26 May 2017
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UN News Centre - Millions of people are in need of a greater assistance across Iraq, said Stephen O’Brien, the new Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, following a two-day visit to the strife-torn country. “It’s imperative at this critical time we do more to mitigate the suffering of the Iraqi people. Much has been done, but the needs continue to increase and more is needed,” stated Mr. O’Brien, who assumed his post as UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief…
France24 - The Iraqi Shiite militia known as the Imam Ali Brigades is accused of having committed multiple war crimes in the fight against the Islamic State organisation in Iraq, including summary executions and torture of captives. But its brutality isn’t the only thing fuelling the militia's notoriety – it also has a well-oiled communications strategy. In June 2014, Shiite leader Ayatollah Sistani made an appeal for mobilisation against the Islamic State organisation. Numerous Iraqi Shiite militias were formed after…

US 'sending hundreds more troops to Iraq' Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:58

Barack Obama reportedly poised to send 500 extra military personnel to fight Islamic State and set up new training base in Anbar province The Telegraph - The White House is reportedly planning a shift in strategy in Iraq that would see hundreds of American military trainers deployed to help retake Ramadi and the delay of long-held plans to drive the Islamic State from Mosul. Six months after US forces began training Iraqi troops to take on the jihadist fighters, a…
BERLIN, Basnews – United States President Barack Obama will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the G7 Summit in Germany on Monday to discuss the fight against Islamic State militants. Obama and Abadi will speak today about the fight against the Islamic State terrorist organization, which recently seized the key city of Ramadi. Obama and Abadi’s one-on-one meeting this morning comes at a time when the White House strategy to combat Islamic State is under fire as the…
MOSUL, Middle East Online - When the Iraqi government lost Ramadi last month, Abu Yasser's heart sank: the prospect of his own city, Mosul, shaking off jihadist rule had just faded farther into the distance. Wresting back Mosul, Iraq's second city, was always seen as the top prize and climax of any fightback against the Islamic State group. But Moslawis fear that being saved for last could mean their turn will never come. "We were shocked when we heard the…
(AFP) - Iraqi forces advanced against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group in Baiji on Sunday as they battled to retake the strategic town for a second time, officers said. Baghdad regained control of Baiji -- located on the road to ISIS hub Mosul and near the country's largest oil refinery -- last year, but subsequently lost it again. "Our security forces arrived to the centre of the town of Baiji around 10:30 am (0700 GMT) and raised…
By Andrew Osborn KRUEN, Germany (Reuters) - Britain is to expand its military training mission in Iraq in the coming weeks, Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Sunday, saying the Iraqi army needed more help to deal with improvised bombs planted by Islamic State militants. Cameron, speaking before a meeting of the Group of Seven industrial nations (G7), said Britain would send 125 new military advisers to Iraq, most of whom would train the Iraqi army in how to counter…
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – The United Nations Office in Iraq announced on Monday the death of 1031 people and the injury of 1648 others as a result of the violence and “armed conflicts” during the month of May in Iraq. The United Nations Office said in a statement posted on its website and followed by IraqiNews.com, “1031 Iraqis were killed, while 1648 others were injured in the outcome of violence and armed conflicts during the month of May in Iraq,” noting that…
Reuters - Western and Arab states carrying out air strikes on Islamic State fighters backed on Tuesday Iraq's plan to retake territory from the jihadist movement after being accused by the Iraqi premier of not doing enough to help Baghdad push back the insurgents. Around 20 coalition ministers met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Paris, in part to persuade his Shi'ite Muslim-led government to repair relations with Iraq's Sunni minority to strengthen its campaign against the Sunni Islamic State,…
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - The United Nations said it would be forced to slash or shut down almost half its aid operations in Iraq without an immediate injection of new funds, at a time when a humanitarian crisis triggered by Islamic State insurgents is intensifying. Lise Grande, the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, said the number of people in need of assistance continues to increase as the resources to help them dry up, and she forecast a "summer of discontent". A…

Raising sectarian tensions in Iraq? Tuesday, 02 June 2015 20:26

Al Jazeera - A video that shows a man suspended over a fire being burned is focusing attention on the human suffering in Iraq, and the country's sectarian divide. The latest pictures released online appear to show members of a pro-government Shia militia burning a man they accuse of being a member of ISIL. They are heard to taunt him, saying "these are the ISIL fighters, see what happens to them".Militias in Iraq have been accused of widespread human rights violations…

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