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Special Report: Their nation in pieces, Iraqis ponder what comes next | Reuters

SALAHUDDIN PROVINCE, Iraq (Reuters) - The machine gun poking out from between a framed portrait of a Shi’ite imam and a stuffed toy Minnie Mouse was trained on anyone who approached the checkpoint.<p>An explosion is seen during a car bomb attack at a rally held by Shi'ite political organisation Asaib …

The Iraq We Left Behind

Nine years after U.S. troops toppled Saddam Hussein and just a few months after the last U.S. soldier left Iraq, the country has become something …

The Best Longreads Of 2014 On World Affairs

The year 2014 was a tumultuous one, with more than its fair share of world-changing events. The media has covered the chaos using all the methods at its disposal: Live blogs, images and rapid on-the-ground reporting have allowed journalists to disseminate the news in real time, giving a visceral …

Whoever Saves a Life – Matter – Medium

In a war with many villains, these are the good guys. Seven days inside the life-and-death world of Syria’s first responders — the last hope for …

Al-Qaeda

Isis: the inside story

One of the Islamic State’s senior commanders reveals exclusive details of the terror group’s origins inside an Iraqi prison – right under the noses of their American jailers. Report by Martin Chulov<p>اقرأ التقرير باللغة العربية<p>In the summer of 2004, a young jihadist in shackles and chains was walked …

Islamic State kills at least 25 Iraqi tribesmen near Ramadi: officials | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have killed at least 25 members of a Sunni Muslim tribe in a village on the eastern edge of the provincial capital Ramadi, local officials said on Saturday, in apparent revenge for tribal opposition to the radical Islamists.<p>They said the bodies of the men …

Film traces how Nouri al-Maliki's treatment of Iraqi Sunnis helped ISIS get stronger

When the foreign troops left Iraq at the end of 2011, the country was relatively peaceful.<p>But the Americans' departure opened a door for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki — allowing him to give "way to his sectarian fears," and leading almost directly to the current crisis in the Middle East. That's …

How Saddam's Former Soldiers Are Fueling the Rise of ISIS

As the Islamic State continues its march through Syria and Iraq, the jihadist group is quietly utilizing a network of former members of Saddam …

Saddam Hussein

7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was</i> …

Happiness