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Islamic State threatens ancient sites in Iraq, Syria

BAGHDAD (AP) — For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia — from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans. Their ancient, buried cities, palaces and temples packed with monumental art are scattered across what is now northern Iraq and eastern Syria. Now much of that archaeological wealth is … Continue reading

The Case For an Islamic State No Drive Zone in Syria

By Zach Goldberg As the U.S. continues its limited campaign of surgical strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq, defense officials have concluded that meaningful progress in stemming the group’s surge cannot be achieved without striking at its sanctuaries in Syria. The latter is not only the address of the IS’s capital city, Raqqa; … Continue reading

Yazidi girl tells of escape from ISIS

Reuters | New York When Adeba Shaker arrived at a house in Raabia, Iraq, after being kidnapped by ISIS militants last month, one of her captors received a phone call. A few moments later all five men in the apartment picked up their guns and stormed out. Shaker, a 14-year-old girl from the Yazidi ethnic … Continue reading

Islamic State & ISIS kill 770 Iraqi troops

AP Militants from the Islamic State group carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers captured when the extremists overran a military base north of Baghdad in June, a leading international watchdog said Wednesday.   The incident at Camp Speicher, an air base that previously served as a U.S. military facility, was one … Continue reading

Get Ready for Kurdish Independence

By ZALMAY KHALILZAD In the coming weeks, Iraq’s leaders must make existential decisions. If they cannot form a unity government led by a new prime minister and motivate Sunni moderates and tribes to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Iraq is likely to disintegrate. WASHINGTON ? In the coming weeks, Iraq?s leaders must … Continue reading

Yazidi ‘mass grave’ found in northern Iraq

Kurds of the ethnic minority of Yazidis hold up a banner reading “Stop genocide against Yazidis in Iraq” as they march through the streets of Bielefeld August 9, 2014. (Reuters) Al Arabiya News Sunday, 10 August 2014 Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants killed at least 500 members of Iraq’s Yazidi ethnic minority during … Continue reading

#ISIS Take Hundreds of Women Captive in Iraq

Hundreds of women from the Yazidi religious minority have been taken captive by members of the Islamic State. By Elad Benari, Canada Member of ISIS Reuters Hundreds of women from the Yazidi religious minority have been taken captive by members of the Islamic State, The Associated Press (AP) reported on Friday. Kamil Amin, the spokesman … Continue reading

ISIS takes over Iraq’s biggest dam

The Islamic insurgents warned residents in nearby villages along the border with Syria to leave their homes. (File photo: Reuters) Al Arabiya News Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took over Iraq’s biggest dam unopposed by Kurdish fighters, who also lost three towns and an oilfield on Sunday to the Sunni … Continue reading

Islamic State routs Iraqi armored column in Anbar

By Bill Roggio Fighters from the newly established Islamic State ambushed and destroyed an Iraqi armored column in the western province of Anbar. Islamic State fighters also captured several American-made armored personnel carriers. The ambush highlights the deteriorating state of the Iraqi security forces. The Islamic State’s Anbar Wilayat (division or province) released a series … Continue reading