Iraq seeks $100 bln to reconstruct transport, agriculture and oil sectors

Friday, 9 February 2018

Iraq seeks around $100 billion in foreign investment in transport, energy and agriculture as part of a plan to rebuild parts of the country and revive the economy after a three-year war on ISIS. The government’s National Investment Commission published a list of 157 projects it will seek investment for at an International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq to be hosted by Kuwait Feb. 12 to 14. Some of these projects are about rebuilding destroyed facilities like Mosul’s airport, ...

Book culture returns to Iraq’s post-ISIS Mosul

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Literary cafes, poetry readings and pavement bookstalls -- Mosul's cultural scene is back in business, months after Iraqi forces ousted the ISIS group from the city following three years of militant rule. At the “Book Forum” cafe, men and women, young and old, sit passionately debating literature, music, politics and history. Drinking tea, coffee and juice, some smoke ‘nargileh’ water pipes while an oud player takes the stage to accompany a poet about to read from his ...

The bitter taste of Mosul

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

In an article published in the Independent on 17 January, the journalist Robert Fisk questions the delivery of care by medical aid groups embedded with the international coalition during the offensive on Mosul. He quotes one MSF member, Jonathan Whittall, who argued in a blog post in June, that the presence of for-profit organizations and military medical units was a threat to independent and humanitarian action. Echoing Whittall’s concerns, Fisk points out that humanitarian actors would ...

Christine Jamet

A new life sprouts up around Mosul after scars of ISIS rule

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Even before the Islamic State group took over her home city of Mosul, Iraqi 31-year-old Nesrine never imagined she would have a job working late into the evening at a fashion boutique. But now, in districts of Iraq's second city not left totally devastated by the ferocious fighting to oust the jihadists, life is buzzing again -- with more vibrancy than ever. "We have experienced depression, hunger, ruin and oppression. It is a miracle that we are still alive," Nesrine told AFP. ...

2017: The year of victory over ISIS

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

When we look back at 2017, the most important event to have unfolded in the Middle East was the military victory over ISIS.Although there are still some ISIS strongholds that remain unconquered on the Syrian-Iraqi border and the pseudo “Caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still on the run, as was Saddam Hussein in his time before he met his fate we all know how, this dark phase of three years is well-nigh over.On the scale of history, this span of time may count as a mere second, but at ...

Christian Chesnot

Mosul celebrates first post-ISIS Christmas

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Hymns filled a church in Iraq’s second city Mosul on Sunday as worshippers celebrated Christmas for the first time in four years after the end of militant rule. Tens of thousands of Christians fled northern Iraqi towns in 2014 as the ISIS group seized Mosul and swathes of the surrounding Nineveh province. But Iraqi forces expelled the militants from the city this year after months of battle, allowing Christians to return to pray at Saint Paul’s church. ‘Peace and ...

Save the Children: 400,000 children still displaced from Mosul fighting

Monday, 16 October 2017

Around 400,000 children are still displaced from the fighting for Mosul, one year after the start of a military offensive to recapture the Iraqi city from the ISIS, Save the Children said on Monday. ISIS’s self-declared caliphate effectively collapsed in July, when US-backed Iraqi forces re-took Mosul, the group’s de facto capital in Iraq, after a grueling nine-month battle. “Just because the fighting in Mosul has stopped doesn’t mean the ...

US verifying Baghdadi recording, but says ‘no reason to doubt’ authenticity

Thursday, 28 September 2017

The United States is still trying to verify a purported recording of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who had been rumored to be dead, but suggested audio released Thursday could well be real. “We are aware of the audio tape purported to be of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and are taking steps to examine it,” an intelligence community source said in statement to AFP. “While we have no reason to doubt its authenticity, we do not have verification at this point.” Thursday’s ...

‘I’m traumatized:’ Narrating the raw stories of medics in Iraq

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Dr Natalie Thurtle has just returned from Iraq where she was working as an emergency doctor in a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital close to Mosul. She describes her encounter with Iraq suffering through the stories of her medical colleagues. Early in the morning, on the journey to the hospital, I lean my cheek against the searing hot window, looking for a home without its skin pockmarked by artillery, or even one, in some suburbs that remains standing. I count the fallen ...

Iraq holding 1,400 foreign wives, children of suspected ISIS fighters

Monday, 11 September 2017

Iraqi authorities are holding 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected ISIS fighters after government forces expelled the militant group from one of its last remaining strongholds in Iraq, security and aid officials said. Most came from Turkey. Many others were from former Soviet states, such as Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and Russia, Iraqi army and intelligence officers said. Other Asians and a "very few" French and Germans were also among them. The wives and children are being held ...

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