ISIS confiscate belongings as Christians flee Mosul

In less than 48 hours, Christians left the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, after an ultimatum from the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). They fled precipitously, with almost nothing because most of their belongings were confiscated by the jihadists. Read more...


Al Qaeda and ISIS go to war - on Twitter

After a major offensive in northern Iraq, fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS – which recently started calling itself simply ‘the Islamic State’ – are now making gains in eastern Syria. In this country, their main target is not President Bashar Al Assad’s troops, but the Al Nusra Front - which is a branch of al Qaeda. The two jihadist groups are waging a bloody battle, both on the ground and online
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No, ISIS doesn’t issue passports

Over the past few days, a photo said to show one of the first passports issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the jihadist organisation that currently occupies a large swathe of Syria and Iraq, has been making the rounds on social media networks. Read more...

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Are Baghdad’s Sunnis ready to fight ISIS?

With most of northern Iraq in the hands of Sunni jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Iraqi army has called on the Iraqi civilian population to join them and take up arms against the insurgents. And although Shiite Iraqis have reacted positively to the call, the Sunni community's response has been rather mixed. Read more...

ISIS jihadists put out Hollywood-style propaganda film

Aerial shots, slow-motion explosions, scenes filmed through a rifle’s crosshairs… You might think this is footage from a new summer blockbuster, but you would be wrong. It is, in fact, a new propaganda video produced by Sunni jihadists from the armed group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The extremely violent hour-long film was published online just days before ISIS launched a massive offensive in northern Iraq. Read more…

Video: Iraqi man reveals absurdities of Baghdad security checkpoints

Iraq is one of the world’s most dangerous countries. As a result, Iraqi cities are overrun by soldiers and policemen, and there are roadblocks everywhere. One Iraqi man decided to test these security measures, which turn out to be nothing but smoke and mirrors. Read more...


Rebuilding Iraq, one house at a time

Giving families in distress a home and a sense of dignity: that’s the goal of a group of volunteer builders in Iraq. In the space of just one year, the organisation has renovated nearly 50 homes, providing a glimmer of hope for people in a country marred by violence. Read more...

Backlash against ‘immoral’ Iraq trend of kissing politicians’ posters

Although the issue of security was foremost in most people’s minds during the lead-up to Iraq’s legislative elections, held on April 30, some Iraqis were preoccupied with a rather different issue – kissing posters of female candidates. This phenomenon quickly generated backlash. Read more…

Iraq: your next holiday destination?

The word “Iraq” generally evokes images of al Qaeda, terrorism, sectarian strife, and so on. But what if there was another face of Iraq to explore? Our Observer is trying to prove exactly that. He believes that certain areas of the country that used to be tourist hotspots could relive their glory days. Read more…