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 ...

A skilled Arab woman in solidarity with societies torn by war, disease

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Around five o’clock on a cold winter’s morning, I was called to the delivery room for a patient who was “not well”. I jumped out of bed where I had fallen asleep in my hijab and scrubs just a few hours ago, reached for my coat and shoes, and rushed out of my quarters, across the field to the hospital grounds. The air was biting and after four months in this project, working in confined spaces, the three-minute run left me breathless. “Not well” in Khost was ...

If Mosul fails, Iraq fails too

Monday, 28 August 2017

Iraq is an ancient place, but a place that has never been its own, standalone country prior to its creation as a League of Nations mandate under British control in 1920. Though some of the earliest documented civilisations came out of the Land between the Rivers, it has never been a cohesive place, with a unified cultural identity. Indeed, as time wore on, it seems to have accrued more and more diversity – of peoples, of religions, of identities. To this day, despite decades of ethnic ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Iraqi military finds grave sites of ISIS victims

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Iraqi military investigators said Friday they have discovered two mass graves near a former ISIS group prison outside Mosul that contain the bodies of 500 ISIS victims. The Media Cell Security Investigation team said in a statement that one grave near the Badoush Prison site contained the bodies of 470 prisoners killed by ISIS. It said a second grave contained 30 victims. A security official who spoke on condition of anonymity said that based on records of prisoners who were at Badoush most are ...

Iraqi forces seize five more villages in Tal Afar offensive

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Iraqi forces made further gains in their offensive to dislodge ISIS from Tal Afar, seizing five more villages on the eastern and southern outskirts of the city, the military said on Thursday. In the fifth day of their onslaught, Iraqi forces continued to encircle militants holding out in the city in far northwestern Iraq close to the Syrian border, according to statements from the Iraqi joint operations command. Within the city limits, Iraqi forces captured three more neighborhoods - al-Nour and ...

Military reinforcements in Kirkuk heading to Tal Afar

Friday, 18 August 2017

A security source in Kirkuk said that large military reinforcements have reached the province to take part in the operations to retake the district of Tal Afar west of Mosul from ISIS. The military reinforcements, consisting of the forces of the Iraqi army and the popular mobilization units, supported by medium and heavy weapons, passed through Kirkuk enroute to the district of Tall Afar to participate in the operations to fight ISIS. The Iraqi Federal Police, announced on Tuesday, the ...

Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed “abuses” against civilians during the offensive to oust ISIS insurgents from the city of Mosul. His government began an investigation in May into a report by German newsmagazine Der Spiegel that included images of apparent torture taken by a freelance photographer embedded with the Interior Ministry’s elite Emergency Response Division (ERD). ...

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