25 April 2017
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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…
Paris (AFP) - Humanitarian organisations are preparing to launch a fundraising appeal for $500 million (454 million euros) for the crisis created by the Islamic State group in Iraq, UNICEF said on Monday. The announcement came a day ahead of a meeting in Paris of the US-led coalition of countries working to defeat the jihadist group in Iraq and Syria. "The humanitarian situation in Iraq is close to disaster! We urgently need extra resources," Philippe Heffinck, UNICEF's representative in Iraq,…
BONN, Germany, (AP) — France's foreign minister says airstrikes against Islamic State extremists will be effective only if there is political reconciliation in Iraq. Speaking in Germany a day before an international conference to tackle the problem of IS, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday the Iraqi population conquered by the extremists won't rise up against the group "unless there is the feeling that the government is inclusive." Iraq's government has faced criticism for alienating Sunni Muslims, and French and…
BBC - Thousands of families in Iraq are trapped by fighting between Islamic State extremists and government forces. Human rights groups have accused Iraq's government of failing to help many of those trying to flee to safer parts of the country. They are attempting to escape from Anbar province where Islamic State fighters recently seized the key city of Ramadi. Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32953993
Baghdad (AFP) - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sought to reassure Saudi Arabia Sunday that Iraq is not a "gateway for Iran" and will not take part in regional conflicts between the two countries. "Iraq is not a gateway for Iran," Abadi said in an interview with Iraqiya state TV. "We do not want to enter in to regional conflicts, and if there are regional conflicts between Saudi Arabia and Iran," Baghdad will not be involved, the premier said. Iran --…

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