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In this July 2008 file photo, Erik Prince, founder and CEO of then Blackwater Worldwide, now called Xe Services, speaks at the company's offices in Moyock, N.C. An investment group with ties to the founder of the company formerly known as Blackwater has bought the security firm, which was heavily criticized for its contractors' actions in Iraq.
Blackwater Baghdad shootings   Defense   Iraq War   Photos   Wikipedia: Blackwater Baghdad shootings
 Palm Beach Post 
Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater
Mon 28 Jul 2014
Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said Monday that the government has suppressed evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad. U.S.... (photo: AP / Gerry Broome)
Ramzan Kadyrov recently named as acting president of the war-battered republic of Chechnya by President Vladimir Putin looks on during a meeting in Grozny, Monday, Feb. 19. 2007, with Chechen, left, and Russian flags in the foreground. Widely feared Ramzan Kadyrov is the son of the late Akhmad Kadyrov, who became Chechen president in 2003 in a Kremlin-conducted election aimed at undermining the separatist rebel movement and who was assassinated seven months later.
Chechnya   MH17 shootdown   Photos   Sanctions on Russia   Wikipedia: List of individuals sanctioned during the 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine
 The Guardian 
Barack Obama banned from entering Chechnya
Sat 26 Jul 2014
• Chechen president cites US and EU 'state terrorism' • Three EU leaders also barred from entry The Chechen president, Ramzan Kadyrov, meets the actor Gérard Depardieu in Grozny last year but Barack... (photo: AP / Musa Sadulayev)
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon responds to questions during a news interview  Scoop  Fri 25 Jul 2014
Ban underscores UN support for peaceful Iraq during visit
Friday, 25 July 2014, 12:39 pm Press Release: Ban underscores UN support for secure, inclusive, peaceful Iraq during visit 24 July 2014 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored his full support... (photo: AP / Frank Franklin II)
Ban Ki-moon   Iraq   Photos   UN   Wikipedia: Ban Ki-moon
Newly elected President Fouad Massoum listens during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Kurdish politician Massoum was named Iraq’s new president on Thursday, Massoum, 76, one of the founders of President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party, known as PUK, accepted the position after winning two-thirds of the votes, noting the “huge security, political and economic tasks" facing the government.  Khaleej Times  Thu 24 Jul 2014
Iraq gets new president, UN chief seeks more urgency
The UN chief met current Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki and stressed the need for a broad-based government to be formed as soon as possible to save the country from collapse. Kurdish politician Fouad... (photo: AP / Hadi Mizban)
Fouad Massoum   Iraq   Photos   Politics   Wikipedia: Fuad Masum
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Fouad Massoum speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The Guardian Thu 24 Jul 2014
Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens
QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press= BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the... (photo: AP / Hadi Mizban)
Election   Iraq   Photos   Violence   Wikipedia: Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
 Iraqi Vice chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri -Iraq The Daily Beast Mon 21 Jul 2014
Saddam’s Former Deputy, the Red Skull of Baghdad, Still at Large in Iraq and Allied ...
Despite a $10 million reward for his capture, the Iraqi tyrant’s liaison to the world’s most radical jihadists, now 72, is on the loose and in cahoots with the so-called... (photo: AP / Jassim Mohammed)
ISIS Militants   Invasion of Iraq   Izzat Ibrahim al Douri   Photos   Wikipedia: Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki speaks to the Iraqi lawmakers before submitting his new government for approval in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. Iraqi lawmakers unanimously approved on Tuesday a new government to be headed by incumbent Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, ending nine months of political deadlock that threatened to stall economic development and suck the country back into sectarian violence. Springfield News-Sun Sun 20 Jul 2014
Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians
Iraq's prime minister on Sunday condemned the Islamic State extremist group's actions targeting Christians in territory it controls, saying they reveal the threat the... (photo: AP / Karim Kadim)
Iraq   Nouri al Maliki   Photos   Religion   Wikipedia: Nouri al-Maliki
Pope Francis attends his weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Pope Francis temporarily expelled a German bishop from his diocese on Wednesday because of a scandal over a 31-million-euro (42 million dollar) project to build a new residence complex in the diocese of Limburg, but refused popular calls to remove him. The decision was taken after Francis met in the past week with Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst and the head of the German bishops' conference, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch. Philadelphia Daily News Sun 20 Jul 2014
Pope expresses concern for Iraqi Christians
Travel Deals $449 & up -- 7-Night Bahamas Cruise on Norwegian   See all travel deals » The Associated Press Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014, 6:19 AM VATICAN CITY... (photo: AP / Alessandra Tarantino)
Iraq   Photos   Pope Francis   Religion   Wikipedia: Pope Francis
Palestinian Hamas militants patrol on the main road in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 17, 2011, as Palestinians prepare for the first stage of an unprecedented prisoner release and exchange deal under which Israel has agreed to free 1,027 Palestinian detainees in return for an Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who was captured in 2006. Israelis and Palestinians were waiting with bated breath for the planned release on October 18 of a first tranche of 477 Palestinian prisoners in return for an end to the more than five year captivity of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Photo by Ahmed Deeb/wn The Australian Thu 17 Jul 2014
Israel, Gaza in ceasefire limbo
AN Israeli official last night said it had agreed on a truce with Hamas to end 10 days of violence in Gaza, although the reported deal was denied hours later by Foriegn... (photo: WN / Ahmed Deeb)
Hamas   Israel   Mideast Peace   Photos   Wikipedia: Operation Protective Edge
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, right, speaks during an interview with the Argentine newspaper Clarin and the Argentine state news agency Telam, in Damascus, Syria on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Assad said in the interview he won't step down before elections and that the United States has no right to interfere in his country's politics, raising new doubts about a U.S-Russian effort to get Assad and his opponents to negotiate an end to the country's civil war. Stuff Wed 16 Jul 2014
Assad launches new term in stronger position
Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for a new term as Syria's president on Wednesday (local time), after an election which his opponents dismiss as a sham but which he said... (photo: AP / SANA)
Bashar al-Assad   Mideast   Photos   Syria   Wikipedia: Bashar al-Assad
Iraq Shiite fighters with the "Peace Brigades" patrol during a sand storm on the outskirts of Samarra, 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 13, 2014. The Los Angeles Times Tue 15 Jul 2014
Iraqi Shiite fighters of Balad provide bulwark for Baghdad
The Shiite militia commander, slight of build and decked out in green fatigues, views the checkpoint that he oversees as much more than an isolated outpost amid the... (photo: AP)
ISIS   Iraq Conflict   Photos   Syrian War   Wikipedia: 2014 Northern Iraq offensive
This image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq. Al Jazeera Mon 14 Jul 2014
Why Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is an impostor
So Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi claims he has replaced the caliphs of old; those men of wisdom and learning who presided over the glorious days of Islamic civilisation, from the... (photo: AP / Militant video)
ISIS   Iraq War   Islamic Extremism   Photos   Wikipedia: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
File - This undated image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. BBC News Mon 14 Jul 2014
Isis defector speaks of life inside brutal jihadist group
An "Islamic caliphate" has been declared in the Middle East and the group behind it, Isis, has now rebranded itself simply "the Islamic State".... (photo: AP / Militant website)
ISIS   Iraq Conflict   Islamic Extremism   Photos   Wikipedia: 2014 Northern Iraq offensive


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