Sep 1, 2016

Seven Arabs convicted of belonging to al-Qaida go to gallows in Iraq

Iraq on Wednesday hanged seven men of various Arab nationalities who were convicted of belonging to the al-Qaida network, officials said. The seven were detained more than four years ago and found guilty of terrorist activities with the organization that later formed the backbone ...

Aug 30, 2016

Iraqi militias recruiting children ahead of Mosul push

An International human rights group says Iraqi militias are recruiting children from camps for civilians displaced by conflict ahead of the long-awaited operation to retake militant-held Mosul. Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, citing testimony from witnesses and relatives, that two tribal militias in the ...

Aug 23, 2016

Iraq used torture to extract confessions from convicts, Amnesty says

Amnesty International on Monday condemned the hanging in Iraq of 36 men convicted of a mass killing of soldiers, saying some of their confessions were extorted under threats and torture. The watchdog called on the Iraqi authorities to establish a moratorium on executions and ...

Aug 18, 2016

Cousin of Brussels attacks brothers now wanted by Belgium

Belgian authorities are hunting a cousin of the El Bakraoui brothers, who blew themselves up in the Brussels airport and metro attacks, a source close to the inquiry said Wednesday. Oussama Atar, who spent years in jail in Iraq before returning to Belgium in ...

'Islam for Dummies': IS recruits have poor grasp of faith

| Aug 16, 2016

'Islam for Dummies': IS recruits have poor grasp of faith

The jihadi employment form asked the new recruits to rate their knowledge of Islam on a scale of one to three. And the Islamic State group applicants, herded into a hangar somewhere at the Syria-Turkey border, turned out to be overwhelmingly deemed ignorant. The ...