Islamic State

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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Amnesty Says Iraq and Allies Violated International Law in Mosul Battle

By Stephen Kalin ERBIL, Iraq, July 11 (Reuters) – Amnesty International said on Tuesday tactics used by Iraqi forces and their U.S.-led coalition allies in the battle for Mosul violated international humanitarian law and might amount to war crimes. The rights group said in a report the Islamic State militant group had also flagrantly violated

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Daesh Leader Baghdadi Reportedly Killed in Syria

By Lisa Barrington and Ellen Francis CAIRO/BEIRUT, July 11 (Reuters) – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday that it had “confirmed information” that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed. The report came just days after the last sectors of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which Baghdadi’s forces

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Hamza bin Laden and the Return of Al-Qaeda

Click here to read the Arabic version of this article BY Ali Soufan The foothills of the Spin Ghar mountain range, two dozen miles south of Jalalabad in the borderland between Afghanistan and Pakistan, were once home to hundreds of olive plantations. For tens of thousands of acres, there used to be farms clustered along

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The Widows of Iraq

Content provided by UNHCR “I loved him so much,” says Aamra, remembering her husband killed during their flight from West Mosul. Widows fleeing the conflict in Iraq are among the most vulnerable IDPs. Living away from home and without a source of income, they face a daunting fight to provide for their families. Female-headed households

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Daesh Cornered in Mosul as Iraq Prepares Victory Celebrations

By Stephen Kalin MOSUL, Iraq, July 3 – Daesh fighters were battling to hold on to the last few streets under their control in the Old City of Mosul on Monday, in what looked like a hopeless last stand in their former stronghold. In fierce fighting, Iraqi army units forced the insurgents back, cornering them

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