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  As I make my hundredth attempt at getting our Skype connection working, I listen carefully awaiting the sound of his breath. Finally, a crackle on the line and I hear him speak. It’s a clearer connection and finally I can share his story. This is him, speaking from Iraq. “I’m a survivor of the Syrian war. I have been in Iraq since February 2013, working in IDP camps for UNICEF as Child Development Officer. Again I remember I am one of the lucky few. I’m one of the lucky few, as I write this in mid August 2014, just

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The Huriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has said that his amalgam will adopt a wait and watch policy over the establishment of Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and the announcement of the Islamic Caliph. In a detailed interview to The Kashmir Magazine, Geelani said that it is the moral responsibility of every Pakistani citizen to help Kashmir cause, “It is the responsibility of every Pak citizen to raise voice for Kashmir.” The Hurriyat chairman stated that his amalgam is yet to take final call over the reports of Islamic State in Iraq and the declaration of Al- Baghdadi

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After the holy month of fasting for “Ramadan” today is the day of Eid ul Fitr for the Muslim world.  Here in Kashmir thousands came out to offer morning prayers in various locations around the valley, people offered prayers for the end of the Israel war and occupation of Palestine and offered solidarity prayers with Gaza. After prayers several protesting youth took to the streets against Indian occupation, and Israel’s war on Palestine, some were also carrying the flags of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Stone throwing clashes between police and youth continued as Police used tear

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Syria is going through one of the world’s deadly conflicts – this civil war, which began as the “Jasmine Revolution” Arab uprising started in March 2011 it spilled over from Tunisia, the countrywide protests against president Bashar al-Assad’s government began. The Arab uprising was instigated by the dissatisfaction by populations of the ruling governments, dictatorships, corruption, and monarch rule.  Assad’s regime which has been in power for over 40 years, responded with deadly crackdowns against the armed rebellion. The Free Syrian Army and the Islamic Front, both have been fighting the regime’s troops. Last year, Hezbollah also stepped in to

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In this interview, The Kashmir Walla, speaks to the Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Kabul Times Daily, Hamidullah Arefi, who is based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Arefi speaks about the recent elections, effect of Pakistan’s internal conflicts on the country’s political scenario and also the rising threats of foreign invasions, in past or in future. Hamidullah Arefi Can you tell us about this year’s elections, its current standing and about the acceptance of political Taliban members being in the parliament? We have passed two rounds of elections successfully with the high turnout of voters. It was a move toward institutionalization of

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More than 190,000 people have been killed in the 10 years since the war in Iraq began. The war will cost the U.S. $2.2 trillion, including substantial costs for veterans care through 2053, far exceeding the initial government estimate of $50 to $60 billion, according to a new report by scholars with the “Costs of War” project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. The 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq is March 19, 2013.  More than 70 percent of deaths from direct war violence have been civilians. That does not include indirect deaths from disease or

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The War, in a Sense, Is Over. But a New Struggle Begins As Citizens Ask the Inevitable Question: What Next? From Baghdad on January 2, 2009, Anthony Shadid wrote BAGHDAD — Maybe it was the only shot heard for days in a neighborhood once ordered by the cadence of gunfire. Perhaps it was the smiles at checkpoints and the shouts of Iraqi policemen navigating the always snarled traffic. “God’s mercy on your parents,” they beseeched. “God’s blessings on you.” Maybe it was the music box still playing “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” at a kiosk overflowing with Christmas tree

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Imagine for a moment that somewhere in the middle of Texas there was a large foreign military base, say Chinese or Russian. Imagine that thousands of armed foreign troops were constantly patrolling American streets in military vehicles. Imagine they were here under the auspices of “keeping us safe” or “promoting democracy” or “protecting their strategic interests.” Imagine that they operated outside of US law, and that the Constitution did not apply to them. Imagine that every now and then they made mistakes or acted on bad information and accidentally killed or terrorized innocent Americans, including women and children, most of

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By Iymon Ganaie Documentary films do often bring an agitation after which it is apt to shed tears. Agitation, which must be perceived as the out coming of human barbarism. Taxi To The Dark Side written and directed by Alex Gibney is one of the films, which shows the true face of human barbarism. After watching the film, I remembered German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who once said, “He who fights monsters must take care lest he become a monster.” After 9/11, United States and its allies declared a “war on terror”. It was more than a war – it was

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