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Iraq’s Sunni tribes feel deserted after Ramadi fall

AFP | May 21, 2015 | JORDAN TIMES Displaced Iraqis from Ramadi cross the Bzebiz Bridge fleeing fighting in Ramadi, 65 km west of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday (AP photo) BAGHDAD…

Syria’s Mercenaries: The Afghans Fighting Assad’s War

By Christoph Reuter     SPIEGEL.DE EMIN OZMEN/ LEJOURNAL/ DER SPIEGEL Syrian dictator Bashar Assad is running out of soldiers and is forced to rely on mercenaries in his ongoing…

Troops flee as Ramadi falls to IS

Iraq security forces withdraw from Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, 115 kilometers west of Baghdad, on Sunday. (AP) | | A A AGENCIES Published — Monday 18 May…

In Iraqi malls, Syrian women work jobs spurned by locals

AP / JORDAN TIMES / MAY 02, 2015 Rahaf Abdullah works at a sweets shop at a mall in Erbil, in Iraq’s Kurdish region, on Wednesday (AP photo) ERBIL, Iraq …

Who, What, Why: Who are the Yazidis?

Who, What, Why: Who are the Yazidis? Who, What, WhyThe Magazine answers the questions behind the news 8 August 2014 SOURCE: bbc.com Share Among the many victims of the advance…

Daughters of Jihad: The German Women of Islamic State

By Jörg Diehl, Hubert Gude, Barbara Schmid and Fidelius Schmid     www.spiegel.de DPA/ Syriadeeply.org Much is known about men leaving Germany to take up arms on behalf of Islamic State. Less has…

Northern Iraq: Fear of ISIS massacre of 500 Ezidi men

In the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar and ISIS stronghold west of Mosul, several hundred Ezidis are being held captive since August last year. After dozens of women, children and in…

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.…

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