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Will the Kurds Get Their Independence Referendum?.

Seth J. Frantzman Security, Middle East The Kurdish region faces a multiplicity of hurdles as it prepares for the "yes to independence" referendum. Kurdistan Regional Government president Masoud Barzani announced on June 7 that the region had set September 25 as the date for a referendum on independence. He was joined by ...

- The National Interest - US

Booby-traps plague north Iraq as Islamic State targets returning civilians.

As people return home to Mosul and other areas of northern Iraq freed from Islamic State, homemade bombs and explosives laid on an industrial scale by the insurgents are claiming hundreds of victims and hampering efforts to bring life back to normal. Houses, schools, mosques and streets are all booby-trapped, a big problem ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Meet the men of Mr Erbil, Iraq's suited-up style collective.

Sixty kilometers north of the Isis front in Mosul, a group of Kurdish dandies have opened their own cultural front in a bid for a modern, but no less Kurdish, Kurdistan. They call themselves Mr Erbil", named after the capital where they meet regularly. While the shine of Western dandies might have worn off -

- Iraq Oil Report - US

US-Trained Forces Linked to Mosul War Crimes.

An Iraqi army division trained by the United States government allegedly executed several dozen prisoners in Mosul's Old City, Human Rights Watch said today. Two international observers detailed the summary killings of four people by the Iraqi army's 16th Division in mid-July 2017, and saw evidence that the unit had ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Baghdad Turns Away from US, Opts for Iran-Russian Axis.

July 27, 2017, 7:21 PM After Mosul, Abadi also signs a deal for the purchase of Russian T-90 Tanks.

- DEBKAFile - IL

Kurdistan's Independence Referendum: The Beginning of Further Instability in the Region?.

Members 26 Sep 2017 - 13:00 to 14:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Dr Marianna Charountaki, Lecturer in Kurdish Politics and International Relations, University of LeicesterDr Renad Mansour, Academy Associate, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseFurther speakers to be ...

- Chatham House - UK

VK singh to visit Iraq to trace 39 missing Indians as Sushma assures Parliament of govt action.

With Iraq assuring all cooperation in tracing the 39 missing Indians, Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh is to travel to Badush near Mosul The post VK singh to visit Iraq to trace 39 missing Indians as Sushma assures Parliament of govt action appeared first on Firstpost.

- Firstpost - IN

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters now control almost half of Raqqa.

The fall of Raqqa would be a huge loss for the Islamic State group, which earlier this month lost the Iraqi city of Mosul

- The Globe and Mail - CA

With Islamic State gone, barbers are busy in Mosul.

Mosul barbers, whose profession was outlawed during the Islamic State's rule, are becoming popular again in the newly freed city.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Arab areas of Iraq see demands to join Kurdistan Region.

The secessionist wing in Iraqi Kurdistan is working on using demands from some Sunni Arabs to join the region to support the upcoming referendum and independence.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Aleppo district shows Assad's dance with Kurds.

Kurdish fighters wearing the blue eagle insignia of the Asayish security force stopped the taxi entering the Sheikh Maqsoud district in Aleppo, checking papers and searching for contraband.

- The Daily Star - LB

They sleep for days on end: Freed from ISIL, women bear heavy toll

Since the operation to take back Mosul began, 180 Yazidi women and children captured by ISIL have been liberated

- National Post - CA

MoS External Affairs VK Singh to visit Badush in Iraq to trace 39 missing Indians

VK Singh is to travel to Badush near Mosul, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.

- Zee News - IN

V.K. Singh to travel to Iraq

With Iraq promising all cooperation in tracing the 39 missing Indians in Mosul, Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh will travel to Badush near Mosul, the External Affairs Ministry said o...

- The Hindu - IN

Turkish parliament expels more pro-Kurdish lawmakers in absentia

Turkey has stripped two more pro-Kurdish lawmakers of their seats in its ever-widening dragnet as pro-Kurdish politicians and their supporters take to the streets of Diyarbakir.

- Al-Monitor - EG

The Middle East can't be fixed by American military solutions

Carl Court/Getty ImagesThe battle to oust the Islamic State from its last major stronghold in Iraq, the ancient city of Mosul, is finally won, but this is hardly the simple victory local parades and speechifying would suggest. After three years of ISIS occupation and months of fighting, Mosul’s thorough devastation is ...

- Business Insider - US

US-trained Iraqi unit carried out Mosul executions: HRW

An Iraqi army division trained by American forces summarily executed prisoners in west Mosul, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, calling for U.S. assistance in suspending the unit.

- The Daily Star - LB

2 pro-Kurdish lawmakers ousted from Turkish parliament

Turkey's parliament has voted to strip two legislators from the country's pro-Kurdish party of their parliamentary seat for absenteeism.

- The Daily Star - LB

Iraq: US-Trained Forces Linked to Mosul War Crimes

– An Iraqi army division trained by the United States government allegedly executed several dozen prisoners in Mosul's Old City, Human Rights Watch said today. Two international observers detailed the summary killings of four people by the Iraqi army's 16th Division in mid-July 2017, and saw evidence that the unit had ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

US-trained Iraqi army unit 'linked to Mosul war crimes'

Human Rights Watch urges US to suspend all support for Iraqi army division pending probe into alleged executions.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Watchdog group says US-trained Iraqi army unit committed war crimes in Mosul

Thomson ReutersERBIL, Iraq - A U.S.-trained Iraqi army division allegedly executed several dozen men in the final throes of the battle against Islamic State militants in Mosul's Old City, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.The watchdog urged the U.S. government to suspend all support for the 16th Division of the Iraqi army ...

- Business Insider - US

Rights Group Alleges US-Trained Iraqi Troops Executed Dozens of Prisoners in Mosul

An Iraqi army division trained by the U.S. military allegedly assassinated several dozen prisoners in the final days of battle to recapture Mosul's Old City from Islamic State, according to Human Rights Watch. The rights group, in a report issued Thursday, is urging the U.S. to end support for the Iraqi army's 16th Division ...

- Voice of America - US

V.K. Singh to visit Badush to trace missing Indians

New Delhi, July 27 With Iraq assuring all cooperation in tracing the 39 missing Indians, Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh is to travel to Badush near Mosul, which was freed from Islamic State control earlier this month, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday. During a meeting with Iraqi Foreign ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Govt not giving up search for 39 Indians abducted in Iraq because of some sources: Sushma Swaraj

Senior Iraqi officials told him that they had information of the Indians being picked up from Mosul airfield three years back and after holding them in captivity for some time

- Zee News - IN

MoS External Affairs VK Singh to visit Badush in Iraq to trace 39 missing Indians

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh is to travel to Badush near Mosul, which was freed from Islamic State control earlier this month, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.

- Zee News - IN

Eyeing Deir al-Zor, Syrian army advances on Islamic State town

IS is losing ground in Syria to separate campaigns by the Russian-backed Syrian govt and the US-backed Kurdish forces The post Eyeing Deir al-Zor, Syrian army advances on Islamic State town appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

In Mosul and beyond, sustained efforts needed to support millions of displaced Iraqis

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Iraq Witnessing complete devastation' in districts of Mosul, a senior UN relief official lauded the massive humanitarian effort under way while indicating that the crisis is far from over,' including for millions of displaced Iraqis. : Assistant ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Booby-Traps Litter Mosul; 23 Killed in Iraq

Although not reported regularly thousands have been killed or injured by booby-trap bombs in the Mosul region. The post Booby-Traps Litter Mosul; 23Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

- Antiwar.com - US

Here's what it will take to rebuild the Iraqi city Islamic State destroyed

The nine-month U.S.-backed offensive to expel Islamic State militants from Mosul was a relentless and savage fight. Now that it has been won, another daunting battle has begun: to bring Iraq's second-largest city back from the dead.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Children survive 'Islamic State' hungry and traumatized

"Look, he is walking again!" Hanan Mohammed, 43, smiles, setting her two-year-old down on his skinny legs. The family of three recently escaped the Old City of Mosul, where fighting had been going on for weeks, and food and water had been scarce for months. "Daesh left us hungry," she says, using the local abbreviation for

- Iraq Oil Report - US

After IS, Mosul rebuilds monuments, mosques - and society

Faisal Jeber arrested and interrogated suspected Islamic State militants during the battle for Mosul. Now he is taking up a new fight that could be just as crucial to the city's future. The 47-year-old geologist is trying to restore historical sites damaged during the militant Islamist group's brutal three-year rule over ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Children of Isis fighters face threat of Mosul revenge attacks

For the past seven months, Abu Hassan, an army medic, has treated the damaged and desperate people of the Iraqi city of Mosul as they arrived from the cauldron of war. Since the recapture of Iraq's second city earlier this month, the toll the terror group's occupation took on the city's residents – and especially its ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Iran Attempts to Highjack Mosul Victory for IRGC

Iran Focus London, 26 Jul - A propaganda campaign is being run by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps to highjack the victory in Mosul and the broader war against the Islamic State as their own, in an attempt to play down the impact of the U.S. military support, which has been critical in ...

- Iran Focus - UK

In Mosul and beyond, sustained efforts needed to support millions of displaced Iraqis - UN official

Witnessing “complete devastation” in districts of Mosul, a senior United Nations relief official visiting Iraq lauded the massive humanitarian effort under way while indicating that the crisis is “far from over,” including for millions of Iraqis displaced throughout the country.

- UN - INT

Turkey's Kurdish movement seeks to mobilize street protests

Turkey's main Kurdish political movement has called for street protests against government oppression but faced a stiff police blockade on the first day of the initiative.

- Al-Monitor - EG

After Daesh, Mosul rebuilds monuments, mosques, society

Faisal Jeber arrested and interrogated suspected Daesh militants during the battle for Mosul.

- The Daily Star - LB

Booby-traps plague north Iraq as Islamic State targets returning civilians

Source: Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation Country: Iraq As people return home to Mosul, homemade bombs and explosives are claiming hundreds of victims and hampering efforts to bring life back to normal. Islamic State sows vast areas with mines, booby-traps Tactic aims to thwart stabilisation Jihadists targeting civilians ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Evidence-based keys to a stable, post-caliphate Iraq

Now that Mosul is back under coalition control, policymakers from D.C. to Baghdad must focus anew on building a lasting and durable peace in Iraq. Fortunately, in the decade since the issue of post-conflict stability last took center stage, researchers have learned a great deal about why and how peace endures. As with any ...

- Brookings - US

What we know on the 39 Indians missing from Mosul

In the second week of June 2014, Indian officials in Baghdad said they had lost contact with 40 construction labourers, many of them from Punjab, who had been working on a government construction project in Mosul.

- The Hindu - IN

Mosul: Heartbreaking video emerges of baby desperate for water after being rescued from rubble

Mosul was recently declared liberated from Isis after months of fighting.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

After IS, Mosul rebuilds monuments, mosques and society

Faisal Jeber arrested and interrogated suspected Islamic State militants during the battle for Mosul. Now he is taking up a new fight that could be just as crucial to the city's future.

- BDNews24 - BD

Dad: Ex-Marine From Fla. Killed in Syria 'Had a Mission' in ISIS Battle

A former Marine believed so strongly in the war against the Islamic State group that he secretly traveled to Syria, where he was killed this month while fighting for a Kurdish militia group.

- Newsmax - US

Declaring 39 Indians abducted in Iraq dead without proof will be sin: Sushma Swaraj

India had requested Iraq to locate the 39 missing Indians, mostly from Punjab, after Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul from ISIS.

- Zee News - IN

Mosul is rebuilding its shattered society after 3 years of ISIS' reign

Thomson Reuters MOSUL, Iraq - Faisal Jeber arrested and interrogated suspected Islamic State militants during the battle for Mosul. Now he is taking up a new fight that could be just as crucial to the city's future. The 47-year-old geologist is trying to restore historical sites damaged during the militant Islamist group's ...

- Business Insider - US

Won't declare 39 missing Indians in Mosul as dead, says Sushma in Lok Sabha

Swaraj was allowed to speak after Speaker Sumitra Mahajan makes repeated requests to maintain the order of the House.

- The Hindu - IN

After IS, Mosul rebuilds monuments, mosques - and society

MOSUL, Iraq - Faisal Jeber arrested and interrogated suspected Islamic State militants during the battle for Mosul. Now he is taking up a new fight that could be just as crucial to the city's future.

- Reuters - US

Parliament updates live: Sushma makes statement on missing Indians in Mosul

'Not ready to believe Indians in Mosul are dead, will continue to trace them'

- The Hindu - IN

Can't declare missing Indians dead without concrete evidence: Sushma

There is no concrete evidence that the 39 Indians abducted from Mosul in Iraq have been killed and "I will not commit the sin" of declaring them dead without any evidence, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today.Making a forceful statement in the Lok Sabha, Swaraj said the government will continue its efforts to ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Is This What 'Liberation' Looks Like? U.S. Airstrikes Have Devastated Mosul.

ISIS may be on its way out, but the Iraqi city has a long road ahead.

- FPIF - US

Dozens of Bodies Recovered in Mosul; 94 Killed in Iraq

Authorities discovered more bodies that were left in Old City. The post Dozens of Bodies Recovered in Mosul; 94Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

- Antiwar.com - US

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