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Iraq expels Islamic State families from local communities
TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi authorities are expelling the families of suspected Islamic State members from their homes as the jihadist group loses ground, raising fears of communal violence if people seek to settle old scores.
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Iraqi-American composer musically translates wartime letters
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Rahim AlHaj cried every time he read the letters of eight Iraqis sharing personal, harrowing tales of love, loss and hope in wartime since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Rather than retreat, the Iraqi-American composer and musician…
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Iraq: Trump's Muslim ban 'a matter of life and death'
The Iraqi government has come under increasing pressure to retaliate against Trump's Muslim ban.
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Rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone after protests turn violent
The security officials say there were no casualties as the rockets landed Saturday night on the parade grounds in the center of the highly f...       
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Security forces fire tear gas at 1,000s of protesters near Baghdad ‘Green Zone’ – reports
Iraqi security sources have deployed tear gas in Baghdad’s Green Zone against thousands of supporters of influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, Reuters and local media reported. Read Full Article at RT.com
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'Bowling Green': Not first slip-up

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Bowling Green Massacre picture: Darcy cartoon
The only casualties of the Bowling Green Massacre are Kellyanne Conway's already wounded reputation and the truth, which was shot multiple times. CLEVELAND, Ohio --  The only casualties of the fictitious 'Bowling Green Massacre are Kellyanne Conway's already wounded reputation, and the truth, which was shot multiple times. Conway said she  misspoke  when she cited the fake massacre in defending Trump's Muslim ban on MSNBC's "Hardball".    "I meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists", Conway tweeted, referring to two Iraqi men living in Bowling Green Kentucky who were arrested and convicted for plotting to send weapons to al-Qaeda in Iraq. For several reasons, I don't buy Conway's claim that she just misspoke.   She, in fact, had mentioned the two terrorists in her initial comment.  And the entire answer was not just some tossed-off line.   It was an involved response. "I bet it's brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre.   Most  people don't know that because it didn't get covered." That's what Conway said.  She says she meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists", which would read like this: "...President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and were the masterminds behind Bowling Green terrorists." Conway's a smart woman.  She knew exactly what she was saying and why.  Instead of misspeaking, I believe Conway was attempting to employ a classic propaganda technique to implant fear-mongering fake news to bolster Trump's Muslim ban.   This has been the m.o. of the Steve Bannon controlled Trump campaign and presidential administration. The kernel of truth is two Iraqi men in Bowling Green.  Inflame it with fake news alternative facts of a massacre, there has been so many, gullible American viewers will buy it --so believes the Trump camp. Conway's two other lies on "Hardball" The Bowling Green line was just the biggest of what were at least three major lies Conway spoke on "Hardball." Conway lied when she said Obama enacted  a "six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program."    Obama never instituted a six-month ban.   After the two Iraqi men in Bowling Green were arrested, the Obama administration began reviewing and tightening vetting procedures on Iraqi refugees, which dramatically slowed the visa approval process, which was already long to begin with, but never stopped it. Conway also lied when she said the arrest of two Iraqi nationals was never covered.   The Washington Post's search found around 90 stories in major newspapers.   The Bowling Green Daily News has written close to 100 stories about the case.  It was covered by every major news network.  Conway herself linked to ABC NEWS coverage of the arrests, in one of her follow up tweets attempting to do damage control. The two Iraqi men were never even convicted of plotting a massacre to take place in Bowling Green.    They were convicted of plotting to send money and arms back to Iraq, where they had fought, to be used against US forces there. It was an especially rough ending of the week for Trump's two primary mouthpieces.   Last night, on "Saturday Night Live", Melissa McCarthy impersonated Sean Spicer in what's rightfully being dubbed an instant classic SNL skit.    What was left of Spicer's already damaged image, McCarthy destroyed  with the greatest SNL impersonation since Tina Fey's take on Sarah Palin. It's only been a few weeks, and already,Trump's two primary spokespeople, Conway and Spicer, have nearly destroyed their credibility.
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Iraqi 'speechless' after 7-year-wait to get into US
Munther Alaskry first bonded with American Marines over a shared love of Metallica. He later cleared roads of bombs for U.S. troops and translated for them, helping the military navigate his war-torn country. The 37-year-old Iraqi engineer spent nearly a decade working for the U.S. government in...
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New Yorkers hold vigil at Bowling Green for 'massacre' victims
“We’re commemorating the victims of Bowling Green,” said Chris Bauer. “It never happened so they were never commemorated.”
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Kellyanne Conway misspeaks about 'Bowling Green massacre' that didn't happen, later walks back remark
During a Thursday interview on MSNBC, Kellyanne Conway defended President Trump's travel ban related to seven majority-Muslim countries. At one point, Conway made a reference to two Iraqi refugees whom she described as the masterminds behind "the Bowling Green Massacre." Kellyanne Conway has taken "alternative facts" to a new level. During a Thursday interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, the counselor to the president defended President Trump's travel ban related to seven majority-Muslim countries. At one point, Conway made a reference to two Iraqi refugees whom she described as the masterminds behind "the Bowling Green Massacre." "Most people don't know that because it didn't get covered," Conway said. The Bowling Green Massacre didn't get covered because it didn't happen. There has never been a terrorist attack in Bowling Green, Kentucky, carried out by Iraqi refugees or anyone else. Conway was likely referring to two Iraqi citizens living in Bowling Green who were arrested in 2011 and eventually sentenced to federal prison for attempting to send weapons and money to al-Qaida in Iraq for the purpose of killing U.S. soldiers, according to a news release from the Department of Justice. Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 25, was sentenced to life in federal prison, and Waad Ramadan Alwan, 31 to 40 years in federal prison, followed by a life term of supervised release. Both men pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges. Both men admitted having taken part in attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq, not in Bowling Green. Here's what the Justice Department said in Jan. 29, 2013, news release: Hammadi and Alwan both admitted, in FBI interviews that followed waiver of their Miranda rights, to participation in the purported material support operations in Kentucky, and both provided the FBI details of their prior involvement in insurgent activities while living in Iraq. Both men believed their activities in Kentucky were supporting AQI. Alwan admitted participating in IED attacks against U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and Hammadi admitted to participating in 10 to 11 IED attacks as well as shooting at a U.S. soldier in an observation tower. Court documents filed in this case reveal that the Bowling Green office of the FBI's Louisville Division initiated an investigation of Alwan in which they used a confidential human source (CHS). The CHS met with Alwan and recorded their meetings and conversations beginning in August 2010. The CHS represented to Alwan that he was working with a group to ship money and weapons to Mujahadeen in Iraq. From September 2010 through May 2011, Alwan participated in ten separate operations to send weapons and money that he believed were destined for terrorists in Iraq. Between October 2010 and January 2011, Alwan drew diagrams of multiple types of IEDs and instructed the CHS how to make them. In January 2011, Alwan recruited Hammadi, a fellow Iraqi national living in Bowling Green, to assist in these material support operations. Beginning in January 2011 and continuing until his arrest in late May 2011, Hammadi participated with Alwan in helping load money and weapons that he believed were destined for terrorists in Iraq. Conway reiterated claims from Trump that his refugee policy is similar to "what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months." Conway said it was "brand new information" to people that Obama enacted a "six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program." Breitbart also reported earlier this week that "Obama suspended Iraq refugee program for six months over terrorism fears in 2011." As The Washington Post reported, this was not the case. Obama administration officials told The Post that there was never a point when Iraqi resettlement was stopped or banned. In the aftermath of the arrests of the two Iraqis living in Kentucky, the Obama administration imposed more extensive background checks on Iraqi refugees, and the new screening procedures created a dramatic slowdown in visa approvals. State Department records show there was a significant drop in refugee arrivals from Iraq in 2011, The Post's Glenn Kessler reported. There were 18,251 in 2010, 6,339 in 2011 and 16,369 in 2012. One news report said the "pace of visa approvals having slowed to a crawl," indicating some were still being approved. Conway's interview was by no means the first time the arrests of the two Iraqis in Bowling Green have been politicized as support for blocking refugees from reaching the United States. In December 2015, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., released a dramatic campaign video ad featuring images and video footage of the two Iraqi nationals, while criticizing then-presidential rivals Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. In the 90-second-long ad, the faces of Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi are featured with pounding, dismal music, establishing that the men were "welcomed into America, given public housing, and public assistance -- as refugees." After Conway's comments, "Bowling Green Massacre" was the number-one topic trending on Twitter, and Conway's interview prompted many to share memories of where they were "when the Bowling Green Massacre didn't happen."
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Kellyanne Conway's claim of a 'Bowling Green Massacre'
The top White House aide claimed a "massacre" that didn't happen. Here's what did happen.
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Kellyanne Conway cites non-existent ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ to defend Trump's travel ban
Kellyanne Conway has taken "alternative facts" to a new level. During a Thursday interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, the counselor to the president defended President Trump's travel ban related to seven majority-Muslim countries. At one point, Conway made a reference to two Iraqi refugees whom...
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Kellyanne Conway on Bowling Green ‘massacre’: I meant ‘terrorists’
Kellyanne Conway used the inaccurate phrase to defend President Trump's refugee ban.         
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What's interesting about Conway's 'Bowling Green massacre' is what came next
Did she get a pass on the inaccuracy in the way that her boss would?
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Ooops! Conway says she misspoke about 'massacre' that never happened
Kellyanne Conway used the inaccurate phrase to defend President Trump's refugee ban.        
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U.S.-led coalition trains police, plans IS-free Iraq
The Iraqi military declared Mosul’s eastern half “fully liberated” in January and is now preparing for its next battle        
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61 Muslim refugees bound for Michigan will be kept out
After Trump's order, Muslim refugees are denied admission to Michigan, but Christian refugees still allowed.        
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Kellyanne Conway invents 'Bowling Green massacre' to defend refugee ban
Kellyanne Conway used the inaccurate phrase to defend President Trump's refugee ban.         
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Thousands of Iraqis fleeing Mosul 'cross into Syria'
Sources say more than 14,000 Iraqis have crossed Syrian border since October, including 8,000 who have reached Hasakah.
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Iraq: Security forces recapture Shirqat from ISIL
Iraq's army says it has"completely liberated" Shirqat from ISIL, ahead of a military campaign to recapture Mosul.
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At least 12 killed, more than 40 injured in twin car blasts at Baghdad mall, claimed by ISIS
Two suicide bombings at a shopping mall in eastern Baghdad left 12 people dead and more than 40 injured, police and medics reported. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Videos from the scene show chaos and destruction. Read Full Article at RT.com
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