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Iraq Violence

More Than 90,000 People Flee Violence In Iraq's Anbar Province, Says UN

Reuters | Posted 04.19.2015 | World

ERBIL, Iraq, April 19 (Reuters) - More than 90,000 people have fled their homes in Iraq's western province of Anbar where Islamic State militants ha...

Iraqi Forces Secure Largest Oil Refinery After ISIS Attack

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 04.18.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi soldiers surrounded and entered the country's biggest oil refinery Saturday, which has been besieged for days by Islamic State ...

ISIS Claims Car Bombing Outside U.S. Consulate In North Iraq

Reuters | Isabel Coles | Posted 04.17.2015 | World

ERBIL, April 17 (Reuters) - A car bomb killed three people on Friday outside the U.S. consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region that ...

ISIS Launches New Offensive In Iraq's Anbar

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 04.15.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State extremist group launched an offensive Wednesday in Iraq's western Anbar province, capturing three villages near the...

Iraqi Kurds Claim To Have Evidence ISIS Used Chemical Weapon

Reuters | Posted 03.14.2015 | World

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

UN: Iraq Violence Kills At Least 1,100 In February

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 05.01.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister called on Sunni tribal fighters to abandon the Islamic State group Sunday, ahead of a promised offensive to ret...

A Two-State Solution for Iraq

Delovan Barwari | Posted 04.26.2015 | 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 04.09.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.20.2015 | 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 03.13.2015 | 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 03.04.2015 | 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.