Iraq

Donald Trump backed Iraq war in 2002 interview but says views changed

The Republican presidential contender admits he supported the invasion but changed his mind by the time the war started Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, who frequently touts his opposition to the Iraq war, appeared to support the idea in a newly unearthed 2002 interview, but said on Thursday he became an opponent by the time the invasion occurred. In the ...

The Iraq Novel We’ve Been Waiting For

Five years after our withdrawal from Iraq, the time is ripe for America’s first great work of reckoning. And we might just have it in Youngblood, Matt Gallagher’s dark, suspenseful meditation on Americans’ impact abroad. The novel throws us into the daily tedium of the military’s “Clear, Hold, and Build” policy during the twilight of the American operation. With the ...

American security arrest 2 Middle East refugees on terror-related charges

Federal authorities arrested two refugees on terror-related charges Thursday. The arrests in Sacramento, California, and Houston did not appear to be directly related, but the cases had several similarities. Both men were Palestinians born in Iraq and living as refugees in the United States, according to the U.S. Justice Department. And both of them are accused of lying to immigration ...

Christians are disappearing from the Middle East

WRITTEN BY KALAHAN DENG Christains in Iraq were 1.5 million,but now, they are least than that by far.Why? because of persecution that is directed against Christians by ISIS. Perfumed smoke fills the aisle as the priest swings incense back and forth in the thurible, a small metal canister suspended from chains that holds the pungent smoke. It is something priest ...

Baghdad holds Miss Iraq pageant for the first time in 43 years

When Shaima Qasim was crowned Miss Iraq this weekend, she not only triumphed over the other women in the competition but over threats against her life. The pageant was the first to be held in Baghdad in 43 years. “Iraq needed this,” pageant director Ahmed Leith said. “The situation is weak here, and we wanted to celebrate this the same ...

Iraq will start an operation to retake the western city of Ramadi from ISIS

Iraq’s armed forces will start an operation to retake the western city of Ramadi from ISIS militants very soon, army chief of staff Lt. General Othman al-Ghanemi told state TV on Monday. “There is an ongoing operation to control a sector in preparation of the onslaught on the city center within the coming hours, God willing,” he said. Iraqi intelligence ...

Most of the oil smuggled by ISIS goes through Turkey

Iraq’s premier Haider al-Abadi said Monday that most of the oil smuggled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group goes through Turkey, joining a chorus of countries linking it with the militants’ financing. During a meeting with Germany’s visiting foreign minister, Abadi stressed the “importance of stopping oil smuggling by [ISIS] terrorist gangs, the majority of which ...

Iraqi army urged people living in IS-held Ramadi to leave

The Iraqi army has urged people living in the centre of the Islamic State-held city of Ramadi to leave before an operation to retake it is launched. A security source said that leaflets had been dropped by planes, warning residents the army planned to storm the city within the next 24 hours. The call, which was also broadcast on state television, ...

Kurdish commander killed in ISIS clashes buried in Istanbul

A Turkish Kurd fighter who commanded a unit battling ISIS extremists in Syria was buried Sunday in Istanbul two months after his death in clashes, amid anger over the delay in bringing his body home. Thousands of supporters filled the Gazi district of Istanbul — a Kurdish and left-wing stronghold — to pay their last respects to Aziz Guler who ...

Kurds launch offensive to take Sinjar from ISIS

Plumes of smoke blackened the sky above Sinjar as Kurdish forces, backed by intense coalition air support, tried Thursday to take back the northern Iraqi town from ISIS. The operation includes up to 7,500 Peshmergas — the Kurdish military force — who are attacking the city from three sides to take control of supply routes, according to the Kurdish Region ...