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  1. News - World - IRAQ

    Thousands flee as Islamist fighters surge towards Kurdish capital

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 10:46pm by Reuters

    ... of the mountain, a senior administration official told The New York Times. Photographs showed Islamic State fighters controlling a checkpoint at the border area of the Kurdish semi-autonomous region, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1568589/thousands-flee-islamist-fighters-surge-towards-kurdish-capital
  2. News - World - IRAQ

    Save the Children charity appeals for rapid response over Mosul exodus

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 10:46pm by GDN

    ... no chances at a new checkpoint on the road just outside Irbil, capital of the Kurdistan region. Several dozen uniformed and plain-clothes asayish (security) officers scrutinised everyone who arrived at the checkpoint. Just inside the parking areas, where several dozen people including pregnant women and children were queuing in the scorching heat, an old Kurdish man in his turban and baggy suit hugged ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1531072/save-children-charity-appeals-rapid-response-over-mosul-exodus
  3. News - World - IRAQ

    Kurdish forces recapture key Iraqi dam as US, Britain step up support

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 05:54pm by AFP

    ... armoured personnel carriers and one IS checkpoint. In Syria’s Raqa province, the Syrian air force carried out 16 raids on the city of Raqa and several more on the town of Tabqa, killing at least 31 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1576129/kurdish-iraqi-forces-recapture-mosul-dam-islamic-state-militants
  4. News - World - IRAQ

    Kerry presses Maliki as Iraq loses control of Syrian, Jordanian borders

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 05:25pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Baghdad, Amman Sunni tribes take the Turaibil border crossing, the only legal crossing point between Iraq and Jordan, after Iraqi security forces flee US Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraq’s prime minister in Baghdad on Monday to push for a more inclusive government, even as Baghdad’s forces abandoned the border with Jordan, leaving the entire Western frontier ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1538964/kerry-lands-baghdad-press-maliki-insurgency-spreads
  5. News - World - IRAQ

    Jihadi video shows beheading of man named as US journalist James Foley

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 09:51am

    ... border in August last year and freelanced for Time and other media. Obama was briefed about the video as he flew from Washington to resume his vacation on the resort island of Martha's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1577521/video-showing-beheading-us-journalist-revenge-air-strikes-say-islamic
  6. News - World - IRAQ

    Islamist militants seize control of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 01:21am by Reuters

    ... citizens to fight the militants. Thousands of families were fleeing north towards the autonomous Kurdistan region, which shares a border with Nineveh province, of which Mosul is the capital. ... and Ramadi for the past six months and has carved out a cross-border swathe of influence in Syria- from al-Bab, east of Aleppo, through the lawless eastern deserts and into Anbar province, Iraq. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1529647/islamist-militants-seize-control-mosul-iraqs-second-largest-city
  7. News - World - IRAQ

    Town on front line of fight to defend Kurdish capital from jihadis hunkers down

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 06:44am by MCT

    ... in case", as US bombs and Islamic State shells landed near his family home. Serving at a checkpoint rear guard for the frontline troops, these volunteers encouraged visitors to proceed up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1570179/town-front-line-fight-defend-kurdish-capital-jihadis-hunkers-down
  8. News - World - IRAQ

    With 'far fewer' Yazidis stuck on Iraqi peak than thought, rescue less likely

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 09:35pm by AFP

    ... or open a humanitarian corridor. Thousands of people have poured across a border bridge into camps in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region after trekking through neighbouring Syria to find ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1573684/far-fewer-yazidis-stuck-iraqi-peak-thought-rescue-less-likely
  9. News - World - IRAQ

    Islamic State takes town of Sinjar from Kurdish forces in northern Iraq

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 03:48am by AFP

    ... for minority groups that have found refuge there and further blurs the border between the Syrian and Iraqi parts of the "caliphate" which the organisation declared in June. The town is between the Syrian border and Iraq's second city of Mosul, which has been the Islamic State's hub since it launched a major onslaught on June 9. "The peshmerga [Kurdish forces] have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1565817/islamic-state-takes-town-sinjar-kurdish-forces-northern-iraq
  10. News - World - IRAQ

    Time running out for Iraqis besieged by jihadists as UN warns of ‘potential genocide’

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 05:52pm by AFP

    ... of the autonomous Kurdish region. US strikes and cross-border Kurdish cooperation have since yielded early results on several fronts, with Kurdish troops beginning to claw back lost ground. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1572902/un-warns-genocide-iraqi-refugees-overrun-islamic-state-jihadists

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