05 June 2020
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AFP - Sunni politicians announced Sunday they were boycotting Iraq’s Shiite-dominated parliament after the killing of a prominent tribal leader whose death has been blamed on Shiite militias.The boycott, which also comes weeks after gunmen shot dead three Sunni clerics in the Shiite-majority southern province of Basra, is likely to increase sectarian tensions in Iraq where Sunnis are a minority.Sheikh Qassem Sweidan al-Janabi, his son and seven bodyguards were killed by gunmen after their convoy was ambushed in Baghdad, with most…
Al - Arabiya - Two relatives including the uncle of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, were detained on Sunday after a security operation near the city of Samarra, state-owned Iraqi television cited a security source as saying. “A group from the Regiment Special Assignments was able to arrest Baghdadi’s uncle, named Saleh Ibrahim Abdulmomen and niece’s husband Dhiya Nouri Sadoun,” the security source from the southern Dhi Qar governorate’s…

Iraq: Clashes, Attacks Kill at Least 22 People Wednesday, 11 February 2015 20:32

Associated Press, Baghdad - Clashes between Iraqi government forces and militants along with attacks in the capital Baghdad on Wednesday killed at least 22 people and wounded dozens, officials said. Heavy clashes erupted in three separate areas outside the city of Tikrit, which is controlled by the Islamic State extremist group, killing 12 security forces, Shiite militiamen and civilians, and wounding 37 others, a police official said. He added that three suicide truck bombers attacked the security forces during the…
Baghdad (AIN) -The President of Iraq Fuad Masoum stressed the government's sincere intention to care for the displaced people's conditions and ease their sufferings.  The president on Sunday welcomed a delegation of Syriac Catholic Diocese, which included bishop Afram Yosof {Arbishop of Baghdad} and Bishop, John Peter, {Mosul Archishop} besides a large number of Christian clergymen.    The Christians are Iraq's original inhabitants who have leaved peacefully with the other communities for thousands of years and sacrificed too much in…
Middle East Online, ARBIL - The remains of 23 men from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority were found when a mass grave was excavated in northern Iraq, an official said on Saturday. It is the latest evidence of atrocities committed in areas held by the Islamic State (IS) group to emerge since Kurdish forces pushed the jihadists back. A team acting on a tip-off from a resident opened the grave near the village of Bardiyan on Friday, said Fuad Othman, a spokesman…

Iraq to launch ground offensive against ISIS Monday, 09 February 2015 12:21

AFP, Amman - Iraqi troops will begin a ground offensive “in the weeks ahead” to take back swathes of the country seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, the U.S. coordinator for the international coalition against the militants said on Sunday. “There will be a major counter offensive on the ground in Iraq,” top U.S. envoy John Allen said in an interview with Jordan’s official Petra news agency. “In the weeks ahead, when the Iraqi forces…
(Reuters) - Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday.Iraqi boys aged under 18 are increasingly being used by the militant group as suicide bombers, bomb makers, informants or human shields to protect facilities against U.S.-led air strikes, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said.“We are really…
Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraqi MPs for Diyala province, including Speaker of Parliament Salim Al-Jabouri, have received death threats warning them to stop all investigations into a massacre that took place in a village in the region last week, according to one MP from the province.Around 70 Sunni men were killed in the village of Barwanah last Monday in what one Diyala MP called “an act of systematic mass murder.”Government troops and Shi’ite militias had entered the village days before as part…

Anbar tribes form joint coalition against ISIS Tuesday, 03 February 2015 20:11

Anbar, Asharq Al-Awsat—Tribes in Iraq’s western-most province of Anbar have announced a new joint coalition to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the region.ISIS is in control of approximately 85 percent of Anbar, Iraq’s largest province, with Sunni tribes seeking to form a unified command structure to fight the jihadist group amid anger at what many see as a lack of support from Baghdad and the US-led anti-ISIS coalition.In comments to Asharq Al-Awsat, Rafi Abdul Karim…

Fleeing from IS, Iraqis left in limbo Tuesday, 03 February 2015 20:08

Deutsche Welle - Iraqi families have come north to escape the IS advance, but as Sunni Arabs they are viewed with suspicion and must remain on the outskirts of Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk. Cathy Otten visited a camp in Laylan.Under the strong winter sun in Laylan camp for displaced Iraqis, children who fled their homes in "Islamic State" (IS) territory play at building new houses out of colored card, watched over by aid workers.Jasam is eight-years old and is not playing with the…
(Reuters) - Fighting and other violence in Iraq killed at least 1,375 people including 790 civilians in January, the United Nations said on Sunday.The dead included 585 members of the Iraqi army which is struggling to rebuild itself after Islamic State militants seized large sections of the country last year.At least 2,240 civilians and soldiers were wounded during the same period, the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq said in a statement.Read more: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/02/01/uk-mideast-crisis-iraq-casualties-idUKKBN0L517A20150201

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