Iraq

Removing US military forces from the Gulf

Reporting on President Donald Trump’s new energy policy which plans for a big increase in domestically produced oil and gas, the Financial Times reported yesterday: “Exports of gas have begun, with the first shipments of Liquefied Natural Gas leaving the Sabine Pass facility on the border between Texas and Louisiana a year ago. Since then trade has grown and the ...

Battle for Mosul upends false Iraq narrative

The Iraqi army’s progress in Mosul over the past few months flies in the face of the narrative that has been created about Iraq since 2003. Narratives are often constructed, but rarely as aggressively as the story according to which Iraq is an artificial country comprising people who deeply mistrust each other. The invasion of Mosul and Tikrit by the ...

Baghdad’s Green Zone hit by rockets after deadly clashes

KALAHAN DENG Several rockets have hit the high security Green Zone in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, hours after clashes at a protest left at least five dead. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies in Baghdad. Earlier on Saturday, thousands of protesters, demanding electoral reform, tried to storm the area. ...

Fear in interrogation room, death in the street: Iraq roots out Islamic State leftright 8/8leftright

The boy’s fear was palpable as Iraqi soldiers brought him blindfolded before an intelligence officer in a house on the northern edge of Mosul. “How long were you with Daesh (Islamic State)?” colonel Amer al-Fatlawi asked the boy in front of him. “Twenty days, sir,” replied the 17-year old submissively. The boy appeared harmless, but Fatlawi, the head of intelligence ...

ISIS burns alive mother, 4 children in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 P.M.) – The so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) reportedly carried out the execution of a woman and her four children in Iraq’s Kirkuk this week, a security source Al-Manar today. According to Al-Manar, the Islamic State terrorist set fire on the mother and her four children for the “crime” of attempting to the leave the “caliphate.” Media reports ...

Ottawa to appoint first resident ambassador to Iraq in 26 years

The Liberal government will appoint a resident ambassador to Iraq in the coming weeks, the first one Canada has had on the ground in Baghdad in nearly 26 years. Sources told The Globe and Mail that naming an ambassador to Iraq is a part of the Liberal government’s retooled strategy to fight the Islamic State announced in February, 2016. It ...

Iraq forces in Mosul punch to Tigris for first time

Arbil (Iraq) (AFP) – Iraqi forces battling jihadists in Mosul reached the Tigris River that divides the city Sunday, a key step and a first since the launch of a huge operation in mid-October. The Islamic State group was on the back foot in Mosul after a week of significant gains for Iraqi forces but pressed a deadly campaign of ...

Iraq: Suicide attacks rock Baghdad killing at least 20

Suicide bombings at two marketplaces in eastern Baghdad killed at least 20 people – the latest in a spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital that have left dozens dead in recent days. In the first blast claimed  by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL),  the attacker drove an explosives-rigged car into a vegetable market in the mainly ...

Correction: United States-Iraq story

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Jan. 4 about the U.S.-led coalition’s military advisers in Iraq, The Associated Press quoted a U.S. military spokesman who erroneously stated that the coalition had recently doubled the size of its adviser corps. The spokesman says he misstated the size of the increase, which represented only 40 more advisers and not a doubling. A ...

Suicide bomber detonates explosive-laden car killing at least 32 in Iraq

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Asuicide car bomb blast killed at least 32 people and wounded more than 60 on Monday in Baghdad’s Shiite majority neighbourhood of Sadr City. Police officials said the bomber struck on a square where daily labourers were waiting for jobs, causing one of the highest casualty tolls in the capital in months. A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car on a square ...

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