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Iraq: Two years after liberation, the inhabitants of Mosul disillusioned and its historic heart remains a field of almost desert ruins

In Iraq, Mosul celebrates the second anniversary of the liberation after three years of occupation by the Islamic State group. Indeed it was July 10, 2017 that the jihadists were officially driven out of Mosul, the Iraqi capital of the self-proclaimed caliphate. Two years after liberation, the old city, almost completely destroyed by the fighting and bombing of the international coalition, still looks like a battlefield; Still its historic heart remains a field of almost desert ruins, abandoned by the

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Iraq: more than 144,500 people displaced because of the Battle of Mosul (IOM)

Almost three months after the start of military operations against Daesh (ISIS) terrorist group in Mosul, more than 144,500 Iraqis have been displaced and in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). On Wednesday, an IOM team visited the town of Gogjiali, where Iraqis fleeing Mosul arrived. Families who have been separated by the occupation of the city by the EL are often there for the first time, noted the UN agency in a press

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Iraq: 34 dead in anti-Shia bombing, claimed by Daesh

At least 34 people were killed Saturday in a suicide attack claimed by the terrorist group Daesh (IS) in a Shiite district of Baghdad, the deadliest attack in the Iraqi capital for three months. The explosion hit the big Shiite neighborhood of al-Shaab in northern Baghdad, while also injuring at least 36 people, medics and security services. In a statement released by his propaganda agency QAMA, Sunni radical group claimed responsibility. According to the UN about a million people could

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Iraq: At least 13 dead in attacks claimed by Daesh (IS) in Baghdad

Two bomb blasts outside a shopping center killed at least 13 people Friday in the Iraqi capital. The terrorist group Daesh (IS) claimed responsibility. At least 13 people were killed and over 30 others wounded, according to a latest report of medical and security sources. The stores were probably stayed open late at night for this weekend before the Eid al-Adha, the great Muslim festival of sacrifice, but there were no casualties inside the mall, said the spokesman of the

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Iraq: Death toll from dawn blasts in Iraq capital jumps to 83

The death toll from two bombings in a Shia neighborhood in Baghdad at dawn Sunday jumps to 83, Iraqi security and health officials say. They said 78 people were killed and at least 200 others wounded when a car bomb went off at a busy commercial street in Baghdad’s Shia neighborhood of Karrada. Footage posted on social media showed a large blaze in the main street of Karrada. The second explosion occurred at an outdoor market in the Shaab neighborhood

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Iraq: Shiite anti attack near a Baghdad market

At least sixty people were killed Wednesday in a suicide car bomb. Nearly 80 people were injured, according to a latest report. The attack claimed in a statement by the terrorist group Daesh (EI), took place near a Baghdad market. The explosion targeted the Shiite district of Sadr City in northern Baghdad. In recent weeks other similar attacks were claimed by Daesh who control much of Iraq.

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Iraq : Three bomb explosions kill 14 in around Baghdad

At least 14 people, including several Shia pilgrims, have been killed and dozens more injured in three bomb explosions in and around the Iraqi capital of Baghdad Iraqi officials said on Monday that the largest bomb attack killed 11 and wounded 30 others in the Saydiya district of southern Baghdad. The blast took place when an explosives-rigged vehicle went off. Several of the casualties were pilgrims passing through the area on their way to Baghdad’s northern neighborhood of Kadhimiyah to

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Iraq: Three suicide attacks targeting security forces, 10 dead and dozens injured

Ten people were killed and over 40 others injured in three suicide bombings that targeted Monday Iraqi security forces across the country, according to officials of the security and health services.   “Four people died and 22 were wounded in another suicide attack (…) against the forces of al-Chaabi Hached,” said a police officer. AFP  

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Iraq: Bomb attack hits south of Baghdad, 30 dead

At least 30 people have been killed in a bomb attack targeting a local football game in a village south of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. According to police and medics, the attack took place around 7:00 p.m. on Friday in the village of al-Asriya when an assailant blew his explosives in the crowd while the winners were being handed the trophy. Over 65 people were also wounded in the explosion with medical sources warning that the number of fatalities

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Iraq: protest against widespread corruption

Tens of thousands of Iraqis held demonstrations in major cities Friday to protest against widespread corruption and call for reforms. Around 200,000 people gathered around the Green Zone in the center of the capital, Baghdad. Most of the demonstrators were followers of Muqtada al-Sadr, an influential Shia cleric who has organized similar protests over the past weeks. Sadr, who appeared among the demonstrators in Baghdad, said in a speech that the Iraqis will not tolerate corrupt elements inside the government,