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ISIL Deliberately Targets Civilians in Iraq, Claims UN

The UN has released a report that claims the continuing war in Iraq has led to huge death tolls and massive levels of internal displacement. 18, 802 non-combatants lost their lives between 1 January 2014 and 31 October 2015, whilst 3.2 million fled their homes. Approximately one third of the refugees are children and as many a 900 youths were ...

America Puts Boots on the Ground Against ISIS

American Defense Secretary, Ash Carter, announced on Tuesday that the United States would be putting boots on the ground in their fight against Daesh (ISIS). A new ‘expeditionary force’, to operate independently of other ground forces in the region, is being deployed in response to calls from congressional leaders and a shifting American strategy. “It puts everybody on notice in ...

Parliament Considers Motion on Syrian Airstrikes

“Hard-headed common sense.” This was the phrase Jeremy Corbyn used today to describe his opposition to a government motion seeking Parliamentary approval for air strikes in Syria. David Cameron, meanwhile, described his plan for a bombing campaign against IS as a moral responsibility and asserted that Britain could not leave it to others to act when its own security was ...

High Hopes as UN Security Council Prepares to Vote on Fight Against ISIS

The bells of optimism are ringing in the halls of the UN as the Security Council (UNSC) members prepare to vote on action against ISIS.

Infamously divided, the UNSC appears to have found a common cause in the mission to “eradicate” the group who claimed responsibility for last week’s attacks in Paris and the downing of a Russian airliner on October 31st. With the alleged execution of a Chinese citizen, ISIS has now killed citizens from all five permanent member states.

French officials submitted a draft resolution to the group on Friday, which calls on all able members to “take all necessary measures, in compliance with international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, on the territory under the control of Isil [ISIS] in Syria and Iraq, to redouble and co-ordinate their efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist acts committed specifically by Isil… and to eradicate the safe haven they have established in Iraq and Syria”.

It could be adopted as early as this weekend, marking a dramatic shi


Iraqi Parliament Backs Government Overhaul

The Iraqi Parliament has recently voted unanimously to completely overhaul the current Government, in an attempt to combat corruption. This change, which has been described as a “radical turn for Iraq’s political system” by Shi’ite parliament member, Nadhum al-Saadi, could prove to bring the fractured communities of Iraq together, rather than pushing them further apart as has been feared. This ...

The fight to protect Iraq’s history

Iraqi librarians and academics are rushing to digitalize century-old books and documents contained in Baghdad National Library, it was reported by the Associated Press yesterday.

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