Posts tagged "Mosul"
Displaced in the Lingering Cloud Raised by ISIS’ Scorched Earth Policy

Displaced in the Lingering Cloud Raised by ISIS’ Scorched Earth Policy

The largest camp housing Iraqis who fled the battle to recapture Mosul lies next to oil fields scorched by ISIS. The oil fields are still emitting toxic fumes that are sickening the camp’s residents. More»

Sieges, Demographic Shifts and Returns to ‘Liberated’ Cities

Sieges, Demographic Shifts and Returns to ‘Liberated’ Cities

Amid a renewed offensive on Mosul and U.N.-led Syria talks in Geneva, Middle East journalist and analyst Patrick Cockburn discusses the changing demographics of Syria and Iraq, and the complexities of displaced people returning to “liberated” cities in both countries. More»

Letter From Mesopotamia, Part II

Letter From Mesopotamia, Part II

I agree with most of your reflections about the moral justification of war. War is an evil, because it is the product of sin and involves more sin and much suffering. But that does not mean it is necessarily wrong to fight. Once evil is at work, one of its chief results is to leave good people only a choice of evils, wherein the lesser evil becomes a duty. More»

Letter From Mesopotamia

Letter From Mesopotamia

Like everyone else, you write under the cloud of Warsaw and in the expectation of the enemy forthwith dashing back on us in the West. But the last two months have made it much harder for him to do that soon, if at all: and I hope the month which will pass before you get this will have made it harder still. More»

Returnees Fight ISIS in Iraq – and on Instagram

Returnees Fight ISIS in Iraq – and on Instagram

BAQOFAH, Iraq – “Mike” left Iraq as a 12-month-old baby. Born into a Kurdish family, his parents fled to Norway as refugees following the brutal 1988 Anfal campaign, when the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s military killed up to 100,000 Kurds. More»

The Great Need Lurking in the Shadows

The Great Need Lurking in the Shadows

Nihad was one of 5,000 Yazidi women and girls kidnapped by the Islamic State group. When she escaped, her suffering followed her to the refugee camps of Iraq. NGOs like Amar try to reach Nihad and other women who face social stigma and suffer psychological trauma. More»

Iraq Invades the West

Iraq Invades the West

The first news I received about the events now snappily referred to as the #ISIScrisis was that 500,000 thousand Iraqis were fleeing to somewhere, from somewhere, because of something. Such is the degree to which upheavals in the Middle East have become white noise. More»

ISIS Takes Iraq

ISIS Takes Iraq

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Naqshbandi Army (an alliance of Ba’athists-cum-Islamists) took Mosul this week, and has advanced on Kirkuk and Tikrit, the latter being Saddam Hussein’s birthplace. Their offensive, which has sent 500,000 people fleeing northern Iraq and been a fiscal windfall for the group after it robbed city banks, was coordinated with other militias, but ISIS is the leading player. More»

Post-Sykes Picot, Revisited

Post-Sykes Picot, Revisited

Check out Paragh Khanna‘s new article, on the end of the nation-state. He makes a familiar argument: globalization has unleashed a devolution in state authority that will ultimately usher in new forms of governance. Although the piece has its problems, I’m most intrigued by how he foresees this playing out in the Middle East. More»

Pakistanis on Iraq

Pakistanis on Iraq

I remember the helicopter blades. I have been gazing at ceiling fans and hearing them again. I close my eyes and I am there.  I see the helicopters dancing over Baghdad. Basra. Mosul. Kirkuk. I feel the dry heat being momentarily broken by the dusty wind they kick into my face. More»