Iraqi Government Takes Its Fight With ISIS Online

BY Shane Harris JUNE 17, 2014 – 06:28 PM

Iraqi soldiers may have dropped their weapons, stripped off their uniforms, and fled the Islamist jihadists who have conquered a growing list of cities as they move closer to Baghdad. On the battlefields of cyberspace, by contrast, the Iraqi government is putting up a fierce fight against the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

In the past week, government ministries have blocked Internet access in regions where ISIS has a physical foothold in an attempt to stop the group from spreading propaganda and recruiting followers among Iraq’s repressed Sunni minority. The government has also ordered Internet service providers across the country to block all access to certain social media sites, including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, which are ISIS’s favorite tools for spreading propaganda and posting photos and videos of their victories over the Iraqi military and their wholesale slaughter of unarmed Shiites — both sources of tremendous embarrassment for the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite. Continue reading

Suicide bomber kills more than 50 in Iraq

By Jomana Karadsheh, CNN
January 14, 2012 — Updated 1824 GMT (0224 HKT)
Iraqi security forces inpsect the scene of a suicide bombing that killed more than 50 people Saturday near Basra.
Iraqi security forces inpsect the scene of a suicide bombing that killed more than 50 people Saturday near Basra.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Iraqi president and U.S. Embassy condemn the attack
  • The incident is the deadliest attack on Shiites since U.S. completed withdrawal
  • The death toll has climbed to at least 53 killed, ministry says
  • The bomber struck at a police checkpoint outside the city of Basra, officials say

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) — A suicide bomber disguised as a policeman targeted Shiite pilgrims Saturday outside the southern Iraqi city of Basra, killing at least 53 people and wounding 137, the Interior Ministry said.

The blast was the single deadliest attack on the Shiite community since the U.S. military completed its troops withdrawal from Iraq. A January 5 suicide attack on Shiite pilgrims west of the southern city of Nasiriya killed 44.

Saturday’s bomber struck a police checkpoint near a Shiite mosque where many of the pilgrims were headed to mark a revered holy day, the end of a 40-day mourning period known as Arbaeen, Interior Ministry officials said.

President Jalal Talabani called on security forces to beef up their efforts in protecting the war-torn country.

“In a new attempt to incite sectarian sedition and drive the country to the brink of civil war and to terrorize the people , the terrorist forces have committed a series of heinous crimes that have targeted Imam Hussain pilgrims,” Talabani said.

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Al-Sadr followers rally in Iraq against US troops

Veiled women supporters of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr march while holding a sign that reads, “no, no to occupation,” in Arabic, in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, May 26, 2011. Tens of thousands of followers of the Shiite anti-American cleric are rallying in Baghdad, demanding the U.S. military leave Iraq at the end of the year. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

BAGHDAD — Militiamen and followers of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr led a massive rally on Thursday, marching in Baghdad in a show of force as Iraqi leaders weigh whether to keep U.S. troops in the country beyond the end of the year. Continue reading