Iraq

Is an Iraqi militia really using high-tech combat robots?


These little machines aren’t NASA's latest Mars rovers built to scour the red planet, but combat robots deployed by none other than an Iraqi militia group. The Shiite militia Saraya Al Salam is currently taking part in an offensive against the Islamic State organisation in Tikrit. In a video, the group brags that it built these sophisticated war machines entirely by itself. Read more...
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Video shows burning village near Tikrit : "Shiite militias wanted revenge"


A video appears to show Shiite militias burning homes to the ground in a Sunni village on the outskirts of the Iraqi town of Tikrit in what some believe to be a revenge attack. Read more...
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The Iraqi gypsies living on the fringes of society


Iraq's gypsies are one of the country's tiniest minorities. They're also one of its most scorned. Deprived of work and education, the gypsies live like pariahs in ramshackle villages completely cut-off from major cities. Our Observer visited one such village in the region of Diwaniya, 200 kilometres south of the capital Baghdad. Read more...

Video: Shiite militias use same brutal tactics as Islamic State


A disturbing video filmed by soldiers fighting for the Kurdish Peshmerga reveals gruesome tactics used by Shiite militias battling to push Islamic State organisation jihadists out of Iraq. The images show the beheaded corpses of two IS fighters being dragged on the ground by a vehicle. Read more...
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Photo of 'women murdered for refusing sex jihad’ is fake


Iraq’s human rights minister issued a statement Tuesday saying that the bodies of 150 women had been found in two mass graves in Fallujah. He said they belonged to women who were executed by the Islamic State group for refusing to have sex with jihadists. Several Arabic language media outlets quickly relayed his statement, but there was a problem: they used a fake photo to illustrate it. Read more...
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Yazidi women slaves: real plight, fake images


Many Yazidi women captured by the Islamic State (IS) group have been forced into slavery. After months of speculation while photos claiming to show their plight circulated online, the group finally confirmed these rumours in its online magazine Dabiq. However, all the photos of these slave women circulating on social networks are fake. Even though the jihadists boast about enslaving these women, they keep them hidden away. Read more...
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Priests race to save manuscripts from jihadists in Iraq

As fighters from the Islamic State group rampage across northern Syria and Iraq, a group of priests are racing against time to save what's left of the region's Christian heritage. Dominican Order priests have already managed to get many precious artifacts and manuscripts safely to Erbil in Kurdistan. Read more...

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Photo of ‘American soldier fighting with IS group’ is fake

In this low-quality photo, a fighter for the Islamic State group (IS) bears a tattoo that says “United Sates Army”. The photo rapidly went viral; however, it isn’t real. This manipulated image is just one example of many online efforts to try to get people to believe that the United States is behind the rise of the IS group. Read more...

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Syrian, Iraqi migrants squat in Greek police station


Kos, an island located between Greece and Turkey, is a tourist destination famous for its picturesque villages, beaches and Venetian ruins. But if you take a look inside one of its police stations, you’ll find hundreds of migrants. Read more...
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New Iraqi Shiite militia copycats Islamic State atrocities


The Islamic State organisation (IS), a jihadist group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq, is infamous for releasing gory images of the atrocities its fighters commit. But now, a newly-formed Shiite militia fighting IS in Iraq has committed a similar act by recording a video where its combatants pose with severed heads. Read more...
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