Category: Iraq

Islamists pressure youth to perform jihad against Kurds

The Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS), an Al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group, has ordered all families in the Syrian city of Tell Abayad in the Raqqa governorate to either send a son to carry out jihad or pay a fine, Asharq Al-Awsat has learned. Sources speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat said that ISIS intended any volunteers […]

Saudi Arabia sponsoring violence in Iraq
– Ex-US envoy to Baghdad

Former US Ambassador to Baghdad Christopher Hill says Saudi Arabia is sponsoring violence in Iraq and represents the biggest challenge to the Iraqi government. In secret US cables dating back to 2009, talking about Iraq’s relationship with its neighbors, Hill said, “Saudi Arabia constitutes the biggest challenge and the problem is more complex in relation […]

Iraq: Car bombings hit Ramadan celebrations

A wave of car bombings targeting those celebrating the end of Ramadan has killed at least 69 people in Iraq. Nine separate explosions hit markets and busy shopping streets in the capital Baghdad. One of the bombings was near an outdoor market in the southeastern suburbs of the capital shortly before sunset, killing seven people […]

Al-Qaeda’s Iraqi jailbreak may have Syrian consequences

The escape of dozens of high-level al-Qaeda members from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq last Sunday may have far-reaching consequences in next-door Syria, say analysts. Responsibility for the attack on the infamous prison, which left 10 policemen dead, was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaeda affiliate in the country. In April the […]

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