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U.S. Contractors Convicted in 2007 Blackwater Baghdad Traffic Massacre

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (IPS) - A federal jury here Wednesday convicted one former Blackwater contractor of murder and three of his colleagues of voluntary manslaughter in the deadly shootings of 14 unarmed civilians killed in Baghdad's Nisour Square seven years ago.

U.S. Destroys Its Own Weapons in Enemy Hands

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 22 (IPS) - When the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) captured a treasure trove of U.S. weapons from fleeing Iraqi soldiers last month, one of the rebel leaders with a morbid sense of humour was quoted as saying rather sarcastically: "We hope the Americans would honour their agreements and service our helicopters."

OPINION: Al Baghdadi and the Doctrine Behind the Name

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OXFORD, Oct 21 (IPS) - When Ibrahim al-Badri al-Samarrai adopted the name of Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Quraishi and revealed himself to the world as the Amir al-Mu'minin (the Commander of the Faithful) Caliph Ibrahim of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the whole world had to sit up and take notice of him. 

U.S. Airdrops to Kobani Kurds Mark New Stage in ISIL Conflict

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (IPS) - The U.S. air drop Sunday of new weapons and supplies to Kurdish fighters in the besieged border town of Kobani marks an important escalation in Washington's efforts to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

OPINION: Iraq’s Minorities Battling for Survival

Saturday, October 18, 2014

LONDON, Oct 18 (IPS) - Through all of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's campaigns of ‘Arabization', they survived. The diverse Iraqi communities inhabiting the Nineveh plains – Yezidis, Turkmen, Assyrians and Shabak, as well as Kurds – held on to their unique identities and most of their historic lands.

History of Key Document in IAEA Probe Suggests Israeli Forgery

Friday, October 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (IPS) - Western diplomats have reportedly faulted Iran in recent weeks for failing to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency with information on experiments on high explosives intended to produce a nuclear weapon, according to an intelligence document the IAEA is investigating.

OPINION: The U.S. and a Crumbling Levant

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (IPS) - As the international media is mesmerised by the Islamic State's advance on Kobani or ‘Ayn al-Arab on the Syrian-Turkish border, Arab states and the United States would need to look beyond Kobani's fate and the Islamic State's territorial successes and defeats.

Cycle of Death, Destruction and Rebuilding Continues in Gaza

Monday, October 13, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 13 (IPS) - When the international pledging conference to rebuild a devastated Gaza ended in Cairo over the weekend - the third such conference in less than six years - the lingering question among donors was: is this the last of it or are there more assaults to come?

Judaisation Means Housing Crisis for Palestinians in East Jerusalem

Sunday, October 12, 2014

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct 12 (IPS) - A deliberate Israeli policy to Judaise East Jerusalem has forced thousands of Palestinians out of their homes and created a chronic housing shortage in the occupied part of the city.

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