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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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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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Tales From Damascus

An Iraqi Communist in Syria, dedicated to a three-decade long routine BY Nour Samaha Sitting quietly by himself on a small table designed for four people in one of Damascus’ bustling coffee shops, Labed Buktash (Abu Halloub) drinks his cup of tea while reading a copy of his newspaper. While there is nothing out of

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Life Under Daesh: It Was Hell

Iraqis who lived under Daesh’s rule recall the horrors they had to endure By Mohammed A. Salih It was a Friday noon in late June as Abu Mohammed, 40, and a couple of his friends headed toward the local mosque in the nearby town of Haji Ali in the southern tip of Nineveh province, a governorate

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Falluja Children Face Extreme Violence, UNICEF Says

BAGHDAD, June 1 – At least 20,000 children remain inside besieged Falluja, Daesh’s stronghold near Baghdad, facing the risk of forced recruitment in the fighting and separation from their families, the United Nations’ children’s agency said on Wednesday. “We are concerned over the protection of children in the face of extreme violence,” UNICEF Representative in

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Hundreds Rally in Baghdad Backing Sadr Deadline on Cabinet Change

BAGHDAD, April 17 – Hundreds rallied in central Baghdad in support of powerful Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who has threatened to call mass protests if the prime minister fails to name a new cabinet to fight corruption by Tuesday. People in Tahrir Square on Sunday said many more would join them if Prime Minister

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Iraq: Make or Break

Iraq’s state of play is holding back reform BY Mohammed A. Salih Even by the standards of the ever-dramatic world of Iraqi politics, today’s stakes are at a current high. On March 31, Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi proposed a near complete reshuffle of his cabinet, with a list of 10 candidates chosen on the basis of

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Two Iraqis Sentenced in Finland for Posting Severed Head Images Online

HELSINKI, March 23 – Courts in Finland handed suspended sentences of 16 and 13 months respectively to an Iraqi Shi’ite militiaman and an Iraqi army sergeant on Wednesday for posting images of themselves holding severed heads of enemy fighters on Facebook. The two were arrested after arriving in Finland last year and were charged with

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UNHCR Voices Concern Over Freedom of Movement of Displaced Iraqis

BAGHDAD, March 15  – The United Nations’ refugee agency has expressed concern that Iraqis displaced from territory controlled by Daesh are being forcibly transferred to camps where their freedom of movement is restricted. “Freedom of movement is key to displaced people being able to exercise other rights, such as access to work, food, healthcare and

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Iraqi Cleric Sadr Calls Sit-In, Urges Action Against Corruption

BAGHDAD, March 12 – Iraq’s powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for a sit-at the gates of Baghdad’s heavily fortified government district, stepping up pressure on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to deliver on promised anti-corruption reforms. The protest, that Sadr said would start on Friday, threatened to escalate tensions over a long-awaited economic overhaul in

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