Jan 22 2016

Iraq Plunges Into Violence… Again

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GUEST: Rahul Mahajan, a sociologist and author of Full Spectrum Dominance: US Power in Iraq and Beyond, and a frequent guest on Uprising.

Satellite pictures are showing that Iraq’s oldest Christian monastery has likely been demolished by the Islamic State group. The monastery, located in Mosul which ISIS captured, was estimated to be 1,400 years old. It is thought to have been destroyed in late 2014.

But it’s not just historical heritage sites that the group is suspected to be devastating. A new United Nations report earlier this week found that nearly 19,000 Iraqi civilians were killed in a 14-month period between January 2014 and October 2015. The UN called the figure “staggering.” Of those killed, about half lost their lives in the capital, Baghdad. Additionally, more than 36,000 Iraqis were injured, and 3.2 million displaced. Among the displaced are a million children.

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