The video on his phone shows the boy firing a heavy machine gun mounted on a tripod through a hole in a crumbling building, his slender body shaking from the kickback. “We were kind of nervous, because we are cowards, and it was our first fight and we were still…
Amnesty International emphasized that "extrajudicial executions" of Sunni detainees took place early this month by Iraqi government forces and Shia militias in the Iraqi cities of Tal 'Afar, Mosul and Ba'quba. The organization said in a report released earlier; it got certificates alarming made ​​by survivors of those crimes that…
There are many factors underlying last week’s spectacular collapse of the Iraqi security forces and the quick sweep of Sunni militants through Mosul and other parts of northern Iraq. The militants, led by fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), took advantage of the vacuum created by…
Iraq has become the second Middle East state to employ barrel bombs, a human rights group said. Human Rights Watch has determined that Iraq was deploying barrel bombs in its effort to quell the Sunni revolt in the Anbar province. The New York-based organization said Iraq’s U.S.-equipped military has been…
The Iraqi government should be helping people trapped by the fighting, not keeping them in harm’s way and denying them aid. Anbar residents are caught in a nightmare and the government is only making it worse. Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director, said. (Baghdad) – The Iraqi…
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