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Daesh Leader Baghdadi Almost Certainly Alive: Kurdish Security Official

Sulaimania, IRAQ, July 17 – A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed. “Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that

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Turkish Police Detain Producer of Erdogan Film Over Gulen Links

ISTANBUL, July 13 – Turkish police detained the producer of a film on the life of President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, accusing him of ties to the Muslim cleric Ankara says orchestrated last year’s attempted coup, state media said. His arrest came a day after the release on social media of a trailer for a

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Turkey Wants U.S. Envoy on Daesh Removed Over Kurdish Policy

By Daren Butler and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, May 18 – Turkey said on Thursday the U.S. special envoy in the battle against Islamic State should be removed because he supported Kurdish militants, and warned that Ankara would act unilaterally if it faced attack from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. The comments, which followed a White

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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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Thousands of People Still Displaced by Violence in SE Turkey – Amnesty

ANKARA, Dec 6 – Thousands of people are still unable to return to their homes in a district of mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey one year after authorities imposed a round-the-clock curfew in an attempt to crush Kurdish militants, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Of an estimated 500,000 people driven from their homes by Turkish security

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30,000 Flee East Aleppo, Russia Wants Humanitarian Corridors – UN

By Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Dec 1 – About 30,000 people are receiving aid after fleeing the besieged eastern zone of Aleppo in the past few days, taking the total number of displaced people in the Syrian city to more than 400,000, U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday. By Wednesday,

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Kurdish Intel Chief Lahur Talabani

Kurdish Intel chief: Without post-Daesh plan, history will repeat itself in Iraq and Syria By Tanya Goudsouzian Lahur Talabani’s journey to the forefront of the global war on terror began in the spring of 2002. It was a year after the 9/11 attacks had Americans questioning their intelligence failures in Afghanistan and the greater Middle East

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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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U.S. Strike Destroys Bridge, Restricts Daesh in Mosul – official

BAGHDAD/GENEVA Nov 22 – U.S. forces backing an Iraqi army campaign against Daesh in Mosul carried out an air strike on a bridge spanning the Tigris river, restricting militant movements between western and eastern parts of the city, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. U.S.-trained Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service forces are pushing deeper into east Mosul,

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Jazz in the Time of War in Iraq

High notes and low notes at Sulaimania’s first and only jazz BISTRO By Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah The only way to describe the opening of Uptown Jazz in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimania last September, is to call it an act of rebellion. In a country where the typical live music cafés feature Middle

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