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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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Iraqi Authorities Uncover Mass Grave; 40 Daesh Victims Found

  BAGHDAD, Jan 28 – Iraqi authorities have uncovered a mass grave in Ramadi containing at least 40 bodies, including women and children, apparently killed by Islamic State insurgents when they seized the city in May, police and provincial officials said. Footage posted on the Facebook page of the provincial police on Wednesday showed what

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Daesh Seizes Northern Iraqi Village Behind Frontlines

TIKRIT, Iraq, Jan 14 – Daesh militants pushed through a gap in the Iraqi army frontline on Thursday to capture a northern village, local sources said, demonstrating the group’s continued reach after a major defeat in the west. The dawn attacks on Tal Kusaiba, around 35 km (20 miles) east of Tikrit, killed the police station chief

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Suicide Bomber Kills Two, Wounds Senior Police Officer in East Iraq

BAGHDAD, Jan 12 – A suicide bomb attack critically wounded a senior Iraqi police officer and killed two of his guards on Tuesday near the eastern city of Baquba, police said. The blast came a day after bombers and suicide attackers killed at least 51 people, including 23 in two explosions in the nearby town

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