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Erdogan reasserts Turkey’s role in wars in Syria and Iraq

13 minutes agoNews : BlogPost

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that he had informed President Obama of Turkey's intent to participate in an offensive in northern Syria. His remarks are a reminder of the strategic conundrum facing the United States, which is working to defeat the extremist Islamic State in Syria and Iraq with both cooperation from Turkey as well […]

Facts on Iraq's Yazidi minority

Iraq's Yazidi minority is in the spotlight Thursday after two women from the community won the European Parliament's Sakharov human rights prize. Nadia Murad and Lamia Haji Bashar have spearheaded a movement to protect Yazidis, followers of an ancient religion with more than half a million Kurdish-speaking believers concentrated in northern Iraq. Show More Summary

Indiana Senate: Bayh Skipped 76 Percent of Armed Services Committee Hearings, Including During Iraq War

The guy barely did his job the first time around, now he wants it again -- after enriching himself as a DC lobbyist?  Audacious.  And it's not...

Trump can't stop kicking the Khan family in the heart

Donald Trump spent weeks fighting with the Gold Star family of Captain Humayun Khan, a Muslim soldier who was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004. While campaign manager Kellyanne Conway may have slapped Trump’s twitter fingers...Show More Summary

Rapid Response: Elite Iraqi force advancing on Mosul

Iraq's elite Rapid Response Division, which is now at the forefront of the southern advance on Mosul, has emerged as a key assault force in the country's war against jihadists. Backed by artillery and trained in a programme influenced...Show More Summary

Quick guide to understanding the battle for Mosul

2 hours agoNews : USAToday: News

Iraq’s government launched a key battle to retake Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, from Islamic State control.        

After Mosul Falls, What Then?

The Iranians, Russians, Saudis and Turks are all jockeying for influence in Iraq while America looks on wearily.

A soldier's photos from Iraq reveal a beautiful yet hellish landscape that's choking with toxic smoke

Oil-well fires have raged for months near Mosul, Iraq, and US soldiers in the region are choking on the toxic smoke and haze. ISIS chose Mosul as its stronghold in the country about two years ago and have prepared for an assault ever...Show More Summary

The OPEC Oil Deal Is on the Brink of Collapse, and This Is the (Unexpected) Culprit

Iraq wants an exemption from the OPEC oil deal, but that's not all. The post The OPEC Oil Deal Is on the Brink of Collapse, and This Is the (Unexpected) Culprit was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

Iraq, Syria, Philippines Have Highest Rates of Impunity in Journalist Murders

The Philippines, Iraq and Syria are among the countries where journalists are most likely to be murdered with impunity, according to a new study from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The 2016 Impunity Index from New York-based CPJ calculates the number of unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of the population of each country. Show More Summary

A LITTLE PIECE OF POLAND, A LITTLE PIECE OF FRANCE: President Erdogan talks of dominating parts of I…

A LITTLE PIECE OF POLAND, A LITTLE PIECE OF FRANCE: President Erdogan talks of dominating parts of Iraq and Greece. In one recent speech, the 62-year-old said Turkey “did not accept the borders of our country voluntarily” and mentioned the National Pact – a plan made at the end of the Ottoman Empire to conquer […]

Iraqi army tries to reach site of Islamic State executions south of Mosul

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The Iraqi army was trying on Thursday to reach a town south of Mosul where Islamic State has reportedly executed dozens to deter the population against any attempt to support the U.S.-led offensive on the jihadists' last major city stronghold in Iraq.

Veterans Make Movies wants us to see an invisible population, the less than 1% of Americans who serve

6 hours agoArts : Culture Monster

Class begins with the arrival of cookies — a tray of chocolate chip discs dressed up like google-eyed spiders in honor of Halloween. They are brought by Leif Meisinger, an Army combat veteran who served in Iraq but who, decked out in Dickies and a pair of sleeve tattoos, still bears the brash skate...

EU Parliament awards Sakharov prize to Yazidi women, says Liberal group

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament has awarded its Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought and expression to two women from Iraq's Yazidi community who suffered attack and persecution by Islamic State, according to the Liberals group in the parliament.

Iraq: Thousands displaced as battle for Mosul rages on

Iraqi forces progress towards city limits despite heavy resistance from ISIL, as aid groups expect flood of refugees.

Iraq bans alcohol

On 22 October 2016, the Iraqi Parliament surreptitiously adopted an amendment to its laws affecting communes which bans the sale, the import and the production of alcohol. The prohibition was adopted in order to satisfy the Islamists on the day before the liberation of Daesh-occupied Mosul. Show More Summary

At Iraqi village, victory is fraught with risks in Mosul offensive

FADILIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish peshmerga fighter Germad Yihya stood on a small berm overlooking a village where he said Islamic State militants had been defeated. A line of trees 500 meters away from his position illustrated how he can't afford to be complacent.

Disorder In OPEC Ranks, Iraq Refuses Oil Production Cuts

OPEC reached a tentative agreement last month to cut oil production at its next meeting in November. However, Iraq, the cartel's second largest producer, is balking, stating that it will not reduce output because it needs funds to keep up its battle against ISIS. Show More Summary

In Iraqi Kurdistan, little regard for Baghdad booze ban

Alcohol shops are open for business in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, where officials have vowed that Baghdad's recently passed ban on booze will not be enforced. The ban on the sale, import and production of alcohol was slipped into...Show More Summary

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