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Gasps, tears as Iraqis return to Islamic State-destroyed parish

Gasps, tears as Iraqis return to Islamic State-destroyed parish

There were gasps, followed by tears at a small church in northern Iraq as a group of Christians returned to their parish Sunday to find that everything had been destroyed, including the statue of the Virgin Mary. A confessional had been turned into a closet, a tomb had been desecrated, red prayer benches were burned. […]

November 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Suicide bombing, shootouts kill 55 in Iraq

Suicide bombing, shootouts kill 55 in Iraq

Oct 15, – The escalation comes as Iraqi forces are getting ready to launch an offensive to take back Mosul, the last Iraqi city still under control of Islamic State, in northern Iraq. Around 55 people were killed in Iraq in attacks on Saturday that targeted a Shi’ite Muslim gathering, a police check-point and the […]

October 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Australian warplanes make first air strike in Syria

Australian warplanes make first air strike in Syria

Sep 16, – “This is part of our logical extension in the fight against Daesh to operate not just over northern Iraq but also to operate over eastern Syria in order to degrade and destroy Daesh Forces,” the minister told reporters using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State. Australian fighter jets have carried out their […]

September 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
US deploys F-16s to Turkey for IS fight

US deploys F-16s to Turkey for IS fight

Aug 09, – The deployment marks the first time since an international coalition began bombing IS targets in Iraq and Syria a year ago that US jets will launch strikes from Turkey, following an accord signed with Ankara late last month. The United States for the first time Sunday deployed half a dozen F-16 warplanes […]

August 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
U.S. Iraq air raids help Kurds and Shi’ites at expense of Sunnis

U.S. Iraq air raids help Kurds and Shi’ites at expense of Sunnis

Sep 09, – A small group of people pick through putrefying human remains laid out on plastic sheets by the side of a road in northern Iraq, searching for any trace of missing friends and relatives. Some had brought spades to help dig up the mass grave near Suleiman Beg after the town was retaken […]

September 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Amnesty accuses IS of ‘systematic ethnic cleansing’ in Iraq

Amnesty accuses IS of ‘systematic ethnic cleansing’ in Iraq

Sep 02, – The military gains came as a senior UN rights official said IS jihadists had carried out “acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale” in Iraq, and caretaker premier Nuri al-Maliki vowed the country would be the group’s “graveyard”. Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Islamic State fighters of “systematic ethnic cleansing” in northern […]

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Bombing in ethnic minority village kills 13

Bombing in ethnic minority village kills 13

Oct 17, – The bombing happened in the Shabak village of al-Mowafaqiah near the restive city of Mosul, which is 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, according to police officials. The force of the blast leveled houses in the community and wounded at least 52 people, according to the officials. Rescue workers were searching […]

October 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
Bomb near mosque in northern Iraq kills 12 Sunnis

Bomb near mosque in northern Iraq kills 12 Sunnis

Oct 15, – The attack took place in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad, said Police Col. Taha Salaheddin. The bomb went off as worshippers were leaving the al-Qodus mosque after morning prayers for the beginning of the Eid al-Adha holiday. A bomb ripped through a crowd of Sunni […]

October 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
UN says nearly 1,000 Iraqis killed in September

UN says nearly 1,000 Iraqis killed in September

Oct 01, – UNAMI said on Tuesday that it recorded 979 Iraqis killed in September. The fatalities include those among security forces and troops killed in insurgent attacks nationwide. The U.N. figure was lower than its July death toll, which stands at 1,057. The U.N. mission in Iraq says nearly 1,000 Iraqis have been killed […]

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