Today in History for August 2nd

Highlights of this day in history: The Tonkin Gulf incident sparks U.S. escalation of the Vietnam War; Saddam Hussein’s Iraq invades Kuwait; JFK’s PT-109 boat sunk; President Warren G. Harding dies; ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok killed in Deadwood. (Aug. 2)

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Baghdad reopens airport after months of closure | AFP

Iraq resumes international commercial flights from Baghdad International Airport after months of closure as the country eases coronavirus-related lockdown measures.

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Today in History for July 22nd

Highlights of this day in history: Wiley Post completes first solo flight around the world; Robber John Dillinger shot dead; Saddam Hussein’s sons killed in Iraq; The September 11th Commission releases its report; Birth of the Frisbee. (July 22)

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Water hyacinth pest chokes Iraq’s vital waterways | AFP

The broad leaves and delicate purple flowers floating on the Euphrates look breathtaking — but they are suffocating the waterways of Iraq, celebrated as the “land of the two rivers”.

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Former IS slaves try to rebuild lives

For Yazidi women like Laila Taloo, the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate meant death to their men, rape and slavery for them. IS no longer holds any territory in Iraq and Syria, but many Yazidis are still missing. (May 21)

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Empty mosques, new rituals: Ramadan in Iraq during the pandemic | AFP

During Ramadan, life in Iraq swells with prayers at the mosques and crowded iftar dinners, but due to coronavirus during this year’s Muslim holy month, mosques are empty and worshippers are praying at home as they adopt new rituals to keep ancient traditions alive.

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Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi mourn fighter killed in IS attack | AFP

Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi and mourners hold a funeral for a fighter in the central holy city of Najaf, a day after he was killed in an Islamic State group attack. He was among ten Iraqi paramilitaries who were killed in the deadliest operation by jihadist sleeper cells in months.

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Today in History for May 1st

President George W. Bush announces major combat has ended in Iraq; U2 spy plane shot down over Soviet Union; Empire State Building dedicated. (May 1)

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Isobel Yeung is a multi-award-winning correspondent for VICE News. Yeung has reported from nearly every war zone throughout her deployments for VICE News, documenting conflict and crisis in Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Turkey, the Philippines and Afghanistan.

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Coronavirus: Iraqi police escort couple to their wedding despite gathering restrictions | AFP

Iraqi police escort a couple to their wedding as authorities implement restrictions on large gatherings in a bid to stem the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Iraq’s central shrine city of Najaf. Iraq has officially registered 1,232 cases and 69 deaths to date.

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Today in History for April 9th

Highlights of this day in history: American Civil War effectively ends; Iraq celebrates collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime;NASA announces first seven astronauts dubbed the Mercury Seven; Marian Anderson performs at the Lincoln Memorial; Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker Bowles. (April 9)

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Tear Gas and Bullets Didn’t Dissuade Protesters in Iraq

Iraq’s protesters have endured targeted attacks, abductions and killings. COVID-19 may force their movement off the streets.

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AP Top Stories March 13 P

Here are the top stories for Friday, March 13th: Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus; Pelosi outlines House bill on coronavirus; Tensions rise after U.S. airstrikes in Iraq; U.S. Masters, Boston Marathon both postponed due to coronavirus.

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