23 October 2017
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UN mission in Iraq says the figure does not include casualties from western Anbar for May, July, August and December.  At least 6,878 civilians were killed in Iraq last year as the Iraqi government struggled to maintain security and dislodge fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group from areas under its control. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, known as UNAMI, said on Tuesday that its numbers "have to be considered…
BARTELLA, Iraq –  There were no big New Year's celebrations for the Iraqi men, women and children who narrowly escaped the fighting in Mosul, only to wait for hours under armed guard while the fighting-age males among them were cleared of links to the Islamic State. The lucky ones would go with their families to one of the wind-swept camps for displaced Iraqis, where they will endure the remainder of northern Iraq's bitterly cold winter in tents and learn to…

Saudi Arabia against sectarian troops in Iraq Thursday, 29 December 2016 19:40

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday at a press conference with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh that Saudi opposes any sectarian forces on the ground in Iraq, and are keen on preserving the Arab identity of Iraq. Jubeir said the Popular Mobilization militias are purely sectarian institutions, stressing that that they are led by Iranian officers. He also added "we are keen to address any across the Iraqi border terrorist operation." Jubeir confirmed that the Jordanian Saudi…
Gunmen have kidnapped an Iraqi female journalist who has campaigned against widespread corruption in the country. Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi was taken from her home in the Saidiya district of the capital, Baghdad, on Monday night by men claiming to be security personnel. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered security forces to "exert the utmost effort" to save her. On Monday, Ms Qaisi wrote an article in which she expressed anger that armed groups could act with impunity. The article, published…
Irbil, Iraq (CNN)Nearly 2,000 Iraqi troops were killed across Iraq in November as they battled to force ISIS extremists from the country, according to newly released UN figures. That's nearly triple the number of military casualties reported in October, when an offensive to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS first began. The toll for November includes Iraqi army, police in combat, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and allied militias. The Iraqi-led coalition forces' advance slowed after Iraqi Security Forces entered Mosul…
UN says nearly 2,000 Iraqi soldiers died in November, a 'staggering' surge in casualties since beginning of offensive Nearly 2,000 soldiers and hundreds of civilians were killed in Iraq in November, the UN said on Thursday, in a "staggering" spike in deaths coinciding with operations to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. The figure increased threefold from October, when tens of thousands of troops launched an assault to retake the Islamic State (IS) group's last major Iraqi bastion of…
Sources say more than 14,000 Iraqis have crossed Syrian border since October, including 8,000 who have reached Hasakah. By: Osama Bin Javaid More than 14,000 Iraqis fleeing the offensive against ISIL in Mosul have crossed the border into Syria since the start of the operation a month ago, sources from a UN affiliated agency told Al Jazeera. According to the sources, as many as 8,000 of the Iraqis crossed into Syria's Hasakah province, and some are now in the al-Hol…
Islamic State fighters targeted Iraqi troops with car bombs and ambushes in Mosul, stalling an army advance in their north Iraq stronghold, but faced attack on a new front on Sunday when U.S.-backed rebels launched a campaign for the Syrian city of Raqqa. The jihadists have lost control of seven eastern districts of Mosul to Iraqi special forces who broke through their lines last Monday. Officials say the militants are now sheltering among civilians in those neighborhoods and targeting soldiers…
At least 24 people have been killed in the latest suicide bombings to strike Iraq. In Samarra, about 70 miles north of Baghdad, at least 11 Shia pilgrims were killed when a bomb blew up an ambulance in the car park of a religious shrine on Sunday. Ali al-Hamdani, spokesman for the Salahuddin province, said the bomber walked into the crowd of people before detonating the vehicle and blowing himself up. Five female students are believed to be among the…
Every effort must be made to protect civilians from the onslaught of war and potential revenge attacks in Mosul, said Amnesty International today as the operation to recapture the city from the armed group calling itself the Islamic State gets under way. Tomorrow, 18 October 2016, Amnesty International will launch a major new report ‘Punished for Daesh’s crimes’: Displaced Iraqis abused by militias and government forces which documents serious human rights violations - including war crimes committed by Iraqi militias…
An Iraqi Shi'ite militia said on Wednesday it had dispatched more than 1,000 fighters to the frontline in neighboring Syria, escalating foreign involvement in the battle for Aleppo, the biggest prize in five years of relentless civil war. New footage emerged of civilians choking in the aftermath of an apparent attack with poison chlorine gas on an opposition-held district as the battle for Syria's biggest city approaches what could be a decisive phase. Aleppo has been divided for years into…

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