These Veterans Started Businesses Inspired by Their Deployments

Some veterans have started businesses that draw from their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, and thrived.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agriculture-and-farming, #colombia, #e-commerce, #international-trade-and-world-market, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #labor-and-jobs, #rumi-spice-pbc, #small-business, #veterans, #vietnam, #women-and-girls

Building the First Long-Distance Hiking Trail in Kurdistan

Can it help knit together a nation?

#hikes-and-hiking, #iran, #iraq, #kurdistan, #kurds

Iran’s Attack Was Response to Secret Israeli Attack on Drone Site

Israel and Iran are pushing the boundaries of a long-running clandestine war that is increasingly spilling out of the shadows.

#drones-pilotless-planes, #erbil-iraq, #iran, #iraq, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #israel, #united-states-international-relations

In Texas, Biden Says New Legislation Could Expand Benefits for Burn Pit Victims

The president is focused on veterans who fell ill after breathing in toxic materials from burning waste in Iraq and Afghanistan, exposure that he believes contributed to the death of his elder son.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agent-orange-defoliant, #biden-joseph-r-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #waste-materials-and-disposal

Middle East Sympathizes With Ukrainian Refugees

Many in the region took to social media to express sympathy for Ukrainians forced to flee, though their warm welcome in Europe evoked a tinge of bitterness over the treatment of Arab and Muslim migrants.

#european-union, #germany, #immigration-and-emigration, #iraq, #libya, #middle-east, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #syria, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yemen

A Broken System Is Putting Not Just Afghan Allies at Risk. Congress Must Fix It.

We need a system that more efficiently resettles those who worked for the U.S. government in times of war. 

#afghanistan, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #immigration-and-emigration, #iraq, #visas

Syria’s Kurds Wanted Autonomy. They Got an Endless War.

The Kurds of northeastern Syria dreamed of establishing an autonomous, multiethnic and gender-equal utopia. Instead, their breakaway region has been engulfed in conflict since its creation.

#democratic-federation-of-rojava-north-syria, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurdistan, #kurds, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #turkey, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Leader’s Death Is Another Blow for ISIS, but It’s Hardly the End

The Islamic State is a shadow of its former self. But it’s likely to keep adapting and enduring, even after the U.S. raid that killed its top commander.

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Five Takeaways From the U.S. Raid That Killed the Islamic State’s Leader

A daring raid by U.S. Special Operations forces that resulted in the death of the ISIS leader offered a vivid reminder that the chaos in Syria continues to reverberate.

#afghanistan, #al-qurayshi-abu-ibrahim-al-hashemi, #civilian-casualties, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

How Randa Abd Al-Aziz, a Black Iraqi, Got a Sudden Career in TV News

Randa Abd Al-Aziz was joking with friends in a Baghdad cafe when she got a surprise job offer: broadcasting the news in Iraq, whose Black citizens have little media presence and even less power.

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ISIS Siege of Syria Prison Proves It’s Still a Threat

The Islamic State may no longer be able to control territory, but it has shown in Syria and Iraq that it can still pull off opportunistic military operations.

#afghanistan, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #muslims-and-islam, #prison-escapes, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #terrorism, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Boys Held as Hostages by ISIS Worry Rights Activists

About 700 boys have been held for years in a prison in Syria because their parents joined the Islamic State. Now their lives are in danger.

#child-soldiers, #children-and-childhood, #detainees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #prison-escapes, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #united-nations-childrens-fund, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

As ISIS Resurges, US is Drawn Back Into the Fray

“ISIS is not over”: Attacks in Syria and Iraq make clear that the militants have lost neither their will to fight nor their ability to do so.

#detainees, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #prison-escapes, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Rockets Possibly Fired by Pro-Iran Assailants Target U.S. Embassy in Iraq

Four rockets were fired at the fortified compound that houses the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and suspicion fell on pro-Iran militias.

#baghdad-iraq, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iran, #iraq, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Documents Reveal Flaws in Pentagon Dismissals of Civilian Casualty Claims in Iraq and Syria

A Times investigation found inconsistent approaches to assessing claims of civilians killed by coalition forces — including failures to conduct simple internet searches.

#amaq-news-agency, #arabic-language, #civilian-casualties, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-department, #freedom-of-information-act, #google-maps, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mosul-iraq, #new-york-times, #raqqa-syria, #syria, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #your-feed-visual-investigations

Should Biden Say He Won’t Run Again?

Readers discuss a column by Bret Stephens urging the president not to run. Also: Conflicted feeling on abortion; Iraq book fair.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #book-fairs, #books-and-literature, #iraq, #stephens-bret-1973, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Human Toll

U.S. airstrikes have not lived up to their billing.

#civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #iraq, #mosul-iraq

The Human Toll of America’s Air Wars

A trove of internal documents, combined with extensive reporting across the Middle East, reveals the tragic, disastrous failures of the U.S. military’s long-distance approach to warfare.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #iraq, #middle-east, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Reveling in the Joys of Books, and Reading, at a Baghdad Book Fair

Iraq is home to literary traditions ancient and modern, and to legions of avid readers who find a new book more meaningful to them than a new government.

#baghdad-iraq, #book-fairs, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #iraq, #mosul-iraq

What to Know About the Civilian Casualty Files

A New York Times investigation found that the American air war in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan has been plagued by flawed intelligence, poor targeting and thousands of civilian deaths.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #drones-pilotless-planes, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #military-aircraft, #syria, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

‘Our Boat Was Surrounded by Dead Bodies’: Witnessing a Migrant Tragedy

Migrants who were on a separate boat described the horrible aftermath of the sinking in the English Channel that took at least 27 lives.

#calais-france, #deaths-fatalities, #english-channel, #france, #great-britain, #immigration-and-emigration, #iraq, #kurdistan, #maritime-accidents-and-safety

U.S. Announces End to Combat Mission in Iraq, but Troops Will Not Leave

The U.S. military said it had transitioned to an advise and assist mission in the country, but the roughly 2,500 service members on the ground will remain, staying on in support roles.

#baghdad-iraq, #defense-and-military-forces, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

ISIS Fighter Convicted in Death of Enslaved 5-Year-Old Girl

In a trial held in Germany, the man was sentenced to life in prison for the death of the Yazidi girl, whom he allowed to die of thirst in Falluja, Iraq.

#falluja-iraq, #germany, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #terrorism, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #yazidi-religious-sect

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

A young Kurdish woman, Maryam Nuri, died with 26 others after making a desperate attempt to join her fiancé by crossing the English Channel from France on an inflatable boat.

#content-type-personal-profile, #drownings, #english-channel, #iraq, #kurdistan, #kurds, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis

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

Bria Ali and her family have twice tried to make it to Germany, desperate for a better life. They are now back home with thousands of others who made it to Europe in recent months only to be deported.

#belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #deportation, #erbil-iraq, #europe, #germany, #iraq, #kurds

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

“If I find a better and safe route, I will definitely try again,” said one of the more than 600 Iraqi migrants who came home on the government’s latest evacuation flights.

#baghdad-iraq, #belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #erbil-iraq, #europe, #european-union, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #iraq, #kurds, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government

How the Belarus Standoff Is Unlike Recent Migrant Crises

The images at the Belarus-Poland border look familiar, but this emergency has little in common with previous waves of people from Syria, Myanmar and Afghanistan.

#asylum-right-of, #belarus, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #iraq, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland, #syria

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

Regarded as infidels by the Taliban, over 100 students from the American University in Kabul have found an unlikely refuge in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya.

#afghanistan, #american-university-of-afghanistan, #american-university-of-iraq, #colleges-and-universities, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #iraq, #kabul-afghanistan, #kurdistan, #salih-barham, #sulaimaniya-iraq

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

In ‘Alpha,’ a Times reporter details the SEALs culture that fostered Eddie Gallagher’s rise and sheds new light on the events that led to his trial (and acquittal) in a polarizing war crimes case.

#books-and-literature, #gallagher-edward-1979, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mosul-iraq, #navy-seals, #philipps-david-1977, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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

Iraqi Kurds and other migrants said they were fleeing despair at home, but Belarus encouraged them, offering visas and helping them get to the border.

#belarus, #border-barriers, #defense-and-military-forces, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #erbil-iraq, #europe, #european-union, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #iraq, #kurdistan, #kurds, #latvia, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #minsk-belarus, #poland, #smuggling

Iraq Says Drone Strike Was Aimed at Prime Minister

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was unharmed in the attack on his residence early Sunday, the government said.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #baghdad-iraq, #iraq, #kadhimi-mustafa-al

Colin Powell Was My Thurgood Marshall

He was Black and Republican, a soldier and a diplomat — and his life holds a particular message for a nation whose democracy is increasingly in peril.

#black-people, #buchanan-patrick-j, #cheney-dick, #defense-and-military-forces, #gingrich-newt, #iraq, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #obama-barack, #powell-colin-l, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #rumsfeld-donald-h, #state-department, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vietnam-war

The Life and Career of Colin Powell

Across three presidencies, he served as America’s top soldier, diplomat and national security adviser.

#audio-neutral-informative, #black-people, #deaths-obituaries, #iraq, #powell-colin-l, #south-bronx-bronx-ny, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Iraq Says It Arrested a Leading Islamic State Figure

One of the most senior ISIS leaders ever to be taken alive is now reported to be in custody. The U.S. had offered a reward of up to $5 million for his capture.

#baghdadi-abu-bakr-al, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria

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

Results showed the party of Muqtada al-Sadr making the biggest gains in a vote that could help shape Iraq’s direction and its relationship with both the United States and Iran.

#baghdad-iraq, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #iraq, #kadhimi-mustafa-al, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #sadr-moktada-al

Iraqis’ Frustration Over Broken Promises Keeps Voter Turnout Low

Iraqis voted in parliamentary elections that were called a year early in response to anti-government protests.

#baghdad-iraq, #elections, #iraq, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government

Behind the Scenes of the Events of Jan. 6

John Eastman, a lawyer who advised Donald Trump, and others discuss Jan. 6. Also: A non-coup pledge; missing Yazidis; clerical celibacy; taxing the ultrarich.

#australia, #celibacy, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #eastman-john-c, #inheritance-and-estate-taxes, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #pence-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yazidi-religious-sect

In Iraqi Elections, Guns and Money Still Dominate Politics

Iraqis vote Sunday in parliamentary elections called a year early, after huge anti-government protests. Most parties are appealing to voters on the basis of religious, ethnic or tribal loyalty.

#asaib-ahl-al-haq, #baghdad-iraq, #corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #iran, #iraq, #kadhimi-mustafa-al, #league-of-the-righteous, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #youth

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

Seven years after they were captured by the Islamic State, some members of the Iraqi religious minority are still being held captive by fighters in Syria. Others are with families of ISIS militants.

#human-trafficking, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #missing-persons, #syria, #turkey, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #women-and-girls, #yazidi-religious-sect

Talk of Iraq Recognizing Israel Prompts Threats of Arrest or Death

A conference promoting normalization, organized by a little-known American group, prompted a furor, pointing to the volatility and danger in Iraqi politics.

#braude-joseph, #erbil-iraq, #international-relations, #iraq, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #kurds, #sunni-muslims, #threats-and-threatening-messages

Women Enslaved by ISIS Say They Did Not Consent to a Film About Them

The acclaimed documentary “Sabaya” portrays the rescue of Yazidi women sexually enslaved by the Islamic State terrorist group. But many of the traumatized women said they never agreed to be in the film.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #hirori-hogir, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #privacy, #sabaya-movie, #sundance-film-festival-park-city-utah, #sweden, #swedish-film-institute, #syria, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #yazidi-religious-sect

U.S. Troops Still Deploying to Iraq, Even as Afghan War Ends

In the other country the United States invaded after 9/11, American troops continue to serve combat tours in harm’s way. Meet the soldiers headed for duty in Iraq.

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The False and Dangerous Promise of Humane Wars

Samuel Moyn’s “Humane” explores America’s enthusiasm for making wars more humane even if it assures us of future wars.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #books-and-literature, #humane-how-the-united-states-abandoned-peace-and-reinvented-war-book, #iraq, #moyn-samuel, #obama-barack, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

I Don’t Regret Serving in the Afghanistan War

It’s not a surprise that many American veterans are highly cynical about these wars. We are also conflicted about our own service.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #iraq, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

Biden, Still Grieving His Son Beau, Finds That Not Everyone Wants to Hear About It

Referring to Beau Biden with families of U.S. Marines killed in the Kabul airport bombing drew criticism, but the president remains haunted by memories of a son he described as “me, but without all the downsides.”

#afghanistan, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #delaware, #democratic-party, #dover-air-force-base-del, #iraq, #marjory-stoneman-douglas-high-school-parkland-fla, #national-guard, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-politics-and-government

Let’s Not Pretend That the Way We Withdrew From Afghanistan Was the Problem

Our ignominious exit reflects the failure of America’s foreign policy establishment at both prediction and policymaking.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #draper-robert-1959, #international-relations, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Iraqi Authorities Revise Down Death Toll in Covid Hospital Fire

Regional health officials now say 60 died, not 92 as initially reported by the state news media.

#accidents-and-safety, #deaths-fatalities, #fires-and-firefighters, #iraq, #nasiriya-iraq

Iraq Condemns U.S. Airstrikes on Iranian-Backed Militias

Baghdad said the attacks overnight were a violation of its sovereignty. One of the targeted militias threatened to wage “open war” on American interests in Iraq.

#defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #iran, #iraq, #popular-mobilization-forces-iraq, #syria, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.S. Carries Out Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

The attacks were against weapons storage facilities used by Iranian-backed militias to conduct drone strikes against locations where the American military is.

#defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #iraq, #kataib-hezbollah, #kirby-john-f, #syria, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

UNESCO Mosul Competition Design Prompts Outcry

The restoration is seen as essential to the idea that the Iraqi city has moved on from ISIS. But some critics say the plan betrays Iraq’s heritage.

#architecture, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #iraq, #mosques, #mosul-iraq, #muslims-and-islam, #restoration-and-renovation, #united-nations, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #wright-frank-lloyd