Iraq

How can Australians help people in Syria and Iraq?

Seeing harrowing images from war zones in Syria and Iraq can make people feel at a loss of how to help, but there are ways Australians can lend a hand. There are dozens of organisations already working within and around the war-torn cities of Aleppo and Mosul. We asked workers from Red Cross and World Vision what Australians can do. ...

Iraq’s refugees: Life after IS

BBC Radio 5 live has been reporting from Iraq on the stories of women, children and men who have fled from the forces of the so-called Islamic State. Reporter Nick Garnett reflects on his time there. As Anna Foster, presenter of 5 live Drive, and I sat opposite one another deep into the night editing video and audio, we had ...

Exclusive: Jailed Islamic State suspects recall path to jihad in Iraq leftright 10/10leftright

When Kurdish forces began firing rockets at a suspected Islamic State hideout in northern Iraq, one of those inside, former bakery worker Walid Ismail, said he tried to persuade the others to surrender. Some wanted to hold hand grenades to their throats and pull the pins. In the end, a Tunisian militant among them detonated a suicide bomb, hoping to ...

Water supply cut off for half of Iraq’s Mosul

Almost 650,000 people in Mosul left without water after pipeline was hit during fighting between Iraqi forces and ISIL. Fighting between Iraqi forces and ISIL fighters has cut water supplies across a large part of Mosul, affecting 40 percent of residents in the city where poorer families are already struggling to feed themselves. Water was cut to 650,000 people when ...

UK commander in Iraq calls for patience over retaking Mosul from Isis

Britain’s most senior commander in Iraq and Syria told politicians and diplomats to show patience in the battle to remove Islamic State from Mosul, despite Donald Trump’s pre-election demand that bombing against the terror group should be intensified. Maj-Gen Rupert Jones said daily attacks on Isis had led to “an extraordinary amount of progress” in the last year, but warned ...

MPs launch new attempt to interrogate Tony Blair over Iraq

A cross-party group of MPs will make a fresh effort to hold Tony Blair to account for allegedly misleading parliament and the public over the Iraq war. The move, which could see Blair stripped of membership of the privy council, comes as the former prime minister tries to re-enter the political fray, promising to champion the “politically homeless” who are ...

Iraq’s parliament passes law legalising Shia militias

Iraqi Sunnis say law was proof of Shia “dictatorship” but Prime Minister Abadi says force will defend “all Iraqis”. The Iraqi parliament has passed a bill recognising the Shia militia fighters, the Popular Mobilisation Forces, as a government entity operating alongside the military. The bill passed on Saturday will see the establishment of the Popular Mobilisation Forces Commission, which critics ...

Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units launch stage 5 of Mosul offensive

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:05 P.M.) – The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) launched their 5th stage of the Mosul offensive on Friday, targeting the western part of this strategic city located in Iraq’s northwestern countryside. According to the official wing of the Popular Mobilization Units, their forces liberated the villages of Al-Tafahah and Abu Nijaylah after a fierce battle with ...

ISIS attack’s death toll rises outside Iraq capital

MOSUL, Iraq — The death toll from a car bombing south of Baghdad claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, rose to 73 on Friday, including about 40 Iranian pilgrims, as Iraqi forces continued to inch closer to the center of the northern city of Mosul in street-to-street fighting east of the Tigris River. Iraqi police ...

Arrest warrants for Iraq journalists over Saudi paper false report

(AFP) A Baghdad court has issued arrest warrants for two correspondents with a Saudi newspaper over a fabricated report accusing Iranian pilgrims of sexually harassing Iraqi women. A senior source in Iraq’s judiciary told AFP Wednesday that the warrants, based on the penal code’s article 372 on religious hate crimes, were issued against the Asharq al-Awsat daily’s two Baghdad-based Iraqi ...

- - DCM - - - - - - - - - 00:00:00 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - AU 0 - - - - -