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Iraq

ISIS militants blow up Prophet Jonas’ tomb in Iraq – video
The shrine of Jonas – revered by Christians and Muslims alike – has been turned “to dust” near Iraq’s Mosul. Footage of the event was posted online, and witnesses said it took ISIS militants just an hour to stuff the mosque with explosives.

25.07.2014 15:39

Islamic State militants turn conquered Syria/Iraq territories into jihadist tourist paradise
Militants with the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) have decided to turn their recent conquests into a tourist business, complete with jihadist honeymoons and themed tours across Syria and Iraq.

24.07.2014 13:20

Rumors of Islamic State ordering female genital mutilation in Mosul fake?
The story of Sunni militants from the Islamic State ordering all girls and women aged 11 to 46 in the Mosul region to undergo female genital mutilation has gone viral after a UN report on the matter. However, new doubt is being cast on the claims.

24.07.2014 12:13

Islamic scholars speak out against expulsion of Iraqi Christians
Dozens of Iraqi Christian families have fled their hometown of Mosul after Islamist hardliners gave them a choice of converting, praying, or dying. This treatment has been denounced by influential Islamic scholars.

23.07.2014 16:00

ISS ‘making millions’ out of stolen oil revenues in Iraq
ISIS militants are using the revenue from seized oil fields to finance their newly-formed Islamic state in northern Iraq. Sources within the regional government say the extremist militants are “making millions” in illegal trade.

23.07.2014 07:33

ISIS militants ransack Catholic monastery in Iraq
Islamic militants have seized a monastery in northern Iraq, kicking out its Christian monks as well as Christian residents of Mosul.

21.07.2014 17:48

Convert, pay or die: Iraqi Christians flee Mosul after Islamic State ultimatum
The Islamic State has issued an ultimatum to the Christians in the town of Mosul in northern Iraq, urging them to convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or face death.

19.07.2014 16:09

ISIS surge: Over 270 killed in Syria, former US base stormed in Iraq's Tikrit
The Islamic State militant group is on the rise in Iraq and Syria after crushing Baghdad’s plans to retake Tikrit. Hundreds of troops have been captured and 270 people were murdered in a Syrian gas field following the jihadists’ biggest attack yet.

19.07.2014 12:53

​Mass executions, torture and child soldiers: UN reports 'terrible' war crimes in Iraq
More than 5,000 Iraqis have died in the violence in the country so far this year, a large proportion of them women and children suffering gruesome deaths at the hands of ISIS extremists and over-zealous security forces, says a detailed new UN report.

18.07.2014 18:50

ISIS seizing chemical materials creates pretext for Iraq power change
The seizure of Saddam-era chemical weapon stockpiles by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) not only will have dangerous implications for the security situation in Iraq, but also enflame an already combustible situation in neighboring Syria.

16.07.2014 09:31

‘Initiative in Iraq is with the Islamic State, not with Washington’
If the Islamic state doesn't have ambitions to go after Jordan or Baghdad, the Pentagon feels the US can live with Iraq as a weak mini-state, Brian Becker from the Answer Coalition told RT.

15.07.2014 11:12

I'm confused, can anyone help me? Part 2
I'm confused. Jen Psaki, US State Department spokesperson, says that the Ukrainian government has 'every right' to use air strikes against its opponents in Ukraine on the grounds that it 'is defending the country'.

15.07.2014 09:53

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