Iraq marks one year since ‘victory’ against IS

Iraqis forces parade and celebrate in the streets of Mosul as they mark a year since Iraq declared victory against the Islamic State group, the conclusion of a three-year battle to oust the jihadists.

Iraqi forces hold military parade one year after IS defeat

Units from the elite Emergency Response Division (ERD) carry out a military exercise at a base in western Baghdad to mark the first anniversary of their victory against the Islamic State group.

A year after IS defeat, Iraq in throes of political crisis

A year since Iraq announced “victory” over the Islamic State group, the country finds itself in the throes of political and economic crises left unresolved during the long battle against jihadists.

Jewish centre unveils memorial for Mumbai attack victims

Ten years after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, a new memorial for victims has been unveiled at the Jewish cultural and religious centre where six hostages were killed. It was one of a number of venues targeted by Islamic militants armed with assault rifles and hand grenades during the three-day rampage through India’s financial capital.

After years of silence, music fills streets of Iraq’s Mosul

For centuries, the Iraqi city of Mosul was a magnet for artists across the region and churned out Iraq’s best musicians — but it suffered a devastating ban on music under the rule of the Islamic State group. Now free from jihadi rule since July 2017, Mosul is starting to make a musical comeback.

Facebook’s Political Ad Tool Lets Us Buy Ads “Paid For” By Mike Pence and ISIS (HBO)

Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said making political advertising more transparent was one of the most important things the company would do after it was revealed Russians used the platform to attempt to manipulate the 2016 presidential election. But according to a small test run by VICE News, one of the new features Facebook rolled out this year is easily subject to manipulation.

In May, Facebook added a mandatory “Paid For” disclosure for every ad that relates to politics or what Facebook calls an “issue of national importance.” The idea is to lift the veil on the kind of inflammatory ads placed by anonymous advertisers that plagued Facebook during the 2016 race.

But when VICE News placed ads on behalf of prominent political figures such as Vice President Mike Pence, and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, Facebook quickly approved them. We also tried submitting an ad on behalf of “Islamic State,” which was also approved by Facebook. We were able to get Facebook’s approval for political ads that included these names within the Paid For disclosure.

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