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Iraq’s simmering sectarian and ethnic divisions laid bare by ISIL offensive

A lightning offensive by Sunni militants may have sounded the death knell of a centralised Iraq, say analysts, who suggest the country, at best, may survive as a federal state. In just a week, an insurgency spearheaded by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has laid…

Photos said to show jihadists executing Iraq troops

Militants from jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have executed dozens of captured Iraqi security forces members, according to photos posted online. The authenticity of the photos, which were shared on Twitter and elsewhere……

Iran offers Iraq support against the ‘terrorism’ of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Iran offered neighbouring Iraq support against “terrorism” Wednesday, as Baghdad battled a jihadist offensive that has seized the country’s second city and is moving towards the capital. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that “while condemning the murder of Iraqi citizens… Iran offers its support to the government and people…

Half a million people flee as ISIS militants seize the Iraqi cities of Tikrit and Mosul

Militants seized the Iraqi city of Tikrit Wednesday but their assault on Samarra was repulsed as a lightning jihadist offensive launched in second city Mosul swept closer to Baghdad. Since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant began their spectacular assault in Mosul late Monday, militants have captured a…

ISIS: The group too extreme for al-Qaida that is taking over Iraq

The Islamic State of Iraq in Syria (Isis) is so hardline that it was disavowed by al-Qaida’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Led by an Iraqi called Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Isis was originally an al-Qaida group in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI). As the Syrian civil war intensified, its involvement…

Syrian rebels kill Al-Qaeda affiliate chief: NGO

AFP – A local leader of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was killed in clashes with other rebels in the Syrian province of Idlib on Sunday, a monitoring group said. Abu Abdullah al-Libi, a local chief of the group, was killed along with 12 other fighters…

Al-Qaeda claims bombings in Iraq, warns of more

By Sylvia Westall BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for a series of bombings in Iraq which killed dozens of people during a Muslim holiday and warned the government to stop arresting suspected militants or face more violence. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), formed earlier…

Iraqi Christians mark anniversary of massacre

BAGHDAD — Hundreds of Iraqi Christians filled Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad amid tight security on Monday to mark the first anniversary of a massacre of worshippers and priests by militants. The church’s interior is still pock-marked by bullet holes, even a year after the attacks claimed by…

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