UN: Islamic State Destruction of Heritage Sites a War Crime


Bonn : The U.N.’s cultural agency said Monday the destruction of antiquities and heritage sites in conflict zones by the Islamic State and other extremist groups could amount to war crimes. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, meeting in Bonn, noted the Islamic State’s destruction of the ancient city of Hatra in Iraq and expressed “deep concern” about the Syrian archaeological

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The Islamic State’s Ramadan Threat


Bottom Line Up Front: • With a penchant for theater and symbolism, the Islamic State has used the month of Ramadan to undertake significant operations or announcements • Last year, Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the creation of the ‘caliphate’, a hugely symbolic pronouncement • In 2013, the precursor to the Islamic State, the Islamic State of Iraq

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Islamic State suicide attacks on Iraq security posts leaves 13 dead

Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi security forces to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), take part in a training session in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad.

Baghdad : Coordinated Islamic State suicide attacks targeting Iraqi government security posts have killed 13 people north of Baghdad, as security forces repelled more suicide attacks by the extremists in Anbar province, authorities said on Saturday. Four suicide bombers driving explosive-laden cars rammed into two security checkpoints and a military headquarters in the Al-Hajaj area within a 15-minute span, killing

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Islamic State militants attack government forces near Iraq’s Baiji refinery


BAGHDAD: Islamic State militants attacked government forces and their Shi’ite militia allies on Saturday, killing 11 near the city of Baiji as part of the battle for control of Iraq’s biggest refinery, army and police sources said. Four suicide bombers in vehicles packed with explosives hit security forces and the local headquarters of the Shi’ite militias in the area of

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Islamic State: One year since IS assault began, Iraq still on the brink

Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitaries ride in military vehicles in Nibai

A year after the Islamic State (IS) group launched a brutally effective offensive, Iraq is struggling to survive as a unified nation, gripped by seemingly endless violence, sectarianism and humanitarian tragedy. IS began the offensive on June 9, 2014, and overran a third of the country, declaring it and areas in neighbouring Syria a “caliphate” and carrying out atrocities from

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