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  • Christians in Iraq flee Islamic State

    1 week ago

    This article orginally appeared on The Media Line.

    The Christian community in Iraq traces its roots to the first century. But the continued expansion of Islamic State across large parts of Iraq is sparking a Christian exodus from these countries. There is concern that one of the...

  • ISIS troops 10 miles from Nahum’s Tomb, Iraqi Jewish pilgrimage site

    June 4, 2015 | 9:09 am

    The Iraqi site believed to be the burial place of the biblical prophet Nahum is in danger of being destroyed by the Islamic State, or ISIS.

    Nahum’s Tomb in Al Ooosh, an annual pilgrimage spot for generations of Iraqi Jews, is 10 miles from territory controlled by ISIS, the...

  • Crowds gather for anti-Islam demonstration outside Phoenix mosque

    May 29, 2015 | 10:08 pm

    More than 200 protesters, some armed, berated Islam and its Prophet Mohammed outside an Arizona mosque on Friday in a provocative protest that was denounced by counter-protesters shouting "Go home, Nazis," weeks after an anti-Muslim event in Texas came under attack by two gunmen.

    ...
  • Witnesses to Iraq’s Farhud

    By Jane Ulman

    May 20, 2015 | 2:42 pm

    Over the first two days of June 1941, countless numbers of Jewish women in Baghdad were raped, more than 2,000 Jews were injured — many of them mutilated — and 900 homes, as well as 586 Jewish-owned businesses, were looted. All told, according to Iraqi-born historian Elie Kedourie,...

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  • Iraq deploys tanks as Islamic State tightens grip on Ramadi

    May 19, 2015 | 11:01 am

    Iraqi security forces on Tuesday deployed tanks and artillery around Ramadi to confront Islamic State fighters who have captured the city in a major defeat for the Baghdad government and its Western backers.

    After Ramadi fell on Sunday, Shi'ite militiamen allied to the Iraqi army...

  • Shi’ite Militias Head to Ramadi

    May 18, 2015 | 9:30 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Shi’ite militias, many of them backed by Iran, are streaming into the provincial capital of Ramadi, to try to help wrest the city back from Islamic State which captured it over the weekend. The loss of Ramadi, just 60 miles from...

  • Accused White House intruder pleads guilty to illegal entry and assault

    March 13, 2015 | 11:53 am

    Iraq War veteran Omar Gonzalez, charged with running into the White House armed with a knife last September, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Friday to charges of illegal entry with a dangerous weapon and assault on a federal officer.

    Gonzalez was accused of having climbed over the White House fence on Sept. 19 and burst through the front door before being stopped in the executive mansion's East Room.

  • Kerry visits Riyadh to soothe fears of stronger Iran under nuclear deal

    March 3, 2015 | 1:15 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to try to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran will be in Saudi interests, despite the kingdom's fears that it may boost Tehran's backing for Shi'ite Muslim groups in the region.

    Convincing Saudi Arabia to...

  • New Defense Secretary hosts U.S. gathering on Islamic State strategy

    February 23, 2015 | 9:00 am

    New U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is gathering top U.S. military commanders and diplomats for talks in Kuwait on Monday about the battle against Islamic State, as America's military effort approaches major hurdles in both Iraq and Syria.

    Carter says he hopes the roughly six...

  • Copenhagen attacks challenge soft Nordic approach to radicals

    February 19, 2015 | 11:28 am

    Known for a soft approach to security that emphasizes helping radical Muslim youths with housing and jobs, Denmark may face pressure after the Copenhagen attacks to prioritize tougher laws and more resources for the police.

    The weekend's deadly shootings at a cafe and synagogue...

  • Chaos is my Heaven: Q-and-A with Itai Anghel

    By Rob Eshman

    February 12, 2015 | 1:18 pm

    Rob Eshman: What year did you first meet Commander Media, the leader of the female militia you film in your documentary.

    Itai Anglel: 2010.  She was already a commander. So when I saw her now, it was very good, you know. It meant for her, you know, that, “Okay, it’s fine. He can...

  • NBC’s Brian Williams suspended 6 months over Iraq claims

    February 10, 2015 | 4:54 pm

    Brian Williams, the anchor of NBC's top-rated "Nightly News" program, has been suspended without pay for six months after admitting last week that a story he told about coming under fire on a helicopter during the Iraq war was not true, the network said on Tuesday.

    As one of...

  • Angelina Jolie aims to recruit academics to fight sexual violence in war

    February 10, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Angelina Jolie said she hoped Britain's first academic center devoted to women, peace and security studies would benefit millions of girls, like an Iraqi teenager she met who had been kept as a sex slave by Islamic State.

    Opening the center at the London School of Economics – the...

  • Israeli scribes restore 200-year-old Iraqi scroll

    January 23, 2015 | 2:02 pm

    Israeli scribes restored a 200-year old Iraqi Torah scroll that arrived in Israel under mysterious circumstances.

    The Associated Press reported Thursday that the scroll, written in northern Iraq by two scribes using pomegranate ink, was delivered, water-damaged, to the Israeli...

  • New Saudi king seeks to reassure on succession and policy

    January 23, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Saudi Arabia's new King Salman pledged continuity in energy and foreign policies on Friday and moved quickly to appoint younger men as his heirs, settling the succession for years to come by naming a deputy crown prince from his dynasty's next generation.

    King Abdullah, who died...

  • From orphans to terrorists: The childhood that became a breeding ground for vengeance

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 16, 2015 | 3:14 pm

    Before he killed two New York City police officers, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley was on a desperate search to find himself.

    He “tried on identities as if they were new clothes,” The New York Times reported. He was mostly a street hustler who dabbled in petty crime and spent...

  • Tough love for Islam

    By David Suissa

    January 13, 2015 | 3:32 pm

    We’re conditioned to respect all religions. But what happens when we’re confronted with a religion that looks more like a political ideology? When I criticize Islam, I don’t criticize its spiritual beauty; I criticize the fact that in too many places around the world, the religion...

  • Foreigners fighting Islamic State in Syria: who and why?

    January 5, 2015 | 10:30 am

    While illegally crossing the Iraqi-Syrian border, Canadian Peter Douglas was adamant that his incursion was for humanitarian reasons – to help the people of Syria.

    Douglas is one of a growing band of foreigners to dodge authorities and join the fight against Islamic State...

  • Lebanon detains wife of Islamic State leader

    December 2, 2014 | 11:09 am

    The Lebanese army detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria nine days ago, security officials said on Tuesday, in a move seen as likely to put pressure on the Islamist chief.

    The woman was identified as Saja al-Dulaimi,...

  • Islamic State kills 36 more members of embattled Iraqi tribe

    November 3, 2014 | 11:01 am

    Islamic State militants have executed 36 more members of an Iraqi tribe that had resisted the Sunni militant group's advances in western Anbar Province for weeks, a member of the tribe said on Monday.

    "They were shot dead in Ramadi," said Hamdan al-Nimrawi of the Albu Nimr tribe,...

  • Congressional candidate Ted Lieu on fight against ISIS

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 29, 2014 | 3:45 pm

    When I sat down with Democratic Congressional candidate Ted Lieu to talk about Iraq, the situation hadn’t improved since I discussed it a month before with Lieu’s opponent, Republican Elan Carr. The militant terrorist group known as ISIS continues to advance, while the Iraqi army...

  • Islamic State fight now costing U.S. $8.3 million per day

    October 27, 2014 | 10:27 am

    The Pentagon said in updated figures on Monday the average daily cost of the fight against Islamic State militants has risen to $8.3 million, or a total of $580 million between Aug. 8 and Oct. 16.

    The new average reflects an increase in the intensity of U.S. operations against the group in Syria and Iraq. The Pentagon said a week ago the average daily cost was $7.6 million, or a total of $424 million since Aug. 8.

    Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Doina Chiacu

  • U.S. reports more air strikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq

    October 24, 2014 | 10:49 am

    U.S. aircraft carried out six strikes against Islamic State militants near the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani on Thursday and Friday, the U.S. military's Central Command said.

    It also said U.S. and allied forces had launched 12 air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, including near Mosul Dam, near the Baiji oil refinery and near Falluja, since Thursday.

    Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Jim Loney

  • ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ says nothing short of US ground troops will halt ISIS

    October 21, 2014 | 3:20 pm

    This post originally appeared on themedialine.org

    Nothing short of the deployment of American ground troops is going to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, according to the Reverend Canon Andrew White.  Blunt and insightful, the 50-year old British national is...

  • Why Israel loses no sleep over Islamic State

    October 21, 2014 | 2:09 pm

    At first sight, it seems that Israel is just as preoccupied with the rise of Islamic State as anyone else. Israeli media report diligently on the extremist group's assault on the Kurdish town of Kobani and run at least a story every few days on its atrocities. Prime Minister...

  • Islamic State seeks to justify enslaving Yazidi women and girls in Iraq

    October 13, 2014 | 10:12 am

    The Islamic State group said it enslaved families from the minority Yazidi sect after overrunning their villages in northwestern Iraq, in what it praised as the revival of an ancient custom of using women and children as spoils of war.

    In an article in its English-language online...

  • White House intruder allegedly had 800 rounds of ammunition in car

    September 23, 2014 | 11:45 am

    A decorated Iraq war veteran who scaled a fence on Friday night and got into the White House had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car and had been arrested in July with a sniper rifle and a map on which the executive mansion was marked, a federal prosecutor said on Monday....

  • U.S. and Arab allies launch first strikes on fighters in Syria

    September 23, 2014 | 10:21 am

    The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of ISIS fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group, opening a new front against militants by joining Syria's three-year-old civil war.

    In a remarkable sign of shifting...

  • Elan Carr hesitant to support sending U.S. troops back to Iraq

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 23, 2014 | 10:20 am

    I happened to interview Elan Carr, a Republican congressional candidate with substantial Middle East experience, on a day that may be remembered as noteworthy in the latest American attempt to defeat terrorism in that tormented region.

    Carr, currently a deputy Los Angeles County...

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