J G Paul

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Engulfed in Battle, Mosul Civilians Run for Their Lives

<b>The photojournalist Ivor Prickett spent three weeks documenting the battlefront and humanitarian crisis in west Mosul.</b><p>The war to drive the Islamic State from its last strongholds in western Mosul has come to this: With every advance by Iraqi forces, every missile rained down by coalition aircraft, …

Iraqi students want to get rid of the 'language of violence' cultivated by ISIS

"One bullet plus two bullets equals how many bullets?"<p>These were the kinds of questions teachers were forced to ask Iraqi students in math class during the militant group known as the Islamic State's two-year reign of terror in the northern town of Qayyara.<p>Militants from the self-declared caliphate …

Islamic State (ISIS)

In pictures: The crown jewel of Iraq's railway

Known as the crown jewel of Iraq's railway network, Baghdad Central Station was designed by British architects and completed in the early 1950s - but it was not until extensive renovation following the US-led invasion in 2003 that the grand structure, with its imposing dome, regained some of its …

Saddam Hussein
Middle East

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 …

Iraq’s sectarian rifts will delay counter-offensive on Islamic State

The birth and death of Iraq: Never has the future of the country been more precarious

<b>From its creation in 1921, Iraq has always been a cauldron of mixed ethnic, tribal and religious affiliations. Now after a decade of war, and at the</b> …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq

A short story from an army veteran about the last time U.S. soldiers were in Iraq and the impossible choices they faced there.<p><b>Agincourt</b><p>This will be …

15 Writing Quotes to Challenge and Inspire

Many writers would drool at the idea of spending a week at a writers retreat on a private Bahamian island, but not every writer is in a position to invest the time and money to attend. Now, thanks to the generosity of Salt Cay Writers Retreat instructors Lorenzo Carcaterra, David Ebershoff, Robert …

Middle East

Vets Pick the Best Books About Iraq

To shed light on the quandary that is Iraq, The Daily Beast asked for recommended reading from four veterans of the war who are also writers.<p>The …

The Map ISIS Hates

When the jihadists of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) tweeted pictures of a bulldozer crashing through the earthen barrier that forms part …

Seeing the Birds Through the Trees

<b>1.</b><br>I thought the world would look different at 7:30am. I had <b>Thoreauvian</b> visions of untainted nature, <b>Dillardesque</b> hopes for remote reflection, …

How To Think Like A Writer

Writing isn't easy. In fact, it can be painfully difficult. Why? Because it's thinking, but on paper. "To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard," said Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David McCullough.<p>Many great writers, including Joan Didion and Don DeLillo, have said …

George Saunders: The Kind Side

In the title story of George Saunders’ latest short story collection <b>Tenth of December</b>, a dying man reflects: “He was fifty-three. Now he’d never …

Flannery O'Connor