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Saudi king labels Israeli offensive in Gaza a war crime

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah criticised on Friday international inaction over Israel’s offensive in Gaza, which he described as involving mass slaughter and “war crimes against humanity”, in a speech read out on his behalf on state television. King Abdullah named no groups but was apparently referring to violence in neighbouring countries, including Iraq and Syria, where the Islamic State has captured swathes of territory, killing scores of people and forcing Christians to flee. Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam, sees itself as a leader of the Sunni Muslim world and a main player in the Middle East. Israel launched its offensive in Hamas Islamist-dominated Gaza on July 8, unleashing air and naval bombardments in response to a surge of cross-border rocket attacks.

Posted on 1 August 2014 | 1:13 pm

Iraqi foreign minister blames Maliki for insurgency

A woman, who fled from violence in Mosul, walks with child inside Khazer refugee camp on outskirts of Kurdish city of ArbilBy Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his security officials are to blame for the rise of Sunni insurgents who have seized parts of Iraq, the country's Kurdish foreign minister said. Hoshiyar Zebari's comments are likely to further strain ties between Maliki's Shi'ite-led government and the Kurds, complicating efforts to form a power-sharing government that can counter Islamic State militants. In July, the Kurdish political bloc ended all participation in the national government in protest over Maliki's saying that Kurds were allowing terrorists to stay in their capital Arbil.

Posted on 1 August 2014 | 1:11 pm

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric urges peaceful transition

Civilians inspect the site of a car bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The United Nations says more than 1,700 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large parts of the country, capturing the second largest city Mosul.(AP Photo/Karim Kadim)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric appealed to Iraqi politicians on Friday not to make themselves "an obstacle" in the country's transition as the deadline looms for selecting the next prime minister.

Posted on 1 August 2014 | 12:35 pm

Iraq says more than 1,600 killed in July

Iraqi men clear the debris at the scene of a car bomb in the northern Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr City, on August 1, 2014More than 1,600 people were killed in acts of violence in Iraq last month, most of them civilians, according to government figures released on Friday that excluded jihadist militants. The toll marked a slight drop from a seven-year high recorded in June, when the Islamic State jihadist group launched a sweeping offensive that triggered Iraq's worst crisis in years. The United Nations representation in Iraq provided a higher figure, saying at least 1,737 people were killed in July. Iraq's scattered, moving frontlines and myriad fighting groups make independent verifications of casualty figures very difficult.

Posted on 1 August 2014 | 11:45 am

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric appeals to politicians

An Iraqi man stands at the ssite of a car bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The United Nations says more than 1,700 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large parts of the country, capturing the second largest city Mosul.(AP Photo/Karim Kadim)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric is appealing to politicians not to be "an obstacle" in the process of transition as Iraq nears a deadline to select its next prime minister.

Posted on 1 August 2014 | 11:21 am

Baghdad blasts ‘kill 10′

Iraqi men clear the debris at the scene of a car bomb in the Sadr City district in Baghdad, on August 1, 2014At least 10 people were killed and 29 wounded Friday in bomb blasts that struck two districts of Baghdad, police and hospital sources said. The deadliest was a car bomb in the northern Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr City, which has been frequently targeted and where security is usually heightened ahead of Friday prayers. At least seven people were killed and 21 wounded in the explosion that rocked one of the large neighbourhood's main streets, a police colonel and hospital sources said. Three roadside bombs also went off almost simultaneously near a Shiite mosque close to the central Kholani square, killing three people and wounding eight, two police officers said.

Posted on 1 August 2014 | 11:03 am

Islamic State imposes media controls in Syrian province

A fighter of the ISIL holds a flag and a weapon on a street in MosulIslamic State, the al Qaeda splinter group which has seized parts of Syria and Iraq, has told activists in Syria's Deir al-Zor province they must swear allegiance to it and submit to censorship, a monitoring group said on Friday. International media organizations have little presence in Syria and rely on activists and other sources to provide information on what is happening in the country. Islamic State also told the activists they must recognize the caliphate, based on their strict interpretation of Islam, that it has declared in the parts of Iraq and Syria it controls.

Posted on 1 August 2014 | 10:46 am

UN: More than 1,700 killed in Iraq in July

BAGHDAD (AP) — More than 1,700 people were killed in Iraq in July, the United Nations said Friday, making it one of the deadliest months of the year but marking a decline from the previous month, when Sunni militants swept across much of the country.

Posted on 1 August 2014 | 10:37 am

UN: Iraq deaths drop to 1,700 in July

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large parts of the country, capturing the second largest city Mosul.

Posted on 1 August 2014 | 8:49 am

Poll: Foreign policy no longer Obama strong point

In this July 29, 2014, photo, President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Foreign policy used to be a bright spot in Americans’ opinion of Obama. Not anymore. An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that dissatisfaction with Obama’s handling of events in Ukraine, Gaza and elsewhere now matches his low overall approval rating. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign policy used to be a bright spot in Americans' dimming opinion of President Barack Obama. Not anymore. Associated Press-GfK polling found a spring and summer of discontent with the president's handling of world events.

Posted on 1 August 2014 | 7:59 am

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Iraq’s Top Shiite Cleric Urges Peaceful Transition – ABC News


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Iraq's Top Shiite Cleric Urges Peaceful Transition
ABC News
Iraq's leaders are under pressure to form an inclusive government that can draw Sunni support away from the insurgency. But the Sunnis have long accused al-Maliki of marginalizing their community, and even many of his Shiite and Kurdish allies say he
Iraq says more than 1600 killed in JulyThe Daily Star
Iraq's top Shiite cleric appeals to politiciansMonitor

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 12:36 pm

Bomb blasts kill 10 in Iraq with death toll at 1600 in July alone – Middle East Eye


Middle East Eye

Bomb blasts kill 10 in Iraq with death toll at 1600 in July alone
Middle East Eye
As government figures were released on Friday, stating that more than 1,600 people were killed in acts of violence in July alone, at least 10 people were killed and 29 wounded on Friday in bomb blasts that struck two districts of Baghdad, police and

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 12:28 pm

The crusade against Iraq War supporters has forgotten someone: Hillary Clinton – The Week Magazine


The crusade against Iraq War supporters has forgotten someone: Hillary Clinton
The Week Magazine
The role people like Fleischer played in supporting and selling the invasion of Iraq and whether or not they've assessed that role and found their actions wanting are factors media should consider as they report on current efforts by conservatives to

Posted on 1 August 2014 | 10:31 am

Using Water As A Weapon In The Fight To Control Iraq – NPR


Using Water As A Weapon In The Fight To Control Iraq
NPR
Kurdish troops are guarding a large dam on the Tigris River to keep it from being taken over by the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The extremist group is bent on controlling Iraq's water resources. Share. Facebook; Twitter. Google+. Email. Comment …

Posted on 1 August 2014 | 9:27 am

US Increases Airspace Limits on Iraq Flights – Wall Street Journal


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US Increases Airspace Limits on Iraq Flights
Wall Street Journal
The U.S. government has told its carriers flying over Iraq to remain at higher altitudes, as some airlines around the globe opted to avoid the airspace altogether. U.S. airlines are prohibited from flying over Iraq below 30,000 feet, the Federal
FAA restricts flights over IraqWBAL Baltimore
US Authorities Impose Restrictions on Flights Over IraqRIA Novosti

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 8:50 am

Blog: Watching the Iraq crisis from afar – SBS


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Blog: Watching the Iraq crisis from afar
SBS
In the past month my family and I have been watching the Iraq crisis from afar, as we sit glued to our TV at home in Sydney watching the Iraqi news. My anxiety over the Iraq crisis has heightened since my mother travelled to Iraq last week to visit her

Posted on 1 August 2014 | 6:52 am

Isis winning its war in Iraq and Syria – Belfast Telegraph


Belfast Telegraph

Isis winning its war in Iraq and Syria
Belfast Telegraph
In the early hours of 24 July a Saudi volunteer belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) drove a car packed with explosives towards the perimeter wall of a base manned by 300 soldiers of the 17th Division of the Syrian army near the
Iraq's persecuted Assyrian Christians are in limboTelegraph.co.uk
Tears, and Anger, as Militants Destroy Iraq City's RelicsNew York Times
Analysis: Sunni Insurgents and Kurds Untangling Iraq's “Artificial” BordersRudaw
World Socialist Web Site -ABC News
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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 1:31 am

US to sell largest ever Hellfire missile cache to Iraq – RT (blog)


RT (blog)

US to sell largest ever Hellfire missile cache to Iraq
RT (blog)
On Tuesday, the US State Department issued a statement announcing the preliminary approval of an agreement that would give Iraq a new arsenal of AGM-114K/N/R Hellfire missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support “to help …
Iraq Offers Aid to Those Displaced by MilitantsABC News
US plans largest ever sale of hellfire missiles to IraqAl-Arabiya
Iraq's Maliki: Out of favour with Shia allies?Aljazeera.com
WBUR -Telegraph.co.uk -Washington Post
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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 5:01 pm

Hezbollah man dies on ‘jihad duty’ in Iraq – Aljazeera.com


Aljazeera.com

Hezbollah man dies on 'jihad duty' in Iraq
Aljazeera.com
A Hezbollah commander has been killed on "jihad duty" in Iraq, indicating the Lebanese group that is already fighting in Syria's civil war may be involved in a second front in the region. Sources in Lebanon told the Reuters news agency on Thursday that
Lebanese Hezbollah Commander Killed in IraqABC News
Hezbollah 'trainer' killed during fighting in northern IraqLong War Journal
Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq-sourcesReuters UK
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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 4:01 pm

STEPHEN GLOVER: I’m afraid the bitter truth is Iraq and Libya were better off … – Daily Mail


Daily Mail

STEPHEN GLOVER: I'm afraid the bitter truth is Iraq and Libya were better off
Daily Mail
Meanwhile, in the north of Iraq — a country allegedly delivered into freedom from Saddam Hussein in 2003 — a psychopathic organisation called Islamic State (previously known as ISIS) is executing thousands of Shia Muslims and Christians as the

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 5:24 am