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More Travel Restrictions: Extremists Hold Civilians 'Hostage' in Mosul

More Travel Restrictions: Extremists Hold Civilians ‘Hostage’ in Mosul

niqash | Mosul  The Islamic State group recently re-issued rules about who could and could not leave the city they control, Mosul. Fearing that they will be used as human shields by the extremists, many people have tried to leave, using fake medical certificates and the services of people smugglers. However the new rules are...
Flurry of IS Attacks Divert Iraqi Army's Attention

Flurry of IS Attacks Divert Iraqi Army’s Attention

Al-Monitor – Mushreq Abbas Contradiction prevails in official announcements regarding the course of the battles against the Islamic State (IS) and the group’s movements on the ground. When Iraqis were expecting a Mosul liberation battle, IS rushed to send additional fighters to Anbar, Salahuddin and Kirkuk in a bid to open new fronts, with the aim...
Iraq ... A Country in the Throes of Transformation and State Building

Iraq … A Country in the Throes of Transformation and State Building

Oday Hatem Nearly 12 years after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, which was supposed to bring about a transition to democracy in Iraq, all the facts on the ground today indicate that the country is moving to become a theocratic state, totally dominated by the clergy. Iraq is becoming a unique case that resembles...
Iraq: Militias Escalate Abuses, Possibly War Crimes

Iraq: Militias Escalate Abuses, Possibly War Crimes

Human Rights Watch – New York Killings, Kidnappings, Forced Evictions Abuses by militias allied with Iraqi security forces in Sunni areas have escalated in recent months. Residents have been forced from their homes, kidnapped, and in some cases summarily executed. At least 3,000 people have fled their homes in the Muqdadiyya area of Diyala province...
Iraq Financial Crisis Prompts Emergency Action

Iraq Financial Crisis Prompts Emergency Action

By: BEN VEN HEUVELEN / Iraq Oil Report Iraq is pursuing a series of emergency measures to finance its 2015 budget, following years of poor governance and unchecked spending that led to a financial crisis now made worse by low oil prices and high military spending demands. The government is planning to indirectly borrow from the country’s...
Join Iraqi activists at the World Social Forum! (Tunis, 24-28 March 2015)

Join Iraqi activists at the World Social Forum! (Tunis, 24-28 March 2015)

In 2015, four years after the Arab spring, the World Social Forum (WSF) will gather again in Tunis, from March 24 to 28. This international meeting of social movements, unions and NGOs that share an alternative vision for the world, based on social and environmental justice, has definitely moved its axes from Latin American, where...
Stuck Between Extremist Rocks and Militias’ Hard Place, Iraqis on Frontlines' All Spies and Traitors'

Stuck Between Extremist Rocks and Militias’ Hard Place, Iraqis on Frontlines’ All Spies and Traitors’

niqash | Mustafa Habib | Baghdad  There are daily battles between pro-government forces in Iraq and the extremist Islamic State group. Trapped in the middle are locals who didn’t leave their homes for one reason or another. Besides the dangers of nearby fighting and food and fuel shortages, the locals say that both sides believe...
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...