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Why Amal and George Clooney Will be Staying Away from Some African Countries and Iraq

9 minutes agoHealth / Pregnancy : Belly Itch

Now that international attorney Amal Clooney is pregnant with her and actor husband George Clooney‘s twins, she will avoid hostile countries like Iraq, and will “avoid places where she knows she isn’t welcome,” George told Paris Match magazine in a recent interview. Likewise, the philanthropist and director producer says he “won’t go to South Sudan... Read More »

British suicide bombing suspect wasn't being tracked by UK intelligence

Former Guantánamo detainee Jamal al-Harith was able to travel to Iraq because he was not considered a major security threat The British former Guantánamo detainee thought to have carried out a suicide bombing for Islamic State in Iraq this week was not being monitored by the British security services when he left the UK in 2014. Show More Summary

Iraqi hipsters put Erbil on fashion map

Milan, Paris....Erbil. When you think of Iraq, you don't usually think of high fashion. But a group of young Iraqi Kurds are sticking their city firmly on the map with a high-fashion gentlemen's club in Northern Iraq. It all started as a bit of fun among friends. Show More Summary

Can a Free Mind Survive in Trump’s White House?

Whenever I think of H. R. McMaster, President Trump’s choice to be his national-security adviser, I picture him throwing a football with his soldiers on a muddy field outside Tal Afar, Iraq. His pale head is clean-shaven, and he has a boyish grin on his thickly lined face, as if he knows he’s in trouble but doesn’t really mind. Show More Summary

Department of Uh-Oh, a continuing series, the drone wars have begun

Late last month, a pair of Islamic State fighters in desert camouflage climbed to the top of a river bluff in northern Iraq to demonstrate an important new weapon: a small drone, about six feet wide with swept wings and a small bomb tucked in its fuselage. Show More Summary

What It’s Really Like To Fight For LGBTQ Rights In Iraq

The courageous and true story of how Amir Ashour started the country’s first ever queer movement.

It’s not like we haven’t been warning about IAVA

Back in 2009, I ran down the case that Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association isn’t the non-partisan Veterans Service Organization that it claims. In 2012, I told you about IAVA executive director Paul Rieckhoff’s embellishment of his awards. We’ve been warning that IAVA is not what it appears to be, that they are not in […]

Civilians start fleeing homes after west Mosul offensive begins

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - A few hundred civilians have fled their homes in the outskirts of western Mosul, the first reported displacement since a U.S.-backed offensive on the jihadists' remaining stronghold there began at the weekend.

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Reportedly Turns ISIS Bomber

A man compensated by the UK government following his release from Guantanamo Bay in 2004 has reportedly died in a suicide bombing targeting a military base in Iraq. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack Monday, sharing a photo of the smiling British suicide bomber it identified as Abu...

ISIS suicide bomber in Iraq was former Gitmo detainee

A terror suspect who received a seven-figure payoff after he claimed he was tortured while being held at Guantanamo Bay blew himself up in a suicide bombing in Iraq, according to reports Tuesday. ISIS claimed responsibility and praised Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, … Continued

Situation Report: U.S. Troops Inch Closer to ISIS, More May Be On the Way, Fallout from immigration crackdown; McMaster May Need Senate Confirmation; and a bit more.

By FP Staff and Adam Rawnsley Traveling in the Middle East — One of the options the Pentagon is weighing for the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is sending more U.S. troops, the head of U.S. Central Command said Wednesday. Speaking with reporters while traveling overseas to confer with regional allies,...

British suicide bomber in Iraq had won compensation for Guantanamo stay

LONDON/CAIRO (Reuters) - An Islamic State suicide bomber from Britain who blew himself up in an attack on Iraqi forces this week had been given compensation for his detention in the Guantanamo Bay military prison, Western security sources said on Wednesday.

Iraqi suicide bomber was ex-Gitmo detainee

A suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release, raising questions about … Click to Continue »

Manchester to Iraq via Guantànamo: how Jamal al-Harith became Isis’s latest suicide bomber

His two-year ordeal at Camp X-ray led to the British-born Jihadi blowing himself up this week on behalf of Islamic State When US special forces found Jamal al-Harith in a jail in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in January 2002, he said he viewed them as his saviours. Show More Summary

Reports: ISIS suicide bomber in Iraq was ex-Gitmo detainee

13 hours agoNews : USAToday: News

Ronald Fiddler, who became known as Jamal al-Harith, was freed from the detention camp in 2004.        

Mosul refugees get married at Khazer camp – in pictures

The wedding of Hussain Zeeno Zannun, 26, and Chahad, 16, who both fled from Isis in Mosul, northern Iraq Continue reading...

Iraqi Shiite militias push to take villages west of Mosul

Iraq's government-sanctioned paramilitary forces, made up mainly of Shiite militiamen, have launched a new push to capture villages west of the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants. The forces' … Click to Continue »

Three Generals Bound by Iraq Will Guide Trump on Security

21 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

H. R. McMaster will join Jim Mattis and John F. Kelly at the table in the Situation Room, steering a new president through the crosscurrents of a stormy world.

Opinion: Trump’s travel order must make room for Laith Hammoudi and people like him

In the years since the U.S. invaded Iraq, Laith Hammoudi risked his life to help deliver the truth to millions of readers of this newspaper and others in the McClatchy … Click to Continue »

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