Tag: Iraq

US to help ICC genocide probe in Syria, Iraq

The White House on Thursday said it was ready to support an investigation by the International Criminal Court into alleged genocide carried out by ISIS in Syria and Iraq.   “The United States will cooperate with independent efforts to investigate genocide,” said spokesman Josh Earnest, adding that the administration is willing to support the ICC in gathering […]

Citing Atrocities, John Kerry Calls ISIS Actions Genocide

Secretary of State John Kerry declared on Thursday that the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians, Yazidis and Shiite Muslims who have fallen under its control in Syria and Iraq.   The militants, who have also targeted Kurds and other Sunni Muslims, have tried to slaughter whole communities, enslaved captive women and girls for […]

Pentagon OKs $683 Million Smart Bomb Deal for Turkey

As the Turkish government escalates tensions across the Middle East, the Pentagon has authorized a multimillion dollar deal to sell smart bombs to Ankara.   Last December, the Turkish government deployed a battalion of 25 tanks and roughly 1560 troops into northern Iraq. Acting without Baghdad’s permission, the move was roundly condemned as a breach of sovereignty. Ankara has also […]

House Panel Passes Resolution Declaring ISIS Targeting of Christians, Other Minorities ‘Genocide’

(CNSNews.com) – The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a bipartisan resolution Wednesday declaring that atrocities perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) “against Christians, Yezidis, and other religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.”   The passage by unanimous consent of the resolution […]

Report: Russia Killed More Civilians in Syria in January Than Either Assad Regime or ISIS

As Russia again dismisses accusations that its air force is bombing hospitals in Syria, a new report by an independent human rights group said Russia’s supposed anti-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria air campaign was responsible for more civilian deaths last month than either the Assad regime or ISIS.   Of 1,382 civilians killed during […]

Russia boosts ties with Iraq in challenge to U.S. influence

Russia is ready to sell civil airliners to Iraq and keep providing it with military aid to fight Islamic State, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday, accompanied on a trip to Baghdad by the biggest Russian delegation in years.   The mission by nearly 100 government and business officials was part of a […]

War for ISIS’s Mosul may trigger dam catastrophe

The risk of Iraq’s largest dam collapsing and unleashing a huge wave onto Mosul is affecting plans to retake the city from jihadists, an adviser to the prime minister’s office said.   The Iraqi army is deploying thousands of soldiers to a northern base in preparation for operations to recapture the northern city, the largest urban center in the Islamic State (ISIS) […]

Iraqi columnist: ISIS terror is based on Islam

After the 9/11 terror attacks by Muslims that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, President George W. Bush pointedly noted that the enemy was not Islam, which he called a “religion of peace,” but terror.   And one of Barack Obama’s mantras during his presidency is that the terrorists are not representative […]

Iraqi Kurdistan president: time has come to redraw Middle East boundaries

The president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish north has called on global leaders to acknowledge that the Sykes-Picot pact that led to the boundaries of the modern Middle East has failed, and urged them to broker a new deal paving the way for a Kurdish state.   Massoud Barzani, who has led the troubled country’s Kurds […]

Isis: UN recognises Daesh crimes in Iraq as ‘possible genocide’

The United Nations has released a report on the human rights situation in Iraq, stating that Islamic State (Isis) may have committed genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in its attacks against ethnic and religious groups in the country.   The report was published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for […]