IS victims' mass graves being exhumed in Iraq

Apr 7, 2015

IS victims' mass graves being exhumed in Iraq

Iraqi forensic teams began on Monday excavating 12 suspected mass grave sites thought to hold the corpses of as many as 1,700 soldiers massacred last summer by Islamic State militants as they swept across northern Iraq. The mass killings last June of Shiite soldiers ...

Apr 7, 2015

Iraqi leader says 'only' 152 homes, shops burned in Tikrit offensive

Iraq’s prime minister said Monday that “only” 152 homes and shops were burned in Tikrit, where pro-government forces have been accused of carrying out abuses after retaking the city. Haider al-Abadi did not specify who burned the structures or when the fires took place, ...

Civilians flee as militants seize most of Damascus camp

Apr 5, 2015

Civilians flee as militants seize most of Damascus camp

Civilians trapped in a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria’s capital fled to safer areas Saturday amid intense shelling and clashes between Palestinian armed factions and Islamic militants who took over most of the camp, Syrian activists said. A Damascus-based Palestinian official, Khaled Abdul-Majid, said ...

Apr 4, 2015

Civilians flee as militants seize most of Damascus camp

Civilians trapped in a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria’s capital fled to safer areas Saturday amid intense shelling and clashes between Palestinian armed factions and the Islamic militants who took over most of the camp, Syrian activists said. A Damascus-based Palestinian official, Khaled Abdul-Majid, ...

Apr 4, 2015

Iraqi prime minister orders arrest of gangs looting in Tikrit

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Sunni politicians said looting raged out of control in Tikrit on Friday, hours after Iraq’s prime minister called on security forces to arrest anyone breaking the law after the city had been wrested back from Islamic State militants. The rampage of theft and burning ...

Iraqi forces reach key city's center in battle against militants

Apr 1, 2015

Iraqi forces reach key city's center in battle against militants

Iraqi forces on Wednesday picked through the rubble-strewn streets of Tikrit after storming to the city center, searching for die-hard jihadi fighters and avoiding the booby traps left behind. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi claimed the city was liberated but the U.S.-led coalition that has ...

Mar 31, 2015

U.S. leads pledges with $507 million at Syria donor conference

The United States pledged $507 million in humanitarian aid at an international donors’ conference for Syria on Tuesday as the United Nations issued an appeal for $8.4 billion in commitments this year — the organization’s largest appeal yet for the war-ravaged country. Earlier, Kuwait, ...

Mar 31, 2015

Spain police arrest family, say children were to join jihad

The Interior Ministry says police have arrested four members of a family, including two minors who were allegedly about to travel to Syria to become jihadi fighters. A ministry statement said a couple and two boys, both aged under 16, were arrested in the ...