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“Take Off”… A beautifully made rescue drama where the personal struggles score over the logistical ones

Spoilers ahead… When we first meet Sameera (Parvathy), she’s missing a certificate. She’s at the Department of Health, applying for a job as a nurse in Iraq, but they won’t give her the necessary papers unless she produces that certificate. She screams, in frustration, at an official. She calls her son, asks him to search […]

More than 200 civilians killed in suspected U.S. airstrike in Iraq

Munatha Jasim watched Iraqi civil defense workers in red suits scurry among the ruins of her neighbors’ homes Friday, extracting the dead and zipping them into blue body bags. The massive explosion that tore through Baghdad Street last week killed nine of Jasim’s relatives, including son Firas,...

At Baghdad rally, Iraq cleric threatens to boycott elections

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BAGHDAD (AP) — An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric addressed thousands of anti-government protesters who filled the streets of downtown Baghdad on Friday, threatening to boycott the country's upcoming provincial elections if the committee overseeing the vote is not overhauled.

Escaping IS-held Mosul, residents head into unknown

Mosul (Iraq) (AFP) - Bilal Abduljabbar clambers onto the back of an Iraqi army truck with his two teenage children to start the final stage of their escape from war-torn west Mosul.

Iraqi forces to deploy new tactics in Mosul, civilians flee city

By Angus MacSwan and Patrick Markey MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces are to deploy new tactics in a fresh push against Islamic State in Mosul, military officials said on Friday, after advances slowed in the campaign to drive the militants out of their last stronghold in the country. Show More Summary

Germany Pledges $253M In Aid For Syria, Iraq

The pledge came soon after the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group held a meeting Wednesday, its first since the election of President Donald Trump.

U.S. investigating reports that Mosul airstrike killed more than 100 civilians

The suspected high toll underscores the difficulties that Iraqi troops face in the weeks-long fight to route the Sunni militant group from Iraq's second-largest city

Time to THRIVE Special Guest Speakers Nominated for Daytime Emmy Award

Nayyef Hrebid and Btoo Al Lami, who are slated to speak at HRC Foundation’s fourth annual Time to THRIVE Conference in April, have been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for their documentary film Out of Iraq, which aired on Logo TV...Show More Summary

U.S. Investigating Mosul Strikes Said to Have Killed Up to 200 Civilians

11 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

American military officials insisted that the rules of engagement had not changed in Iraq, despite a recent surge in reports of civilian deaths.

Mosul's children were shouting under the rubble. Nobody came

Coalition bombs have buried more than a hundred people in the ruins of three houses and raised fresh questions about US rules of engagement, Martin Chulov reports from Iraq By the time rescuers finally arrived no one was left alive.Show More Summary

Muqtada al-Sadr threatens to boycott Iraq elections

Powerful Shia leader demands changes to electoral law at Baghdad demonstration attended by thousands of supporters.

IS gunmen target civilians fleeing Mosul by night

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State gunmen are opening fire on men, women and children as they try to flee Mosul under cover of darkness, civilians who escaped the besieged Iraqi city said on Friday.

Shi'ite cleric Sadr says only Iraq's military should hold land seized from IS

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Influential Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Friday that only Iraq's military should hold territory recaptured from Islamic State, an apparent sign of concern that rival militias might use the gains to expand their influence.

French defense chief: Battle for Syria’s Raqqa within days

21 hours agoNews : USAToday: News

Jean-Yves Le Drian said Raqqa is a “major objective” for the U.S.-led coalition trying to quash ISIS extremists in Syria and Iraq.        

Mosul's east begins to bustle but healing a long way off

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Eastern Mosul is coming back to life. In the few weeks since Iraqi forces drove Islamic State from this side of the city, markets have opened and bulldozers have begun to clear the debris left by battle.

Iraqi forces prepare new push, tactics in Mosul as civilians flee city

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces are preparing a fresh push against Islamic State using new tactics, but operations to drive the militants out of their last stronghold in the country are on hold, military officials said on Frida...

At Baghdad rally, Iraq cleric threatens to boycott elections

Iraq's influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has threatened to boycott the upcoming provincial elections, urging instead followers to join a "reform revolution." Al-Sadr spoke to thousands at an anti-government protest … Click to Continue »

This is One Important Reason Why We are Still Militarily Engaged in Iraq

I keep meaning to do a post on what is going on with the ongoing operations in Iraq and Syria – honest, but so much is going on I keep getting sidetracked. Regardless, I just saw this and I think it is important to highlight it: ISIS strapped explosives around this little boys (7) waist. […]

Jason Hall’s Directorial Debut ‘Thank You For Your Service’ Secures Late October Date

Universal’s release of DreamWorks Pictures' Thank You For Your Service about a group of U.S. soldiers who battle PTSD upon their return from Iraq, will open on Friday, Oct. 27. Pic marks the directorial debut of American Sniper scribe Jason Hall and is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by David Finkel, which Hall adapted. Show More Summary

Escaping From ISIS: Freedom And Justice For Yazidi Women And Girls

ISIS has captured, enslaved and abused thousands of women and girls from the Yazidi minority in Iraq. As part of our “Women and Jihad” series, we meet the Yazidi women and men living abroad who are working to free the captives and hold...Show More Summary

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