Islamic State

Netanyahu to Putin: Iran’s Growing Syria Role Threatens Israel

By Denis Pinchuk SOCHI, Russia, Aug 23 – Iran’s growing role in Syria poses a threat to Israel, the Middle East and the world, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. “Mr. President, with joint efforts we are defeating Daesh, and this is a very important thing. But the bad

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Raqqa Families Make Daring Escapes from Daesh Stronghold

By John Davison RAQQA, Syria, Aug 21 – As Shawakh al-Omar huddled with 16 relatives in a single room in house in Daesh Syrian stronghold Raqqa, a mortar round slammed into the home next door, killing four people and shaking the building. The 57-year-old decided they should make a run for it. “We didn’t even have

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Syria’s Assad Says War Still Not Won But West’s Plots Foiled

AMMAN, Aug 20 – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that while his country had foiled Western designs to topple him, his army had not won Syria’s war and the fight was continuing to crush a six-year old insurgency. In an televised address, Assad said that even though there were signs of victory after

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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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Syrian Army Takes Last Daesh-Held Town in Homs

BEIRUT, Aug 6 – Syrian government and allied forces have taken the last major town in Homs province from Daesh, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday, as the army advances toward militant strongholds in the east of the country. The town of al-Sukhna lies some 50 km (30 miles) northeast of the

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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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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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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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