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IRAQI ODYSSEY : ‘Nostalgia as a weapon against fundamentalism’

By Islah Bakhat APR 17, 2015 – 11:00 1959: A year after the Iraqi monarchy was overthrown, Samir (still a little boy, the second from the right) and his family…

In the new Middle East, a dangerous vacuum has emerged

| The Daily Star Joschka Fischer The “new” Middle East is now on daily display. Unlike the old Middle East, whose fate was determined by the dominant Western powers (the…

Millions of Middle East children out of school, UN warn

Agence France Presse BEIRUT: More than 12 million children in the Middle East are not being educated despite advances in efforts to expand schooling, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said…

Ex-Blackwater Guards Sentenced to Long Prison Terms in 2007 Killings of Iraqi Civilians

Epigraph: We (Allah) prescribed for the children of Israel that whosoever killed a person — unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land —…

ISLAMIC STATE : Swiss want International Criminal Court intervention

MAR 28, 2015 – 14:10 Iraqi security forces prepare to confront Islamic State in Tikrit (Keystone) Switzerland has appealed to the UN Security Council on Friday to prosecute war crimes…

Iraq’s request to U.S.-led coalition for airstrikes for Tikrit is ‘imminent': diplomat

Reuters BAGHDAD: Iraq’s request to the U.S.-led coalition for airstrikes in the campaign to retake Tikrit from ISIS insurgents is “imminent,” a senior diplomat from a Western nation that is…

Iraq has begun its campaign to rid itself of Isis — and it must go all out

RANJ ALAALDIN Friday 6 March 2015 Iraq has begun its campaign to rid itself of Isis — and it must go all out If Iraqis want to push Isis out…

Isis extremists bulldoze ancient Assyrian site near Mosul

Isis extremists bulldoze ancient Assyrian site near Mosul Iraq’s ministry of tourism and antiquities says militants ‘defy will of world and feelings of humanity’ but does not state extent of…

How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say

Associated Press By LEE KEATH and HAMZA HENDAWIAssociated Press14 hrs ago © AP Photo/Militant video, File FILE – This file image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday,…

I was an American sniper, and Chris Kyle’s war was not my war

Source: Salon.com By GARETT REPPENHAGEN I spent nights in Iraq lying prone and looking through a 12-power sniper scope. You only see a limited view between the reticles. That’s why it’s…

Sisters in arms: Kurdish women in front line against Daesh

PARIS — Meet Nassrin Abdallah. With her diminutive height and broad smile, it doesn’t seem like she should strike fear into the hearts of hardened militants from Daesh terror group.…

“Without any checks on my vehicle, which was loaded with arms, we were taken to the border with a military escort.”

An Islamic State fighter currently under trial in a Turkish high criminal court has implicated Turkey’s state intelligence service in the willful transfer of weapons and military hardware to the…

Rare Islamic State visit reveals ‘brutal and strong’ force

By Caroline Hawley and James Longman World Affairs Unit, BBC News, 23rd December 2014 A German author given rare access to territory run by Islamic State has told the BBC…

Rare Islamic State visit reveals ‘brutal and strong’ force

by Caroline Hawley and James LongmanWorld Affairs Unit, BBC News   (23rd December 2014) A German author given rare access to territory run by Islamic State has told the BBC…

ISIS– Largest, Richest $2Billion Terror-Based Enterprise

Source:bizshift-trends.com ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ) is the world’s largest, richest terrorist organizations, ever. It’s a self-sustaining enterprise that runs mainly on extortion and crime networks,…

Opinion: Will Jordan lead ISIL to the ‘gates of hell’? The Jordanian government must shift its stance on ISIL from containment to confrontation.

About the Author: Afzal Ashraf is a consultant fellow at Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) and served in the UK Armed Forces. He was involved…

Kurd allies fighting IS in north Iraq hampered by rivalries

AP | Feb 01, 2015 | JORDAN TIMES SINJAR, Iraq — Kurdish forces in recent weeks have retaken parts of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar, whose Yazidi population was…

IRAQ : Interview with German ‘Islamic State’ fighter surfaces

Journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer’s interview with the German “Islamic State” fighter Christian Emde was released on Wednesday and aired on private TV network RTL. Filmed in Mosul with masked men carrying…

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