battle

By Dominic Evans and Stephanie Nebehay BAGHDAD/GENEVA, Dec 10 – The Iraqi army said it took full control of two more districts of east Mosul on Saturday, pushing back Daesh militants in a slow and hard-fought advance into the city whose 1 million residents face growing shortages of fuel, water and food. A military statement

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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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