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People Are Spending Thousands of Pounds on ‘Distinguished’ Mobile Phone Numbers in Iraq

In Iraq, trying to obtain the coolest mobile number is a high-stakes scramble, with some numbers being valuable enough to pay off a modest mortgage. Read More >>

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An Enormous Cloud of Toxic Sulphur is Spreading Across Iraq

During a fierce battle for control of the Iraqi city of Mosul last week, Islamic state fighters set fire to a gigantic sulphur plant. Days later, a plume of sulphur dioxide continues to spread over surrounding areas, darkening skies and making the air toxic to breathe. Read More >>

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Islamic State Turn Hobby Drones Into Makeshift Smart Bombs

Last week, an aerial vehicle “the size of a model airplane” guided by members of so-called Islamic State (IS) reportedly exploded after getting shot down by Kurdish forces in Iraq, killing two fighters. Read More >>

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These Oil Wells in Iraq Have Been Burning For Months

A camera aboard the Landsat 8 satellite has been tracking the progress of oil fires in Iraq that have been burning since June. The dark plumes of smoke, which are wreaking havoc onto local communities, are a stark reminder of the ongoing war in the region. Read More >>

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Iraq Wants to Hunt Down ISIS With This Killer Robotic

Military robots are nothing new—whether in reality or pop culture nightmare scenarios. But the Bagdhad Post reports that a new bot could be the first to fire its weapon on Iraqi soil. It’s called alrobot—Arabic for “robot”—and it’s a deadly machine. Read More >>

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The Single Day Heat Record for the Eastern Hemisphere Has Just Been Shattered

Think it’s been hot the last few days? Well, you need to shut-up and stop complaining, because parts of the Middle East are getting absolutely scorched right now. Yesterday, the temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait soared to a blistering 54 degrees Celsius. That’s a record for our planet’s Eastern hemisphere. Read More >>

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Iraq Hacks Own Internet to Beat Exam Cheats

Iraq has once again been accused of breaking massive chunks of the country's internet on purpose, with another series of national outages coincidentally happening right when national exams begin at 5:00am -- mirroring what happened this time last year too. Read More >>

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Terrifying Car Bomb Shockwave Caught on Video

According to the Popular Mobilization Forces—an army formed to fight ISIS in Iraq—a car bomb exploded this week in the north of Samarra, Iraq. Someone was recording with a cellphone and captured the explosion in the distance with pristine quality. Read More >>

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The Looting of Antiquities is Becoming a Bigger Problem in Greece 

We’ve heard report after report about Islamic State looting and destroying ancient archaeological sites in Iraq and Syria. But across the Mediterranean, the looting of antiquities is also posing a problem in economically strained Greece. Read More >>

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The Race to Digitise Iraqi History Before Islamic State Can Get to It 

Like so many bully regimes before it, the so-called Islamic State (IS) has a talent for propaganda. A big part of that effort is documenting the destruction of everything from architecture to historical artefacts, even if they’re unwittingly destroying replicas. In Iraq, the cultural heritage is real — and so is the threat. Read More >>

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How One Twitter Troll Created a Fake Islamic State Battle

Twitter is a pretty easy platform to troll with fake rumours, like celebrity deaths or Justin Bieber self-harm. But making up an entire fake battle between Iraqi and IS forces, complete with battlefield maps and hilarious(ly fake) place names? That takes some skill. Read More >>

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RAF’s Reaper Drones Bombing Iraq for the First Time

The RAF's Reaper drone has dropped its first bomb in Iraq, as Gulf War XIV kicks off in a very hands-off manner. One Hellfire missile was fired at Islamic State targets, apparently hitting local fighters laying roadside bombs north of Baghdad. Read More >>

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All Systems are Go for This C-17 Pilot’s Night of Iraqi Relief Flights

The U.S. Air Force and its allies have been regularly dropping humanitarian aid packages in support of towns and communities besieged by ISIS. On August 31st a USAF photographer captured this stunning image of Capt. Erica Stooksbury, of the the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, prepping her C-17 Globemaster for a relief mission over Amirli, Iraq. Read More >>

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This Video Explains Why Everything is Going to Hell in Iraq Right Now

It seems that, after hundreds of thousands of deaths, Iraq is in a worse state than before the 2003 invasion? How the hell did this happen? Who are these crazy ISIS killers terrorising everyone and taking over the country? You'll understand it all after watching this easy-to-follow video explainer. Read More >>

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The NSA’s Been Spying on Every Single Call, Text, and Email in Iraq

A couple weeks ago, we learned from leaked documents that the NSA has the capability to record an entire country's calls, texts, and email in real time. That's a hell of a capability, and those documents revealed that it was being used in one country. Now, thanks to a retired NSA leader, we know which country that is: Iraq. Read More >>