Tensions in Qayyarah threaten social cohesion 

The victims of the Islamic State rule in Qayyarah poured into streets today for the third time recently and demanded the expulsion of the relatives and families of Isis militants, creating fear for the social cohesion in the area in the south of Nineveh province. Around 500 youths organised a demonstration today in Qayyarah which […]

Islamic State blows up al-Nuri Mosque where it declared ‘Caliphate’

Islamic State militants blew up the Grand Nuri mosque and Hadba minaret in Mosul, the iraqi army said in a statement. The media Team of the Iraqi Army stated on Wednesday night that once the Iraqi security forces reached within 50 meters of al-Nuri mosque and Hadba minaret, the Isis militants blew up both historic […]

Rise in Islamic State attacks in Tuz Khormato

Islamic State militants launched their their third attack in a week on peshmerga forces in west of Toz Khomrato battling the them for three hours. Several sources told Kirkuknow that to make up for its defeat in Mosul , Isis has increased its activity in Hamrin Mountain range located in between Salahaddin and Kirkuk province, […]

Kurdish and French journalists killed in Mosul

A Kurdish and a French journalist died on Monday covering the battle in west Mosul when an IED exploded as the Iraqi security forces advanced on Islamic State positions in the Old city. The Iraqi Journalists Rights Defense Association said in a statement that Bakhtiyar Haddad who worked with Le Figaro newspaper was killed on […]

400 families have returned to Bashiqa in east Mosul

Mohanad Sinjari At least 400 families have returned to the town of Bashiqa in east Mosul after the peshmerga forces wrestled the control of this multi cultural town from the militants of the Islamic State last November. Many others say they are willing to go back as soon as the government can provide services such […]

Yazidis in Sinjar in the shadow of political rivalries

Mohanad Sinjari The conditions of living for those Yazidis who have returned to the northern part of Sinjar mountain is difficult and unstable. The reason is the tension that exist between various forces that are operating in the area. The entire population of the Sinjar were forced to flee in the summer of 2014 when […]

Peshmerga repel Islamic State attack in Duz Khormato

Peshmerga forces and Popular Mobolisation Units repel two coordinated attacks by Islamic State militants in south of Kirkuk. The attack started at 11pm last night when peshmerga positions near Zarga, west of Duz Khormato, came under attack and the fighting lasted for a few hours. An official peshmerga source said the peshmerga from 5th Brigade […]

Displaced civilians from Mosul hit by food poisoning

Karwan Salehi The bead of Khazer camp says around 800 internally displaced people mainly women and children from Mosul were hit by food poisoning on Monday evening. Rzgar Obeid says the IDPs started vomiting and suffered from diarrhoea half an hour after they ate their dinner in the camp which was provided by a Qatari […]

The success story of a displaced girl from Hawijah

Karwan Salehi Despite being internally displaced from Hawijah to a camp in Kirkuk fleeing Islamic State persecution, Wrud, 13, did not stop trying to educate herself and in fact managed to reach the top of her class. Wrud did not go to school when the family lived in Hawijah under Isis rule for almost two […]

Fasting is different in Khanaqin

Fasting is different in the city of Khanaqin where three different religious groups, Shia, Sunni and Kakaei, observe Ramadan in different ways but this has not stopped them from living together in peace. The Sunni community started fasting on May 27 while the Shia community started fasting the following day as ordered by their religious […]

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