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Predicting the Shape of Iraq's Next Sunni Insurgencies.

New insurgent attacks by the Islamic State were springing up in Mosul before the ashes were even cold from the climax of the liberation battle in June 2017. With the Islamic State holding just one square mile of western Mosul, the group marked the start of the Eid religious festival by launching a wave of suicide-vest and ...

- The Washington Institute - US

Donkey Bomb Kills Militants; 50 Killed in Iraq.

An explosives-laden donkey exploded prematurely. The post Donkey Bomb Kills Militants; 50 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

- Antiwar.com - US

From captivity to mother's arms: Yazidi boy lands in Winnipeg.

Emad Mishko Tamo, 12, reunited with his mother three years after being captured by the Islamic State in northern Iraq

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Powering west Mosul's water plants.

Mosul was declared fully liberated by the Prime Minister of Iraq in early July, and the difficult work of rebuilding has begun. More than 700,000 civilians are still away from their homes – waiting to restart their lives. Through its Funding Facility for Stabilization, UNDP has been implementing projects in Mosul in close ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

With a wary eye on Iran, Saudi and Iraqi leaders draw closer.

It was an unusual meeting: An Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric openly hostile to the United States sat in a palace sipping juice at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the Sunni kingdom that is Washington's main ally in the Middle East. For all the implausibility, the motivations for the July 30 gathering

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Iran general slams Iraq referendum plan during Erdogan talks.

Iran's Armed Forces chief of staff said Wednesday after talks with Turkey's president that a referendum on independence in Iraq's Kurdish region would trigger conflict and negative consequences for the entire region. General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri's remarks, carried by Iran's official IRNA news agency, underlined the firm ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Former Exxon advisor likely to succeed ousted Basra governor.

In the wake of a scandal that led to the sudden resignation of Basra's governor, Taha al-Tamimi has emerged as the top candidate to lead Iraq's oil capital.

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Security Forces Abused Civilians in Mosul Campaign, Iraq Admits.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said Thursday that a unit of the security forces committed "abuses" against civilians during the offensive to oust Islamic State insurgents from Mosul. His government began an investigation in May into a report by German news magazine Der Spiegel that included images of apparent ...

- Voice of America - US

US Helping Clear 'Historic' Amount of Explosives in Mosul.

The wires protruding from the small, misshapen stuffed animal revealed the deadly booby trap tucked inside. For the people of Mosul, the sophisticated bomb was a reminder of how difficult it will be to return to homes littered with explosives hidden by Islamic State militants and dotted with the remnants of undetonated ...

- Voice of America - US

Charlottesville and the politics of fear.

Did Trump's rhetoric played a part in radicalizing the far-right protesters in Charlottesville? AP Photo/Steve HelberI have spent nearly 16 years studying how the risk of violence grows in societies around the world and running programs designed to stem the tide. I have seen toxic rhetoric from political leaders result in ...

- The Conversation - UK

ISIS claims Barcelona attack that killed 13 people.

August 17, 2017, 11:06 PM A statement carried by the Islamic State’s media arm -- the Aamaq news agency -- said Thursday's attack in Barcelona was carried out by 'soldiers of the Islamic State.' It says the attack was in response to IS calls for its followers to target countries participating in the coalition trying ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

Townsend on Barcelona: 'We shouldn't be all that surprised'

ISIS has claimed responsibility for Thursday's deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain. Former homeland security adviser and CBS News senior security analyst Fran Townsend says the attack may be a product of ISIS' losses in Iraq and Syria.

- CBS NEWS - US

Fort Bragg soldiers killed in Iraq return to the US

Sgt. Allen Stigler and Sgt. Roshain Brooks are back home. The two soldiers, killed in Iraq on Aug. 13, arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Tuesday, where officials conducted a dignified transfer of the remains.

- Stars and Stripes - US

US helping clear 'historic' amount of explosives in Mosul

On Thursday, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said for the first time that the American military will help contractors and other officials locate unexploded bombs dropped by Islamic State militants.

- Stars and Stripes - US

US helping clear 'historic' amount of explosives in Mosul

The wires protruding from the small, misshapen stuffed animal revealed the deadly booby-trap tucked inside.

- FOX News - US

UN Security Council considers resolution punishing ISIS for crimes against humanity

Today’s ISIS-claimed terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain — which killed at least 13 people and left many injured — coincided with a new effort to bring the terrorist group to justice for crimes committed against humanity in Iraq.

- FOX News - US

For a Yazidi Woman, Justice for ISIS Crimes Is Still Elusive

Iraq will let investigators collect evidence of ISIS crimes. But an urgent test remains: how to deliver justice for beheadings, slavery and genocide?

- New York Times - US

Pentagon Hopes to Declassify Hidden Threat in Mosul: ‘Dud’ U.S. Bombs

With the Islamic State leaving behind thickets of booby traps and improvised explosive devices, the Pentagon seeks to help clear its own remnants of war.

- New York Times - US

Freed Yazidi boy joins his mother in Canada

After being held captive by armed groups in Iraq for three years, 13-year-old Emad reunites with his mother in Winnipeg with UNHCR help.

- UN - INT

Happy endings: Yazidi boy held captive by ISIL reunited with mother in Winnipeg

Nofa Zaghla, a Yazidi refugee from northern Iraq, was shocked by the image of a son she had mourned, fearing he was dead. Now the 12-year-old has joined her in Winnipeg

- National Post - CA

What post-ISIS Iraq can do for peace

The collapse of Islamic State strongholds in Iraq is proving to be more than a military victory over terrorists. The two-year battle against the militant sectarian group has also awakened Iraqi leaders to the need to mend relations between Sunnis and Shiites – and not only in Iraq. With a renewed drive for national unity, ...

- Yahoo! News - US

What post-ISIS Iraq can do for peace

Reports that Iraq wants to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia is another sign of how many Iraqis have learned from battling Islamic State that Sunni-Shiite rivalry must end.

- Christian Science Monitor - US

Turkey Asks Kurdistan to Be 'Wise' and Not Go Ahead With Independence Referendum

Iraq-based media channel Rudaw reported today that Turkey are demanding the Kurdistan Regional Government to make a wise decision and refrain from going ahead with its independence referendum next month. © 2000 - 2017 Al Bawaba

- Albawaba - UK

Iraq acknowledges soldiers abused civilians and tortured ISIS militants in Mosul

Thomson ReutersIraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed "abuses" against civilians during the offensive to oust Islamic State insurgents from the city of Mosul. His government began an investigation in May into a report by German newsmagazine Der Spiegel that ...

- Business Insider - US

Iraq Seeks International Help to Investigate Islamic State Crimes

Iraq asked for international help on Wednesday to collect and preserve evidence of crimes by Islamic State militants and said it is working with Britain to draft a United Nations Security Council resolution to establish the investigation, according to Reuters. Britain, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and ...

- Novinite - BG

Iran, Turkey share common view on Iraqi Kurdistan referendum

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said that Iran and Turkey share common views on holding referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum, IRNA news agency reported.

- AzerNews - AZ

Iraq acknowledges abuses in Mosul campaign

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed "abuses" against civilians during the offensive to oust Daesh insurgents from the city of Mosul.

- The Daily Star - LB

Iraqi family of 6 arrested after jumping out of lorry and running across A12 motorway

They were handed over to immigration enforcement.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Saudi, Iraqi leaders 'draw closer' after Sadr meeting

For Saudi Arabia, talks with Iraq are attempt to build alliances with its Shia leaders, analysts say.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Iraq asks UN to collect evidence to prosecute Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS " Iraq is asking the U.N. Security Council for assistance in collecting evidence to prosecute extremists from the Islamic State group for possible crimes against humanity.Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Saudi, Iraqi leaders draw closer after Sadr meeting

For Saudi Arabia, talks with Iraq are attempt to build alliances with its Shia leaders, analysts say.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Turkey warns Kurdish referendum can lead to 'civil war'

ISTANBUL " Turkey says Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region should reverse its decision to hold a referendum on independence, warning that the vote could lead to a civil war.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Iraq parliament backs trade minister, ends grilling over graft: sources

Iraq's parliament on Thursday voted to end its grilling of acting Trade Minister Salman Al-Jumali over corruption allegations that mostly stemmed from a ministry deal to import Indian rice in 2016

- The Daily Star - LB

With a wary eye on Iran, Saudi and Iraqi leaders draw closer

It was an unusual meeting: An Iraqi Shia Muslim cleric openly hostile to the United States sat in a palace sipping juice at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the Sunni kingdom that is Washington's main ally in the Middle East.

- BDNews24 - BD

War Rages On: Civilians Evacuated as Iraqi Army Prepares to Take Tal Afar from IS

Iraqi forces have evacuated more than 500 civilians from the northern Tal Afar district within the past 24 hours in preparation for planned military operations against the Daesh terrorist group, according to a local military source. Army troops and Hashd al-Shaabi fighters have evacuated more than 500 civilians from the ...

- Albawaba - UK

The UAE Attributes al-Sadr's Gulf Visit to His Opposition of Iranian Foreign Politics

Prominent Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's visit to Abu Dhabi and Riyadh was triggered after the leader publicly opposed Tehran's regional politics, including calling for Syria's Bashar al-Assad to step down, UAE-owned publications said. Sadr, who leads an Iraqi political party dubbed the Sadrist Movement, met with both ...

- Albawaba - UK

Iraq Asks UN To Help Investigate IS 'Crimes Against Humanity'

Iraq has asked the United Nations to assist it with gathering evidence of possible "crimes against humanity" committed by the Islamic State extremist group.

- Radio Free Europe - US

American Service Member Killed and Others Wounded in Afghanistan Raid

The combat death was the 11th time an American was killed this year in the war in Afghanistan and came after the deaths of two soldiers in Iraq this week.

- International NY Times - US

Several ISIS Attacks Against Security Personnel; 66 Killed in Iraq

Several attacks against security personnel took place across Iraq. The post Several ISIS Attacks Against Security Personnel; 66 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

- Antiwar.com - US

U.S. Air Force upgrades Mideast command

With its wall-sized screens simultaneously showing America's air wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, this war room at the heart of America's biggest military campaigns is already something of a technological marvel.

- The Daily Star - LB

LG Opens Store in Iraq

LG Electronics has opened its biggest overseas store in Iraq, the company said Wednesday. Iraq is fast emerging as a new market after the influence of ISIS there dwindled. The opening ceremony in Erbil, the relatively stable Kurdish city in northern Iraq, was attended by dignitaries including region...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

Iraqi Shiite cleric's Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates " An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric, notorious for his followers' deadly attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq over a decade ago and thought at times to have ties to Iran, has two new stamps in his passport...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Suicide attacker kills seven Iraqi soldiers near city of Baiji

Seven Iraqi soldiers were killed on Wednesday when a suicide attacker tried to infiltrate a security headquarters near the northern city of Baiji where Islamic State is entrenched in nearby mountain areas, security sources said. Around five assailants attacked the compound where police and army troops are based. One blew up ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Iraq asks UN to collect evidence to prosecute Islamic State

Iraq is asking the U.N. Security Council for assistance in collecting evidence to prosecute extremists from the Islamic State group for possible crimes against humanity. Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said in a letter to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres circulated Wednesday that his government and ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

New life amid the ruins of Mosul's maternity hospital

As yet unnamed twin babies lie in an incubator in a run-down room in Mosul's main maternity hospital. Less than two weeks old, they are two of seven newborns crammed into a makeshift premature baby ward. Born just three weeks after Iraqi forces declared that they had finally recaptured the last part of the city

- Iraq Oil Report - US

IS insurgency targets energy sites, interrupting oil exports

Kirkuk pipeline exports were briefly offline after IS militants bombed high-voltage power lines – one of a dozen insurgent attacks to hit northern Iraq in the past week.

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Analysts See OPEC Compliance Erode In H2 2017

OPEC's compliance with the output cuts will continue to slip in the second half this year, despite recent rhetoric reiterating the cartel members' commitment to stick to the production quotas, according to JP Morgan. More positive overtures from the Saudi Arabian and Iraqi Energy Ministers on their respective commitments to ...

- OilPrice.com - US

New Iraq JV With Arab States Eyes Global Oil Trade

A new joint venture between Iraq and its Arab partners will allow coordinated transport, storage and trade of crude oil and refined products around the world, according to a new report by Reuters. The move comes as Iraq becomes increasingly active in developing new channels for the sale of its oil produce since the country ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Lebanon Repeals 'Marry the Rapist' Law

Lebanon's parliament on Wednesday abolished a law that allowed rapists to avoid prison by marrying their victims. The repeal of the law, which had been in place since the 1940s, follows years of campaigning by women's rights advocates. Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt have canceled similar "marry the rapist" clauses over the ...

- Voice of America - US

Iraq Asks World's Help in Investigating IS Crimes

Iraq asked for international help Wednesday to collect and preserve evidence of crimes by Islamic State militants and said it was working with Britain to draft a U.N. Security Council resolution to establish the investigation. Britain, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and Nadia Murad, a woman from the Yazidi ...

- Voice of America - US

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