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Iraq Conflict

Iraqi Officials: Shiite Militias Pulled Out Of Tikrit After Looting

Reuters | Posted 04.04.2015 | World

BAGHDAD, April 4 (Reuters) - Almost all Shi'ite paramilitaries had left Tikrit on Saturday after locals complained that some fighters had spent severa...

Iraqi Kurds Claim To Have Evidence ISIS Used Chemical Weapon

Reuters | Posted 05.14.2015 | World

By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Iraq, March 14 (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish authorities said on Saturday they had evidence that Islamic State had ...

Winning the Battle, Losing the War

David Wood | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
David Wood

Every few days, the headquarters of the U.S.-led war against the Islamic State militias issues a communique on how the war is going. Monday's report said 27 coalition air attacks on Sunday andMonday struck nine vehicles 12 troop units, 10 fighting positions (foxholes), 10 buildings, an oil refinery, a rocket launcher, three boats and a tank, among other targets. The attacks are framed as progress in the fight against extremism and terrorism, although it's difficult to make that link in the aftermath of the violence in France. What we do know, from 13 years of painful experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, is that one-sided accounts of combat strikes don't necessarily reflect a war that's being won.

On The First Day Of School, Iraqi Classrooms Are Filled With Families Fleeing ISIS

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.10.2014 | World

Yazidi families who fled the Islamic State's offensive last month have sought refuge in the relative safety of Iraq's Kurdish region. But with few cam...

New UN Human Rights Chief Warns Of A 'House Of Blood' In Iraq And Syria

Reuters | Posted 11.08.2014 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 8 (Reuters) - The new U.N. human rights chief urged world powers to protect women and minorities tar...

Iraqi, Kurdish Forces Try To Break ISIS Siege Of Shiite Town

Reuters | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

By Raheem Salman BAGHDAD, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Iraqi army and Kurdish forces closed in on Islamic State fighters on Saturday in a push t...

Officials: Shiite Militia Attack Sunni Mosque In Iraq, Dozens Killed

Reuters | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Aug 22 (Reuters) - The death toll from a shooting attack by Shi'ite militia forces on a Sunni mosque in Iraq on Friday has reached 68, a morg...

Obama Informs Congress Of Authorization Of Targeted Strikes In Iraq

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics

On Sunday, President Barack Obama sent a letter to Congress notifying members of his authorization of targeted airstrikes in Iraq, saying the strikes ...

Airstrikes Target Islamic State After Reports Of Yazidi Massacre

AFP | W.G. Dunlop | Posted 10.16.2014 | World

Kurdish forces backed by US warplanes battled Saturday to retake Iraq's largest dam from Islamic State jihadist fighters, whose latest atrocity was a ...

Iraq's Third Largest Ethnic Group Is Also On The Run From The Islamic State

Reuters | Posted 10.16.2014 | World

(Repeats story unchanged) * Charities support displaced in absence of functioning government * Hundreds of thousands up...

Officials: Islamic State 'Massacres' 80 Yazidis In North Iraq

Reuters | Posted 08.16.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents "massacred" some 80 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority in a village in the country's north, a Ya...

UN Security Council Blacklists Islamist Militants In Iraq, Syria

Reuters | Posted 10.15.2014 | World

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Aug 15 (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council took aim at Islamist militants in Iraq and ...

Iraq's New Prime Minister Urges The Country To Unite

Reuters | Posted 10.15.2014 | World

By Raheem Salman and Michael Georgy BAGHDAD, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Iraq's most influential cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, threw ...

If You're Blaming The Iraq Crisis On Obama's Troop Withdrawal, Answer These 4 Questions

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

Soon after authorizing targeted airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq on Thursday, President Barack Obama faced a barrage of criticism from law...

Iraqi Helicopter Crashes During Aid Mission To Yazidis

HuffPost/AP | Posted 10.12.2014 | World

An Iraqi helicopter crashed while delivering aid to Yazidi communities trapped on the Sinjar mountains on Tuesday, killing the pilot and wounding othe...

Iraq's Troubles Grow As Maliki Digs In

Reuters | Posted 10.10.2014 | World

* Maliki's special forces deploy in Baghdad after defiant speech * Shi'ite militias step up patrols * France echoes U.S...

Fears Remain For Yazidis Still Trapped In Mountains

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.12.2014 | World

Some members of an Iraqi minority community on the run from ISIS militias have reportedly escaped the mountains where they had been stranded, but thou...

Kurds Stock Up On Arms As Islamic State Approaches

Reuters | Isabel Coles | Posted 10.08.2014 | World

ARBIL, Iraq, Aug 9 (Reuters) - With Islamist militants just 30 minutes drive away, foreign oil workers were flying out of Iraq's Kurdish capital by ...

Pope Sends Personal Envoy To Iraq

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 08.08.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis is dispatching Cardinal Fernando Filoni as his personal envoy to northern Iraq, where Islamist militias have sent thou...

White House: 'No American Military Solutions To The Problems In Iraq'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest would not confirm a Thursday report by the New York Times that the United States is weighing military strikes...

UN Rescues Some Refugees From Sinjar Mountain

Reuters | Posted 10.07.2014 | World

(Adds quote, UNICEF comment) GENEVA, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Some of the many thousands of people trapped by Islamic State militants on Sinj...

Historic Tomb Of Jonah Destroyed By ISIS Militants

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion

The militant group ISIS is continuing its rampage of holy places by destroying the tomb of Jonah, a place thought to be the burial site of the prophet...

ISIS Is Worse Than Genghis Khan, Says Top Iraqi Christian Leader

Reuters | Dominic Evans & Raheem Salman | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion

By Dominic Evans and Raheem Salman BAGHDAD, July 20 (Reuters) - The head of Iraq's largest church said on Sunday that Islamic State mi...

Iraq: 'Terrorist Groups' Seized Nuclear Materials

Reuters | Posted 09.08.2014 | World

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, July 9 (Reuters) - Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research a...

21st-Century Energy Wars

Michael T. Klare | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Michael T. Klare

The world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts. At first glance, these upheavals appear to be driven by their own idiosyncratic circumstances. But look more closely and they share several key characteristics -- notably, a witch's brew of ethnic, religious, and national antagonisms that have been stirred to the boiling point by a fixation on energy.