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Death toll rises to 102 after ferry capsizes in Iraq's Tigris River

(CNN) -- An overcrowded ferry capsized in the Tigris River near Mosul, killing at least 102 people during Nowruz and Mother's Day celebrations on Thursday, officials said. Among the victims were at least 12 children, officials have said.


Islamic State 'caliphate' defeated, yet threat persists

DEIR AL-ZOR PROVINCE, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State’s last territory in Syria on Saturday, eliminating its rule over a self-proclaimed “caliphate”, but the jihadists remain a threat from sleeper cells around the world.


Iraq parliament votes to sack official after ferry sinking

BAGHDAD – Iraq's parliament deputy speaker says the house's majority has voted to sack a provincial official following the tragic sinking of a ferry in the Tigris River that killed nearly 100 people.


20 Years Since he Destroyed Yugoslavia And 16 Years Since he Destroyed Iraq, Tony Blair Remains a Menace to Peace

When it comes to the art of deception, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is a genius worthy of the worst nightmares of Eric Blair (known more commonly by his pen name George Orwell). But while Eric Blair once wrote that “war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength”, as a warning t


Iraqi PM seeks sacking of local governor after Mosul boat capsize

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has formally requested that parliament sack Nineveh Governor Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan after a river ferry accident that killed at least 90 people in the provincial capital, Mosul.


Turkey condoles lives lost in Iraq’s ferry sinking

Turkey on Thursday offered condolences to relatives of the victims who lost their lives when a ferryboat sank in Iraq’s Tigris River. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of many lives of our Iraqi brethren caused by sinking of a ferry in Tigris River in Iraq,” Foreign Ministry said in a statement.


Iraq ferry sinking: more than 70 people drown in Mosul

At least 71 people have drowned after a ferry sank in the Tigris River near Mosul, Iraq. Col Hussam Khalil, the head of the Civil Defense Corps in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, said the incident occurred on Thursday while scores of people – mostly women and children – were celebrating Nowr


Q&A: The end of the Islamic State group's "caliphate"

BEIRUT – The announcement of victory over the Islamic State group in Syria marks the end of the extremists' self-styled caliphate, a proto-state in which they held millions hostage to their dark and brutal vision.


Pentagon identifies 2 US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Pentagon has identified two soldiers killed Friday in Kunduz Province in Afghanistan as a result of what it said were wounds sustained while engaged in combat.


Mali leader sacks two generals after ethnic massacre, jihadi attack

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita sacked and replaced two generals on Sunday after gunmen killed 134 Fulani herders in a surge of violence in the insurgency-plagued country.


US-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State

BAGHOUZ, Syria – A U.S.-backed Syrian force said Saturday that it has liberated the last area held by the Islamic State group in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz, declaring victory over the extremists and the end of their self-declared caliphate.


The ‘caliphate’ is no more. But the Islamic State isn’t finished yet.

BEIRUT — U.S.-backed forces declared the final defeat of the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate Saturday, bringing to an end the brutal experiment in state building that had lured foot soldiers from around the world and inflicted unimaginable suffering on those caught up in the militants’ rampa


At least 134 Fulani herders killed in central Mali's worst violence yet

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Gunmen killed at least 134 Fulani herders in central Mali on Saturday, a local mayor said, the deadliest such attack of recent times in a region reeling from worsening ethnic and jihadist violence.


Timeline of the rise and fall of the Islamic State group

BEIRUT – The Islamic State group erupted from the chaos of Syria and Iraq's conflicts and swiftly did what no Islamic militant group had done before, conquering a giant stretch of territory and declaring itself a "caliphate."


At least 71 killed in Iraq ferry sinking

KUWAIT CITY, March 21./TASS/. The death toll in the sinking of a ferry in the Tigris River in Iraq has reached 71, Alsumaria TV channel reports referring to the Interior Ministry.


Iraq Prepares to Evict U.S. Troops

Momentum is building among deputies in the Iraqi parliament to oust U.S. troops entirely from the country—an outcome that would leave Iraq's political future in the hands of neighboring Iran and leave its citizens more vulnerable to the Islamic State.


16 Years Later, How the Press That Sold the Iraq War Got Away With It

Excerpted from Hate Inc., which can be found in serial form at Taibbi.substack.com. Sixteen years ago this week, the United States invaded Iraq. We went in on an unconvincing excuse, articulated by George W. Bush in a speech days before invasion:


Entire territory of Syria, Iraq now liberated from Islamic State — Trump

An Islamic State militant flag lies in a tent encampment after the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) took control of Baghuz, the last Islamic State stronghold in Syria on Saturday, March 23 WASHINGTON, March 23. /TASS/. The United States and its partners in the international anti-terrorist co


At least 94 drown in Iraq after ferry carrying holiday revelers overturns

BAGHDAD — A ferry carrying families celebrating Mother’s Day and the Kurdish new year overturned on the Tigris River in the Iraqi city of Mosul on Thursday, killing at least 94 people, authorities said.


Life was like a 'horror film': Wife's tale of abuse puts tormented war veteran behind bars

Cody Tomaselli joined the Army at 17, spent nearly four years in Iraq and Germany and had “dozens of kills” that left him with severe post-traumatic stress disorder. But his claims that PTSD led him to three days of violence and threats against his wife last year did little to sway a judge to lessen