More than 300 sentenced to death in Iraq for ISIS links

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Iraqi courts have sentenced to death a total of more than 300 people, including dozens of foreigners, for belonging to ISIS, judicial sources said Wednesday. The suspects are being tried by two courts, one near the former militant stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq and another in Baghdad which is dealing notably with foreigners and women. Since January in the capital, 97 foreign nationals have been condemned to death and 185 to life in prison, according to a judicial source. Most of the women ...

Al Jazeera pro-ISIS report resurfaces as critics call out Qatar-owned channel

Monday, 2 April 2018

A live report from inside Iraq’s Mosul after it was recaptured by ISIS militants in 2014 is resurfacing once again after social media users called out the Qatari-based network over its bias toward extremist groups. The Al Jazeera correspondent, who was conducting a live interview with a news anchor in Doha, was speaking during the early days of ISIS’s capture and control of Mosul from the Maliki government back then. “I have seen armed gunmen raising flags with the slogan ...

Death of 39 Indians in Iraq belies claims of progress, exposes poverty, apathy

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Announcement of the death of 39 Indians in the Mosul region of Iraq has opened a Pandora’s Box exposing the harsh reality that exists in India today. For four long years, the Indian government kept giving assurances and false promises to the families of these 39 men that they were alive and that the government was trying to bring them home. In a dramatic turn of events, on March 20, India’s External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, made a statement to the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House ...

How a friar saved religious manuscripts from ISIS wrath in Iraq

Saturday, 10 March 2018

As ISIS militants swept across Iraq three years ago, he rescued a treasure trove of ancient religious manuscripts from near-certain destruction. Father Najeeb Michaeel is now training fellow Iraqis to preserve their heritage. “My duty is to save our heritage, a significant treasure,” the Dominican friar told AFP in a telephone interview from his office in the city of Arbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. “We can’t save a tree if we don’t save its roots, and a man ...

Iraqi army threatens to ‘crush’ ISIS if they approach Kirkuk

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Commander of the second special operations in the Iraqi army, Maj. Gen. Maan al-Saadi, warned ISIS and Peshmerga forces on Friday that the national army will “crush” anyone that approaches the outskirts of Kirkuk. Saadi continued saying that the security situation in Kirkuk is under control. He also denied any ISIS militant presence in the city or plans to attack them. READ ALSO: Saudi consulate to re-open in Basra, Iraq Meanwhile, the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said ...

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

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