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Fake Travel Agencies Cheat Iraqi Immigrants with Thousands of Dollars

Fake Travel Agencies Cheat Iraqi Immigrants with Thousands of Dollars

Source: ijrda Baghdad/ Mohammed al-Jbouri   Six years elapsed , Mazin is still travelling between Iraq and Syria in search for the broker took from him 30.000 dollars to assist him travel to Europe, when his family (mother and three brothers) fled Iraq from the sectorial war of 2006. Mazin’s mother had her fears of the...
Year in Review: Iraq is Still There in Body, But Not in Spirit!

Year in Review: Iraq is Still There in Body, But Not in Spirit!

niqash |Baghdad  The past year in Iraq is not easy to review. The assorted crises, both in security and politics, are well known around the world and for many Iraqis it’s been one long nightmare. NIQASH went to gather ordinary Iraqis’ opinions on the year gone by and ended up speaking to one local whose...
Coping With Success Against ISIS

Coping With Success Against ISIS

James F. Jeffrey – The Washington Institute Although Washington should have no illusions about resolving the region’s wider problems, it can build on early successes against ISIS by making the commitments needed to fully defeat the group in Iraq and Syria, including a modest, enduring U.S. military presence. The battle against the “Islamic State”/ISIS has...
Iraq: Dire Winter Conditions Expose Shocking Gaps in Humanitarian Assistance for Thousands Displaced

Iraq: Dire Winter Conditions Expose Shocking Gaps in Humanitarian Assistance for Thousands Displaced

Source: Amnesty A lack of coordination and major gaps in humanitarian assistance is causing untold hardship for many of the 900,000 people displaced by the conflict in Iraq who are sheltering in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), said Amnesty International. Delegates from the organization who have just returned from a visit to the KRI...
A Brutal "Torture Report," but No Accountability!

A Brutal “Torture Report,” but No Accountability!

Source: Truthout The long-awaited “torture report” released today by the Senate Intelligence Committee on the CIA’s top secret, post-9/11 torture program is certainly brutal, and the Obama administration does not deny that. The administration is, however, refusing to hold anyone publicly accountable. Yes, it’s brutal. Some detainees were placed in “ice water baths” and at...
STOP TORTURE: Accountability: YES – Impunity: NO!

STOP TORTURE: Accountability: YES – Impunity: NO!

Source: brussellstribunal This petition will be delivered to:  US Government – International Criminal Court – President of the UN General Assembly – President of the Human Rights Council – European Court of Justice  You can sign the petition here Petition initiated by two former UN Assistant Secretaries-General, UN Humanitarian Coordinators for Iraq: Hans von Sponeck and...
A New Northern Frontline Where Iraq’s Kurds and Shiites are Facing Off!

A New Northern Frontline Where Iraq’s Kurds and Shiites are Facing Off!

niqash | Sulaymaniyah  In Iraq’s northern disputed territories, minor skirmishes, rumours of looting, arson and speculation about political power plays have locals frightened of a new front line near Iraqi Kurdistan. It has nothing to do with extremists, rather it’s about the Iraqi Kurdish military and the increasingly troublesome and lawless Shiite Muslim militias.  ...
'Ghost' Soldiers, Funding Issues, Lack of Morale, Unity Shatter Iraqi Army!

‘Ghost’ Soldiers, Funding Issues, Lack of Morale, Unity Shatter Iraqi Army!

According to the recently revealed results of a governmental investigation, practically every fifth soldier of the Iraqi armed forces existed only on paper.  Sputnik – Alexander Mosesov  As the Iraqi Armed Forces have suffered crushing defeats to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in 2014, the jihadists have not only captured half of Iraq’s territory, but also revealed the poor...
Abdul-Mahdi: Now Real Work Begins for Baghdad, Erbil!

Abdul-Mahdi: Now Real Work Begins for Baghdad, Erbil!

Cengiz Çandar – Al-monitor Adel Abdul-Mahdi, Iraq’s former vice president and current oil minister in Haider al-Abadi’s government, spotted me aboard a flight from Beirut to Istanbul. He was in a rush, on his way back to Baghdad after the Nov. 27 OPEC meeting in Vienna. I met up with him Dec. 1 around midnight at his hotel...
Who Represents Iraqi Sunnis?

Who Represents Iraqi Sunnis?

Mushreq Abbas – al-monitor Who represents Iraq’s Sunnis? Iraqis have not answered this incredibly sensitive question. The danger of being unable to clearly answer this question is directly related to the war on the Islamic State (IS), as well as the efforts of the Iraqi government, US troops and the international community to support the fighters tasked...
Rethinking Sadr: From Firebrand to Iraqi Statesman?

Rethinking Sadr: From Firebrand to Iraqi Statesman?

By: RENAD MANSOUR, MICHAEL DAVID CLARK Source: carnegieendowment Muqtada al-Sadr, once labeled “the most dangerous man in Iraq,” now offers a potential solution to Iraq’s troubles. The scion of an influential religious family who rose by inheriting his father’s movement and building a militia after the United States toppled former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in 2003,...
Iraq’s Media Cold War: Why Arabs Don’t Understand Kurds, and Vice Versa!

Iraq’s Media Cold War: Why Arabs Don’t Understand Kurds, and Vice Versa!

niqash | Mokrayan Kawa | Erbil Although it has quite possibly never been more important, the potential for conflict and misunderstanding between Iraq’s Arab population and its Kurdish one remains high. Part of the reason for this is the lack of Arabic-language media in Iraqi Kurdistan and the lack of desire on the part of...