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Amnesty International says militant fighters with the Islamic State (formerly know as ISIL/ISIS) have been guilty of "systematic ethnic cleansing" in northern Irag

IS 'Beheads' Second U.S. Journalist

A video released online purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by Islamic State (IS) militants. More

Islamic State has put videos online showing scores of men they said were Iraqi soldiers being forced to lie down on the ground before being shot in the head.

Missing Iraq Soldiers' Relatives Protest

Dozens of relatives of missing Iraqi soldiers have begun a sit-in in the main parliamentary chamber in Baghdad demanding information about their loved ones. More

Amnesty International Says Islamic State Guilty Of 'Ethnic Cleansing'

In a report released on September 2, the rights group Amnesty International said Islamic State militants were guilty of "systematic ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq. More

Maliki: Iraq Will Become 'Grave' For IS

Outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki made an unannounced visit to the recently liberated town of Amirli on September 1. More

Gazprom Neft Starts Commercial Production At Iraqi Field

Russia's Gazprom Neft announced on September 1 it had started commercial production at the Badra oil field in southeastern Iraq. More

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Features & Commentary

Kicked Off Twitter And Facebook, Islamic State Finds New Tools

Following the beheading of American journalist James Foley, U.S.-based social networks ramped up efforts to ban accounts linked to the Islamic State militant group.

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.
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