Iraq

Iraq Starts Offensive to Take Back Tal Afar from Daesh

By Maher Chmaytelli ERBIL, Iraq, Aug 20 – Iraqi security forces launched on Sunday an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said. “You either surrender, or die,” Abadi said in a televised speech announcing the offensive,

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Iraq in Market to Raise $1 billion, first Standalone Bond in Over Decade

By Davide Barbuscia DUBAI, Aug 2 – Iraq started marketing a $1 billion bond on Wednesday, its first international debt issuance as a standalone credit since 2006 and an attempt to put decades of turmoil behind it. With huge oil reserves behind it, the bond was seeking to tempt emerging market investors with alluring profits

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Lost Children are Legacy of Battle for Iraq’s Mosul

By Angus MacSwan MOSUL, Iraq, July 30 – Thousands of children have been separated from their parents in the nine-month battle for Mosul and the preceding years of Daesh rule in northern Iraq – some found wandering alone and afraid among the rubble, others joining the refugee exodus from the pulverized city. In some cases their

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U.S. Judge Halts Deportation of More than 1,400 Iraqi Nationals

By Steve Friess DETROIT, July 24 – A federal judge in Michigan halted on Monday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith granted a preliminary injunction requested by American Civil

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Iraqi Bridge is Sole Link for Mosul Residents Rebuilding Lives

By Angus MacSwan MOSUL, Iraq, July 22 – On a pontoon bridge connecting East and West Mosul, residents of a city shattered by the battle to expel Daesh cross back and forth trying to rebuild their lives from the rubble. The temporary structure, known as the Victory Bridge, is the only crossing over the Tigris

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Families of Daesh Militants Left Behind Fear Reprisals

By Isabel Coles BARTELLA, Iraq, July 17 – Their husbands, sons and brothers are dead, but the women and children Daesh militants left behind will live to pay the price for their actions. As Daesh’s days of ruling over vast swathes of Iraq come to an end, questions are emerging about what to do with

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Daesh Leader Baghdadi Almost Certainly Alive: Kurdish Security Official

Sulaimania, IRAQ, July 17 – A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed. “Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that

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Iraq Collectively punishing Daesh Families: HRW

ERBIL, July 13 – Human Rights Watch has accused Iraqi security forces of forcibly relocating at least 170 families of alleged Islamic State members to a closed “rehabilitation camp” as a form of collective punishment. “Iraqi authorities shouldn’t punish entire families because of their relatives’ actions,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human

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At Srebrenica, Iraq’s Yazidis Demand Genocide Recognition

By Maja Zuvela SREBRENICA, Bosnia, July 11 – Four Yazidis from Iraq joined thousands of Bosnian Muslims at a commemoration on Tuesday of the 8,000 men and boys killed in 1995 at Srebrenica and called for atrocities committed against their sect by Islamic State to be recognised as genocide. The Srebrenica massacre by Bosnian Serb

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