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Sajid Javid condemned for ‘criminalising’ fighters against Isis

Families of those killed say the home secretary must distinguish between jihadists and others fighting with Kurdish forcesMore than 40 international volunteers – a third of them British – who fought in Syria against the Islamic State terror group have written to the home secretary, Sajid Javid, to condemn his plans to prosecute UK citizens who remain in the country.Four British families whose sons or daughters were killed fighting Isis have also signed the letter, raising concerns that Javid is ...
Tags: UK news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Turkey, Islamic State, Sajid Javid, Politics, Iraq


Refugee jailed for smuggling injured niece into UK reunited with family

Home Office releases Najat Ibrahim Ismail, an Iraqi Kurd who faced deportation three timesA man who brought his baby niece to the UK from a French refugee camp after she sustained serious burns has been released from detention and reunited with his family.Najat Ibrahim Ismail, 32, an Iraqi Kurd, faced three attempts by the Home Office to put him on a plane to Iraq in recent weeks. He is married to a British woman, Emma Ismail, and has three young British children, including a 10-year-old son who...
Tags: Europe, France, Iraq, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Kurds


U.S. charges Julian Assange under Espionage Act

The U.S. Department of Justice today indicted Wikileaks' Julian Assange under the Espionage Act, the first time a publisher has been charged for revealing classified information. Kevin Poulsen and Betsy Woodruff: The indictment announced Thursday in Washington, D.C. charges Assange with 16 counts of variously receiving or disclosing material leaked by then-Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, which WikiLeaks published as the Iraq and Afghanistan “War Logs” following Manning’s arrest. Assan...
Tags: Post, London, News, Sweden, Washington, Iraq, Journalism, Afghanistan, Britain, Army, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Chelsea Manning, Assange, U S Department of Justice, Manning


READ: WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act

A federal grand jury has indicted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act. The superseding indictment released Thursday expands upon an earlier indictment of Assange for allegedly conspiring to hack U.S. government computers. The new charges relate to WikiLeaks’ publishing of material obtained by Chelsea Manning, who gave the Assange reams of internal military and State Department documents. After spending years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Assange...
Tags: News, Obama, Washington Post, Iraq, Afghanistan, United States, State Department, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Justice Department, Chelsea Manning, Assange, Manning, London Assange, Trump Administration, Trump Investigations


Iraq Archbishop Makes Urgent Appeal to UK Foreign Secretary

Archbishop Bashar Warda (center) meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (left). ( ACN)An Iraqi church leader has met UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and called on the British Government to provide urgent help to prevent persecuted minority faith groups from dying out in their ancient homelands.
Tags: UK, News, Iraq, Jeremy Hunt, ACN, Bashar Warda


Raqqa is in ruins like a modern Dresden. This is not 'precision bombing'

Thousands of Syrians are dead and their city devastated. How dare the US, UK and French militaries speak of ‘surgical strikes’?From Kosovo to Iraq and Syria, the US and its military allies have for years told a tale of “precision bombing” and “surgical strikes”. It was a lie then and it’s a lie now. When huge numbers of bombs and missiles are unleashed on densely populated cities like Mosul or Raqqa, civilians are killed in their hundreds – possibly thousands. But still, the myth of precision an...
Tags: Islamic State, Iraq, US, UK News, World news, US news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, US military, Amnesty International, Kosovo, Dresden, Raqqa, Mosul, US UK


Iraq's Christians 'close to extinction'

UK Christian leaders are accused of failing to speak out as an ancient community faces annihilation.
Tags: UK, News, Iraq


How Iraq is Hunting for Ancient Relics Looted From Its Museums

A statue of Shalmaneser, an Assyrian ruler, stolen in 2003 and returned from the US to Iraq. ( MEE/Tom Westcott)Islamic State fighters damaged and looted some of Iraq's most important historic sites when they seized swathes of the country in 2014.
Tags: News, Iraq, US, Tom Westcott


Is John Bolton trying to drive Trump to war with Iran? – podcast

Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, was a key architect of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Now he is stoking tensions with Iran. Julian Borger describes how the standoff could get out of control. Also today: Katharine Viner on how the Guardian is updating its language when reporting on the climate crisisJohn Bolton, who has been called “the most dangerous man in the world”, was not Donald Trump’s first pick for his national security adviser. But after a series of resignations...
Tags: Climate Change, Iraq, Environment, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, US military, Fox News, Bolton, Donald Trump, Trump, George Monbiot, Katharine Viner


UN envoy: Islamic State revival in Iraq must be prevented

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Iraq is calling for “wide-based international support” to prevent Islamic State extremists from regaining a foothold in the country. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert also told the Security Council on Tuesday that if the issue of thousands of returning Islamic State fighters and their families from Syria to Iraq isn’t […]
Tags: News, Islamic State, Iraq, Syria, Nation, Un, Security Council, UNITED NATIONS AP, Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert


Iraq caught in the middle of US-Iran face-off

Scarred by two decades of conflict, Iraq finds itself caught in the middle of a US-Iranian tug-of-war, fearing it could pay the price of any confrontation between its two main allies. Analysts say third parties may seek to exploit the latest spike in tensions between Tehran and Washington to spark a showdown that serves their own interests. Iraq "pays a disproportionate tax on Iranian-American tensions and (has) an unenviable front-line position in any future conflict between the two," said Fa...
Tags: News, Washington, Iraq, US, Tehran, US Iran, Fanar Haddad


Iran 'threat' has diminished, says US defense secretary

Patrick Shanahan credits US show of forceRemarks appear to be a sign tension is easing This handout picture released by the US navy shows an F/A-18E Super Hornet landing on the flight deck of the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Gulf. Photograph: MC3 Jeff Sherman/AFP/Getty Images The acting US defence secretary has claimed that the alleged threat from Iran has receded as the result of an American show of force in the Middle East. “We’ve put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans,” P...
Tags: UK, News, Congress, Senate, White House, Iraq, US, Qatar, Iran, House, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Norway, Bolton, Yemen, Donald Trump


DOD: Iranian Threats ‘Put on Hold’ Thanks to U.S.

The Department of Defense said Tuesday that potential threats from Iran have been "put on hold" thanks to precautionary measures taken by the U.S.“We have put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans,” Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said at the Pentagon.The U.S. deployed four B-52 bombers, Patriot air-defense missiles, and the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier-strike group to the Persian Gulf earlier this month amid fears that Iran was transporting short-range ballistic missiles in the...
Tags: News, Iraq, Defense, Department Of Defense, Iran, Pentagon, State Department, Baghdad, Persian Gulf, U S Embassy, Shanahan, Pat Shanahan


Iran’s Rouhani Seeks More Powers to Confront U.S. ‘Economic War’

During Iran’s eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s, a supreme council was set up and “held all powers, and even the parliament and the judiciary did not intervene,” Rouhani told a gathering of clerics on Tuesday. The conflict, initiated by Iraq and referred to by Iran as the “imposed war,” killed a million people on both sides. Today Iran “is in a state of economic war” and “we need the same type of power,” he said, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency, referring to U.S. san...
Tags: News, Iraq, Iran, Rouhani, Supreme Council, Islamic Republic News Agency


Iraqi PM says he wants to end tensions between Iran and US

BAGHDAD (AP) — State-run Iraqi media is quoting Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi as saying that Baghdad will send delegations to the U.S. and Iran to help end tensions between the two countries. Abdul-Mahdi, whose country has close ties to both Iran and the U.S., said Tuesday that Iranian and U.S. officials have informed Iraq that […]
Tags: News, Iraq, US, Iran, Ap, Nation, Baghdad, Adel Abdul Mahdi, Abdul Mahdi


Iran ‘quadruples production’ of enriched uranium amid rising tensions with Trump

Iran has quadrupled its production of low-grade uranium enrichment amid increased tensions with the United States, nuclear officials have said.Iranian officials stressed the uranium would only be enriched to the 3.67 per cent limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal, making it suitable for civilian nuclear power generation but well below the 90 per cent purity required to make atomic bombs.However, by increasing production Iran will soon exceed the stockpile limit of 300kg.“This is part of Iran’s push...
Tags: Europe, News, Washington, China, Iraq, Russia, US, Iran, Bbc, Cnn, United States, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Hassan Rouhani, James Clapper, Tehran


Trump Officials To Brief Members Of Congress On Iran Threat

Noel King talks to ex-CIA Director David Petraeus, a retired Army general who commanded U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, about whether he is concerned over the possibility of a conflict with Iran.
Tags: News, Iraq, Afghanistan, Army, Cia, David Petraeus, Trump, Noel King, Congress On Iran Threat


We Need A Strong, Focused And Reformed National Rifle Association

Following up his bomb on the NRA BoD, Lt. Col. West updates us and fills in the gaps. As a Battalion Commander in the 4th Infantry Division, 2d Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, I told my soldiers, before we deployed to Iraq, that the most expendable person in the unit was me. No single individual is more important than the unit they are called upon to serve. America needs the National Rifle Association in these troublesome times. But our Constitutional Republic needs the NRA focused on its core ...
Tags: Congress, California, Senate, Massachusetts, Iraq, America, Barack Obama, Cnn, Military, Hillary Clinton, United States, Ronald Reagan, House, Bill Clinton, Mitt Romney, Gun Control


The U.S. Is Outplaying Iran in a Regional Chess Match

In the first two weeks of May, U.S.–Iran tensions appeared to be careening toward war. In an escalating series of warnings, the U.S. asserted that an attack by Iran would be met with unrelenting force. Iran eventually responded with its usual bluster about being prepared for a full confrontation with Washington. But on the ground the Middle East looks more like a chessboard, with Iran and its allies and proxies facing off against American allies. This state of affairs was brought into sharp reli...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Israel, America, Iran, Syria, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Parliament, Tehran, Yemen, Lebanon, Defense Department


Donald Trump: 'If Iran wants to fight, that will be the end of Iran'

The US is "afraid" of war with Iran, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard said as tensions between Tehran and Washington intensified over the weekend. Major General Hossein Salami told the Iranian state news agency, IRNA, that the country does not want war. "The difference between us and them is that they are afraid of war and don't have the will for it," he said. His remarks came against a backdrop of increased volatility in the region, with the US sending an aircraft carrier strike g...
Tags: Twitter, News, Obama, Abc, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, US, ExxonMobil, Iran, United States, Defence, Tehran, Donald Trump, Baghdad, Gulf


Corbyn and Blair – a tale of two treacheries? | Letters

Readers take sides on Gary Younge’s argument that people who stuck with Labour over the Iraq war should not now abandon it over BrexitI agree with the point Gary Younge is making (Don’t give up on Labour now. It’s been much worse than this, 17 May). For those lifelong Labour voters who have stuck with the party through thick and thin, Brexit is perhaps an unexpected tipping point.I am not a lifelong voter, and in fact I left the Labour party when Tony Blair became leader. This was initially more...
Tags: Politics, Iraq, European Union, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Labour, Tony Blair, European elections, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, European parliamentary elections 2019


Bomb attack on Shiite militiamen kills 7 in eastern Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi Shiite paramilitary group says a roadside bomb has hit a bus carrying its fighters in eastern Iraq, killing seven people and wounding 26. The Popular Mobilization Forces said in a statement that the bomb hit the bus in the eastern town of Balad Ruz, while traveling from the southern province […]
Tags: News, Iraq, Nation, Baghdad, Balad Ruz, Popular Mobilization Forces


Trump may pardon US soldiers accused or convicted of war crimes – report

New York Times says pardons could come around Memorial DayNavy Seal and Green Beret accused of killing unarmed civiliansDonald Trump has asked for files to be prepared on pardoning several US military members accused of or convicted of war crimes, including one slated to stand trial on charges of shooting unarmed civilians while in Iraq, the New York Times reported. Related: Trump pardons former US soldier convicted of killing Iraqi prisoner Continue reading...
Tags: Law, Iraq, US, World news, US news, US politics, New York Times, US military, War Crimes, US crime, Donald Trump, Trump, Green Beret, Trump Administration, civiliansDonald Trump


Trump may pardon military men accused or convicted of war crimes: New York Times

U.S. President Donald Trump has asked for files to be prepared on pardoning several U.S. military members accused of or convicted of war crimes, including one slated to stand trial on charges of shooting unarmed civilians while in Iraq, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Trump requested the immediate preparation of paperwork needed, indicating he is considering pardons for the men around Memorial Day on May 27, the report said, citing two unnamed U.S. officials. Assembling pardon files n...
Tags: News, Iraq, New York Times, Donald Trump, Trump, The Justice Department


Don’t Fight Iran

How a war in the Middle East would wreck Trump’s grand strategy.
Tags: News, Obama, China, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Middle East, Bolton, Barack, Trump, Mike, John R, Frum, David J, Pompeo, Donald J


ExxonMobil employees evacuating oil field in southern Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Employees of energy giant ExxonMobil have begun evacuating from an oil field in the southern Iraqi province of Basra but work at the field is still ongoing, Iraqi officials said Saturday. The evacuation comes amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran. The U.S. has already ordered all nonessential diplomatic staff […]
Tags: News, Iraq, ExxonMobil, Iran, Nation, United States, Baghdad, Basra


Once again, Iraq caught up in tensions between US and Iran

BAGHDAD (AP) — When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with Iraqi officials in Baghdad last week as tensions mounted between America and Iran, he delivered a nuanced message: If you're not going to stand with us, stand aside.
Tags: News, Iraq, US, America, Iran, Ap, Baghdad, State, Mike Pompeo


ExxonMobil Employees Begin Evacuating an Iraqi Oil Field Amid U.S.-Iran Tensions

The evacuation comes amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran
Tags: News, Iraq, Uncategorized, ExxonMobil, Exxon Mobil, United States, Onetime


Old grudges, new weapons… is the US on the brink of war with Iran?

While American hawks talk up an ‘imminent’ threat from Tehran with no hard evidence, echoing the start of the Iraq conflict, hardliners are in the ascendant in IranFor better or worse, America remains the world’s leading military superpower. In Washington last week, a familiar row erupted over how best that power should be used. Past targets have included Soviet Russia, al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Today the international bogeyman topping the White House’s to-do list is Ir...
Tags: Washington, White House, Iraq, Russia, US, America, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Afghanistan, Middle East and North Africa, Hassan Rouhani, Christian, Cia, Tehran


US issues warning to airlines flying over Gulf

The advisory, which also covers airspace over the Gulf of Oman, comes amid rising tensions between the US and Iran. Washington has deployed an aircraft carrier group and B-52 bombers to the region against what it claims is an imminent threat from Tehran. President Donald Trump's administration has also ordered non-essential diplomatic staff out of Iraq, citing threats from Iranian-backed Iraqi armed groups.
Tags: News, Iraq, US, Tehran, Donald Trump, Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Iran Washington



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