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HindustanTimes Thu,31 Jul 2014

Did ISIS order mass female genital mutilation?

The United Nations, expressing deep concern, said on Thursday that militant group ISIS had ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation.

ISIS crushes, coerces on march towards Baghdad

Using its own version of "soft" and "hard" power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado.

US condemns religious and ethnic prosecution by ISIS in Iraq

The US has condemned in thestrongest terms the systematic persecution of ethnic and religious minorities by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

Christians flee Mosul after ISIS ultimatum

Thousands of Christians poured into Kurdistan as they fled a Saturday ultimatum by jihadists who overran northwestern Iraq last month and proclaimed a caliphate.

Radical sect may have brainwashed men into joining ISIS

The four men from Kalyan, who have been missing since last month, may have allegedly been indoctrinated into jihad online as well as by a radical sect active in the Thane-Raigad corridor.

Police zero in on sect which ‘brainwashed’ 4 Mumbai youths into joining ISIS jihad in Iraq

The “radicalisation” of four youths from Kalyan, who have allegedly flown into Iraq to join the war for establishing a Muslim caliphate, is suspected to have taken place not only online but also through a radical sect active in the Thane-Raigad corridor, months before they undertook the trip.

ISIS clams up, blow to efforts for release of 39 Indian workers

Iraq’s Sunni militants holding 39 Indians hostage have slammed the doors shut on all negotiations. The Iraqi Red Crescent Society, too, indicated that securing the release would be a ‘long haul.’

Iraqi slaughter swells crowded Shi'ite cemetery

Responding to an appeal from Shi'ite clerics, Salah al-Wa'ili signed up earlier this month with a militia near Baghdad fighting the Islamist insurgents who have swept through northern Iraq and threatened the capital.

Baghdad brothel slaughter toll rises to 31

The death toll from a raid on a Baghdad compound used for prostitution rose to 31 on Monday, as pictures obtained by AFP offered clues to the circumstances of the carnage.

Iraq crisis: Qatar's help sought for release of Indians

Faced with a challenging situation, India is now banking heavily on Qatar to secure the release of 39 workers held captive in Mosul in war-torn Iraq. HT has learnt that a special envoy of the Indian government visited Qatar this week.

Iraq: Sex workers slain amid culture of fear, secrecy

Apartment blocks near a mosque and a kindergarten daubed with cartoon characters seem an unlikely place for the slaughter of 27 alleged prostitutes, but in Baghdad death is never far.

Militants make ground in renewed Iraq offensive

Militants seized part of the Iraqi town of Dhuluiyah and bombed government buildings and a bridge on Sunday as they pressed a renewed offensive for a third day.

Iraq headed for chaos unless politicians unite: UN

Iraqi soldiers backed by Shi'ite militias fought Sunni rebels for control of a military base northeast of Baghdad on Saturday  as a UN envoy warned of chaos if divided lawmakers do not make progress on Sunday towards naming a government.

Human Rights Watch says Iraq forces killed 250 Sunni prisoners

Iraq’s security forces and allied Shiite militias executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners as they fled a lightning jihadist-led advance last month, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.

ISIS effect: Anti-radicalisation panel on cards

Worried that a particularly virulent extremist ideology from west Asia will take root in Kashmir, the home ministry is actively considering setting up a committee to prevent radicalisation of youth in the state.

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