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Sold for $60: Yazidi children describe cruel life as IS slaves

Sold for $60: Yazidi children describe cruel life as IS slaves

Brenda Stoter - 2017-09-08 02:00
Publication: Middle East Eye DUHOK, Kurdistan Region of Iraq – Umm and Abu Ahmed could not have children of their own. So when the middle-aged Sunni couple from Mosul heard the Islamic State (IS) group was selling Yazidi orphans, they decided to take one ...
Sold for $60: Yazidi children describe cruel life as IS slaves - Brenda Stoter

Six Yezidi Women and Children Freed from IS

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
DUHOK — Six Kurdish Yezidi women and children whom were once abducted by the Islamic State (IS), have been freed from the grip of the extremist group, confirmed an official. Among them is a woman, identified as Shirin Dakhil, with three of her children, ...

Catalonia set for clash with Madrid over independence vote

Waar Media - 2017-09-06 14:09
WAAR-DUHOK: Catalonia is expected to pass a law Wednesday laying the groundwork for an independence referendum on October 1 which is fiercely opposed by Madrid, setting a course for Spain’s deepest political crisis in decades. The looming showdown comes ...

Iraqi PM declares Nineveh province fully liberated from Islamic State

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s prime minister on Thursday declared the town of Tal Afar “fully liberated” from the Islamic State group after a nearly two-week operation, the latest blow to the extremist group which ran nearly a third of the country three years ago. Ir ...

Yazidi activist Nadia Murad meets with French FM Jean-Yves Le Drian

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
PARIS,— Yazidi human rights activist, UN Goodwill Ambassador and Islamic State group IS survivor, Nadia Murad, met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris to talk about the future of the Yazidi community in Shingal (Sinjar) as well as me ...

Eid ornamented by children’s smiles

ANHA - 2017-09-02 17:04
ALEPPO – The Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM) in the eastern neighborhoods in Aleppo organized on Friday, the first day of Eid al-Adha al-Mubarak which coincided with The International Peace Day, a celebration for children aiming at amusing them and ...

Search for IS Suicide Bombers in Mosul Woods Underway

BAS News - 2017-09-02 14:13
ERBIL— Iraqi forces on Saturday morning cordoned off the woodland area in Mosul, searching for two female suicide bombers from the Islamic State (IS) organization. The forces have prevented the civilians move into the area, after they received intelligen ...

Guatemala Stumbles in Central America’s Anti-corruption Fight

International Crisis Group - 2017-09-01 20:33
Guatemala’s fight against corruption is in danger after President Morales attempted to expel the head of a uniquely effective UN-backed anti-corruption organisation. In thisA, Crisis Group’s Analyst for Guatemala Arturo Matute says a corrupt elite is wag ...

UN Casualty Figures for Iraq for the Month of August

BAS News - 2017-09-01 12:41
BAGHDAD, (UNAMI) — A total of 125 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 188 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in August 2017, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAM ...

Shi'ite Militias Preparing for Hawija Operation: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-09-01 12:41
ERBIL— The Shi'ite Hashd al-Shaabi forces will participate in the battle to liberate Hawija (60 km southwest of Kirkuk) and have already launched coordination with the Iraqi Army for the imminent offensive, said a spokesperson for the paramilitary forces ...

Hajj Pilgrims from Kurdistan Pray for Independence

BAS News - 2017-09-01 11:07
ERBIL— This year Hajj pilgrims form the Kurdistan Region prayed on Mount Arafat near Mecca for the independence of the Kurdistan from Iraq. A short video going viral on social media networks shows Mullah Masoud Kani Kurdayi, praying with the rest of Kurd ...

First amusement park in al-Tabqa reopened

ANHA - 2017-09-01 09:52
The first amusement park was reopened in the first day of Eid Al-Adha Al-Mubarak for the children smiles to return to their faces after 5 years of suffering from IS mercenaries practices. Moreover, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) liberated the city in May ...

Yazidi boys forced to fight for IS still need psychological help

Brenda Stoter - 2017-08-30 02:00
Published on Al-Monitor on July 27, 2017 DAHUK, Iraqi Kurdistan — Majdal, a 14-year-old Yazidi teenager wearing a T-shirt, jeans and sneakers, looks like an ordinary boy but does not feel like one anymore. His childhood was destroyed when the Islamic Stat ...

Two Civilians Killed by IS in Central Mosul

BAS News - 2017-08-10 17:04
ERBIL— Two civilians were killed and three more sustained wounds by the Islamic State (IS) militants in central Mosul on Thursday, said a Nineveh police officer. The people were crossing the Nasr Bridge on foot when the extremists from the right bank of ...