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Amnesty accuses IS of 'systematic ethnic cleansing' in Iraq

Kirkuk - Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Islamic State fighters of "systematic ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq, as Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militiamen backed by US air strikes fought back against the jihadists.

Iraq breaks months-long jihadist siege

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces, aided by US air strikes, have broken through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli where thousands have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food and water supplies.

Iraq breaks months-long jihadist siege

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces broke through Sunday to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies.

West drops aid to Iraq town under jihadist siege

Kirkuk - Western warplanes dropped desperately needed aid on Sunday to an Iraqi Shiite town under blockade by jihadists for well over two months as preparations to break the siege dragged on.

Iraq launches drive to break jihadist siege of Amerli

Kirkuk - Iraq launched a major operation on Saturday to liberate a jihadist-besieged town, as US Secretary of State John Kerry called for a global coalition to combat the "genocidal" militants.

Indian youth dies while fighting for ISIS

Mumbai - Four young men from Kalyan, a suburb of Mumbai — educated youngsters from middle class families — disappeared in late May, leaving behind a note about their mission to fight for Islam.

Op-Ed: Open season for terrorism as ISIS fix still a work in progress

The crisis in Syria and Iraq has seen "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with one in every two Syrians forced to run from their homes and towns. That is over three million people.

Op-Ed: Yazidis betrayed by their neighbors in Iraq

Sinjar - The Yazidis had long been subject to persecution before the Islamic State seized one of the main towns Sinjar and villages in the area. Sunni Arab neighbours and Kurds considered them "devil worshipers."

Iraq forces mass in bid to break jihadist siege of Turkmen town

Kirkuk - Iraq was massing forces Wednesday for an operation to break the two-month jihadist siege of the Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli, amid growing fears for residents short of food and water.

Op-Ed: Both IS and Iraqi security forces guilty of war crimes

Baghdad - While no doubt the scale of Islamic State(IS) crimes are greater than those of Iraq security forces, both groups are guilty of what can only be termed war crimes.

Op-Ed: Silver lining of ISIS terror may be dialogue with Iran, Russia

The rise of ISIS has created strange bedfellows: With airstrikes on ISIS renegades, the U.S. is now on the same side as Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and the leaders of Iran. Could a silver lining of ISIS terror be dialogue with Iran?

UN slams jihadist abuses in Iraq as US warns of threat

Baghdad - The UN on Monday accused jihadists in Iraq of "ethnic and religious cleansing" as the most senior US military officer warned they will soon threaten America and Europe.

Iraq pleads for global help in fight against jihadists

Baghdad - Iraq called for global support for its fight against jihadists, as Shiite neighbour Iran said it was helping Baghdad resist the militants but not with soldiers on the ground.

Op-Ed: Violence stymies Iraqi attempts to form new government

Baghdad - After a long struggle, the Iraqi parliament was able to choose a new speaker, a Sunni, and a new president, a Kurd, and finally after much friction a new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, a Shia.

Iraq pleads for global help in fight against jihadists

Baghdad - Iraq called Sunday for global support for its fight against jihadists, as Shiite neighbour Iran said it was helping Baghdad resist the militants but not with soldiers on the ground.

Op-Ed: ISIS publicity campaign – Multiple threats, multiple backlashes

In keeping with the habitual high profile publicity model started by Al Qaeda, ISIS is making multiple threats against targets around the world. Threats are receiving backlash responses online.

Op-Ed: US contemplating extension of attacks on IS into Syria

Washington D.c. - The US is not only escalating its bombing activities to help the Kurds and central government in Iraq, it is now beginning to talk of the necessity of attacking IS in Syria as well.

Shiite militiamen kill 70 at Iraq Sunni mosque

Ba'quba - Shiite militiamen gunned down 70 people in an apparent revenge attack at an Iraqi Sunni mosque Friday, as Washington declared the beheading of an American journalist a "terrorist attack.

Shiite militiamen kill 70 at Iraq Sunni mosque

Ba'quba - Shiite militiamen gunned down 70 people in an apparent revenge attack at an Iraqi Sunni mosque Friday, as Washington declared the beheading of an American journalist a "terrorist attack.

Twitter takes down images of ISIS beheading

London - Twitter promised Thursday to remove photos and videos of the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley by Islamic militants, the popular messaging website said Thursday.
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