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Iraq army kills 17 in anti-jihadist raid

Hilla - An Iraqi government raid on jihadist targets in a flashpoint town southwest of Baghdad killed 17 people on Monday, including at least three civilians, medical and tribal sources said.
In the Media by Abbas al-Ani (AFP)

U.S. military intelligence director pessimistic on Mideast peace

Aspen - Israel might face an even greater threat from the Gaza Strip if the ruling Hamas terrorist group was destroyed, a top U.S. intelligence official said Saturday.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Mosul's Christians ask, 'Where is the conscience of the world?'

On Saturday, the Vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq warned that the end was "very near" for Christians in that country. Mosul is Iraq's second largest city, and six weeks ago, 35,000 Christians lived there. Today, there are no Christians in Mosul.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 13 comments

Op-Ed: Islamic State order in Mosul for FGM probably a hoax

Mosul - Reports about the "bad guy" should always be looked upon with some suspicion. The "good guys" will always try to demonize the "bad guys" because they need support and taxpayer money to fight against them.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 3 comments

Iraq elects president and speaker but no prime minister yet

Baghdad - Amid continuing carnage in parts of the country, the Iraqi parliament elected Fuad Massoum, a Kurdish politician, as president, a largely ceremonial post. By tacit agreement the president will be a Kurd, the speaker, Sunni, and prime minister, Shia.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

ISIS orders genital mutilation of women and girls in Mosul, Iraq

Mosul - The UN has reported that militant Islamist group ISIS has ordered all girls and women, aged 11 to 46 and living in and around the city of Mosul, to undergo female genital mutilation. The potential number of victims was quoted as approximately 4 million.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 6 comments

ISIS leader demands female genital mutilation of 2 million girls

Mosul - A Jihadist leader associated with the militant Islamist group ISIS — the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham — has ordered that all women aged from 11 to 46 years in Iraq undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), according to a UN spokeswoman.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 22 comments

Iraq MPs stall presidential vote as violence rages

Baghdad - Iraqi lawmakers on Wednesday postponed choosing a new president for their ailing country while air strikes, suicide car bombs and summary executions yielded their daily grim crop of bodies.
In the Media by Jean Marc Mojon (AFP)

Iraq MPs stall presidential vote as violence rages

Baghdad - Iraqi lawmakers on Wednesday postponed choosing a new president for their ailing country while air strikes, suicide car bombs and summary executions yielded their daily grim crop of bodies.
In the Media by Jean Marc Mojon (AFP)

Jihadists claim Baghdad blasts as Iraq rallies behind Christians

Baghdad - The Islamic State on Sunday claimed responsibility for deadly Baghdad bombings, as the Christians they drove out of Mosul grieved for their lost homes and uncertain future in Iraq.
In the Media by Jean Marc Mojon (AFP)

Op-Ed: Christians are under siege in the Middle East

Mosul - As the world turns their attention to the continued tragedy of more war and death in Gaza, Christians in the Middle East are fleeing like Palestinians from Israeli bombs.
In the Media by Ben Morris - 1 comment

ISIS seizes gas field in Syria defeats Iraq forces near Tikrit

Tikrit - After a fierce battle with Assad forces ISIS managed to capture the Shaar gas field east of the city of Homs. Iraqi forces attempting to recapture the Iraqi city of Tikrit were routed from a former US military base.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Iraq president home after 18-month convalescence: party

Sulaimania - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani flew back to his Kurdish fiefdom of Sulaimaniyah Saturday after more than 18 months in Germany for medical treatment, sources in his Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said.
In the Media by AFP

Christians flee jihadist ultimatum in Iraq's Mosul

Mosul - Hundreds of Christian families fled their homes in Mosul Saturday as a jihadist ultimatum threatening their community's centuries-old presence in the northern Iraqi city expired.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Op-Ed: West may face charge of hypocrisy in blaming Russia for Flight 17

The U.S. is suggesting that Russia bears some responsibility for the alleged Ukrainian separatist missile strike that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. But when it comes to debates over who provided which weapons to whom, hypocrisy abounds...
In the Media by Calvin Wolf - 1 comment

Jihadist ultimatum sparks Christian exodus from Iraq's Mosul

Kirkuk - Thousands of Christians abandoned their homes and belongings to flee the Iraqi city of Mosul Friday following an ultimatum by jihadists who overran the region last month and proclaimed a caliphate.
In the Media by Marwan Ibrahim (AFP)

Putin denounces U.S. foreign policy at BRICS Latin America summit

Brazilia - Russian President Vladimir Putin strongly criticized American foreign policy when quizzed by journalists at a press conference in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 9 comments

Iraq parliament elects speaker as Tikrit push falters

Baghdad - Iraq's sharply divided parliament has elected a speaker in a step forward in the delayed government formation process, while a renewed push by Iraqi forces to recapture Tikrit from militants ended in retreat.
In the Media by W.G. Dunlop (AFP)

Iraq legislature finally elects a new speaker

Baghdad - After two previous meetings that lasted half an hour each and achieved nothing, the Iraqi legislature was able to electe a new parliamentary speaker, a first step towards forming a new government.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 3 comments

Iraq parliament elects speaker as Tikrit push falters

Baghdad - Iraq's sharply divided parliament elected a speaker Tuesday in a step forward in the delayed government formation process, as a renewed bid to recapture Tikrit from militants ended in retreat.
In the Media by W.G. Dunlop (AFP)
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