Iraq

Residents flee Iraqi city of Fallujah in anticipation of bloody battles

 
For more than a week, clashes have been taking place between the regular Iraqi army and Sunni fighters – some of whom have links to Al Qaeda – on the outskirts of Fallujah, in central Iraq. Residents have chosen to flee the city for fear of being caught in the middle of the vicious fighting. Read more...
 
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Bloodshed in western Iraq following anti-terrorist operation

 
The dismantling of a camp suspected of being an al Qaeda hideout to the west of Baghdad has led to a series of religious clashes, as well as a political crisis. In this region, where the population is majority Sunni, this intervention was perceived as discriminatory against this community and, according to our Observer, actually helped further the terrorists’ agenda. Read more...
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Al Qaeda’s staggered bombings designed for maximum casualties

 
Since early 2013, Iraq has seen an increasing number of indiscriminate attacks against civilian targets. Their operational strategy is almost always the same: serial attacks, in order to kill civilians in a first wave of blasts, and then to kill a second time — sometimes even a third time — when emergency services arrive. Read more...

Iraqi police pit football field in bid to stop terrorist attacks

 
While travelling through downtown Baqubah, a city to the northwest of Baghdad, our Observer photographed this peculiar football field. At first, you might think the field is under construction — but you would be wrong. These holes and piles of dirt are in fact the latest in Iraqi anti-terrorism measures. Read more…
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A vision of hell: The aftermath of a bombing in Iraq

 
At 6:30 am on Monday morning, Moutah Slemane, a resident of Al Amarah in southern Iraq, witnessed a bomb explosion — just one of the many fatal attacks that took place in the country in April. Stunned but safe, he picked himself up and started filming the chaos unfolding around him. Read more...
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Prisoners clubbed with batons at Abu Ghraib prison

 
Baghdad Central Prison, previously known as Abu Ghraib, continues to be rocked by prisoner abuse scandals. An amateur video showing inmates being beaten up has been leaked onto the Internet. These prisoners have been described as Sunnis. This has fed sentiments by Sunnis that they are being discriminated against in a country largely ruled by Shiites, and which continues to be shaken by civil unrest. Read more...
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An insider's account of the Shiite pilgrimage to Karbala

 
Shia Muslims from around the world have poured into the holy city of Karbala in Iraq for the annual pilgrimage Arbaeen. It’s not only often a lengthy journey, it’s also a dangerous one. Read more...
 
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Iraqi "emo kids" harassed and killed by Islamic extremists

 
In Iraq, sporting an emo look can get you into serious trouble. For the past few weeks, teenagers who dress in emo fashion have been targeted by Islamic extremists, who claim they are effeminate Satan-worshippers. Dozens of them have already been brutally killed. Read more…
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Not everyone is celebrating bin Laden’s death

 
News of Osama bin Laden’s death sent thousands of Americans celebrating in the streets of New York and Washington D.C, but in parts of the Middle-East, the mood is not as joyful. In Pakistan, some even refuse to accept that he is dead. Read more…
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