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Top Shiite cleric plays major role in Iraq reform drive

By AFP – Aug 24,2015 – JORDAN TIMES   Protesters chant in support for the Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani, in the poster, during a demonstration in…

‘Legal vacuum’ as Iraqi Kurd leader’s term expires

By AFP – Aug 20,2015 – JORDAN TIMES ERBIL, Iraq — Iraqi Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani’s extended term expired on Thursday, leaving the autonomous region in a “legal vacuum” that Kurdish…

Iraqi Christians mark one year in Jordan after fleeing their homes

Iraqi Christians mark one year in Jordan after fleeing their homes By Rula Samain – Aug 09,2015 – JORDAN TIMES Iraqi Christians attend an ecumenical prayer held at the Latin Church…

Iraqi Kurdish leader vows to avenge Yazidis

By AFP – Aug 03,2015 – Last updated at Aug 03,2015  0  0 googleplus0  0  0 A file picture taken on August 13, 2014, shows displaced Iraqi families from the…

Tarabband presents Arab music from Sweden, gives voice to victims of war

Tarabband presents Arab music from Sweden, gives voice to victims of war By Muath Freij – Jul 31,2015 – JORDAN TIMES Members of the Tarabband group seek to present a mixture…

Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

Associated Press By KEN DILANIAN, ZEINA KARAM and BASSEM MROUE WASHINGTON (AP) — After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is…

Three Cheers for Sistani

By Paul Iddon – Jul 31, 2015 When Iraq’s most pre-eminent Shia cleric comments on political affairs it’s worth your while to listen. But don’t expect some rabble-rousing sectarian demagoguery…

Catholic university to open in Iraq and we have some suggested reading and viewing

Epigraph: Say, ‘O People of the Book! come to a word equal between us and you — that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partner with…

Disastrous consequences of Kuwait invasion, US-led wars

Jul 29,2015 – BY MICHAEL JANSEN JORDAN TIMES Twenty-five years ago Iraq invaded Kuwait following a dispute over Kuwait’s refusal to curb oil exports to raise the price to $20…

Further fracturing Arab countries

Jun 17,2015 – JORDAN TIMES   by Michael Jansen The battle between Kurdish militiamen and Daesh over the strategic Syrian border town of Tel Abyan has been a crucial test for…

Anbar: A Tale of Two Offensives

BY PAUL IDDON Jul 22, 2015 U.S.-made Humvees being used by Shia militias against Daesh in Tikrit. When the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) lost control of Anbar’s provincial capital Ramadi…

‘I’m Not a Butcher': An Interview with Islamic State’s Architect of Death

By Christoph Reuter         SPIEGEL.DE Ali Arkady/VII/DER SPIEGEL For one and a half years, Abu Abdullah was responsible for organizing Islamic State’s suicide bombings in Baghdad. He…

The seven wars in seven Muslim countries that are fuelling Isis

  by Patrick Cockburn The aftermath of an Isis suicide bomb attack during the battle for Kobani On June 30 last year, Isis said it was establishing a caliphate in…

To Many Iraqis, U.S. Isn’t Really Seeking to Defeat Islamic State. American military response is criticized as too weak

ENLARGE U.S. army trainers instruct Iraqi army recruits at a military base in Taji, Iraq, in April. PHOTO: JOHN MOORE/GETTY IMAGES By YAROSLAV TROFIMOV Updated June 25, 2015 8:11 a.m.…

State of fear: Survivors tell of life under Daesh rule

JORDAN TIMES ESKI MOSUL, Iraq — When Daesh burst into the Iraqi village of Eski Mosul, Sheikh Abdullah Ibrahim knew his wife was in trouble. Buthaina Ibrahim was an outspoken…

Sunni tribes, abandoned by Iraq, key to Daesh fight

By AP – Jun 20,2015 – Last updated at Jun 20,2015 Sunni tribal leaders attend the graduation ceremony of Sunni tribal volunteers in Habaniyah, 80km west of Baghdad, on Wednesday…

You can’t defeat ISIS with Facebook

Summary    BY RAMI G. KHOURI, THE DAILY STAR, LEBANON Rarely has amateurism in American foreign policy in the Middle East been as glaring and shocking as it has been…

Iraq’s Tariq Aziz laid to rest in Madaba (Jordan)

by Muath Freij, Jordan Times AMMAN — Former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz was buried in Madaba city, southwest of the capital, on Saturday. The body of Aziz arrived in…

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