UK Iraq

'The Need For This Couldn't Be Greater' Ex-Immigration Minister Launches New Migration Museum Exhibition

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Politics

It is photo just like thousands of others taken by people as they soar into the air onboard a passenger plane. The buildings merging into a mass of ma...

Dedicated Couple Who Fostered Parsons Green Suspects 'Will Be Absolutely Devastated'

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK

An elderly couple who are believed to have fostered two suspects in the Parsons Green bomb attack have been revealed as decorated carers to hundreds o...

The Impact Of War On The Everyday Life Of Displaced Iraqis

Dr Alison Strang | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK
Dr Alison Strang

Yazidis are clearly exercising huge resilience. Their private faith and their religious leader are a great source of strength during this time of crisis. They form strong bonds within their community, but remain disconnected and untrusting of local people and organisations.

After Liberation, The Focus Now Turns To Mosul's Future

Mustafa Field MBE | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Mustafa Field MBE

The liberation of Mosul is proof of the incredible effort and sacrifice that went into driving out Daesh. Along with this, it has highlighted the bravery and resilience of the residents who, despite hailing from different faiths and backgrounds, all joined together to reject the oppressive doctrine that almost put an end to the city itself.

Mosul: A Graveyard For Iraq's Children?

George Graham | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
George Graham

A bombed out school in West Mosul Three years after Mosul first fell to the so-called Islamic State in Iraq & Syria (ISIS), the battle to retake Iraq...

Let's Talk About 'Terrorism'

Priya Jasmin Begum | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK
Priya Jasmin Begum

People have created a "them and us" narrative. The media has painted a picture in everybody's heads of desert people thirsty for the blood of 'infidels'. This is despite the fact that the vast majority of ISIS', and other related groups, victims are Muslim which is conveniently forgotten by many.

'Nothing Could Have Prepared Me For This Moment': The Emotional Scars of War

Larissa Schneider | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK
Larissa Schneider

While the magnitude of suffering in Mosul is almost impossible to fully comprehend, I have witnessed incredible transformations that show the strength of the human spirit. In Mosul, people are engaged and committed to supporting their communities - helping us create a network that will have a lasting legacy for families in need.

Pigeon With Teeny Tiny Backpack Caught Smuggling Drugs

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK

A pigeon with a tiny backpack full of pills has been apprehended on a drug smuggling mission. The unlucky bird was captured by Kuwaiti customs while w...

Iraq's War On Women Inside And Outside The Home

Shaista Aziz | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK
Shaista Aziz

As Iraqi forces continue to battle the so called Islamic State for control of Mosul, the danger and threats to the lives of Iraqi civilians is increas...

Letter From Iraq: Cutting Transatlantic Aid And Turning Away Refugees Is Immoral

Marcus Mumford | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK
Marcus Mumford

Young Americans and Brits in particular have a role to play. They can no longer chalk up bad policies to politicians backed by their parents. To those who say, we have enough problems at home without taking on these international challenges, we say, let us address both by tackling both. It's 'both and', not 'either or'. Our international policies, after all, are reflections of the state of our society's soul. Let's demand that our leaders represent our interests abroad by acting in the interests of those in need abroad.

'Painful' Images Show Ancient City Of Hatra After Years Under Isis Control

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK

Iraq paramilitary forces have seized the ancient site of Hatra from the so-called Islamic State militants and like other sites of archaeological signi...

Theology Teaches Us To Stand United In Defiance Against Terrorism

Mustafa Field MBE | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK
Mustafa Field MBE

The tragic bombing of Coptic churches and the callous murder of scores of Christians in Egypt, is yet another reminder of the throes endured by Christian communities in the Middle East at the hands of ISIS.

Don't Forget About The Women In War

Johanna Higgs | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

As the brutal chemical bombings in Syria dominate the news headlines, the general consensus amongst the media seems to be one of horror. As it should ...

Donald Trump Boasts About Firing Missiles At The Wrong Country

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK

Donald Trump has boasted about how he fired missiles at Iraq when he actually fired them at Syria. The president was describing how he had informed Ch...

Syria: A Tipping Point, Or Not Yet?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK
Dr Harry Hagopian

The real victims have been the Syrian people who rose up six years ago to gain their basic freedom and right to political participation. So will they be allowed to exit this dark tunnel, and are we witnessing a tipping point?

The Wages Of Non-Interventionism

David Browne | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Politics
David Browne

Ultimately, it's still too early to tell whether Donald Trump's policy shift will have the desired effect, and the Syrian war may finally come to an end with a transfer of power of some sort. What we can see, however, are the wages of non-interventionism: chemical weapons; barrel bombs; and the rise of extremist groups.

Violence Against Women Is Not 'Cultural'

Johanna Higgs | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

Violence can never and should never, be justified under the banner of culture. Men do not allow violence to be perpetrated against them, or to be justified or excused as culture, and neither should women. Any act that causes physical or psychological harm and creates an environment where one does not have access to the same rights and opportunities as others, must be condemned.

The Refugee Crisis In Calais: Forgotten But Not Gone

Adam Isaacs | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK
Adam Isaacs

It had been about five months since my last visit to Calais, volunteering in the warehouse and visiting the 'Jungle' camp. Hundreds of volunteers line...

The Power Of The Media Today: 'Fake' News And The Middle East

Susannah Blenkharn | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Susannah Blenkharn

I don't have the solutions to these problems; hopefully someone, somewhere will. Yes, there are other factors which must be considered with the media today, but the recognition for the need of deeper, un-sensationalised reporting is the first step to achieving this goal.

Danger Does Not Disappear When The Fighting Ends

Aleema Shivji | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Aleema Shivji

The level of contamination is unprecedented in Iraq: there are explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices in fields, homes, sometimes inside corpses, or behind refrigerator doors. Our weapons clearance experts have already destroyed more than one thousand explosive remnants of war in just a few weeks.

Donald Trump Forced To Water Down His Muslim Ban

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK

Donald Trump has been forced to water down his Muslim ban, signing a new one thats excludes Iraq from the list of countries affected. Trump triggered ...

The Mayor Of Calais Has Banned Food Distribution To Refugees - A Response And A Plea For Harmony

Arthur Peirce | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

I feel the resolution to this refugee crisis, and all global crises is with kindness. There ultimately needs to be infrastructure to provide for the care of the refugees. Whether this is with the full support of major NGOs or the UN, or simply local communities welcoming refugees in with arms open.

Meet The Young Muslim Volunteers Who Are Helping To Rebuild Mosul

Mustafa Field MBE | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Mustafa Field MBE

As Iraqi forces take parts of Mosul from the brutal regime of Daesh. We are seeing the clean-up operation is being started by volunteers of different faiths who are coming together to rebuild their community.

Smiling IS Suicide Bomber 'Was British Guantanamo Bay Detainee Awarded £1M Compensation'

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK

A British Islamic State fighter who is believed to have carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, according to repor...

What Life Is Like In Mosul Now

Bathoul Ahmed | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Bathoul Ahmed

People are trying hard to rebuild their lives. Schools are now open for registration and local primary health care centers are slowly opening up again. Some professionals who fled, such as teachers, doctors and nurses, have started to return. Although the local hospital in Hay el Sucar was largely destroyed, residents are adamant that it will re-open and a group of young locals are volunteering to clean it up, to get it running again.