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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 - 5 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)

Militants press Iraq assault, political deadlock set to drag on

Baghdad - Iraq's flagging government formation process seemed set to drag on Tuesday as police and tribesmen were battling an assault that could bring militants a step closer to Baghdad.
In the Media by Ammar Karim, Salam Faraj (AFP)

Militants press Iraq assault, political deadlock set to drag on

Baghdad - Police and tribesmen battled an assault on Monday that could bring militants a step closer to Baghdad, as Iraq's flagging government formation process seemed set to drag on.
In the Media by Ammar Karim, Salam Faraj (AFP)

Op-Ed: The ayatollah's secular struggle

The highest ranking Shia cleric in Iraq is undoubtedly the Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. His views and statements shouldn't be misinterpreted or misrepresented at such a pivotal moment in Iraq's modern history.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 2 comments

Iraqi legislature fails to select new speaker

Baghdad - A meeting of the Iraqi parliament on Sunday (July 13) lasted only about half an hour. Sunni blocs agreed to nominate Salim Joburi as speaker but this never happened and another meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 1 comment
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