Daesh attack kills security forces near Kirkuk on Iraq election day

In this file photo, Daesh fighters parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle on the main road in Iraq.(AP)
Updated 12 May 2018
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Daesh attack kills security forces near Kirkuk on Iraq election day

LONDON: Several Iraqi security officials and pro-government Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi fighters were killed and injured on Saturday, southwest of Kirkuk. 
A security source said at least eight casualties were reported in the attack affiliated with Daesh extremists, according to Alsumaria News.  
The source said “Daesh militants attacked a checkpoint manned by Iraqi police and the Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi (also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces) near Saadouniyah, 35 kilometers southwest of Kirkuk, killing four security officials, two Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi members and wounding two others.”
Daesh had threatened to attack polling stations before the country's first elections since the rise of the terrorist group.
The oil-rich city of Kirkuk is one of Iraq’s most diverse cities, home to Iraqi Arabs, Turkmen, Christians and Kurds.


Nobel laureate Murad to build hospital in her hometown in Iraq

Updated 15 December 2018
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Nobel laureate Murad to build hospital in her hometown in Iraq

  • The laureate was awarded the $1 million prize alongside Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege
  • She said she will use the money to “build a hospital in Sinjar to treat ill people, mainly widows and women”

SINJAR, Iraq: Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi woman held as a sex slave by Daesh militants who won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, said on Friday she intended to use the prize money to build a hospital for victims of sexual abuse in her hometown.
The Yazidi survivor was speaking to a crowd of hundreds in Sinjar, her hometown in northern Iraq.
“With the money I got from the Nobel Peace prize, I will build a hospital in Sinjar to treat ill people, mainly widows and women who were exposed to sexual abuses by Daesh militants,” she told the crowd and gathered journalists.
She thanked the Iraqi and Kurdistan governments for agreeing to her plan and said she would be contacting humanitarian organizations “soon” to start construction.
Murad was awarded the $1 million prize alongside Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
She was one of about 7,000 women and girls captured in northwest Iraq in August 2014 and held by Daesh in Mosul, where she was tortured and raped.
She escaped after three months and reached Germany, from where she campaigned extensively to appeal for support for the Yazidi community.
The Yazidi area in Sinjar had previously been home to about 400,000 people, mostly Yazidis and Arab Sunnis.
In a matter of days, more than 3,000 Yazidis were killed and about 6,800 kidnapped, either sold into slavery or conscripted to fight for Daesh as the religious minority came under attack.