Bombed in their homes, civilians in Mosul blame reckless coalition forces

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Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International

When they heard that there would be airstrikes on their neighborhood in eastern Mosul, Wa’ad Ahmad al-Tai and his family did exactly as they were told.

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Iraqi civilians killed by airstrikes in their homes after being told not to flee Mosul

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Amnesty International

Hundreds of civilians have been killed by airstrikes inside their homes or in places where they sought refuge after following Iraqi government advice not to leave during the offensive to recapture the city of Mosul from the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), human rights NGO Amnesty International have stated.

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Mosul: Before and After ISIS

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Rafah Al Saad

 

The battle for the west side of Mosul is very important not only for Iraq but for the whole world as Mosul is one of the biggest strongholds for ISIS, the Iraqi military and Shia militia also participating in the battle of Mosul.

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Observations of an Expat: Disastrous Middle East Victory

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Tom Arms

It looks as if the fighting in Iraq and Syria will draw to a close in 2017. We won and lost.

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Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Putin’s backing the Afghani Taliban

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Cynthia M. Lardner

Many different radicalized extremist groups operate in Afghanistan, including the Afghan Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS. While ISIS and the Taliban share an ultraconservative interpretation of Islam with the avowed purpose of advancing radicalized Islam, the difference stops there. Whereas ISIS and al-Qaeda have adopted a global jihad against all nonbelievers, called apostates, the Taliban is focused on control in Afghanistan, viewing ISIS leaders and foreign fighters as intruders.

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300 civilians killed in just 11 US-led coalition air strikes in Syria

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Amnesty International

Just 11 US-led coalition air strikes in Syria appear to have killed some 300 civilians, according to new analysis from human rights NGO Amnesty International today, despite US claims that only one person has been killed by such aerial attacks.

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How to deal with the threat of the Islamic State

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Philipp Müller

In the aftermath of the terror attacks on Paris by the Islamic State (IS) on Friday, 13th November 2015, it has become more important than ever for European policymakers to determine how to deal with the threat posed by the IS. The French president Francois Hollande has announced to wage a ‘pitiless war’ against the IS and French aircraft have increased their bombing raids on IS-held territory in Syria. However, the IS has been the target of bombing raids by the United States air force for over a year now and shows no sign of collapsing.

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