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Friday 31 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Iraq

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# isis
Baghdad death toll now at 250, making it the worst bombing since the invasion
An Isis suicide bomber detonated a lorry packed with explosives in the predominantly-Shia Karrada district of the Iraqi capital during preparations for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr
# Crazy and Hussein
Donald Trump praises Saddam Hussein for 'killing off terrorists'
“He was a bad guy — really bad guy. But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good.”
# chilcot
The UK's Iraq War dirty laundry will today be aired in a very public way
Former PM Tony Blair is in for a hard day, but a trial is some way off.
# Mourning
Iraq president vows to "punish" attackers who killed 119 in suicide blasts
Three days of mourning have been declared in the country.
# urban warfare
Elite Iraqi army unit battles to re-take key Islamic State stronghold
50,000 civilians are thought to be trapped in the city of Fallujah.
# Fallujah
US strikes have killed a key Islamic State leader
Maher Al-Bilawi was the IS commander in Fallujah.
# Fallujah
Iraq is about to go all out to reclaim a major chunk of IS territory
A major operation is set to begin in Fallujah, a region that has been in Islamic State hands since 2014.
# islamic state
25 police recruits killed by suicide bomber in Yemen
In a separate incident, at least seven people were killed by suicide bombers in Iraq.
# held without charge
"It was a truly shocking sight – hundreds of human beings packed together like sardines in a tin"
In Iraq, thousands of prisoners are held for months in terrible conditions without any charge.
# foreign fighter
"It wasn't an easy decision" - Laois soldier Joshua Molloy speaks about why he chose to fight Isis
The 24-year-old is in Germany after he was released by Kurdish authorities.
# Fortress
Chaos reigns in Iraq as rioters break into Baghdad's Green Zone
More than 55 people have also died in a number of bomb blasts.
# foreign fighter
'I really appreciate everything' - Joshua Molloy expected to begin journey home
The Irishman was held for over a week in Iraq after fighting Isis in Syria.
# Middle East
Syria fighter Joshua Molloy has been released and is coming home to Ireland
The 24-year-old has been held in Iraq for over a week.
# Census 2016
A company linked to Abu Ghraib Prison are working on the census again
CACI UK was awarded the contract for “census printing and data capture services” in 2002 and has had that contract renewed every census since.
# Civil War
Irishman Joshua Molloy became foreign fighter in Syria after seeing Isis atrocities
The 24-year-old is currently being held by Kurdish authorities.
# foreign fighter
An Irishman fighting against Isis in Syria is now being held in Iraq
Joshua Molloy was detained after allegedly trying to enter the country illegally.
Atrocities you probably haven't heard about through the media
Brutality in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and elsewhere has been largely overlooked by western media outlets, Julien Mercille writes.
# Baghdad
At least 30 dead after suicide bomber hits football match
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
# Finland
Man found guilty of war crime after posing for photo with decapitated head of IS fighter
Jebbar Salman Ammar, 29, had posted three images on Facebook of himself with the head of a fighter.
# kunkush
This refugee cat who got lost while fleeing Iraq has been reunited with his family
After a four month, 4000km journey.
# expulsion order
Up to 1,000 migrants and refugees are being kicked out of Jungle camp
Around 20% of those in the camp have until 8pm on Tuesday to leave.
# Baghdad
Group of American civilians kidnapped in Iraq
The individuals were taken from an interpreter’s home in Baghdad.
# isis
Child in Islamic State execution video is my grandson, says London man
“They are just using a small boy,” Sunday Dare said. “They are just using him as a shield.”
# Executions
Saudi Arabia has executed 47 men, including a prominent cleric, for terror offences
All bar two of those executed were Saudi citizens. The executions have sparked international condemnation in the region.
# Abuse
British troops could face charges over Iraq War abuses
An inquiry has heard evidence of at least 1,514 possible victims, 280 of whom are alleged to have been unlawfully killed.
Iraqi forces just scored a major victory against Islamic State
IS fighters have abandoned Ramadi.
# The cost of war
This chart shows the cost of fighting Islamic State compared to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
The Iraqi war has cost the US in the region of $1.64 billion.
# Ramadi
Islamic State could be about to suffer a major loss
The city of Ramadi could be back in Iraqi hands.
# esta
Concerns for Irish citizens as US visa waiver may be abolished
An immigration expert has warned that entering the US could become a lot more difficult.
# well said
Soldier who lost leg in Iraq tells those with anti-Muslim sentiment to "get a grip"
Chris Herbert is not impressed with the recent perceived rise in Islamophobia in the western world.
# the bride
The tallest building in the world will be an Iraqi skyscraper
With its iconic ‘veil’ of solar panels, the four-tower behemoth will produce as much energy as it consumes — a breakthrough in tall-building design.
# Waterboarding
Watch an Irish scientist explain why torture doesn't work
“Torture may get someone to talk, but there’s no evidence that it’s the truth.”
# islamic state
Inside Islamic State's network of underground tunnels, filled with drugs and ammunition
Thirty to 40 tunnels were found in Sinjar, Iraq,, each wired with electricity and each with their own sleeping quarters.
# Air Strikes
David Cameron is ready to strike Isis in Syria, but would it make the UK safer?
David Cameron made his case today.
# terror army
Explainer: Who are Islamic State?
What are the roots of the militant group, and why are people talking about its ‘new phase’?
# Sinjar
Troops find bodies of 78 elderly women in Islamic State mass grave
Sinjar had been taken by Islamic State before being liberated this week.
# Berlin
This man took in 24 refugees and documented his 'disappointment' in a powerful Facebook post
Dirk Voltz and his partner Mario opened their home.
# Special Forces
Boots on the ground: The US is sending in troops to bring the fight to Isis
Barack Obama says it will consist of “fewer than 50″ special forces.
# direct action
More US soldiers will be fighting IS in Iraq, but it's not quite 'boots on the ground'
The US military will be taking part in ‘direct action’ against Islamic State.
# gunfight
Watch: Helmet cam footage of US Delta Force raid on Islamic State prison
It’s the first time US ground forces have been in action against Islamic State militants