Slaves of Isis: the long walk of the Yazidi women

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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

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

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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

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

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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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