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Op-Ed: Religion and the war against ISIS

New York - Stomach turning levels of barbarism perpetrated as religiously sanctioned behavior have changed the rules on public conversation about religion in media and the public square.

ISIS feeds mother her own son, claims fighter

A mother on a rescue mission was allegedly told by the Islamic State that she had just eaten her own son, after the group fed him to her.

Iraq's Tikrit: From Saddam to the Islamic State group

Baghdad - Executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's hometown and last bastion, Tikrit has become one of the Islamic State group's main strongholds.

Iraq forces take on Tikrit in biggest operation yet

Kirkuk - Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft pounded jihadist positions in and around Tikrit on Monday in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the Islamic State group's main strongholds.

Iraq reopens Baghdad museum 12 years after looting

Baghdad - Iraq's national museum officially reopened Saturday after 12 years of painstaking efforts during which close to a third of 15,000 pieces looted during the US-led invasion were recovered.

Intelligence agencies identify executioner in ISIS videos

London - Two unnamed U.S. officials confirmed Thursday that a black-dressed militant who spoke for the Islamic State group in a series of gruesome videos is London-born Mohammed Emwazi, a 26-year-old Islamic militant already known to British security services.

Iraq statue-smashing sparks outrage, heritage fears

Baghdad - A video of jihadists in Iraq gleefully smashing ancient statues to pieces with sledgehammers sparked global outrage and fears Friday that more of the world's oldest heritage will be destroyed.

UN Security Council powers may lose veto on genocide votes

Amnesty has called on members of the UN Security Council to relinquish their veto power. The recent findings of the 2014 Amnesty Annual Report shows repeated abuse of their vetoes by failing to protect civilians and provide them with peace and security.

Iraq: 20 civilians killed by U.S.-led airstrikes

Twenty civilians were killed in two separate US-led airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants in western Iraq on Thursday.

U.N. report says Islamic State may be committing genocide

A newly-released United Nations report details what the world body calls possible genocide being committed by Islamic State militants in territories the group controls in parts of western and northern Iraq.

ISIS burns artifacts, rare books, and manuscripts in Mosul, Iraq

Hostile and turbulent ISIS members have burned the Mosul Museum Library to the ground this past weekend in another vicious act of destructive violence. Rare old books, artifacts and manuscripts dating back to the 1700s were demolished.

Anti-IS mission puts hardened French pilot on new flight path

Mosul - After flying missions over Afghanistan and Libya, French Rafale fighter pilot "Sharpy" now faces fresh challenges on his new assignment against the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq.

Op-Ed: When Syria becomes a spring break destination

London - Last week, a group of three teenage British girls, Amira Abase, 15, Shamima Begum, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, left their homes in east London, and flew from Gatwick airport to Turkey.

Timing for key Iraq battle spurs controversy

Baghdad - Iraqi officials have expressed irritation and analysts scepticism at the US prediction that an offensive to retake Iraq's key city of Mosul from jihadists could be launched in April-May.

U.S. troops may help planned Iraqi offensive to take Mosul

Mosul - The US has been hyping a spring offensive against the Islamic State to retake the city of Mosul, the largest city held by the rebels.

ISIS burns 45 people to death in captured town of al-Baghdadi

ISIS extremists have reportedly burned 45 prisoners to death today in the town of al-Baghdadi in western Iraq. The unconfirmed report is a chilling reminder of the video released earlier this month of the burning alive of the Jordanian air force pilot.

Op-Ed: Islamic State captures town near base with 300 U.S. marines

Baghdad - Islamic State forces have taken control of the town of al-Baghdadi that is not far from an air base where about 300 U.S. marines are stationed. While the Islamic State has lost some territory in Iraq, it continues to push forward in a few other areas.

Sunni Iraqi MPs boycott parliament after tribal chief killed

Baghdad - Iraqi Sunni lawmakers said Sunday they were boycotting parliament after the killing of a senior tribal leader was blamed on Shiite militia, sparking fresh tensions between the two communities.

Suicide bomber kills at least 14 in north Baghdad

Baghdad - A suicide bomber attacked a Shiite-majority area of north Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 14 people, security and medical officials said.The blast in Kadhimiyah, which is home to a revered Shiite shrine, also wounded at least 43 people.

Remains of 23 Yazidis found in Iraq mass grave

Arbil - The remains of 23 men from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority were found when a mass grave was excavated in northern Iraq, an official said on Saturday.
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