23 April 2018
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Baghdad (AFP) - The Islamic State group has executed at least four women, including two doctors and a politician, in their northern Iraq strongholds this month, relatives and rights activists said on Saturday. In the IS hub of Mosul, the jihadists executed three women on Wednesday including two doctors, Hanaa Edwar, a human rights activist who heads the Al-Amal organisation, said. A medical source in Mosul confirmed their deaths and named the two doctors as Maha Sabhan and Lamia Ismail.…
-Euronews- While the world’s attention has been on ISIL battling to take the Syrian town of Kobani, Iraqi officials in the country’s western Anbar province say they are desperate for help. The region’s provincial council says the area could soon fall to extremists. It has sent a request to the Iraqi government asking for US ground troops to help them, according to an Iraqi TV channel. If ISIL succeed in taking Anbar it would give them control of a stretch of territory across much…

String of deadly blasts rocks Iraqi capital Sunday, 12 October 2014 12:05

-Al Jazeera- At least 50 people have been killed and scores more wounded in a series of bombs in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, medical and police officials said. At least 38 people were killed in two car bombings in Shia-dominated areas of western Baghdad on Saturday night. A third blast caused by a suicide bomber killed another 12 people and injured 40 others. Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad, said the explosions happened within minutes of each other and…

Obama to blame for Iraq mess: Panetta Sunday, 12 October 2014 12:00

-Rudaw, NEW YORK – US President Barack Obama has come under fresh attack over the rise of Islamic State (ISIS) militants, with a former defence chief accusing him of botching plans to leave some US troops in war-torn Iraq in 2011. In his memoir, ‘Worthy Fights’, former Defence Secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta accuses Obama of not pushing hard enough to keep US forces in Iraq after the December 2011 drawdown – leaving the country vulnerable to IS jihadists.…
-Baghdad (CNN) -- ISIS fighters stood Saturday on the verge of taking not just a key Syrian town along the Turkish border, but also an entire province on Baghdad's doorstep -- spurring leaders of that province to urgently plead for U.S. ground troops to halt the Islamist extremist group's rapid, relentless assault. The situation in Anbar, just to the west of Baghdad, is "very bad," said Sabah Al-Karhout, the president of Anbar Provincial Council.ISIS, the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" which also…
Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—At least twelve armed militias are operating openly on the streets of the capital Baghdad, Iraqi political and military figures informed Asharq Al-Awsat warning of an absence of law and order in the country. Armed militias have increased their presence across Iraq as part of local and national attempts to combat advancing Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters. The jihadist group continues to entrench its presence across Iraq and Syria despite the formation of an international…
-Today's Zaman- To get a home or an office built in the central Iraqi province of Salahuddin, contractors have usually had to pay hefty bribes to corrupt officials in Baghdad to clear away the red tape. It was just one example of the heavy hand that the central government holds over even the smallest details of life in Iraq's provinces. That hand was often corrupt as well. Around 70 percent of the projects that the government committed to fund in…
Baghdad (AIN) -The President, Fuad Masoum discussed with the US Ambassador for Iraq, Stuart Jones the security situation in Kobane and its ramifications on Iraq and the region. The President assured, during the meeting, the need to assess the serious posture in the Syrian city of Kobane and possible consequences on the security in Iraq and Syria and all the region, said media office of Masoum. Read more: http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index.php/component/content/article/40-2011-11-19-15-20-50/59073-president-us-ambassador-for-iraq-discuss-kobane-crisis-.html
-Deutsche Welle- In attacks on the Yazidi religious minority in northern Iraq, "Islamic State" militants are said to have abducted up to 5,000 women and girls. Five survivors tell DW what they endured in 23 days of captivity. The five girls sit with their heads bowed, veils pulled down over their faces, fingers clutched firmly together. They come from Kocho, a village in the Sinjar Mountains. Ceylan, the smallest, is 10, while the oldest, Zehra, is 20. For three weeks, they…
-Al Jazeera- More than two months have passed since the US-led coalition began targeting ISIL in Iraq. There have been some tactical successes but the group has not been defeated. The Iraqi government is now trying to persuade Sunni armed factions and tribes to help it fight ISIL but Sunni leaders want greater rights and representation in government. Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from Erbil. Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2014/10/iraq-wants-sunni-armed-factions-fight-isil-2014107152837974822.html

Kurdish group storm EU parliament Wednesday, 08 October 2014 10:11

-EUobserver, BRUSSELS - People arriving at the Place du Luxembourg in front of the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday (7 October) morning saw a familar scene from recent days: a group of protesters calling for help for Kurdish victims of Islamic State (IS). But at around 11am local time the scene became more hectic. “The protesters stormed the building”, Orhan Murat, the spokesperson for the Federation of Kurdish Associations in Belgium told EUobserver. He said about 150 Kurdish activists…

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