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Iraq Violence

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

James Dorsey | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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 11.26.2014 | 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 11.27.2014 | 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 11.26.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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.

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.

Dozens Of Iraq Soldiers Killed Or Missing After Clashes With ISIS

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and BRAM JANSSEN | Posted 11.22.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants disguised in Iraqi army uniforms and driving stolen Humvees killed at least 40 Iraqi soldiers and captured 68...

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.