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Mustafa Habib | (Baghdad) | (Niqash.org) | The volunteer militias formed to fight the Islamic State group are now policing Baghdad’s neighbourhoods. But as they do, they compete with the real police, ignore the real laws and often act more like a mafia. Recently Baghdad local Jafar al-Aboudi’s son got into a fight with his neighbour at a local café. Al-Aboudi’s son ended up breaking the arm of the boy next door. After the incident the injured boy’s father appeared to be on the brink of going to settle the matter using tribal law. This would have meant that tribal elders in the area were approached and they would decide how much reparation – known as diyeh, in Arabic was needed to see justice done. Often this involves the perpetrator of the crime paying money to the victim. Members of the Saraya al-Khorasani militia on Baghdad streets.
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Lost in London Live, Woody Harrelson s first directorial effort, successfully captured an hour-and-a-half or so of scripted comedy in one take that was streamed onto theater screens across the U.S. on Thursday. It was a marvel of technology and coordination that required 14 filming locations around London and hundreds of crew members to pull off production during the wee hours of Friday morning, local time. Narratively, it was bizarre, culminating with everyone clamoring to meet Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe . (As you would.) The film presents a late-night misadventure based on what Harrelson claims are the mostly true events from 2002 . When news of an alleged marital indiscretion by the actor hits tabloids, Harrelson is compelled to prevent his wife from seeing it and, unsurprisingly, fails. His wife becomes quite naturally upset, inspiring the actor to join some friends (including a prince whose Arabic name he never seems to remember) for a drink instead of patching things up.
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Just last May, a famous Russian orchestra performed at the theater after Palmyra was first won back from Islamic State. Abdulkarim said if Islamic State remained in control of Palmyra it means more destruction. He said the destruction took place sometime between Dec. 26 and Jan. 10, according to the satellite imagery of the site. Islamic State had previously captured Palmyra in 2015. It held the city for 10 months until Syrian government forces backed by allied militia and Russian air power managed to drive them out last March. During its previous spell in control of Palmyra, Islamic State destroyed other monuments there, including its 1,800-year-old monumental arch. Palmyra, known in Arabic as Tadmur, stood at the crossroads of the ancient world. Islamic State put 12 people to death in Palmyra earlier this week, some of them execution-style in the Roman Theatre.
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Assad's pronouncements against terrorism, his government depends on the militant group for oil and natural gas to the extent that the Syrian capital Damascus relies on gas produced in ISIS territory in the Palmyra area for a large part of its power generation, a European counterterrorism official said. Amos Hochstein, a State Department official who oversees U.S. efforts to stunt ISIS's energy business, told the Journal that the terrorist group blew up a Syrian government gas plant on Jan. 8 when the Assad regime fell behind on payments. It shows not only the degree of trade between the two entities, the regime and Daesh, but also the brutality of these kinds of trades, Hochstein said, referring to the Arabic acronym for ISIS. During the height of ISIS territorial control in 2014, the terrorist group had captured virtually every oil field controlled by the Assad regime, making up to $1 million a day from sales to Iraqi and Syrian buyers.
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I practise English - slowly, slowly, slowly speaking English. When he is speaking Arabic, I understand everything. So it's important to you to learn English. Speaking year, yeah. Language learning is the most important thing, I think, for refugees. Like you say, it allows them to find work, to integrate and the longer it takes, the more frustrating it can be for that individual and can potentially lead to the risk of other problems developing.
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A TEACHER has told how he was viciously attacked and forced into a canal - and only escaped a further beating by speaking to them in Arabic.
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K.-based Toxic Remnants of War Project. Known for their sulphur-rich, heavy crude, the Qayyara area's two main oil fields produced 30,000 barrels per day before the area was taken over by Islamic State, which then itself profited from the wells. The district's name is derived from the Arabic for tar, qatran. A few kilometers away, one well of around 20 initially lit by Islamic State — of which half are still burningspews flames dozens of meters high into the cold Iraqi air. Thick smoke swirls for kilometers around. Around 100 firefighters and engineers are working to put out the fire in extremely difficult circumstances, though there is no indication as to when their work will be done. Blackened diggers, trucks and hoses litter charred earth near the flaming wellhead, amid temperatures high enough to burn skin. "Sometimes the weather changes suddenly and the fire burns the workers and damages the equipment," said Ayyad Al-Jiburi, the engineer leading the project.
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S. forces. As the Iraqis have made rapid gains in a renewed push since the turn of the year, retaking nearly all of eastern Mosul, U.S. soldiers have moved closer to the fight. The coalition insists that on the battlefield the Iraqis "own the plan." But Iraqi commanders say the Americans' advice, like their firepower, has become indispensable. Lieutenant Colonel Salah Kareem al-Kinani, from the 9th armored division which briefly seized the Salam Hospital in December, said his troops were surrounded, running out of ammunition and moments away from disaster when the United States launched airstrikes that provided a "lifeboat". The help didn't end there. "The Americans were instructing us on the routes we should take to retreat and avoid Daesh ambushes," he said by phone, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State. "Without them, we would have been blind on the ground.
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Demand always outstrips supply and money to fund lessons is tight. But everyone agrees they're crucial. I practice English and I am slowly learning to speak English. When I speak Arabic I don't understand this.
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Still, EverythingApplePro says it created a shareable file that reportedly produces a similar effect on devices running the new software. This isn't the first time iPhone users have reported that their devices have become frozen after receiving a specific text message. A similar bug was reported last year, which made it possible to crash an iPhone by sending message that included a certain string of characters in English, Arabic, Marathi, and Chinese. In November, a video surfaced that would cause Apple smartphones to slow down and eventually stop working for a few minutes when played in Safari.
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PETALING JAYA: Lawyers and non-governmental organisations are outraged with a move by Terengganu Religious Affairs Department (JHEAT) that it may extend its anti-vice enforcement to passengers in vehicles, such as cars. Lawyers for Liberty representative Latheefa Koya said there is no offence under syariah law for two unmarried people to be together in a room. Also, in Malaysia the term "khalwat" (close proximity) has been misunderstood and connected to the act of adultery that requires four witnesses. "The word 'khalwat' has been misinterpreted from its Arabic origin, which means 'to be alone to contemplate' as our Prophet Muhammad had done. "Also, in Selangor, the meaning of 'khalwat' is not confined to two persons being alone but there must be proof that they are 'dalam keadaan mencurigakan' (in a suspicious manner). "The onus then lies on the enforcement officer to define the 'suspicious' manner.
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