Iraqi Christians fear extinction in wake of Islamic State onslaught

Mar 28, 2016

Iraqi Christians fear extinction in wake of Islamic State onslaught

Iraqi Christians gathered in Baghdad over the weekend to mark Easter, but celebrations were tempered by fears the Islamic State group would eradicate their shrinking community, even as the army launched a U.S.-backed offensive to retake Mosul, their ancestral homeland. In mid-2014, Christians in ...

Mar 11, 2016

IS chemical sites attacked following info extracted from top operative Dawud

The U.S.-led coalition has carried out the first airstrikes on Islamic State chemical weapons sites, the Pentagon said Thursday, acting on information from a senior operative described as the extremists’ top chemical expert. The successful “multiple” bombings came as a result of detailed intelligence ...

Iraqi forces evacuate 10,000 civilians in advance against Islamic State

Mar 11, 2016

Iraqi forces evacuate 10,000 civilians in advance against Islamic State

Iraqi forces retook a town from the Islamic State group in Anbar province Thursday and evacuated 10,000 civilians as they advanced up the Euphrates valley, a security spokesman said. “Counterterrorism forces and army troops liberated the Zankura area in a swift military operation,” Sabah ...

Mar 10, 2016

U.S. warns Mosul dam collapse would be catastrophic

The United States and Iraq on Wednesday hosted a meeting of senior diplomats and U.N. officials to discuss the possible collapse of the Mosul hydroelectric dam, which U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said would create a catastrophe of “epic proportions.” Mosul dam has sustained structural ...