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Young Kurds fight alongside ISIL in Syria

<b>Halabja, Iraq</b> <b>-</b> By the time the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) formed a committee to investigate the disappearance of young Iraqi Kurds in November 2013, nine of them had died fighting alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northern Syria.<p>On May 23, Kurdish news agency Bas …

Iraq: Shi'ites take up arms to battle Sunni Muslim insurgency

Thousands of Iraqis have responded to a call by the country’s most influential Shi’ite cleric to take up arms against a Sunni Muslim insurgency.<p>Around 800 Shi’ite men left the southern city of Basra on Sunday, heading to Baghdad for training to join the Iraqi army.<p>Local religious leaders encouraged …

Mass killings documented in Iraq

BAGHDAD — As the Iraqi government bolstered Baghdad’s defenses Sunday, the Islamic militant group that captured two major cities last week posted graphic photos that appeared to show its fighters massacring dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers.<p>The pictures on a militant website appear to show masked …

Militants post photos of mass killing in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic militants who overran cities and towns in Iraq last week posted graphic photos that appeared to show their gunmen massacring scores of captured Iraqi soldiers, while the prime minister vowed Sunday to "liberate every inch" of captured territory.<p>The pictures on a militant …

The Secret Life of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

The biggest threat to Middle East security is as much a mystery as a menace — a 42-year-old Iraqi who went from a U.S. detention camp to the top of the jihadist universe with a whisper of a backstory and a $10 million bounty on his head.<p>He's known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of the ruthless …

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