Tag: Iraq

A Couple’s Dream of Reuniting in England Is Dashed in a Channel Disaster

SORAN, Iraq — Maryam Nuri had never been on a plane before she boarded a flight from Iraq in early November with a visa from Italy. She had never seen the ocean before she set out on a flimsy boat from France into the English Channel last week. “She knew only small rivers here,” said […]

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They Twice Gave Up Everything to Flee Iraq. They Keep Getting Sent Back.

There are days now when Ms. Hussein has to force herself to hold it all in until her children leave the house — and only then allows herself to sob, she said. Bureen is in the sixth grade, Ms. Ali attends a technical institute (though unpaid tuition bills have left her academic status in doubt) […]

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Iraqis Return From Belarus, but Some Say They Will Try Again to Reach the E.U.

ERBIL, Iraq — Iraq repatriated a second wave of more than 600 migrants from Belarus on Friday after they gave up, at least for now, on a disastrous attempt to try to reach the European Union via its eastern borders. Two Iraqi Airways charter flights landed before dawn in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan […]

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What Is Happening at the Poland-Belarus Border?

A crowd of migrants trying to cross a border has come to seem appallingly familiar in recent years. We have seen masses of desperate people seek refuge in strange lands: Syrians escaping civil war, the Rohingya brutally driven from Myanmar, Afghans fleeing Taliban rule. But the standoff at the border between Belarus and Poland, where […]

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Afghan College Students Find a New Life, and Safety, in Iraq

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq — As the Taliban closed in on the Afghan capital, Kabul, in August, what had been a privileged education at the American University of Afghanistan suddenly became a dangerous liability. Students and staff frantically searched for an escape route from a country that, with the withdrawal of American forces, would fall to the […]

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Book Excerpt: Navy SEAL’s Behavior Led Teammates to Change Their Mission

Throughout the contentious trial of Eddie Gallagher, a Navy SEAL chief accused of killing a prisoner in Iraq in 2017, Navy prosecutors never mentioned the name of the Islamic State fighter he had actually been charged with murdering. He was just “the kid” or “the victim,” sometimes “the dirtbag” — not even “John Doe.” In […]

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Migrants Say Belarusians Took Them to E.U. Border and Supplied Wire Cutters

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq — The sudden surge of migrants to Belarus from the Middle East that is now the focus of a political crisis in Europe was hardly an accident. The government of Belarus loosened its visa rules in August, Iraqi travel agents said, making a flight to the country a more palatable journey to Europe […]

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Iraq Says Drone Strike Was Aimed at Prime Minister

BAGHDAD — Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi of Iraq survived an assassination attempt with armed drones that targeted his residence early Sunday, according to officials who said he was unharmed. Two Iraqi officials told The Associated Press that seven of Mr. al-Kadhimi’s security guards were injured in the attack, which involved two armed drones and occurred […]

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Colin Powell Was My Thurgood Marshall

Ten years ago, in a townhouse near the White House, I was a somewhat star-struck young naval officer listening to Colin Powell talk about, of all things, squirrels. He was visiting with my class of White House fellows — Mr. Powell himself was the program’s most notable alum. He recounted an Oval Office meeting with […]

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The Life and Career of Colin Powell

Robert Draper contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Annie Brown, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Larissa Anderson, Wendy Dorr, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Austin Mitchell, Neena Pathak, […]

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The Foreign Policy “Credibility” Argument Is, Well, Not Credible

With respect to Korea, for example, as Jonathan Mercer, the author of Reputation and International Politics, notes, for all of the Truman administration’s concerns about how U.S. “weakness” in Korea would be perceived by its European allies, the view in Europe was quite different. French leaders, for example, were more concerned “that American resolve would […]

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Iraq Says It Arrested a Leading Islamic State Figure

BAGHDAD — Iraq says it has captured the Islamic State’s finance chief, a rare arrest of a major ISIS figure that could produce significant intelligence gains against the group as it struggles to re-emerge. Iraqi security forces said in a statement on Monday that they had arrested Sami Jassem al-Ajuz “by a major action by […]

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In Iraq Election, Shiite Cleric Who Fought U.S. Strengthens Power

BAGHDAD — Followers of a Shiite cleric whose fighters battled U.S. forces during the occupation made the biggest gains in Iraq’s parliamentary election,strengthening his hand in determining whether the country drifts further out of the American orbit. While independent candidates won some seats for the first time in a political landscape altered by anti-government protests, […]

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Iraqis’ Frustration Over Broken Promises Keeps Voter Turnout Low

BAGHDAD — Iraqis voted Sunday in parliamentary elections meant to herald sweeping change to a dysfunctional political system that has dragged the country through almost two decades of deprivation. A new electoral system made it easier this time for independent candidates to compete, but the vote was nonetheless expected to merely chip away at the […]

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Behind the Scenes of the Events of Jan. 6

To the Editor: Re “He Drafted Plan to Keep Trump in White House” (front page, Oct. 3) and “Jan. 6 Was Worse Than It Looked” (editorial, Oct. 3): Regarding my advice to Vice President Mike Pence in the days before the joint session of Congress on Jan. 6: Although I take issue with some statements […]

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In Iraqi Elections, Guns and Money Still Dominate Politics

BAGHDAD — Outside the headquarters of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, one of the main Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, fighters have posted a giant banner showing the U.S. Capitol building swallowed up by red tents, symbols of a defining event in Shiite history. It’s election time in Iraq, and Asaib Ahl al-Haq — blamed for attacks on […]

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3,000 Yazidis Are Still Missing. Their Families Know Where Some of Them Are.

Some of the children have forgotten that they are Yazidi. Mr. Hussein knows from his son, who is not being identified for his own safety, that he is being forced to work in construction for about $1 a day. But without the $9,000 the captors are demanding for each of his six relatives, Mr. Hussein […]

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Talk of Iraq Recognizing Israel Prompts Threats of Arrest or Death

As news of the conference spread, the Iraqi government and authorities in overwhelmingly Sunni Anbar Province issued arrest warrants for at least six Iraqis they said were involved in the conference, though one warrant was later withdrawn. Other attendees were dismissed from their government jobs. At several checkpoints between Baghdad and Anbar province, militia fighters […]

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The False and Dangerous Promise of Humane Wars

HUMANEHow the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War By Samuel Moyn The American way of war is a paradox. Even after our retreat from Afghanistan, it is likely to remain vast, if not endless, with drone and missile strikes ranging across the longitudes, while U.S. naval and air formations dominate large swaths of the […]

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