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The collapse of Iraq's Shiite alliance. US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) gives a thumbs-up as Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (R) welcomes him at the prime minister's palace in Baghdad, April 8, 2016.

The collapse of Iraq's Shiite alliance

(photo by REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst) Author: Week in Review Posted April 10, 2016 Iraqi Shiite alliance collapses Summary⎙ Print Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr co-opts popular reform movement; Erdogan’s bid for empowered presidency linked to war with PKK; Turkey feels pressure to intensify fight against Islamic State; Backlash over Egyptian government crackdown on media.

US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Baghdad on April 8-9 to offer support for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who finds himself increasingly isolated among Iraq’s Shiite political and clerical leadership. Rockets hit Baghdad's Green Zone after protests turn violent. BAGHDAD (AP) — Two rockets landed in Baghdad's highly fortified Green Zone on Saturday night following clashes at anti-government protests that left five dead, according to Iraqi security and hospital officials.

Rockets hit Baghdad's Green Zone after protests turn violent

Non fu Saddam a gasare i curdi: l'insabbiato rapporto dell'USAWC - Andrea Carancini. Di Raju Thomas, Times of India-Centre for Research on Globalisation, settembre 2002 Il US Army War College (USAWC) intraprese uno studio sull’uso di armi chimiche da parte di Iran e Iraq per capire meglio la guerra chimica sul campo di battaglia.

Non fu Saddam a gasare i curdi: l'insabbiato rapporto dell'USAWC - Andrea Carancini

Concluse che era stato l’Iran e non l’Iraq a uccidere i curdi. La reiterata arma propagandistica americana per giustificare la morte di più di un milione di civili iracheni innocenti, avvenuta a partire dal 1991 a causa delle sanzioni economiche, è che Saddam Hussein durante la guerra Iran-Iraq utilizzò gas tossico contro gli iraniani e contro i propri stessi cittadini iracheni di etnia curda. Why aren't Mosul residents returning to liberated areas? Guido Olimpio - Trappola a Mosul MOSUL, Iraq (AP) _ Hours... Rockets hit Baghdad's Green Zone after protests turn violent. Guido Olimpio - Qualcuno mi avevo chiesto news su Mosul,... Mosul Dam collapse 'will be worse than a nuclear bomb' - News from Al Jazeera. As Iraqi forces continue their military operation to take Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), another equally important battle to save the Mosul Dam, located 60km north of Mosul, is under way.

Mosul Dam collapse 'will be worse than a nuclear bomb' - News from Al Jazeera

After six months of frantic security and logistical preparations, an Italian company has kicked off the repair works to beef up the dam, under the protection of five hundred Italian soldiers and Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The Italian company,TREVI, will have about 18 months to prevent the foundations of the dam from plunging deeper underground, averting an impending catastrophe. Experts warn that if the dam collapses, up to 11.11 billion cubic-metres of water known as Lake Dahuk, will submerge Mosul and create an inundation that will affect the lives of millions of people living along the banks of the Tigris river. The engineering company is also training local staff to use its technology.

Source: Al Jazeera. Diga di Mosul, il punto della situazione. Facciamo il punto sulla Diga di Mosul che, acceso gli animi in certi momenti, sembra essere finita nel dimenticatoio dei grandi media.

Diga di Mosul, il punto della situazione

Kurdistan24. How to resolve Iraq’s Shiite militia problem. The operation to liberate Mosul will almost certainly bring an end to the Islamic State’s territorial control in Iraq and will be the death knell of the so-called “Caliphate.”

How to resolve Iraq’s Shiite militia problem

But what comes next? Iraq lacks the resources and the capacity to rebuild the towns and cities that have been destroyed since the anti-ISIS campaign was launched, and there are no guarantees the international community will fill that gap. Iraq is suffering the consequences of corruption, sectarianism, and dysfunctional governance—but those aren’t new. To compound matters for the Iraqi state, and its people, it also has to contend with the rise of Shiite militia groups. Behind Erdogan’s Dismissive Statements to Iraq’s Prime Minister. October 12, 2016 Turkey’s Iraq policy changed considerably in the past half-decade.

Behind Erdogan’s Dismissive Statements to Iraq’s Prime Minister

Turkey has implicitly broken with its “one Iraq” policy and, since 2010, has taken steps to deepen alliances with political actors, committed to the further decentralization—and, in the longer term, break-up—of the Iraqi state. This policy is a sharp departure from Turkey’s history of advocacy for a strong, centralized Iraqi state, without an independent and strong Kurdish region. Turkey’s implicit advocacy for the further decentralization of the Iraqi state, is demonstrated by alliances with the former governor of Ninewa, Atheel al-Nujaifi, and his brother, Osama. LIVE BLOG: The battle for Mosul. Mosul Eye, a blog which reports from inside the city, describes the conditions since the start of the Iraqi offensive.

LIVE BLOG: The battle for Mosul

It describes Islamic State presence as patchy, although strong in many places including a section of the city rich with a bomb-making factories, prison camps holding thousands of people - including Yazidi women enslaved by the group after the capture of Sinjar in 2014. MEE has summarised the blog, but you can read the full post by clicking this link. Surveillance aircraft in sky at all hours.An uneasy quietness in the city.

People are out for few hours and then disappear. Life in the city is over by 4pm.IS fighters do not appear much. Lawmakers urge administration to focus on what comes after Mosul. Red Cross: One million could flee Mosul battle in Iraq - News from Al Jazeera. Iraq humanitarian crisis in numbers 10 million Iraqis in dire need of aid 3.3 million internally displaced 2.6 refugees became refugees in past two years Up to one million Iraqis risk facing displacement in the coming weeks as fighting intensifies ahead of a government offensive to retake the northern city of Mosul from ISIL, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Red Cross: One million could flee Mosul battle in Iraq - News from Al Jazeera

"The situation is unpredictable but we must prepare for the worst," Robert Mardini, the ICRC's regional director for the Near and Middle East, said in a statement on Friday. Erdogan: Turkey 'will be at table' for Mosul talks. Battle for Mosul launched by Iraq PM Haider al-Abadi - News from Al Jazeera. Iraq war map: Who controls what. Mine, trincee e trappole Così difendono i jihadisti. Nell'inferno di Baghdad: "Sembrava un girone dell'inferno, questo Paese non ha futuro"