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ISIS has made significant territorial gains in Iraq, but it’s being pushed back

ISIS’s major breakthrough was a victory in Mosul, a northern Iraqi city and the country’s second most populous, in June 2014. ISIS’s major breakthrough was a victory in Mosul, a northern Iraqi city and the country’s second most populous, in June 2014. Immediately after that, it made rapid advances, as this New York Times map of ISIS’s progress details:

Combine that with ISIS territory in Syria, and it controls a snaking band of territorythat’s about the size of the United

The global oil market was spooked by ISIS’s initial advance, but now the effect is minimal

Iraq is home to the fifth largest oil deposits in the world and currently produces about 4 percent of global oil supply. So far, the ISIS conflict has yet to disrupt the big oil-producing areas in northeast and southeast Iraq. While the initial outbreak of fighting spooked oil markets, the ongoing effect today appears to be fairly minimal. As Brad Plumer points out, the Brent crude oil price — a good metric for global prices — hit the highest levels they had seen since September... [Details]

ISIS holds a huge amount of territory in Syria and Iraq

The crisis in Syria and Iraq has been one of the most important reasons ISIS has grown to be so strong and that’s part of why the US started bombing ISIS positions there. The ongoing civil war in Syria played a key role in ISIS’s revival, allowing it to hold on to territory and to build up weaponry and money. ”The war gave them a lot of access to heavy weaponry,” Michael Knights said. ISIS also “has a funding stream available to them because of local businesses and the oil... [Details]

ISIS wants to establish a caliphate in new moderation time

Since pledging allegiance to Al-Qaeda in 2004, ISIS has wanted to found a hard-line Sunni Islamic state in their Syrian and Iraqi holdings. Since pledging allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2004, the group’s goal has been remarkably consistent: to found a hard-line Sunni Islamic state in their Syrian and Iraqi holdings. As General Ray Odierno puts it: “They want complete failure of the government in Iraq. They want to establish a caliphate in Iraq.” Even after ISIS split with al-Qaeda... [Details]

Iraq supports team investigating ISIS crimes

The Iraqi government has pledged its full support to an international team tasked with investigating the crimes of the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) and to facilitate its work. The investigation should be relatively straightforward, according to Iraqi human rights officials, as there is an abundance of criminal evidence that clearly and unequivocally implicates the group. An international investigative team has been established, pursuant to UN Security Council... [Details]

Iraq on high alert for ISIL fighters fleeing Syria

There are concerns that the fleeing ISIL members could regroup in areas they once controlled in northern and western Iraq. The Iraqi military is on a high alert for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) fighters who attempt to flee across the border as the fight continues in the village of Baghouz, the last ISIL-controlled territory in Syria. There are concerns that the ISIL fighters could try and regroup in areas once controlled by the armed group... [Details]

ISIS still fare Iraqi people

Between June 2014 and December 2017, Islamic State seized large areas of Iraq and led a campaign of widespread violence and systematic violations of international human rights and humanitarian law acts that amounted to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possible genocide. Despite the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the militant group still poses a threat... [Details]

Isis ‘destroys thousands of years of culture almost overnight

Fleeing Isis fighters have destroyed precious ancient ruins in northern Iraq as they retreat towards the city of Mosul in the face of the US-backed coalition effort to drive them from the country. Most of the militants were pushed out of the area around the 3,000 year old Mesopotamian city of Nimrud over the weekend, Iraqi army officials said, but troops remain wary of pockets of resistance, fighters hiding in tunnels and boobytraps - a favourite Isis tactic intended to cause further... [Details]

People still scared from ISIS

In the former Islamic State stronghold of Fallujah, the shadow of extremism lingers in the form of unexploded landmines. Shuhada school sits on what was one of Iraq’s most violent frontlines, in the former Isis stronghold of Fallujah. The children have to walk along a dirt road, the edges of which are lined with red-painted bricks and skull and crossbones signs that warn of the risk beyond the makeshift border – landmines laid by the extremist group. ... [Details]

Mass graves left behind by ISIS terrorist organization

More than778 mass graves before 2003 has recommended By ISIS against Iraqi citizens.  Preparation of buried remains and distributors in the governorates around a thousands. All those victims was in. This mass graves distributed in all Iraq, which are including: Al-Anbar Governorate (927) Babil Governorate (899) Salah al-Din Governorate (893) Qadissiyah Governorate (740) Basra Governorate (276)... [Details]

Four Years on, Evidence of ISIS Crimes Lost to Time

Before Islamic State (also known as ISIS) fighters descended on Sinjar, Iraq in August 2014, the area was home to 360,000 Yezidis. Today, at least 90 percent of the Yezidi population has been displaced, after fleeing an ISIS onslaught that killed between 2,000 and 5,500 Yezidis. Additionally, ISIS fighters abducted an estimated 6,300 Yezidis and even forced their women and girls into a system of organized rape and sexual slavery. Now, Iraqi forces have reclaimed the... [Details]

The widows of isis fighters often have to flee their towns, for fear of retribution. They end up in camps, where many are harassed and raped by armed

Sahar questioned the other suspects first. One, named Haidar, who wore a back brace, said that he had been mistakenly arrested for a car-bomb attack, in 2014, and that in the course of an interrogation, to make the torture stop, he had started naming random people, including Louai. Judge Sahar then called upon Louai, who rose from his chair and gripped the cage to support himself. “I went to sell my car in the market,” he said. “Then Haidar called me, and I was ambushed, arrested.”... [Details]

Probe of ISIS crimes in Iraq to start in early 2019

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution in September last year to bring those responsible for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) war crimes to justice - a cause championed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad and international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. The team, led by British lawyer Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, was deployed to Baghdad in October, but has since focused on administrative and technical details to lay the groundwork for the probe. "The investigative... [Details]

ISIS regrouping in Iraq, Pentagon report says

Assessment describes militant group as a "battle-hardened force" attracting an estimated 50 new foreign fighters every month. Iraqi children in the Nablus neighborhood of Mosul, Iraq, near an Islamic State billboard on March 12, 2017. ISIS is regrouping in Iraq faster than in Syria, according to a new Pentagon report, underscoring the fluid nature of the security threat in the Middle East. The assessment of the efforts by ISIS to reestablish a foothold in the region... [Details]

Iraq: ISIS Bombings Are Crimes Against Humanity

Recent car and suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) targeting crowded markets and hospitals in Baghdad amount to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said today. The Iraqi authorities should improve its implementation of the law to compensate victims of “military mistakes and terrorist actions” as part of its efforts against ISIS. “ISIS has routinely carried out devastating attacks that appear designed to inflict maximum death and suffering... [Details]

Remains of nearly two dozen Daesh commanders found in mass grave in Iraq’s Nineveh

Iraqi security forces have found a mass grave in the country’s northern province of Nineveh, which contains the remains of 23 high-ranking commanders of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group believed to have been executed by fellow militants for disobeying orders to carry out bombings and other acts of violence. Colonel Saleh Sheef, an official from the media bureau of the Nineveh Operations Command, told Arabic-language Basnews news agency that federal police forces had made the discovery... [Details]

Comprehensive documentation against ISIS

The Independent High Commission for Human Rights is preparing to present comprehensive documentation of these crimes to the UN team, which is expected to arrive in Iraq at the beginning of July. The team was formed pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 2379 (2017), to support the Iraqi government's effort to hold ISIS elements accountable for their actions. UNSCR 2379 calls for the establishment of an independent investigative team that will collect, preserve and... [Details]

Iraq rights group documents worst ISIS crimes

Iraq's Independent High Commission for Human Rights last month announced it has documented at least 2,000 of the most serious crimes committed by the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS). This step precedes a visit from a UN team to Iraq, which will work with Iraqi experts to investigate these violations and gather further evidence. The commission has documented more than 2,000 serious violations committed by ISIS elements during the group's three year rule in parts... [Details]

Probe of ISIS crimes in Iraq to start in early 2019

Members of the Yazidi minority in February 2015 searching for clues that might lead them to missing relatives. More than 200 mass graves containing up to 12,000 bodies have been recently discovered in Iraq, providing evidence of war crimes by ISIS. The UN Security Council adopted a resolution in September last year to bring those responsible for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) war crimes to justice - a cause championed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad and international... [Details]

Iraq’s Post-ISIS Campaign of Revenge

The corruption and cruelty of the state’s response to suspected jihadis and their families seem likely to lead to the resurgence of the terror group. Thousands of men and boys have been convicted of isis affiliation, and hundreds have been hanged. But these cases make up only a small fraction of the detainees. Thousands of families have been sent to camps in the desert, cast out from society. A September morning in Baghdad. Traffic halted at checkpoints and roadblocks... [Details]

Iraq begins rebuilding of Mosul's  Al Nuri Mosque

Iraq began rebuilding Mosul’s Al Nuri Mosque on Sunday, laying the cornerstone of a UAE-funded project to restore the national treasure destroyed by ISIS last year. The twelfth century mosque and its famous leaning minaret – nicknamed Al Hadba or “the hunchback”– adorns Iraq’s 10,000 dinar note. It gained international notoriety in 2014 as the location where Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi declared his ISIS “caliphate”. By anointing himself so-called caliph in the... [Details]

ISIS destroyed thousands of Christian homes, ruined 120 religious sites in Mosul

Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq’s Christians no longer see the Nineveh Plains as the safe heaven they once were, according to the governor of Mosul’s former advisor on Christian affairs. ISIS militants captured swathes of Nineveh province in 2014 and obliged its Christian population to convert to Islam, pay a religious tax, or leave Mosul. The majority opted for the third choice, although they didn’t escape ISIS rule unharmed. “ISIS militants destroyed thousands... [Details]

The ISIS Threat to Christians in Iraq

It has been more than a year since the last of Mosul’s 60,000 Christians were entirely displaced, killed or trafficked at the hands of ISIS. Now, the only Christians remaining in the entire Nineveh Plain of Iraq are those held as sex slaves, and nearly all of the region’s ancient churches and monasteries have been destroyed or converted into a mosque, madrassa or prison. In some places the ISIS genocide has been so thorough that the militants have taken chisels to... [Details]

The martyrs of Hashd al-Sha’abi

Sadly the dehumanization of the Iraqis, and to a broader extent the Arab and Muslim world as a whole, has reached a stage in which most people really don’t care. I can quite honestly say that if a car bomb goes off and kills 10, 20 or over 100 Iraqi civilians tomorrow, it will get far less attention than if an A-list celebrity in the West gets a new wacky tattoo or hairdo. The life of Iraqis has become so cheap that it's now worth less than their own piffling dinar... [Details]

ISIS state in Iraq: The Other Half of Victory

The study shows that the economy and infrastructure of Iraq and the other countries involved in "failed state" wars have now been further crippled by years of war. As a result, each conflict has changed the country to the point where it creates a need to establish a new structure of governance and economy that reflects major shifts in the population, the balance of power in each state, and its real-world post-conflict opportunities for development. The cumulative result is to make... [Details]


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