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Iraq reconstruction effort looms large

International | Nations pledge $30 billion, but many needs remain
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 2/20/18, 02:40 pm

A recent conference held to raise funds for Iraq’s reconstruction secured about $30 billion in loans and investment pledges, a start toward the financial needs of a nation devastated by war and terrorism. But it will take more than money to rebuild after Islamic State (ISIS) beat down Iraqis through persecution and genocide.

“Recovery and reconciliation will be vital to prevent a new cycle of public frustration, radicalization and the risk of new violent extremism,” wrote Ahmed Twaij with the U.S. Institute of Peace.

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ISIS claims deadly Russian church shooting

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/19/18, 10:17 am

A gunman on Sunday killed five people and injured four others when he opened fire on churchgoers as they left a service in the predominantly Muslim southern province of Dagestan, Russia. Police officials who responded to the attack in the city of Kizlyar shot and killed the gunman. Russian regional Interior Ministry spokesman Ruslan Gadzhiibragimov identified the gunman as a local resident and said authorities detained his wife for questioning. The TASS Russian News Agency said security forces who responded to the attack found the gunman with a hunting rifle, bullets, and a knife.

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Threat level ‘high’ for great-power conflict

International | National intelligence director says risk greater ‘than at any time since the Cold War’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/14/18, 02:55 pm

UNITED STATES: The risk of conflict among great powers “is higher than at any time since the Cold War,” according to the worldwide threat assessment delivered to Congress Tuesday by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. Contrary to statements by President Donald Trump about the defeat of ISIS in Iraq, the Coats report indicates ISIS “probably will maintain” its insurgency in Iraq and Syria “as part of a long-term strategy.”

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