Some of the most invisible victims of the Islamic State’s caliphate are children of the fighters themselves. Traumatized, alone, and stigmatized by the actions of their parents, their lives reveal the long road of recovery ahead in sectarian-ridden Iraq.
A former Miss Iraq beauty queen has fled the country after receiving death threats, which followed a spate of killings of high-profile women.
Shimaa Qasim Abdulrahman, who was awarded the crown in 2015, said she has left for Jordan after receiving a message from a man purporting to be an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) member reading “you’re next”.
“I was threatened with murder. My life was in danger. The killing of this many people scared me,” she told local Kurdish news site Rudaw. “I wasn’t comfortable living there anymore and that is why I left Iraq and came to Jordan.”
BAGHDAD — The driver was sweating as his white Kia pickup truck sped along a rain-slicked Baghdad highway toward a neighborhood bustling with open-air markets.
With every jolt and turn, his pulse quickened. Hidden in the truck’s chassis was 1,100 pounds of military-grade explosives that the Islamic State planned to use in an audacious attack on New Year’s Eve shoppers in the Iraqi capital.
It was 2014 when Lamia K. packed her bags and, her two teenage daughters in tow, moved to Syria to join the “Islamic State” (IS), which was sweeping across Iraq and Syria
A divorced woman in her early 50s at the time of her departure, Lamia kept mostly to herself, former friends and acquaintances told DW.
Lamia grew up middle class in Rabat and moved to Trier, in western Germany, in the mid-1990s with a grant to pursue a postgraduate degree in German studies. There she met a man who converted to Islam to marry her and with whom she would go on to have three children: a boy and two girls.
An Iraqi court on Monday sentenced a French man and a German woman to life in prison in the latest punishments handed down for belonging to the Islamic State jihadist group.
Frenchman Lahcen Gueboudj, 58, and a German woman whose name was given only as Nadia were sentenced separately at the Baghdad central criminal court.
Nadia’s mother, a German woman of Moroccan origin, was sentenced to death in January for Isil membership but the sentence was later commuted to life, which in Iraq is equivalent to 20 years.
Despite the Western Coalition declaring victory over Islamic State in Iraq last year, the militants’ activity is surging. More Iraqis are kidnapped every month, as state media stays silent, a government security adviser told RT.
The Western Coalition declared Iraq “completely liberated” from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in December, but the militants’ activities didn’t cease – in fact, they are surging, with more Iraqis getting abducted and murdered by terrorists, Hisham al-Hashimi said.
The light breeze that blows through the Old Town in Mosul on this hot summer day only intensifies the stench of decay, which is hard to bear. It’s still unclear just how many people were killed here in the fight for liberation from “Islamic State” (IS) rule. Current estimates vary between 10,000 and 40,000 victims. To this day, bodies are still being recovered from the rubble.
Suicide Belt Mosul
“We are very much scared,” says Hamid Aftan al-Hammad, an Albu Nimr tribesman from the city of Hit in western Iraq. “At night we lie on the roofs of our houses with our weapons waiting to be attacked again.”
He fears the return of Isis, which massacred at least 864 members of his tribe when they controlled the area where they live – a city a hundred miles west of Baghdad in the middle of the vast Sunni Arab province of Anbar, which sprawls across western Iraq.
A unknown number of UK citizens who left the country to join the Islamic terrorists are awaiting trial after they were captured on the battlefield in Iraq. Iraqi trials can last as little as 10 minutes and justice is swift and brutal.
Abdul Sattar Beraqdar, spokesman for the Supreme Judicial Council, said British members of ISIS deserve to die.
He said: “The punishment, as much as it seems strong, will affect the security of your country.
“I am sure there are hundreds of people in Britain at this moment thinking of committing similar crimes.
I hope he gets to the “Canadians” before Justin springs them.
Iraq is building a new security fence along its long desert border with Syria, the latest attempt to stop Isis fighters entering the country.
Construction of the first 20 km (12.4 miles) of barbed wire fence and six-metre-wide trench began last week, Anbar governorate spokesperson Anwar Hamid Nayef said.
The barrier will also use surveillance towers, thermal cameras and drones to spot potential militants trying to cross into the country.
Sure hope that Hollywood celebs rush in to protest.
British fanatics who travel to Iraq to fight for Islamic State face death by hanging after trials lasting as little as ten minutes.
A judge has revealed that a number of UK passport holders are awaiting trial after capture on the battlefield – and says he is protecting Britain by sentencing terrorists to death.
His comments came as Iraq executed 13 convicted terrorists hours after the country’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, ordered the immediate execution of all jihadis on death row in retaliation for IS killing eight hostages.
10 minutes is too long.
In a Death Row detention room, Saddam Karim Salem shows off a bomb of the type he built many times for Islamic State.
Pointing to its various parts, he tells an interrogator: ‘This device can be connected to a mobile that can blow up a bomb.
‘When a phone call comes, I could give the order for the bomb to go off in two seconds.’
He says the devices he fashioned killed around 20 people, including US troops.
Iraq put to death 12 people convicted of terrorism hours after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called for speedy executions in response to the kidnapping and killing of eight members of the security forces, the government said today.
Abadi had ordered late on Thursday ‘just retribution’ through faster executions of all those on death row for terrorism convictions who had exhausted their appeals.
‘Based on the orders of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, executions were carried out on Thursday of 12 convicted terrorists who have received final verdicts,’ a government spokesman said in a statement.
The ballot boxes are part of a manual recount of votes from the May election ordered by parliament.
A fire broke out in a Baghdad warehouse where ballot boxes from Iraq’s parliamentary election last month were stored, local officials said.
The ballot boxes are part of a manual recount of votes from an eastern Baghdad district. A week earlier, parliament passed a law for a recount of 11 million votes, following allegations of fraud during the May 12 elections.
Incensed over bureaucratic attempts to thwart a direct White House executive order, Vice President Mike Pence is dispatching U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green to Iraq to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars are going to help save Christian and Yazidi communities decimated by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Pence issued the announcement Friday afternoon after waiting months for USAID to comply with a promise he issued during a dinner last October.