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A No-Fly Zone Would Hurt Both Assad and ISIS

Veton Surroi | Posted 09.15.2014 | World
Veton Surroi

The Free Syrian Army, caught between the al-Assad air forces and the Islamic State group's territorial expansion, will benefit directly from an air campaign that is simultaneously against ISIS but does not allow any other air military activity.

The Strange Irony Hidden Among The Highest Ranks Of ISIS

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.12.2014 | World

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. You noticed the media forgot all about another story's ba...

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...

Pope Tweets His First Photo In Powerful Appeal For Peace In Iraq

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.05.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis tweeted his first-ever photo on Friday in a powerful display of solidarity with humanitarian efforts in Iraq. The image, originally tw...

Bombings Hit Iraqi Shiite Districts, Scores Dead

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 09.05.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of attacks across Iraq on Friday killed 17 people, including four Shiite militiamen and a Sunni tribal chief, while a mass g...

Pope Francis To Iraqi Christians: You Are The Heart Of The Church

AP | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has sought to encourage Iraq's beleaguered Christians under threat from Islamic militants, saying they are the "hea...

New Evidence Indicates ISIS Militants Killed 770 Captured Soldiers

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 09.03.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants from the Islamic State group carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers captured when the extremists overran ...

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

Reuters | Stephanie Nebehay | Posted 09.01.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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 08.30.2014 | 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...

Christians Need More Than An Escape From Iraq: Catholic Relief Official

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Kris Ozar, 37, is in charge of programming for Catholic Relief Services in Egypt and is now in northern Iraq coordinating the charity’s emerge...

Blasts Rock Iraq's Kirkuk, Baghdad, Dozens Dead

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN and VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 08.23.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombings in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 42 people in Iraq on Saturday as the government investigated a de...

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...

Pope Francis To Iraqi President: 'I Appeal To You With A Heart Full Of Pain'

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 08.21.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis wrote to the president of Iraq, calling for an end to the “brutal suffering of Christians and other religious minori...

Iraqi Turkmens Appeal For Help To Thousands Besieged By Islamic State

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 08.20.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants appealed to Iraq's military and the inte...

UN Launches Major Aid Operation To Reach Iraqis Fleeing Violence

Reuters | Posted 08.19.2014 | World

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

Yazidi Survivors Say Militants Buried Victims Alive

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2014 | 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 ...

U.S. Military: Airstrikes Hit Islamic State Militants In N. Iraq

AP | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say a mix of fighter planes and remotely piloted aircraft have attacked Islamic State militants near the Iraqi city...

Airstrikes Target Islamic State After Reports Of Yazidi Massacre

AFP | W.G. Dunlop | Posted 08.17.2014 | 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 08.17.2014 | World

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

U.S. May Speed Up Aid To Iraq Despite Billions Already Spent

Reuters | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

By Arshad Mohammed and Missy Ryan WASHINGTON, Aug 15 (Reuters) - The United States may accelerate U.S. economic and military aid to Ir...

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, ...

UN Security Council Blacklists Islamist Militants In Iraq, Syria

Reuters | Posted 08.16.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | World

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

Iraq's Maliki Agrees To Stand Down, Back New PM

AP | Posted 08.15.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's prime minister for the past eight years, says he is relinquishing the post to fellow Dawa Party member Haider...