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Islamic State claims Iraq suicide bombing that killed 38

8 hours agoNews : The Newsroom

The Islamic State group on Friday claimed it carried out a suicide bombing south of Baghdad that targeted Sunni fighters who oppose the jihadists, in which 38 people were killed. IS spearheaded a sweeping militant offensive that hasShow More Summary

Former Dem Rep. Patrick Murphy: Bin Laden Shooter Isn’t ‘Above the Law’

11 hours agoNews : Mediaite

In light of recent news that the Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden is being investigated for potentially leaking classified information, a former congressman and Iraq War veteran says that nobody, including the man who killed bin Laden, is above the law.

The ISIS caliphate is already crumbling

It turns out that the Islamic State, which seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria this year, is not so good at the whole running a state thing. According to The Washington Post, areas under ISIS' control are rapidly falling...Show More Summary

US-led air raids hit ISIL in Iraq and Syria

Pentagon says 31 strikes in Iraq and Syria destroyed various ISIL units on Friday, including buildings and vehicles.

Book Review: The Dogs Are Eating Them Now

The Dogs Are Eating Them Now By Graeme Smith COUNTERPOINT With Iraq and Syria hogging the headlines, it's remarkable how quickly we've forgotten our longest war. Graeme Smith's memoir is a cutting account of how the Afghanistan conflict unraveled. Show More Summary

Iraq, Turkey talk military cooperation in battling ISIS

Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi prime minister, told reporters that he had provided 'lists' of things Iraq was requesting from Turkey.

ISIS governor of Mosul taken out by US-led air strikes: report

20 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

After only 25 days in office, the ISIS-appointed governor of Mosul, a major city in northern Iraq, was killed Thursday by U.S.-led airstrikes, according to a high-ranking Iraqi police commander. U.S. security officials have not yet publicly confirmed the killing. Hassan Hassan Saeed al-Jabouri was...

Iraq: Extremists of Daesh/ ISIL on the Move in Mosul in Response to Kurdish Advance

Khales Joumah | Mosul | (Niqash.org) Last week’s victory over the extremist Islamic State group in the Sinjar area has had a significant effect on the extremist-controlled city of Mosul. Foreign fighters…

Ruya Foundation announces Philippe Van Cauteren as Curator of the Pavilion of Iraq

yesterdayArts : Artdaily

Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Iraq (Ruya) announced the appointment of Philippe Van Cauteren as curator of the National Pavilion of Iraq for the 56th Venice Biennale in May 2015. The appointment follows the great success of Welcome to Iraq, which Ruya commissioned for the 55th edition of the Biennale in 2013. Show More Summary

Kurdish offensive against ISIL gains momentum

Peshmerga forces have regained ground in northwestern Iraq, while Kurdish fighters also battle ISIL in Syria.

No Christmas Celebrations In Mosul, Iraq This Year

There were no Christmas celebrations in Mosul, Iraq this year. #Mosul #Iraq, a home to Christians for two millennia, as it looked today. First Christmas without its Christians. pic.twitter.com/L4pvAPP4AC — Zaid Benjamin (@zaidbenjamin) December 25, 2014 Internally displaced Iraqi Christians … Continue reading ?

Reason-Rupe: Americans Want Action Against ISIS...

yesterdayNews : Reason

Sixty-six percent of Americans polled in a recent Reason-Rupe National Survey said they favored U.S. airstrikes agains the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and 43 percent favored ground troops. The average estimate for how long the current military action would take? Two years. Show More Summary

Christians on the Run From Iraq

For the first time in 1,400 years, there will be no Christmas celebrations in Nineveh province, home to Iraq's largest remaining Christian community and largest non-Muslim minority, and a site of great biblical significance.

RAND Corporation report says the Iraq War was George Bush’s biggest blunder

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

History is beset by military blunders, from Napoleon’s attempt to conquer Russia to America’s decision to invade Iraq. But do leaders learn from the mistakes of others? The authors of the RAND Corporation report Blinders, Blunders, and Wars: What America and China Can Learn look at...

Pope Francis Uses Christmas Speech To Condemn Islamic State’s ‘Brutal Persecution’ Of Minorities

Pope Francis used his much-awaited annual Christmas speech, among other things, to condemn ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, for their “brutal persecution” of minorities in Iraq and Syria. St. Peter’s Square was jam-packed, as it...Show More Summary

Pope Francis: 'Many Tears This Christmas'

yesterdayNews : The Two-Way

In his annual Christmas Day blessing, the pontiff condemned killing in Iraq, Syria and Pakistan and the "brutal persecution" of religious and ethnic minorities.

#IslamicState forces Saudi Kingdom to take desperate gamble

Russia has been rising in power as the US is bogged down by resistance in Ukraine, Iraq, and Syria. Saudi oil is running out, costing more every day to pump water in and out. Cheap oil is the cornerstone of western power.Now they have to use the last of their oil and risk financial chaos to weaken Russia. Show More Summary

In Iraq, displaced Christians gather for a somber Christmas

The children awoke the day before Christmas behind blast walls and armed guards, in a dingy Syrian Catholic schoolhouse strung with clotheslines. Their families have been cooking on hot plates and sleeping on pallets there in recent months, forced from their homes in northern Iraq by Islamic...

Hillary Clinton’s decision to support Iraq war was driven by Israel, Chris Matthews says

It used to be verboten to suggest that the Israel lobby helped drive the disastrous decision to invade Iraq. Now James Mann says as much of the neoconservatives. And Chris Matthews says the same of Hillary Clinton.

Should We Oppose the Intervention Against ISIS? An Exchange of Views

Reposted from In These Times ISIS (or ISIL, or the Islamic State) sent shock waves through the Middle East and beyond in June when it seized Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. The organization has now laid claim to a swath of territory...Show More Summary

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