Iraq

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…
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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...

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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...
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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…
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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…
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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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