ISIS attacks Christian villages east and north of Mosul

By Ali Latif Azzaman, July 25, 2014 Militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have mounted several attacks on a string of Christian villages in the vicinity of the city of Mosul, which they invaded last month. Mosul is almost empty of its Christians following a decree by ISIS that they(…)

One million fleeing Iraqis seek refuge in Kurdish north

By Fareed Hassan Azzaman, July 23, 2014 More than one million Iraqis have sought refuge in the semi-independent Kurdish region since militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) occupied three major Iraqi provinces as well as large swaths of territory in two others. Most of those fleeing the rule of ISIS,(…)

Red Crescent says 600 Christian families flee Mosul following threats by ISIS

By Sabah al-Khalidi Azzaman, July 22, 2014 More than 600 Christian families have fled the northern city of Mosul following threats by militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Iraqi Red Crescent said in a statement. The statement, faxed to the newspaper, said the families were stripped of all their belongings(…)

Iraq’s output and refining capacity unaffected by violence, oil minister says

Azzaman, July 21, 2014 Iraq’s oil output has accelerated this month despite ongoing violence, Oil Minister Abdulkareem al-Luaibi said. The minister dismissed reports that the violence, which has shut down the country’s oil facilities in the north, was impacting the country’s export and refining capacity. Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant(…)

Iraq mulling cutting oil supplies to Jordan over Amman opposition meeting

By Rand al-Hashemi Azzaman, July 20, 2014 Iraqi authorities are furious over an opposition conference held in the Jordanian capital Amman last week and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki may order the Oil Ministry to stop supplying the Hashemite Kingdom with crude oil. Iraq has ordered its ambassador in Amman to return home for “consultation.” The(…)

Kurds restricting movement of Iraqi troops fighting ISIS

Azzaman, July 17, 2014 Kurdish peshmerga troops are denying Iraqi armed forces free access to chase militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in areas under their control, a senior Iraqi leader said. Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who heads the powerful State of the Law Coalition, said restrictions on the movement of Iraqi troops(…)

Iraqi Shiites facing “genocide” in ISIS-controlled areas

By Abbas al-Baghdadi Azzaman, July 16, 2014 New sectarian lines are being drawn as militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) consolidate their control of large swaths of territory in north and west Iraq. ISIS has occupied the Provinces of Nineveh, Salahuddeen, Anbar and its forces control large areas in the(…)

A country to let!

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, July 15, 2014 Iraq is being advertised like a property to let. Syrian and Iranian warplanes are bombing targets inside the country. The bombing is no longer a secret and has been aired on television channels and written about it in the media. The government in Baghdad has declared since its(…)

Kurds building moat around areas added to their territory

By Fareed Hassan Azzaman, July 14, 2014 The Kurds are building a new moat around the so-called disputed areas, which their militias have occupied following the withdrawal of Iraqi troops, a senior Kurdish official said. The official, Jabbar Yawer, said the moat will start from the Syrian borders and specifically from the border town of(…)

ISIS and government crack down on former Iraqi army officers

Azzaman, July 12, 2014 The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and the Iraqi government are fierce enemies, but there is one issue which they see eye-to-eye. Both have launched a campaign to crack down on former Iraqi army officers, who were sacked without pay and pension when U.S. troops invaded the country in(…)

Iraq faces drinking water shortages due to drop in river levels

By Dalya Ahmad Azzaman, July 10, 2014 Major Iraqi cities are facing water shortages as rivers Tigris and Euphrates shrink away from their banks, according to the parliamentary commission on water and agriculture. Water and agriculture commission in the Iraqi parliament has said that water levels in the two rivers have receded dangerously in the(…)

ISIS smuggling 100 tanker trucks of oil per day from two Iraqi fields

By Mazen Abdulmajeed Azzaman, July 9, 2014 Militants from the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and the Levant smuggle 100 tanker trucks from two oil fields they occupied a week ago in northern Iraq, said a government official. Shallal Abdoul, the administrative officer of the town of Tauz, said the militants were selling each tanker(…)

Iraqi currency weathers onslaught by ISIS militants

Azzaman, July 7, 2014 The Iraqi dinar has steadfastly resisted the onslaught by militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), preserving its value against the U.S. dollar despite high demand for the greenback, according to Iraqi Central Bank Governor Abdulbasit Turki. “The strength of the dinar and the reserves that support(…)

Iraqis have questions about issues which look simple but are highly complicated

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, July 5, 2014 Ordinary Iraqis raise simple questions for which they find no answers. For instance, many wonder why the U.S. has not bombed the Syrian Province of Raqqa which, over the past two years, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has turned into an operational, logistics and(…)

ISIS cashing in on sales of Iraqi crude

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, July 4, 2014 The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is smuggling Iraqi crude and in large quantities, enabling it to earn enough income to run its combat operations in in the country, a parliamentary commission has found. Iraqi parliament’s Oil and Energy Commission said ISIS was operating a(…)

Living standards collapse in Mosul as city reels under ISIS militants

By Samer Saeed Azzaman, July 3, 2014 More than half the people of Mosul have seen their living standards slashed drastically since the city fell to militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) more than three weeks ago. Mosul is Iraq’s second largest city with a population of nearly two million(…)

Iran suspends travel of pilgrims to Iraq

Azzaman, July 2, 2014 Iraq’s holy shrines in Najaf and Karbala, which attracted hundreds of thousands of tourists every month, are almost deserted. Pilgrims from Iran, which numbered in thousands every day, have stopped coming since Sunni militants belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) overrun the city of Mosul more(…)

Islamic militants flee as Iraqi army units enter Tikrit

By Mazen Abdulhameed Azzaman, June 30, 2014 Militants from the Jihadist group known as ISIS are fleeing Tikrit, the provincial capital they overrun almost two weeks ago, according a high-ranking provincial official. Salahudeen Kareem, who chairs the council of the Province of Salahudeen of which Tikrit is the capital, said the militants were abandoning their(…)

Uneasiness grows over Kurdish leader’s remarks on oil-rich Kirkuk

Azzaman, June 28, 2014 As battles rage against militants from the Islamic State in Iraq, the fate of the oil-rich city Kirkuk is still high on the agenda of various Iraqi factions. Kurdish pershmerga forces are currently in full control of the city and remarks by Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani that his troops are there(…)

Iraqi deputies wary of Kurdish ‘expansion’

By Adel Kadhem Azzaman, June 27, 2014 So far the Kurds have emerged as the only winners from the crushing defeat of Iraqi armed forces at the hands of militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Three weeks into its lightening attack that saw its Jihadists in control of territory stretching(…)