Raya Jalabi

Exclusive: Islamic State suspects sent by U.S. from Syria to Iraq

29 May 2019

BAGHDAD/BRUSSELS U.S. forces have quietly sent at least 30 suspected foreign Islamic State fighters captured in Syria last year and in late 2017 to stand trial in Iraq, interviews with the men, Iraqi sources and court documents show. | Video

Fearful and fenced in - foreign children of IS face indefinite stay in Iraq

30 Apr 2019

BAGHDAD The children ran along the narrow enclosure, screaming, fighting and crying for the attention of the prison worker distributing sweets and balloons. Bug-bitten toddlers, too small to walk, clung to the sides of the chain link fence, staring blankly.

'Water is life': unexpected rainfall revives Iraq's historic marshlands

27 Apr 2019

CHIBAYISH MARSHES, Iraq This time last year, most of Iraq's historic marshlands were dry, desiccated by upstream damming and a chronic lack of rainfall. | Video

Special Report: Forgotten victims: The children of Islamic State

21 Mar 2019

BAGHDAD The hallways of the Rusafa Central Criminal Court in Baghdad teemed with anxious toddlers on the days their mothers were on trial. Then they vanished again, into the women's prison, where they have lived for the past year and a half. They sleep on thin mattresses in crowded cells, bored, hungry and often sick. They are the foreign children of Islamic State.

Erdogan threats against Kurds will not stop Syria withdrawal, Pompeo says

10 Jan 2019

BAGHDAD/CAIRO The U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria will not be scuppered despite Turkish threats against Washington's Kurdish allies there, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, promising to ensure that the Kurds would still be protected. | Video

U.S. set to extend sanctions waiver for Iraq to import Iranian gas

21 Dec 2018

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Dec 21 The United States has reached an agreement in principle with Iraq to extend for 90 days an exemption to sanctions against Iran, allowing Baghdad to keep importing Iranian gas that is critical for Iraqi power production.

Artists emerge from ruins of Mosul to reclaim Iraqi city's cultural life

01 Nov 2018

MOSUL, Iraq The first thing musician Fadhel al-Badri did when Mosul was liberated from Islamic State last year was breathe a sigh of relief. | Video

RPT-Artists emerge from ruins of Mosul to reclaim Iraqi city's cultural life

31 Oct 2018

* Qaeda suppressed arts in Mosul even before Islamic State takeover

Iraq names new president and premier, ending deadlock

03 Oct 2018

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq Iraq's parliament on Tuesday elected as president Kurdish politician Barham Salih, who immediately named Shi'ite Adel Abdul Mahdi prime minister-designate, ending months of deadlock after an inconclusive national election in May.

Main Iraqi Kurdish party says it may reject regional election result

01 Oct 2018

ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq One of the dominant Kurdish parties in northern Iraq said it might not recognise the results of Sunday's parliamentary election and then appeared to backtrack, injecting uncertainty into a region demoralised by a failed independence bid. | Video

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