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Why Rumors Of A Massive Order By ISIS To Mutilate Women Are Probably False

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.24.2014 | World

A United Nations human rights coordinator on Thursday said that Islamic State militants had ordered Iraqi women and children in the city of Mosul to u...

Convert, Pay Tax, Or Die, Islamic State Warns Christians

Reuters | Dominic Evans and Isra' al-Rube'i | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Islamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq's dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious...

Iraq: Campaign of Mass Murders of Sunni Prisoners

Human Rights Watch | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
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Human Rights Watch

The mass extrajudicial killings may be evidence of war crimes or crimes against humanity, and appear to be revenge killings for atrocities by ISIS, a Sunni extremist group that in the past month has captured large areas from the Shia-led central government.

What Do You Know About Sistani's Fatwa?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The fatwa is not about revenge or attack but the need to defend religious freedoms, sacred places and land from those whose aim is remove peaceful Muslims' freedoms to believe in Islam as they currently do, remove their shrines and to remove them from their lands.

Does Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and His Islamic Caliphate Mark the Beginning of the Third World War?

Sheldon Filger | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

The lessons of history itself should compel us to take Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's promise to wage a ferocious worldwide war of vengeance against those he sees as the enemies of God with the utmost seriousness.

War Crimes in the Battle for Mosul

Donatella Rovera | Posted 06.27.2014 | World
Donatella Rovera

Long lines of cars full of terrified families jammed the road as I left Mosul on June 25. The mass exodus is testament to the impact on civilians since fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) took control of the city.

Why America Should Let Iraq Resolve its Own Crisis

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 06.16.2014 | World
Graham E. Fuller

The U.S. already destroyed the political, economic and social infrastructure of Iraq, turning it into an anarchic free-for-all of every clan for itself. We in the West try to deny the ugly consequences of our own actions by shrugging our shoulders and noting that Iraqis are, after all, "eternally tribal." But who do you turn to when the proverbial excrement--the destruction of your country--hits the fan? Most people revert to their core social identities--their clans, tribes, sectarian or regional groups--the only ones that can provide security against anarchy and enemies.

Militants Capture Another Iraqi Town

AP | By HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 06.16.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — In a sign of Iran's deepening involvement in the Iraqi crisis, the commander of Tehran's elite Quds Force is helping Iraq's military ...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week saw Iraq teetering on the edge of chaos as militants seized the nation's second largest city, Mosul. It was another reminder that the devastation from one of the biggest blunders in U.S. history continues, as 300,000 Iraqis became refugees this week alone. Incredibly, the war's cheerleaders somehow took the turmoil as vindication that the U.S. should never have left. "Lindsey Graham and John McCain were right," said McCain. But the problem isn't what we did in 2011; it's what we did in 2003. In 2014, we need to stop listening to those who have been wrong on this war again and again. Back home, Tea Party challenger Dave Brat knocked off House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Though Brat's no-reform stance on immigration played a role in the outcome, more powerful was his anti-Wall Street message, leading Ryan Lizza to dub him "the Elizabeth Warren of the right." For establishment politicians, including Hillary Clinton, it's a message they ignore at their peril.

Iraq Crisis Threatens Global Economy

Sheldon Filger | Posted 06.13.2014 | World
Sheldon Filger

The latest news from Iraq clearly has geopolitical implications. No less important are the economic ramifications. The Iraq war, which began with the...

UN: Reports Of Executions, Rapes And Kidnappings In Mosul

Reuters | Posted 06.13.2014 | World

By Tom Miles GENEVA, June 13 (Reuters) - Hundreds of people were killed, many of them summarily executed, after Sunni Islamist milita...

ISIS' Military Successes in Iraq

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

What is becoming clearer with each passing day is that the Middle East has to adjust to and counteract a new insurgent entity which some observers already claim is stronger in motivation and manpower than the pre-9/11 al-Qaeda.

The Fall of Mosul and the False Promises of Modern History

Juan Cole | Posted 06.12.2014 | World
Juan Cole

The Fall of Mosul is an indictment of the Bush Administration and, before that, the British Empire. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki can only get Iraq back by allying with nationalist Sunnis in the north. Otherwise, for him to simply brutally occupy the city with Shiite troops and artillery and aerial bombings, will make him look like his neighbor, Bashar al-Assad.

This Map Shows Just How Much Territory Extremists In Iraq Won

Posted 06.11.2014 | World

Militants from the jihadist group ISIS took over Iraq's second largest city of Mosul on Tuesday, seizing control of banks, government offices and army...

The Root Of Our Foreign Policy Blunders

John Tirman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
John Tirman

While Obama has his share of missteps, the responsibility for the catastrophe in Iraq rests with the neocons of the George W. Bush years and the liberal hawks who can't help but propose war when they see a wrong that needs righting.

PHOTOS: Hundreds Of Thousands Flee Iraqi City Under Militant Control

Amanda Golden | Posted 06.11.2014 | World

Hundreds of thousands of residents of Mosul left their homes on Tuesday as militants of the Islamic State Of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) took over Iraq...

A Group Too Extreme For Al Qaeda Just Took Over Iraq's Second Biggest City

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.12.2014 | World

They have live-tweeted amputations, carried out public crucifixions and have been disavowed as too extreme by al-Qaeda. Now they have taken over Mosul...

Islamist Militants Close In On Iraq's Biggest Oil Refinery

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2014 | World

By Ghazwan Hassan TIKRIT, Iraq, June 11 (Reuters) - Sunni insurgents from an al Qaeda splinter group extended their control from the ...

To Stop ISIS, Iraq's Maliki Must Choose Between an Inclusive Alliance and Full-Scale Civil War

Daniel Nisman | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Daniel Nisman

Maliki clearly has no shortage of willing partners to fight ISIS as they advance on the Iraqi capital from the north and west. But whether or not Maliki will muster the political will to organize such a coalition is another story.

Militants Seize Government Headquarters In Mosul

AP | By SAMEER N. YACOUB and ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 06.10.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — In a stunning assault that exposed Iraq's eroding central authority, al-Qaida-inspired militants overran much of Mosul on Tuesday, se...

Militants Kill 20 Troops Overnight In Iraq

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 05.12.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants in Iraq launched an audacious attack on a military barracks in a remote area in the country's north and killed 20 troops ov...

At Least 41 Dead In Clashes In Iraq

AP | ADAM SCHRECK and SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 06.25.2013 | World

BAGHDAD — Clashes spread to a key northern city and gunmen took over a town elsewhere in Iraq on Thursday, raising the death toll from three day...

Fighting Between Iraqi Army, Tribesmen Leaves 38 Dead

AP | ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 06.24.2013 | World

BAGHDAD — With Sunni gunmen beginning to confront the Shiite-led government's security forces head-on in northern and western Iraq, fears are gr...

Bombs Kill 4 And Judge Shot In Iraqi Violence

AP | BUSHRA JUHI | Posted 08.31.2012 | World

BAGHDAD — Bombers killed four people in two Iraqi cities and gunmen assassinated a judge, officials said Sunday, as al-Qaida's affiliate ramped ...

Operation Thriller USO Tour, Day No. 4

Douglas Preston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Douglas Preston

The day started with another ride on a C-130 transport plane, which included a rapid descent (3,200 feet per minute) that brought our stomachs into our throats.