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Ransacked Homes and Little Hope for Returning Iraqi Christians

By Isabel Coles QARAQOSH, Iraq, Nov 29 – A strip of negatives lying in the rubble of a home in northern Iraq contains snapshots of life as it was before Daesh overran the area two years ago and purged its Christian community. In some of the frames, a woman barbecues meat on a skewer surrounded

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United Nations says Mosul’s Poor Struggling to Get Food

BAGHDAD, Nov 29 – The United Nations said on Tuesday there were indications that poorer families in Mosul are struggling to feed themselves as food prices increase following the U.S.-backed offensive on the Daesh-held city in northern Iraq. “Key informants are telling us that poor families are struggling to put sufficient food on their tables,”

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Daesh Arrests Shopkeepers for Hiking Prices in Nearly Besieged Mosul

By Ulf Laessing MOSUL, Iraq, Nov 28  – Daesh has arrested dozens of Mosul shop owners accused of raising food prices in the nearly besieged city, to tamp down discontent as a U.S.-backed offensive closes in on the group’s last major stronghold in Iraq, residents said on Monday. The arrests took place on Sunday morning

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Daesh Sniper Hits Iraqi Unit as Army Inches Forward in Mosul

By John Davison MOSUL, Iraq, Nov 28  – The Daesh sniper was a good shot. His round hit the Iraqi soldier just above the eye through a hole in the wall no bigger than 10 inches across. “Come, he’s been hit!” shouted one of his comrades, seconds after the sharp crack rang out. Two soldiers

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For Top Iraqi Commander, Mosul Offensive is Personal Battle

By Michael Georgy JULUKHAN, Iraq, Nov 27  – Major General Najm al-Jubbouri, a top commander in the offensive against Daesh in the Iraqi city of Mosul, peered through binoculars at flames after his men shot dead a Daesh suicide bomber. It was a small victory for a man whose war against jihadists is deeply personal.

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Iraqi Christians Revisit Ghost Town Abandoned by Daesh

By Ulf Laessing BARTELLA, Iraq, Nov 24 – A damaged picture of Jesus and a CD from his daughter’s wedding were pretty much all Iraqi Christian Said Shaba found when he returned to the ransacked house he had to flee when Daesh arrived two and a half years ago. The militants stole a safe with

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Could Trump Save U.S. Mideast policy? Or Just Make It Worse?

By Peter Apps Nov 23 – As the U.S. election results trickled in in the early hours of Nov. 9, Syrian government forces began yet another assault on Aleppo – with humanitarian workers and medical centers again in the line of fire. When historians look back on the presidency of Barack Obama, they may well

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Civilian Victims of Mortar, Sniper Fire Pour into Mosul Clinic

By John Davison KOKJALI, Iraq, Nov 23 – Iraqi military medics rushed a man whose mouth had been blown apart by mortar shrapnel into their temporary field clinic on the eastern edges of Mosul. They bandaged the wound and gave him morphine as he gasped in pain, bleeding profusely onto a camp bed laid out

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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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