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'Over 1,000' killed in Iraq in July

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Casualty figures released by the United Nations mission in Baghdad suggest 1,057 Iraqis were killed in July, making it the deadliest month in years.

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Iraq Cafe Suicide Bomb Kills 16 in Shiite-Majority Town of Balad

Iraq Cafe Suicide Bomb Kills 16 in Shiite-Majority Town of Balad | Conflict In Iraq | Scoop.it

The blast hit a café in the town of Balad, 60 miles north of Baghdad. More than 35 people were wounded, said reports.

 

"The Islamic State mobilised in Baghdad and the southern states and others to convey a quick message of deterrence on the third day of Eid al-Fitr," the group said, referring to the holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

 

"They (Shiites) will not dream of security during night or day, during Eid or other [days]," it added.


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shiia terrorists Bomb target markets, cafes in Iraq, killing at least 52 sunnis

shiia terrorists Bomb target markets, cafes in Iraq, killing at least 52 sunnis | Conflict In Iraq | Scoop.it
A wave of car bombings, mainly targeting cafes and markets around the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killed 52 people Saturday out celebrating the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, officials said.

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Iraq's uncertain future amid wave of violence

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A recent surge in violence in Iraq has sparked fears of a return to the darkest days of the conflict, as al-Qaeda tried to turn Shias and Sunnis against each other, reports the BBC's Rafid Jaboori.

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Iraqi city hit by double bombing

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Two bombs have exploded in the Iraqi city of Baquba, north-east of the capital Baghdad, killing at least 14 people, police say.

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Syria refugees pour into Iraqi Kurdistan in thousands

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Thousands pour over Syria's border into Iraqi Kurdistan, the UN says, in one of the biggest waves of refugees in the Syrian conflict.

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Iraq hangs 17, mostly for 'terrorism' - Times of India

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Iraq hangs 17, mostly for 'terrorism'
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Egypt's Nightmare Scenario Draws Nearer - TIME

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Turmoil in the region, from Syria to Libya to Iraq, has energized radical Islamists allied with al-Qaeda. Already in Egypt ...
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At least 64 people killed in Iraq; U.S. offers reward

At least 64 people killed in Iraq; U.S. offers reward | Conflict In Iraq | Scoop.it

In the wake of dramatic bloodshed in Iraq on Saturday, the U.S. State Department said it has offered a $10 million reward for information that helps authorities kill or capture the head of al Qaeda in Iraq, saying the group is behind most similar attacks this summer.

 

At least 64 people were killed and 190 wounded in a wave of bombings that came amid Eid festivities marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, two Interior Ministry officials told CNN.

 

The violence in Iraq came as Muslims celebrated the recent completion of Ramadan's monthlong fasting. It followed a July that was the bloodiest in five years, when violence between Sunnis and Shiites -- both Muslim sects -- spun out of control.


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'Saudis targeting Iraq after Syria failure'

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An analyst says Saudi Arabia and Qatar are ‘wreaking havoc’ on Iraq after failing in Syria.

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Thousands of hungry and scared Syrian refugees enter Iraq

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Faced with brutal violence and soaring prices, thousands of Syrian Kurds have poured into Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, seeking respite from privation and fighting between Kurdish fighters and jihadists.


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A 'river' of refugees flows out of Syria as Iraqi Kurdistan opens border

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Tens of thousands of refugees from Syria’s Kurdish-majority north-east have streamed into Iraq’s semi-autonomous northern Kurdistan region after authorities opened the border ending months of limited access.

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The Toxicity of Everyday Survival in #Iraq

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For more than two decades, Iraq has been the subject of a large-scale toxic warfare experiment.

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The Toxicity of Everyday Survival in #Iraq

For more than two decades, Iraq has been the subject of a large-scale toxic warfare experiment. Operation Desert Storm, fought in 1991, was the first time in military history that depleted uranium (DU)—a nuclear waste by-product—was systematically employed against both military and civilian targets. US forces used DU on a much larger scale during the war and occupation that started in 2003.

The effects of this toxic and biological experiment go beyond body counts and the epidemiological evidence of illnesses. They also go beyond the environmental contamination caused by DU-laden weapons. Toxicity has penetrated the quotidian realities of life in Iraq.  It is what Iraqis have to endure and negotiate every day in the face of physical, political, social, and environmental degradation—what I call here the “toxicity of everyday survival.”

From Cold to Hot Wars

The original research on the use of DU in warfare dates back to the Cold War era. In the 1970s, US military laboratories began experimenting with alternative heavy metals and alloys to use against the Soviets’ newly developed line of military armor and tanks that were resistant to conventional lead- and steel-based anti-tank ballistics. Depleted uranium is 2.5 times heavier than steel and 1.5 times heavier than lead. It is also relatively cheap because it is produced from processed uranium nuclear industrial waste. It has many of the “penetrating qualities” that were sought at the time. Thus, projectiles were given the sexually charged name “DU penetrators.” Moreover, DU was superior to other heavy metals and alloys for its incendiary effects.

While uranium exists in nature in various forms and is used in a number of building products, its use in warfare in high concentrations unleashes a spectrum of toxicity. The bio-toxic life of the DU projectile is released on high-speed impact with the surface of its target. The collision produces colossal kinetic heat, which causes metal to disband and flesh to burn and disintegrate. When the DU projectile pierces a target, such as a vehicle with passengers, its explosive heat carbonizes all forms of life and machinery.

As DU disintegrates under the high heat of the explosion, it turns into its particle form, uranium oxide, which lingers in the vicinity. These particles are water insoluble and their size can be about one-hundred times smaller than a white blood cell. They contaminate water and soil and enter into the food chain. The particles are so small that they can be blown by wind for tens of kilometers. The uranium aerosol enters the body through ingestion or inhalation, or through coming in contact with an open wound.

The toxicity of DU does not come only from its capacity to kill life, but also its ability to create an array of pathologies and afflictions. In the lungs, the radioactive uranium dust has a bio-toxic life span of close to one year. It can cause many acute symptoms due to its immediate chemical toxicity, which irritates and destroys lung tissue. As it makes its way to the blood stream, the uranium oxides bind with organic compounds to form chemical and organic complexes that deposit in the bones, lymphatic system, liver, and kidneys. DU’s radioactive toxicity, more than...

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Iraq witnesses a security meltdown - gulfnews.com

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The Eid Al Fitr terrorist attacks in Iraq led to the killing of 75 civilians.
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Month of MURDER! April DEADLIEST month in IRAQ in 5 YEARS! 700 DEAD and 1600 injured (Divide & RUIN)

Month of MURDER! April DEADLIEST month in IRAQ in 5 YEARS! 700 DEAD and 1600 injured (Divide & RUIN) BAGHDAD — Violence in Iraq rose sharply in April, killin...
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