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Iraq Violence

War Against Islamic State: Sowing Seeds of More Extremist Groups

James Dorsey | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

The US-led international response to the Islamic State's advances in Iraq and Syria is more extensive and fraught with danger than the war on terror declared by former President George W. Bush in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

The Rise of the Islamic State: Who Is to Blame?

James Dorsey | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Behind the façade of a united front against the Islamic State the United States and its Gulf allies blame each other for the spectacular rise of the jihadist group that has overrun a swathe of Syria and Iraq.

ISIS Militants Are Final Memory of School for Many Iraqi Children

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Tara Kangarlou

The Christian Iraqi children are the latest casualties of the fluid terror led by the Islamic State militants also known as ISIS -- children whose final memories of home are heavily armed men raiding their neighborhoods and schools.

Fighting the Islamic State: What About the Day After?

James Dorsey | Posted 11.11.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Decades of entrenched autocratic mismanagement and abusive rule in the Middle East and North Africa cannot be erased overnight. Similarly, they cannot be reversed by foreign intervention.

How One Christian Group Is Supporting Brethren In Iraq

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Watching ancient Christian communities stand nearly defenseless as Islamic militants roll across swaths of the Middle East, coalitions of Christ...

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...

Responding to the Islamic State's Foreign Fighters: Retribution or Rehabilitation?

James Dorsey | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to criminalise British fighters in Iraq and Syria and bar them from returning to Britain has come in for sharp criticism from the former head of counter-terrorism in its intelligence services MI5 and MI6.

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...

Rape in Conflict Continues

Serra Sippel | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

Violence against women and rape in conflict is an ongoing problem. It is not isolated, it is not anecdotal, it is far from rare.

UN Warns Of Atrocities On 'An Unimaginable Scale' In Iraq

Reuters | Stephanie Nebehay | Posted 11.01.2014 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 1 (Reuters) - The United Nations agreed on Monday to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed...

Violence In Iraq Killed At Least 1,420 In August

Reuters | Posted 11.01.2014 | World

(Adds two bombings in Baghdad Monday night) BAGHDAD, Sept 1 (Reuters) - At least 1,420 people were killed in Iraq in August as sectari...

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...

Yazidi Woman Who Fled ISIS Militants Names Her Newborn 'Refugee'

The Huffington Post | Michael Maisel | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

In a makeshift refugee camp near Dohuk, Iraq, a woman recently gave birth to a baby girl and named her Hajir, or "Refugee" in Arabic. She wants her da...

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...

UN Launches Major Aid Operation To Reach Iraqis Fleeing Violence

Reuters | Posted 10.19.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Iraqi forces halted a short-lived offensive on Tuesday to recapture Tikrit, home town of executed dictator Saddam Hussein,...

I Survived Saddam's Chemical Attacks, but I Never Imagined a Crisis Like This

Aram Shakaram | Posted 10.18.2014 | World
Aram Shakaram

These are problems that can only be fixed with more funding and resources, and now is the time to respond. Not only are the displaced battling to survive each day, they don't know how long they can stay wherever they are, if they will need to flee again or if their lives will ever return to normal. When and how this ends, nobody knows. What we do know is that humanitarian aid is desperately needed to keep people alive. The road ahead is long and the international community needs to step up now to save Iraq before it falls beyond repair.

Yazidi Survivors Say Militants Buried Victims Alive

Reuters | Posted 10.18.2014 | World

By Humeyra Pamuk DAYRABUN, Iraq, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Refugee Samo Ilyas Ali has nine children to feed but he can't focus on the future ...

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 ...

Ground Troops Arrive In Iraq To Assess Plan To Help Save Refugees (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

UPDATE: Aug. 13, 5:52 p.m. -- CNN and CBS report a small group of special forces flew into Mt. Sinjar in black hawk helicopters, and departed after sp...

Iran's Supreme Leader Backs Iraq's New Prime Minister

Reuters | Posted 10.13.2014 | World

DUBAI, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lent his support to new Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi on We...

Heartwrenching Video Captures The Helicopter Rescue Of Stranded Yazidis

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.12.2014 | World

In a powerful video released on Monday, Britain's Channel 4 News captures the scene of an Iraqi military helicopter delivering aid to members of the c...