Explainer: What’s Behind The Fighting In Iraq?

By Frud Bezhan   Sunni Muslim fighters watch as a police vehicle burns during clashes in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on January 2. Militants have seized control of large parts of Ramadi and Fallujah amid sectarian violence in recent days. Iraqi security forces have been waging a fierce battle with Al-Qaeda-linked militants in the lawless west of More...

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By Editorial Team On Thursday, May 16th, 2013
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PKK Fighters Remain On Guard In Iraq As Peace Process Inches Forward

By Ron Synovitz and Abdul Hamid Zibari Jigar (one name), commander of the first group of withdrawing PKK fighters arriving in northern Iraq from Turkey, talks to reporters on May 14. Jigar is a 40-year-old Turkish More...

By Editorial Team On Saturday, May 4th, 2013
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US official: N.Korea, Iran obtain high-tech arms materials bypassing sanctions

A US top official has accused Iran and North Korea of trying to obtain high-tech materials linked to their armament programs, despite UN sanctions obstructing direct supplies. “Both Iran and North Korea have More...

By Editorial Team On Monday, April 29th, 2013
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CIA-funded Corruption: Top Afghan Officials on Secret US Payroll

Reuters/Stringer Top Afghan officials have been on the CIA’s payroll for over a decade, often paid in cash in US dollars. The clandestine financial support was provided to key Afghan officials and even insurgent More...

By Editorial Team On Thursday, April 11th, 2013
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In New Report, Amnesty Decries Death Penalty But Says It’s On The Wane

Polish activists stage a graphic protest against the use of the death penalty in Belarus in Warsaw in March 2012. The death penalty is dying. A slow death, to be sure, according to Amnesty International, but the More...

By Editorial Team On Sunday, March 17th, 2013
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Two years later, Syrian revolutionaries reflect on their cause, the costs

Two years ago, the Syrian revolution erupted with a full-throated scream of defiance. After years of repression, it shocked even those who were doing the screaming. “The first protest was so great when we More...

By Editorial Team On Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
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In volatile border region, fear grips Syria’s minority

By Mariam Karouny One hot night last summer, Rajaa Taher grabbed a few essentials and fled her home in the Syrian village of Saqarja with her husband and children, escaping across farmlands to Zayta just a few hundred More...