Thursday, December 18, 2014


Latest Iraq News

Iraqi Kurds Continue Sinjar Offensive

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, continued an offensive on December 18 against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq’s northeastern Sinjar area. More

U.K. Troops Cleared Of Iraq Torture

A British public inquiry has rejected allegations that British troops killed Iraqi prisoners and tortured or seriously abused others after a 2004 battle in southern Iraq. More

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon

Britain May Increase Iraq Deployments

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has been quoted by a British newspaper as saying that his country is likely to increase the number of its forces in Iraq to "the very low hundreds." More

Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims gather during the Arbaeen religious festival in Karbala on December 13.

Millions Attend Iraqi Shi'ite Festival

Millions of Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims defied the threat of attacks by Sunni extremist militants on December 13 and thronged the streets of the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala for the climax of annual Arbaeen mourning rituals. More

Man Dies In Attack On Iraq Pilgrimage

Iraqi police say a rocket attack killed a man from Karabala and wounded four people in the shrine city on December 12 as record numbers of Shi'ite pilgrims gathered there for Arbaeen, one of the largest annual religious gatherings in the world. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Iran Slams U.S. Fight Against IS, Backs Russia's Push For Syria Talks

Washington is "not serious about fighting terrorism," Iran's deputy foreign minister has said, in a sharply worded criticism of the United States and its allies fighting against the Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq, according to Russian media reports. More
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Features & Commentary

With Hagel Out, Past Contenders Eyed As Next U.S. Defense Chief

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s abrupt announcement of his resignation on November 24 leaves a top cabinet position open in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, and early speculation suggests that candidates previously considered for the job could be tapped to lead the Pentagon.
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Who's In, Who's Out: Republicans Take Over Top U.S. Foreign-Policy Committees

Republicans won big in U.S. Congressional elections on November 4, a surge whose impact could ripple beyond the borders of the United States.
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Falling Oil Prices Spell Trouble For Some, But Could Also Boost Global Growth

The price of oil has fallen some 20 percent since June, spelling big trouble for oil exporting countries like Russia and Iran. What's behind the drop?
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Video Iraqi Kurds Urge Turkey To Let Volunteers Through To Defend Kobani

Speaking in Prague, the foreign minister of Iraq's Kurdish regional government is calling on Turkey to open its border to volunteers seeking to reinforce the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani.
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Iraq's Sole Yazidi Lawmaker Says 25,000 Girls Abducted By IS To Be Raped, Sold

The winner of the 2014 Anna Politkovskaya Award says Islamic State militants are raping and selling Yazidi women and that the human rights situation in Iraq is deteriorating.
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Peshmerga General: IS Air Strikes Helpful, But 'We Will Need Ground Forces'

In an interview with Samira Ali Mandee of RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq, General Jabbar Yawar, secretary-general of the Peshmerga Ministry of Iraq's Kurdish region, discusses the ongoing fight against Islamic State militants, cooperation with Iraqi and outside militaries, and the mood on the front.
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Iraqi Line Of Defense Goes Unpaid

Tens of thousands of Iraqis took up the call to battle Islamic State. But after months on the front line many who volunteered for the fight say they have gone unpaid, weakening a needed line of defense against an encroaching enemy.
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Tajikistan's 'Jihadist' Village On The Defensive

A small village in northern Tajikistan has come under scrutiny after it was revealed that it was home to a number of suspected jihadists.
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