U.S. suspects Islamic State used chemical agent against Kurds in Iraq

Aug 14, 2015

U.S. suspects Islamic State used chemical agent against Kurds in Iraq

The United States is investigating whether the Islamic State used chemical weapons, the White House said Thursday, following allegations that the group’s militants deployed chemical weapons against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. Alistair Baskey, a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council, said ...

Islamic State truck bomb targeting Shiites kills 67 at Baghdad market

Aug 14, 2015

Islamic State truck bomb targeting Shiites kills 67 at Baghdad market

In one of the deadliest single attacks in postwar Baghdad, a truck bomb shattered a popular fruit-and-vegetable market in a teeming Shiite neighborhood Thursday, killing 67 people and wounding more than 150 others. Militants from the self-described Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing ...

Top general: U.S. should consider embedding troops in Iraq

Aug 13, 2015

Top general: U.S. should consider embedding troops in Iraq

If Iraqi forces are not making good progress against Islamic State militants in the next several months, the U.S. should consider embedding American troops with the Iraqis, the Army’s retiring top general said Wednesday. Gen. Raymond Odierno, who retires as Army chief of staff ...

Spanish-born war photojournalist wins Mika Yamamoto award

Aug 13, 2015

Spanish-born war photojournalist wins Mika Yamamoto award

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Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, a Spanish-born photojournalist, believes photography has the power to make the world a better, more peaceful place. Since around 2000, Vilanova, 43, has documented the lives of women and children living in conflict zones in such countries as Afghanistan, Iraq and ...

Aug 11, 2015

Iraq parliament approves prime minister's anti-corruption plan

Iraq’s parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s reform program aimed at curbing corruption and reducing government waste that has sparked widespread anger and weeks of protests. Abadi on Sunday proposed a series of measures to combat corruption, streamline the government and ...

Aug 8, 2015

Islamic State executed 2,000 in Nineveh, Iraq says

More than 2,000 Iraqis in the northern province of Nineveh have been executed by Islamic State militants controlling the area, the defense minister said on Friday. Ministry officials could not confirm when or how the deaths had occurred, and Reuters was unable to immediately ...

Baghdad digitizes national library in face of Islamic State threat

Aug 5, 2015

Baghdad digitizes national library in face of Islamic State threat

The dimly lit, dust-caked stacks of the Baghdad National Library hide a treasure of the ages: crinkled, yellowing papers holding the true stories of sultans and kings; imperialists and socialists; occupation and liberation; war and peace. These are the original chronicles of Iraq’s rich ...

Aug 4, 2015

459 civilian deaths laid to U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq, Syria

U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting ...