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Baghdad/Middle East Online, By Salam Faraj and Ammar Karim – The Islamic State group has carried out a fresh wave of mass killings, officials said Sunday, executing more than 200 members of an Iraqi tribe which took up arms against the jihadists. Women and children were said to be among the scores of members of the Albu Nimr tribe executed over the past 10 days in western Iraq's Anbar province. Reports of the killings came with Iraq on edge as…

Iraq blast targeting Shiites kills at least 13 Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:18

AFP - A car bomb blast targeting Shiites in Baghdad ahead of the major Ashura religious commemorations killed at least 13 people on Sunday, security and medical officials said. The blast struck near a tent from which they were distributing tea and water in the Al-Ilam area in southwest Baghdad, also wounding at least 29 people, the sources said. Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims will flock to the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala for Ashura, which marks the death…

Kurdish forces battle ISIL in northern Iraq Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:12

Al Jazeera - Al Jazeera has captured exclusive footage of Kurdish Peshmerga forces battling ISIL fighters in northern Iraq. They are defending the town of Rabia, which is close to the Syrian border. Rabia is strategically important because it is the main route for ISIL between Syria and the city of Mosul, which is controlled by ISIL. Charles Stratford reports from Iraq. Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2014/11/kurdish-forces-battle-isil-northern-iraq-201411264755518723.html

ISIL 'kills scores' in Iraqi province Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:04

AFP - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has killed at least 200 people from the Albu Nimr tribe, which had taken up arms against the fighters, police officers cited by news agencies said. Women and children were said to be among those executed over the past 10 days in western Iraq's Anbar province which has been largely overrun by ISIL. Accounts varied as to the number and timings of the executions in Anbar, but all sources…
Baghdad, 1 November 2014 – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of at least 1,273 people were killed and another 2,010 were injured in acts of terrorism and violence in October*.    The number of civilians killed was 856 (including 139 civilian police), while the number of civilians injured was 1,490 (including 172 civilian police.  A further 417 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed and 520 were injured (including Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting…
The members of the Security Council condemned the kidnappings and murders of scores of Sunni tribesmen in Anbar province, perpetrated by the terrorist organization operating under the name “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL), whose bodies were discovered in mass graves.  Many of these tribesmen had been combating terrorism, together with the Government of Iraq. This crime, like the Camp Speicher massacre in Tikrit, once again demonstrated ISIL’s brutality, clearly showing that terrorist groups in Iraq target all…
Iraqi government says it is close to breaking group's siege of country's biggest oil refinery Baghdad, Reuters—Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants executed at least 220 Iraqis in retaliation against a tribe’s opposition to their takeover of territory west of Baghdad, security sources and witnesses said.Two mass graves were discovered on Thursday containing some of the 300 members of the Sunni Muslim Albu Nimr tribe that ISIS had seized this week. The captives, men aged between 18 and…

Iraqi Christian refugees trapped in limbo Sunday, 02 November 2014 17:22

Amman, Jordan, Al Jazeera - Amnar knew to run when the church bells sounded in the middle of the night. Shelling rang throughout the city as fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters raged on. The Peshmerga assured residents the situation was under control, there was no need to leave.   "Around 11pm, the Peshmerga fell back and didn't tell us anything," Amnar, a Christian from Iraq's northern city of Qaraqosh, told Al Jazeera. "We…

Syrian Kurds face uncertain future in Iraq Saturday, 01 November 2014 12:17

Al Jazeera - Syrian Kurds are continuing to stream into Kurdish areas of northern Iraq, as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continues its offensive across much of Syria. Hundreds of Syrian Kurds fled the besieged Syrian town of Kobane finding refuge near Erbil, in an act that appears to be bringing the two embattled Kurdish communities closer. But with fighting showing no sign of abating, many face an uncertain future in the 'tent cities'. Al Jazeera's Charles…
Baghdad (AIN) - The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Monday highlighted the demanding humanitarian situation in Iraq as winter approaches.Having returned from a joint mission of OCHA and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) into Iraq last week, Rashid Khalikov, director of OCHA's Geneva Office, told journalists that Iraq was facing "an immense humanitarian emergency."He said 5.2 million Iraqis across the country were in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, and 1.8 million people had…
* Fate of vast Anbar province at stake * Tribes want guns but handing them out is difficult * Washington hopes new leader can rebuild alliance of 2006-07 "surge" * Dismantling Shi'ite militias a make-or-break issue By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, (Reuters) - When Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi took office, he was regarded as a moderate Shi'ite leader who could win over powerful Sunni tribal chiefs to the fight against Islamic State. Three months later, Sunnis who once helped U.S.…

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