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Iraq Violence

A Two-State Solution for Iraq

Delovan Barwari | Posted 02.24.2015 | World
Delovan Barwari

The unfolding chaos in Iraq is fundamentally linked to the historic religious and ethnic enmity among its three major ethnic and religious components. The vicious cycle of violence appears to have no end in sight.

Dozens Killed In Bombings Across Baghdad

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 02.08.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad's decade-old nightly curfew ended after midnight Sunday, hours after bombs exploded in and around the Iraqi capital, killing ...

UN Says Violence In Iraq Kills At Least 1,375 In January

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 02.01.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations mission to Iraq said Sunday that violence in the country amid the war against the extremist Islamic State group ki...

Kurds Recapture Oil Facility In Northern Iraq From ISIS

Reuters | Posted 01.31.2015 | World

By Mustafa Mahmoud KIRKUK, Iraq, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Kurdish peshmerga forces retook a small crude oil station near the northern Ir...

Conflicting Views of Islam Spill onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 01.21.2015 | World
James Dorsey

When Sarah Samir stepped this week on to an Egyptian soccer pitch to referee a men's match, she joined a small band of Arab women referees staking out their right to be involved in the sport on par with men.

The Power of the Feminine Self: Manhood Liberated from Violence Against Women

Payam Akhavan | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
Payam Akhavan

Somewhere near Mosul in Iraq, a Yazidi woman is sold into "marriage" at that price. That is, if she is between 20 and 30 years of age. If she is 10 to 20 years of age, the price is higher, at $129 dollars. The highest price of $172 is reserved for girls up to the age of nine.

ISIS Battle In Iraq Kills 30 Kurds, Officials Say

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 01.11.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State group fighters attempting to retake a town in northern Iraq held by Kurdish peshmerga forces have killed at least 30 Ku...

UN: 2014 Was The Deadliest Year For Civilians In Iraq Since 2007

Reuters | Posted 01.02.2015 | World

BAGHDAD, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Violence in Iraq in 2014 killed at least 12,282 civilians, making it the deadliest year since the sectarian bloodshed of ...

From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish Minorities Push For Autonomy

James Dorsey | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
James Dorsey

More than than three years into Syria's brutal civil war, Syrian Kurds have carved out an entity of their own close to the border with Turkey.

More Than 1,200 Iraqis Have Been Killed In November, According To The UN

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB and VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 01.31.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister said Monday he retired 24 officials from the Interior Ministry as part of efforts to restructure the country's ...

When Coming Out Is a Death Sentence: The Rising Tide of Violence Against LGBT Iraqis

Hossein Alizadeh | Posted 01.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Hossein Alizadeh

For two years the IGLHRC, jointly with Iraqi and international NGOs, has supported humanitarian assistance to vulnerable LGBT individuals and worked to raise awareness about their desperate plight. Out of this work comes two briefings that expose the depth of suffering and violence perpetrated against LGBT people across different levels of society.

Iraq's Internet Is Almost All Under Kurdish Control

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2015 | World

By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Iraq's reliance on Kurdistan for Internet connectivity due to Baghdad bureaucracy has put the northern ...

Iraq To Overhaul Baghdad Security To Stop Bombings

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 01.25.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — In a story Nov. 25 about security in Baghdad, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of Iraq's Interior Ministry spokesma...

Suicide Bomber Kills 5 In Iraqi Kurdish Capital

Reuters | Posted 01.19.2015 | World

By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Nov 19 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives blew himself up in the capital ...

Wave Of Deadly Bombings Hit Iraq

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 01.08.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide truck bomber targeting the convoy of a top Iraqi police officer killed eight people, including the ranking official, authori...

Is This Iranian General The Mastermind Behind Iraq's Ground War?

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- When Islamic State militants retreated from the embattled town of Jurf al-Sakher last week, the Iraqi military was quick to flaunt a r...

Horrifying Scale Of ISIS Massacre Emerges

Reuters | Posted 01.02.2015 | World

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have killed 322 members of an Iraqi tribe in western Anba...

Iran's President Pledges To Back Iraq Amid Attacks

AP | NASSER KARIMI and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 12.21.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Shiite powerhouse Iran has pledged enduring support for the Shiite-led government of Iraq in its battle against an ascendant Sun...

Soccer and Militant Islam Intersect in Incidents Across the Middle East

James Dorsey | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A successful soccer player near the peak of his career, 22-year Nidhal Selmi died last week a foreign fighter for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq.

Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 19 Outside Baghdad Mosque

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Oct 19 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 19 at a funeral in Baghdad on Sunday as an ambush halted Iraqi forces' advance on a key northern c...

ISIS Militants Target Baghdad Amid Wave Of Attacks In Iraq

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 10.17.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants unleashed a wave of attacks in Iraq on Thursday, mainly targeting Shiite areas in and around the capital of Baghdad, killin...

Reshaping the Middle East: UAE Leads the Counter-revolution

James Dorsey | Posted 12.14.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The counter-revolutionary Gulf strategy has opened a window on potential differences not only between Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on the one hand and Qatar on the other but also within the conservative counter-revolutionary camp itself.

Report: Suicide Bombing In Baghdad Kills At Least A Dozen

AP | Posted 12.13.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Police officials in the Iraqi capital say a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint in a predominantly ...

Triple Suicide Bombing Kills Scores In Iraq

AP | Posted 12.12.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — A triple suicide bombing Sunday killed at least 58 people in Iraq as a roadside bomb killed the police chief of the western Anbar pro...

America's Never-Ending Wars in the Middle East

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Parvez Ahmed

U.S. efforts to combat al-Qaeda have not diminished the threat from terrorism. Osama bin Laden's absence has not defeated terrorism. It has created a power vacuum that has been filled by groups more radicalized and more ruthless than al-Qaeda. America keeps playing the terrorist Whac-a-Mole. There is no grand strategy, only arbitrary lurches from crisis to crisis.