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Militant Group's Video Urges Iraq's Yazidis To Convert To Islam

The militant group Islamic State has issued a video that appears aimed to deflect criticism and exhort Iraq's minority Yazidis to convert to Islam. More

Germany Ready To Help Arm Iraqi Kurds

Germany says it is ready to send weapons to help Iraqi Kurds fight the Islamic State militant group. More

Kurdish Ministers 'To Rejoin' Iraqi Gov't

Iraqi's outgoing foreign minister, Hoshiyar Zebbari, says Kurdish ministers who suspended their participation in the government of outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki have rejoined the administration. More

UN Launches Aid Operation In Northern Iraq

The United Nations agency for refugees has launched an aid operation to get supplies to more than half a million people displaced by fighting in northern Iraq. More

U.S. freelance reporter James Foley in Aleppo, Syria in November 2012

Obama: 'World Appalled' By Foley Beheading

U.S. President Barack Obama has said the whole world is appalled by the beheading of American journalist James Foley by jihadist militants of the Islamic State (IS) group. More

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Explainer: The Yazidi Minority In Iraq

Islamic militants this week encircled thousands of members of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq, prompting the Obama administration to carry out humanitarian air drops to the refugees who fled their homes to Mount Sinjar. Who are the Yazidis?

Iraq's Holy Sites Reduced To Rubble

The Islamic State initially exhibited some restraint after entering northwestern Iraq in June, focusing on establishing control and gaining the trust of local Sunnis. But as the self-declared caliphate has grown more comfortable, it has revealed its radical aims by destroying anything that conflicts with its strict interpretation of Islam.

Mosul Expulsion Ends Centuries-Old Christian Community

When Mosul's Christians fled for their lives, their once vibrant and centuries-old community scattered to the winds. Who were Mosul's Christians?

Video Christians Say Terror Drove Them From Mosul

Iraqi Christians who fled Mosul say a mounting campaign of terror by the Islamic State drove them to flee their city en masse. RFE/RL spoke with a refugee from Mosul about her experience.

Helly Luv: Siren Of Kurdish Independence

Kurdish pop singer Helly Luv has racked up more than 2.5 million hits since she released her "Risk It All" video in February urging independence for Iraqi Kurds.

Iraqi Kurds Talk Independence But Move For Stronger Position In Iraq

Iraq's Kurdish region is playing the independence card, but there are signs it could simply be upping the ante in a bid for more territory and rights within Iraq.

Explainer: How Iran Could Help Iraq Fight ISIL

Reports suggest Iran has deployed several of its warplanes in Iraq to help its ally, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, in his government’s battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Analysts say Iran's potential military assistance to Iraq could also include training and mobilizing Shi'ite militant groups.

Explainer: What Is The Islamic Caliphate?

With the militant group ISIL's announcement that it has created an Islamic caliphate in territory it seized in Syria and Iraq, RFE/RL looks at the current and historical significance of the move.

Nine Months After First 'It's Complicated,' Shifting Priorities In The Middle East

Nine months ago, the world's attention focused on possible missile strikes in Syria in reaction to a deadly chemical attack. Now, as Islamist militants move in on Iraq, world and regional powers are recalibrating their relationships to answer new threats.

What Drives Sunni Anger In Iraq?

As Sunni insurgents take territory in northern Iraq, they hope to win local support by capitalizing on deeply felt grievances within Iraq's Sunni community. What are those grievances and how did they help fuel the current crisis?
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