A Tale of Two Presidents’ Failures to Stop Terrorists. “Proceeding almost chronologically, the documentary details the transformation of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi from thug into jihadi leader, determined to erect an Islamic caliphate. “From the mistake-ridden [continue reading].
Having fled Islamic State and crossed the border, a lost generation skips school for a life of back-breaking hardship. Khaled, a 12-year-old boy, said his parents were too poor to send him to school. Instead he toils in the fields for two five-hour shifts when the work is [continue reading].
Iraq was a goddamn mess. The Iran-Iraq war destroyed the economy, killed boatloads of people and left people impoverished. The first Gulf War resulted in mass destruction and worse oppression (and more poverty). The 1990’s and its sanctions regime was devastating, with a [continue reading].
HBO describes Michael Ware’s film as “an illuminating window into the origins of a modern terrorist organization,” which is an apt characterization. Yet while watching it is no picnic due to the graphic nature of what’s on screen, “Only the Dead See the End of [continue reading].
In a bustling office in the suburbs of the Kurdish city of Dohuk, eleven-year-old Raed quietly begins to recount his ordeal at the hands of ISIL. It does not take long for his eyes to well up. Raed is one of the few children who have escaped from ISIS camps. Thankfully he was [continue reading].
The latest report on Iraq’s refugee crisis from International Organisation for Migrants (IOM) identified five-hundred and sixty-nine thousand, seven-hundred and twenty-two (569,722) families forced to flee their homes from January 1st 2014 to the 31st of March 2016; [continue reading].
Today, ISIS controls over a third of Iraq. The Kurdish and their underdog army defend their home against the world’s most feared and ruthless threat. Journalist Neil Shea travels to the heart of Kurdistan to meet the men and women fighting the DAESH. Part One: Inside The [continue reading].
It was Mother’s Day when DAESH took over his city of Al-Raqqah. DAESH is an acronym for the Arabic phrase “al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham” (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). Also known as ISIS or ISIL. The television series ‘Today’ [continue reading].
“Whenever a war wages, our women end up as the victims,” said Capt Khatoon Khider, a member of the Sun Ladies, A significant number of women and children in the large Iraqi refugee community in Syria are forced into sexual exploitation by criminal gangs or, in [continue reading].
Several hundred Yazidi And Kurdish women and girls who had been kidnapped by ISIS in Northern Iraq and Kurdistan – sold to the Islamic extremist fighters and used as domestic and sex slaves – have joined an all-female battalion to launch a massive assault against [continue reading].
Once again Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shows the world how to lead – as peacekeepers and humanitarians – when he made the official statement that Canada would be recalling six jets that have been bombing targets in both Iraq and Syria; putting an end [continue reading].
The lightning advances the (self-proclaimed) Islamic State made across Syria and Iraq in June (2014) shocked the world. But it’s not just the group’s military victories that have garnered attention — it’s also the pace with which its members have begun to [continue reading].