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Kurdish Pilot Becomes First Female Directing Iraqi Airways Flights

ERBIL— May 15: A Danish- Kurdish pilot from Sulaimaniyah assigned to the Iraqi Airways has become the first female to pilot  a Boeing 737 jet airliner in Iraq, operating flights in the national carrier, a state news agency reported. Warte Abubakir, 26, signed the contract for her assignment in the Iraqi Airways a few days

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Five Years, Billions of Dollars Needed to Rebuild Mosul

By Ahmed Aboulenein MOSUL, Iraq, May 3 – Mosul’s wrecked roads, bridges and broader economy will take at least five years to repair and need billions of dollars of development that Iraq’s government will struggle to afford, officials returning to the battle-scarred city said. The airport, railway station and university were all destroyed in the

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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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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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