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Daesh Made Weapons in Mosul up to Military Standards, Report Says

ERBIL, Iraq, Dec 14 – Daesh militants have been producing weapons on a scale and sophistication which matches national military forces and have standardised production across their self-styled caliphate, an arms monitoring group said on Wednesday. Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said the jihadist group had a “robust supply chain” of raw materials from Turkey, and

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Innovative Young Arabs

The region’s youth are creating new opportunities via social media By Jessy El Murr To say that young Arabs today lack serious opportunities would be the understatement of the century. For millions of Arab youth (about 105 million of them), the outlook consistently looks bleaker. This year’s Arab Human Development Report placed the region’s youth

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Iraqi Police say Ready to Join Assault on East Mosul

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, Dec 12  – Several thousand Iraqi federal police are ready to join the assault against Daesh in east Mosul, a spokesman said on Monday, reinforcing troops who have faced weeks of fierce counter-attacks from the militants. The extra forces are being deployed as the gruelling U.S.-backed campaign to crush Daesh in

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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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Iraq says Army Makes Gains in Gruelling Mosul Battle

By Dominic Evans and Stephanie Nebehay BAGHDAD/GENEVA, Dec 10 – The Iraqi army said it took full control of two more districts of east Mosul on Saturday, pushing back Daesh militants in a slow and hard-fought advance into the city whose 1 million residents face growing shortages of fuel, water and food. A military statement

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U.S. Adds 200 Military Personnel to Syria Anti-Daesh Campaign

MANAMA, Dec 10 – The United States is sending 200 additional military personnel to Syria to help the campaign to drive the Daesh militant group from Raqqa, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday. Speaking in Bahrain at the Manama Dialogue conference on Middle East security, Carter said the 200, including special forces trainers,

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Iraq says it Destroys Mosul Car Bomb Factories

By Dominic Evans BAGHDAD, Dec 9 – Iraqi forces captured a neighbourhood in east Mosul on Friday, pushing deeper to the heart of Daesh’s Iraq stronghold and destroying three sites where it produced car bombs used in waves of suicide attacks, the campaign’s commander said. Lieutenant-General Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah said Counter Terrorism Service forces

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Daesh Attacks Iraqi Soldiers in Mosul

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, Dec 7 – Daesh militants attacked Iraqi soldiers near a hospital in southeast Mosul on Wednesday, an army officer and the jihadist group’s new agency said, trying to repel the army’s deepest advances of the seven-week Mosul campaign. The fighting came a day after the army’s operations commander for Mosul said

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How Iran Closed the Mosul “Horseshoe” and Changed Iraq War

By Dominic Evans, Maher Chmaytelli and Patrick Markey BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq, Dec 7 – In the early days of the assault on Dash in Mosul, Iran successfully pressed Iraq to change its battle plan and seal off the city, an intervention which has since shaped the tortuous course of the conflict, sources briefed on the plan

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The Real Victims

Daesh attacks civilians, including children fleeing Mosul By Cathy Otten Through a cloud of dust, Esme Jasim, 30 and her two children are carried from a black humvee and laid out on stretchers to be treated in a field clinic on Mosul’s eastern edge. Esme, a biologist from Mosul, can hear her 4-year-old daughter, Shahd screaming

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