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Blair's Iraq reflections show how supercilious much of the EU debate is - The Guardian
The GuardianBlair's Iraq reflections show how supercilious much of the EU debate isThe GuardianDid the post-feudal, sovereign nation state, enshrined in the treaty of Westphalia which ended the bloody thirty years' war in 1648, arise from the imperatives of diplomatic compromise (Catholic and Protestant were the implacable Shia and Sunni of ... 07 Jun 2016 02:34
No Time For Trump, Part One: Iraq, Syria And The Danger Of ISIS - Huffington Post
Huffington PostNo Time For Trump, Part One: Iraq, Syria And The Danger Of ISISHuffington PostIn the wake of our withdrawal from Iraq, its prime minister, the inveterate schemer Nuri al- Maliki, launched a persecution of Sunnis — particularly the leadership class. Over time, his actions empowered Iranian Shia militia — equally despised by the ...Could a millionaire save Iraq's Sunnis? The Asian Ageall 47 news articles » 07 Jun 2016 12:11
Could a millionaire save Iraq’s Sunnis?
Efforts by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to reconcile Iraq’s Sunni and Shias have mostly foundered, despite increased US engagement in Iraq. Shia parties and militias are often more focused on their own internal power struggles than brokering a ... 07 Jun 2016 11:52
Car bomb kills at least 5, wounds 10 in Iraq's Kerbala
The bombing comes as the Shia majority community in Iraq marked the first day of the fasting month of Ramazan. Ramadan started on Monday for the Sunnis. Islamic State, the ultra-hardline Sunni group that controls parts of Iraq and Syria, has claimed most ... 07 Jun 2016 10:24
'300 civilians executed' by Iraqi militias during Fallujah fighting: Activists
More than 300 Sunni civilians from the Iraqi city of Fallujah have been executed by Shia militias, according to local activist sources. Oubaida al-Dulaimi, a media activist from Saqlawiya - a suburb north of Fallujah - told ARA News that the paramilitary ... 07 Jun 2016 09:04
Terror case opens up Kuwait’s Shia-Sunni divisions
While Kuwait’s Sunni majority and Shia minority get on better than in neighbouring Saudi ... Hajiya told the appeals court that the weapons were left over from local resistance to the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The defence has asked the prosecution ... 06 Jun 2016 04:49
IS conflict: Falluja detainees 'tortured by Shia militias' - BBC News
BBC NewsIS conflict: Falluja detainees 'tortured by Shia militias'BBC NewsThe Iraqi government has been urged to investigate allegations that civilians detained during the battle for Falluja have been tortured by Shia militiamen. An Anbar provincial council member told the BBC that hundreds were held as government forces ...and more » 06 Jun 2016 10:45
Iraqi forces secure southern edge of Fallujah
Iraqi forces 'indiscriminately bombing and shelling' Fallujahh Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on June 1 the offensive on Fallujah had been slowed down in order to protect civilians. Sunni politicians have voiced concern that the presence of Shia ... 05 Jun 2016 11:13
Sunni fighters say militias, not army, should liberate Fallujah and Mosul - Middle East Eye
Middle East EyeSunni fighters say militias, not army, should liberate Fallujah and MosulMiddle East EyeBAIJI, Iraq - As Iraqi troops and allies almost completely surrounded Islamic State-held city of Fallujah on Sunday, top Sunni tribal fighters who helped liberate the northern city of Baiji from IS while fighting in a Shia-dominated militia told Middle ... 05 Jun 2016 06:42
IS conflict: Falluja detainees 'tortured by Shia militias'
Shia militias have been accused of committing serious abuses against Sunni civilians while helping the Iraqi government regain territory it lost to so-called Islamic State (IS) in 2014. The militias have denied the accusations, but the government has said ... 05 Jun 2016 05:00
A designated terrorist is leading the effort to defeat ISIS in Iraq - Business Insider
Business InsiderA designated terrorist is leading the effort to defeat ISIS in IraqBusiness InsiderTo Shia militia fighters in Iraq, Jamal Jaafar Ibrahimi is "singular leader, arranging logistics and military plans" for much of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) and the right-hand man of perhaps the most notorious Iranian commander in the Middle ...The Militia Commander Beating Back ISIS in Iraq Makes the US Nervous Wall Street Journalall 10 news articles » 03 Jun 2016 06:50
Battle for Falluja: Not Shias versus Sunnis but Iraqis versus ISIS - CNN
CNNBattle for Falluja: Not Shias versus Sunnis but Iraqis versus ISISCNN(CNN) Editor's note: Hayder al-Khoei is research director at the Centre for Academic Shia Studies and an associate fellow of the Middle East and North Africa program at Chatham House. He is a member of the Atlantic Council Task Force on the Future of Iraq.Iraq's militias could complicate battle for Fallujah New Zealand HeraldIraqi Sunni MPs accuse Shia militias of rights abuses Anadolu AgencyShia militias in Iraq fighting Daesh with guns and songs Al-Bawaba  - Middle East Eye  - Daily Callerall 555 news articles » 03 Jun 2016 06:09
Islamic State retreats in Iraq and Syria as Sunni-Shia divide grows - The Australian
The AustralianIslamic State retreats in Iraq and Syria as Sunni-Shia divide growsThe AustralianLast week, Iraqi troops, with Sunni tribal forces, special operators from Iraq's Counter Terrorism Service and Iranian-backed Shia militias broke into Fallujah's northern districts, seized a satellite town and cleared outlying suburbs. Western aircraft ...Fallujah: Iraq's bastion of Sunni Arab dissent (blog)Battle for Fallujah in Iraq is a Sunni-Shia conflict Blasting NewsModern Mongols: Sunni Arabs Outraged at Iran Role in Iraqi Government Fallujah Campaign Truthdig TIME  - Huffington Postall 2,009 news articles » 03 Jun 2016 02:20
Battle for Falluja is not Shias vs. Sunnis
More importantly, alongside both the Iraqi security forces and Shia paramilitaries, there are thousands of Sunni tribal fighters who are officially part of the state-sponsored Popular Mobilization Forces -- crudely, and again inaccurately, referred to in ... 03 Jun 2016 01:00
Battle for Falluja: Not Shias versus Sunnis but Iraqis versus ISIS
Iraq's ongoing military campaign to liberate the ISIS stronghold of Falluja is being sensationally framed in too much of the media coverage and commentary as a Shia versus Sunni war. Besides being inaccurate, this does a disservice to both the Shia and ... 02 Jun 2016 10:00
Battle for Fallujah in Iraq is a Sunni-Shia conflict
The Iraqi's faced a deeply motivated enemy in the Sunni-dominated ISI and beat a retreat ... The Iraqi army which is a basically a Shia outfit has advisors from Iran. There is another element of the Iraqi army, the elite guard which are backed by ... 01 Jun 2016 02:07
No Kurd Will Die to Restore Iraqi Unity
Our peshmerga are the best fighting force against ISIS in Iraq. But we cannot force Sunni and Shia Arabs to live together in peace. This week marked the start of offensives ultimately aimed at retaking two of ISIS’s last major urban strongholds—Raqqa ... 28 May 2016 08:32
Iraqi Sunni tribe: Shia militia destroys our houses - Kurdistan24
Kurdistan24Iraqi Sunni tribe: Shia militia destroys our housesKurdistan24Sheikh Sair Bayati, the head of Sunni Arab tribes in Khurmatu, complained about the Iraqi Shia militia destroying properties of the Sunni residents in the town of Suleyman Beg after liberating it from the Islamic State (IS). He showed the picture of ... 26 May 2016 03:44
It's Iraq, not Isis, that's on the way out - The Guardian
The GuardianIt's Iraq, not Isis, that's on the way outThe Guardian... atrocities against Iraq's Sunnis. They create the space that allows Isis to flourish, and Iraq cannot survive if power reverts to the patrimonial networks based on sect and tribe that allow unaccountable Shia militias to operate. ..... Shias vs ...ISIS-Claimed Car Bomb Kills at Least 50 in Shiite District of Baghdad NewsweekDozens killed in Baghdad bomb blasts Financial TimesIS conflict: Dozens killed in Baghdad car bombings BBC News U.S. News & World Reportall 623 news articles » 11 May 2016 03:22
French delegation: Iraqi Shia, Sunni live in harmony and brotherhood - Ahlul Bayt News Agency (press release)
Ahlul Bayt News Agency (press release)French delegation: Iraqi Shia, Sunni live in harmony and brotherhoodAhlul Bayt News Agency (press release)... said that “We have come to Iraq to examine the harmony and coherence of the Iraqi citizens from different sects and a great example of that was in the IDP camps where there were Sunni displaced families being taken care by Shia citizens and vice ...and more » 09 May 2016 06:27
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