25 October 2020
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Middle East Online, ARBIL - The remains of 23 men from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority were found when a mass grave was excavated in northern Iraq, an official said on Saturday. It is the latest evidence of atrocities committed in areas held by the Islamic State (IS) group to emerge since Kurdish forces pushed the jihadists back. A team acting on a tip-off from a resident opened the grave near the village of Bardiyan on Friday, said Fuad Othman, a spokesman…

Iraq to launch ground offensive against ISIS Monday, 09 February 2015 12:21

AFP, Amman - Iraqi troops will begin a ground offensive “in the weeks ahead” to take back swathes of the country seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, the U.S. coordinator for the international coalition against the militants said on Sunday. “There will be a major counter offensive on the ground in Iraq,” top U.S. envoy John Allen said in an interview with Jordan’s official Petra news agency. “In the weeks ahead, when the Iraqi forces…
(Reuters) - Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday.Iraqi boys aged under 18 are increasingly being used by the militant group as suicide bombers, bomb makers, informants or human shields to protect facilities against U.S.-led air strikes, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said.“We are really…
Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraqi MPs for Diyala province, including Speaker of Parliament Salim Al-Jabouri, have received death threats warning them to stop all investigations into a massacre that took place in a village in the region last week, according to one MP from the province.Around 70 Sunni men were killed in the village of Barwanah last Monday in what one Diyala MP called “an act of systematic mass murder.”Government troops and Shi’ite militias had entered the village days before as part…

Anbar tribes form joint coalition against ISIS Tuesday, 03 February 2015 20:11

Anbar, Asharq Al-Awsat—Tribes in Iraq’s western-most province of Anbar have announced a new joint coalition to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the region.ISIS is in control of approximately 85 percent of Anbar, Iraq’s largest province, with Sunni tribes seeking to form a unified command structure to fight the jihadist group amid anger at what many see as a lack of support from Baghdad and the US-led anti-ISIS coalition.In comments to Asharq Al-Awsat, Rafi Abdul Karim…

Fleeing from IS, Iraqis left in limbo Tuesday, 03 February 2015 20:08

Deutsche Welle - Iraqi families have come north to escape the IS advance, but as Sunni Arabs they are viewed with suspicion and must remain on the outskirts of Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk. Cathy Otten visited a camp in Laylan.Under the strong winter sun in Laylan camp for displaced Iraqis, children who fled their homes in "Islamic State" (IS) territory play at building new houses out of colored card, watched over by aid workers.Jasam is eight-years old and is not playing with the…
(Reuters) - Fighting and other violence in Iraq killed at least 1,375 people including 790 civilians in January, the United Nations said on Sunday.The dead included 585 members of the Iraqi army which is struggling to rebuild itself after Islamic State militants seized large sections of the country last year.At least 2,240 civilians and soldiers were wounded during the same period, the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq said in a statement.Read more: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/02/01/uk-mideast-crisis-iraq-casualties-idUKKBN0L517A20150201
(Reuters) - Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani warned that despite victories in the war against Islamic State, the global coalition against the group was inadequate and predicted a campaign to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul would not happen before the fall. In an interview with Reuters late on Thursday, Barzani said there was little chance of defeating the Jihadi movement so long as the civil war rages on in Syria, Iraq’s army continues to exist more on paper than on…
The Washington Times - The Iraqi government has started an investigation into a massacre in the eastern village of Barwanah that left 72 people dead. Five witnesses spoke to Reuters about killings that allegedly took place by Shiite militias on Monday. Some of the suspects also appeared to be part of government security forces. “They took them behind the wall. Less than a minute, then a gunshot,” businessman Abu Omar told Reuters on Wednesday by phone. “All we could hear was…
Reuters - Iraq's parliament approved abudget worth 119 trillion Iraqi dinars ($105 billion) on Thursday, made possible by improved ties between Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdish region, but constrained by plunging global oil prices. The budget, revised to trim the forecast for oil to $56 a barrel from $70 as originally assumed, foresees a deficit of 25 trillion dinars ($22 billion dollars). Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi fears lower oil revenues could hurt Iraq's military campaign against Islamic State militants who swept across…
Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraq’s government has announced it has officially approved the creation of a National Guard force to assist in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Earlier this week, Iraq’s cabinet agreed to the formation of National Guard forces, tasking a committee with completing the legal proposal to establish the new military force and to put it to a vote at the next cabinet meeting. This committee will be headed by Deputy Prime Minister Bahaa…

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