Jun 28, 2014

NGO Peace Winds lends hand to refugees in north Iraq

A Japanese nongovernmental organization active in the Kurdistan autonomous region in northern Iraq has fully engaged in support activities to help Iraqis displaced by a militant Muslim insurgency. Members of Peace Winds Japan began supplying water, diapers, towels and other items to refugees at ...

Red Cross nurse juggles aid with safety in Iraq

Jun 28, 2014

Red Cross nurse juggles aid with safety in Iraq

Japan will extend $6 million in humanitarian aid to Iraq to help the country deal with residents displaced by civil unrest, but the funds aren’t expected to help beleaguered medical groups struggling in the country. A Red Cross nurse who has been helping refugees ...

Iraqi Shiites pushing for al-Maliki's removal

Jun 27, 2014

Iraqi Shiites pushing for al-Maliki's removal

Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work next week on putting together a new government, under intense U.S. pressure to rapidly form a united front against an unrelenting Sunni insurgent onslaught. ...

Kurds to pump more oil from new fields

Jun 26, 2014

Kurds to pump more oil from new fields

by David Sheppard

Iraq’s self-ruling Kurds outlined plans on Wednesday to swiftly ramp up oil exports now that their forces have taken control of Iraq’s main northern oil fields, a move that could tear up the settlement holding Iraq together since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Kurdish ...

Jun 25, 2014

Jihadis hone social media skills to win Iraq

Supporters of a powerful jihadi group are waging an online propaganda war in tandem with its battles on the ground in Iraq, where Sunni militants have overrun swaths of the country. For militant groups, the fight over public perception can be even more important ...

Kerry urges Kurds to unite with Baghdad government

Jun 25, 2014

Kerry urges Kurds to unite with Baghdad government

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged leaders of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country. Security forces fought Sunni armed factions for control of the country’s ...