Tag: Iraq

Resolute Obama Marks 5 Years After ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

A female Iraq veteran whose children can use her benefits and whose wife can receive her flag at her funeral.   A man who gave up his dream of joining the military because he was gay, and another who kept his relationship with a man secret so he could serve.   These were among the […]

Yazidi politician in Iraq: What happened to my people was a genocide

ERBIL, KURDISTAN REGION, IRAQ – “In the beginning, the international community and many countries did many things and they sent humanitarian help for the Yazidi people and saved the Yazidis for three or four weeks. But after that it decreased and decreased and finished in four months.”   Speaking from her office in Baghdad, Vian […]

UN urged to label Isis crimes against Yazidi community as ‘genocide’

Killings of minority groups by Isis should be recognised as genocide, a group of more than 60 parliamentarians have said in a letter to the prime minister.   The call for Cameron to use his influence to persuade the UN to action comes after news of the systematic killing of Syrian Christians and Yazidis, which, if […]

Turkey to Continue Withdrawal of Troops From Northern Iraq

Turkey announced on Saturday that it would continue to withdraw its troops from a military base in northern Iraq, saying that there had been miscommunication with Baghdad regarding the deployment of the forces, sent as part of a mission to train Kurdish and Sunni Arab forces in the fight against the Islamic State.   Turkey […]

Isis: Yazidi families pay $20,000 ransoms to free their loved ones from Daesh slavery

Yazidi women and children are being bought back from their Islamic State (Isis) captors in secretive deals involving Muslim middle-men operating across borders in Syria and Iraq, IBTimes UK can reveal.   IS (Daesh) sells the young boys and girls for between $2,000 (£1,340) and $20,000 (£13,400) and until recently the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) […]

Islamic State’s defeat by Iraqi forces just a matter of time, says top navy official

The defeat of Islamic State by Iraqi forces is now “a matter of when, not if” according to Australia’s chief of joint operations, V-Adm David Johnston.   Johnston told journalists the recent advances by Iraqi government troops around Ramadi, east of Baghdad and near Sinjar in the north, and the recapture of parts of Baji, […]

‘Turkey lying on purpose for its troops stay in Iraq’

The Iraqi government on Tuesday renewed its demand for the full withdrawal of Turkish troops from its territory, asserting that Turkey must respect Iraq’s sovereignty.   Although Iraq has made several such requests in the past weeks and has urged NATO to force Turkey to immediately withdraw its troops, Turkey responded that withdrawing their troops […]

Islamic State Issues Fatwa Against Children with Down Syndrome, Murders 38 Disabled Infants

The Islamic State has reportedly issued a fatwa ordering the elimination of children with Down syndrome and other congenital disabilities, reminiscent of Hitler’s infamous “Aktion T4” program, which administered forced “euthanasia” on an estimated 300,000 disabled persons.   According to the Iraqi activist blog Mosul Eye, sharia judges have ruled that ISIS followers are authorized to […]

Majority of American wants U.S. to deploy ground troops to Iraq, Syria

A majority of Americans say the U.S. should send ground troops to Iraq and Syria to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a CNN/ORC survey released Sunday night.   In the poll conducted before the San Bernardino shooting last week, 53 percent said the U.S. should send ground troops to […]

Iraq threatens Turkey with UN action over troop deployment

Iraq has threatened to go to the UN if Turkey does not withdraw soldiers it sent to areas near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul within 48 hours. Baghdad said the deployment was done without consultation and was a violation of national sovereignty. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu defended the move as routine troop rotation […]