Iraq

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Slaves of Isis: the long walk of the Yazidi women

The long read: When Isis rounded up Yazidi women and girls in Iraq to use as slaves, the captives drew on their collective memory of past oppressions and a powerful will to survive The day before Isis came was a holiday in Sinjar district, northern Syria and Turkey have mostly all fled to neighbouring countries or to Europe. In […]

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Thatcher considered SAS-style raid in Kuwait to get food to diplomats

Newly released papers show foreign affairs adviser investigated possibility of special forces bringing supplies to diplomats Margaret Thatcher considered an SAS-style raid to resupply Britains besieged embassy in Iraqi-occupied Kuwait, which was running out of water, food and fuel in the run-up to the Gulf war in September 1990, newly released Downing Street papers reveal. […]

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Hunt for Isis fighters goes on despite declaration of victory in Mosul

Emaciated figures limp out of tunnels and basements in the shattered Iraqi city, including some who were loyal to caliphate Days after Iraqs prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, declared victory over Mosul, emaciated figures were still emerging from tunnels and basements in the shattered city on Wednesday: old men carried on the backs of their sons […]

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Chilcot: Tony Blair was not ‘straight with the nation’ over Iraq war

Iraq inquiry head says he does not believe former PM was clear enough about his decisions in the run-up to war Sir John Chilcot has said he does not believe Tony Blair was straight with the nation about his decisions in the run-up to the Iraq war. The chairman of the public inquiry into the […]

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From Tehran to Beirut: Shia militias aim to firm up Iran’s arc of influence

Iranian plans to secure ground routes across Iraq and Syria and being shored up by proxies driving Isis from the region The town of Baaj is deserted and broken. Its streets are blocked by overturned cars, its shops are shuttered and the iron gates of its ravaged homes groan in a scorching wind. Amid the […]

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Melbourne schoolgirl Zynab Al Harbiya killed as Isis targets Baghdad ice-cream parlour

Twelve-year-old was in the Iraqi capital with family to visit her sick grandfather when a suicide car bomb exploded, killing 17 people A 12-year-old Victorian girl was killed in a car bomb explosion in Baghdad on Tuesday as she lined up at a popular ice-cream parlour to break fast for Ramadan. The girl, a year […]

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Baghdad ice-cream shop targeted in Isis car bomb attack

Thirteen killed and dozens wounded after car bomb explodes outside ice-cream shop in central Baghdad during Ramadan A car bomb has exploded outside an ice-cream shop in central Baghdad, killing 15 people and wounding 24, hospital and police officials said. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, which Iraqi officials said involved […]

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Iran changes course of road to Mediterranean coast to avoid US forces

New land corridor to move 140 miles south to avoid buildup of US forces assembled in north-east Syria to fight Isis Iran has changed the course of a Tehran’s route to the sea Throughout the war with the terror group, and for several years earlier, Iran has been attempting to carve out areas of influence […]

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Tony Blair: Iraq war prosecution attempt goes back to court

Controversy revolves around then prime ministers decision in 2003 to take Britain into the invasion A high court judge is to consider whether a legal ban on prosecuting Tony Blair over the Iraq war can be challenged. A private criminal prosecution against the former Labour prime minister was blocked in 2016 when it was ruled […]

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Iraqi forces push into deadliest areas of Mosul as civilian exodus accelerates

Troops said to be close to government buildings near old city, and aid agencies struggling to accomodate displaced people Nearly three weeks into the last phase of the battle for Mosul, Iraqi forces have started pushing into the most heavily fortified and lethal corners of the crumbling city. This weekend the battles in the city, […]

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