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Iraqis fly back home after failing to cross from Belarus to EU

Nov 18 2021

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) -Hundreds of Iraqis who had camped for weeks at Belarus' borders with the EU seeking to cross into the bloc flew back home on Thursday.

Wine press dating back 2,700 years discovered in northern Iraq

Nov 01 2021

DOHUK, Iraq Archaeologists have excavated the first, and what they believe is the oldest, industrial wine press in northern Mesopotamia dating back more than 2,700 years and coinciding with a sharp rise in wine demand among the ruling imperial elites of Assyria.

In Iraq Kurdish town, many undertake smuggling route to Europe via Belarus

Oct 05 2021

SHILADZE, Iraq Despite the risk of getting stranded in Europe or perishing on the way there, scores of people from a single town in Iraq's Kurdish region have opted to be smuggled into European Union countries via Belarus, local smugglers and officials say. | Video

Yazidi Iraqi keeps tradition alive of arak-making from dates

Oct 20 2020

BASHIQA, Iraq Saad Hussein, a 42-year-old Yazidi Iraqi, is one of the last in the northern region of Nineveh producing the anise-flavoured spirit, arak, from local dates.

For Iraq's persecuted Yazidis, return plan is fraught with risk

Oct 16 2020

DOHUK, Iraq, Oct 16 The Yazidis of northern Iraq, an ancient religious minority brutally persecuted by Islamic State, want nothing more than peace, security and a better life in their home town of Sinjar - but they want it on their terms.

Zoroastrians make a comeback in northern Iraq, but still face stigma

Sep 30 2020

DOHUK, Iraq Carefully tucking his Farvahar pendant under his shirt, Aram Mehdi reminds himself of the core Zoroastrian principles it represents: good words, good thoughts and good deeds.

Displaced Yazidis head back to Sinjar as coronavirus lockdown bites

Jul 06 2020

SHARYA, Iraq Hundreds of Yazidi families driven from their hometown of Sinjar in northern Iraq years ago are now returning as the impact of coronavirus lockdown measures makes their lives in exile even harder.

For father of drowned boy, new wave of migrants brings back haunting memories

Mar 04 2020

ERBIL, Iraq Four-and-a-half years ago the image of a drowned toddler washed up on a beach on the Turkish coast shocked the world and drew attention to the perilous journey many Syrians took to flee civil war and reach the shores of Greece. | Video

U.S. mulls leaving some troops in Syria to guard oil: Pentagon

Oct 22 2019

DOHUK, Iraq/KABUL The Pentagon is considering keeping some U.S. troops near oilfields in northeastern Syria alongside Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to help deny oil to Islamic State militants, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday. | Video

U.S. troops cross into Iraq from Syria

Oct 21 2019

DOHUK, Iraq United States troops have crossed into Iraq from Syria through the Sahela border crossing in the northern province of Dohuk, Reuters witnesses said on Monday. | Video

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