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December 15, 2018 2:34 AM Nobel laureate Murad to build hospital in her hometown in Iraq

SINJAR, Iraq (Reuters) - Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi woman held as a sex slave by Islamic State militants who won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, said on Friday she intended to use the prize money to build a hospital for victims of sexual abuse in her hometown. The Yazidi survivor was speaking to a crowd of hundreds in Sinjar, her hometown in northern 90

July 15, 2018 9:40 AM Jordan's state airline suspends flights to Iraqi city of Najaf: statement

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan’s state airline said on Sunday it had suspended four weekly flights to the Iraqi city of Najaf due to the “security situation at it’s airport, a company statement said. Royal Jordanian said Najaf is the ninth destination in the region - from Mosul in Iraq to Aden and Sanaa in Yemen - to which it has suspended flights due to turmoil 52

June 16, 2018 8:28 PM 'Worst Devastation I've Seen.' Angelina Jolie Visits Mosul a Year After Liberation From ISIS

Jolie — a special envoy for UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency — called on the international community to help rebuild and stabilize the Iraqi city, where she said many people still have no running water, medicine or assistance to rebuild their homes. “This is the worst devastation I’ve seen in all my years with UNHCR,” Jolie said in a video shared 83

April 4, 2018 1:59 PM Islamic State militants renew loyalty pledge to 'caliph' Baghdadi

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have restated their loyalty to the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in what is believed to be their first public pledge of allegiance to him since his “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq collapsed last year. The group continues to carry out bombings, ambushes and assassinations in both countries, as well as in Libya 75

December 28, 2017 7:02 AM After Islamic State's defeat, a massive bill to rebuild Iraq

MOSUL, Iraq – The Iraqi government estimates $100 billion is needed nationwide to rebuild cities and towns left in ruins by more than three years of war against the Islamic State group. Local leaders in Mosul, the biggest city held by IS, say that amount is needed to rehabilitate their city alone. The Trump administration has told the Iraqis it won't 65

November 21, 2017 1:01 PM Chelsea's Baku odyssey: Facts & figures behind trip to Qarabag

Chelsea are getting used to life on the road this week with three consecutive away matches, but Stamford Bridge will surely feel like a world apart for Antonio Conte's men as they prepare to take on Qarabag in Baku, capital city of Azerbaijan. The 2,469-mile journey from London is the longest trip Chelsea have ever made to play a competitive match in European 60

November 17, 2017 10:17 AM The Latest: Iraq officials say last IS-held town liberated

Iraq's Ministry of Defense says Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led coalition have liberated the last Iraqi town held by Islamic State group. The ministry said in a statement Friday morning that Iraqi military units and local tribal fighters entered the western neighborhoods of Rawa on the Euphrates River in the western province of Anbar. Officials then announced 63

November 10, 2017 9:34 AM Hezbollah media: IS leader Baghdadi was reported in Syrian town

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Hezbollah-run news outlet said on Friday that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported present in the Syrian town of Albu Kamal during the Syrian army and its allies’ operation to clear it. The report, carried by a military news service run by Hezbollah, did not say if Baghdadi was captured in the town, which the Syrian 52

October 20, 2017 3:42 PM U.S.-led coalition declares ISIS forces vanquished, battle for Raqqa over

BEIRUT — The U.S.-led coalition said Friday that the capture of the Islamic State’s onetime Syria capital of Raqqa marked a turning point in the fight against the extremist group, effectively declaring an end to the military operation there. A U.S.-backed force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, has been clearing the final pockets of the resistance 59

October 18, 2017 11:46 PM Trump offered a grieving military father $25,000 in a phone call

President Trump, in a personal phone call to a grieving military father, offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family, but neither happened, the father said. Chris Baldridge, the father of Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, said that Trump called him at his home in Zebulon, N.C., a few weeks after his 22-year-old 185