Iraq: fighting continues, oil returning?

Iraq: fighting continues, oil returning? According to UN figures the number of civilian casualties in Iraq killed and injured in 2013 was the highest since 2008. Since April 2013 there have been more than 1,500 each month.

Iraq: the Sunni west

Iraq: the Sunni west Anbar province, the largest in Iraq, is predominantly Sunni and stretches west from Baghdad to the borders of Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, containing the cities of Ramadi, Falluja and Haditha.

Iraq; breaking apart?

Iraq; breaking apart? UN figures for killed and wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in Iraq paint a dreadful picture, with nearly 8,000 civilians including police killed in 2012, and nearly 18,000 wounded.

Iraq: oil and al-Qa’ida

Iraq: oil and al-Qa’ida Violence in Iraq continues at a shocking level with scores killed in multiple attacks in the last two days, many of them Shia pilgrims preparing for the Arba’in festival commemorating the death of Imam Husain, the son of Ali and grandson of Muhammad.

Iraq: continuing violence

Iraq: continuing violence In the latest of many similar outrages 18 men were abducted and murdered on 29 November by men wearing military uniforms in Meshahda, a predominantly Sunni area near Baghdad; a police official told Reuters “It is definitely al-Qa’ida because this is the area where they are operating.”

Iraq: going downhill

Iraq: going downhill The BBC reports that at least 41 people have been killed in attacks targeting Shia Muslims on the festival of Ashura, and also that Sunni Muslims are being driven out of areas such as the al-Zubair district of Basra. According to the UN there are more than 1.1 million internally displaced people …

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Iraq: still bleeding

Iraq: still bleeding According to the UN 979 Iraqis were killed in acts of terrorism and violence in September (compared with 804 in August). Nearly half were in the Baghdad governorate. On 29 September a series of car bomb explosions killed six policeman in Erbil, the capital of the previously relatively peaceful Kurdish region in …

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