Middle East

Iraq Launches New Operation Against Militants in NE Region

The Iraqi army and the Shi’ite Popular Mobilization Forces on Wednesday started a major offensive against armed militants in the country’s northeastern region near the border with Iran. Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said in a statement the operation was aimed at cracking down on remaining Islamic State fighters regrouping in …

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Social Media Surveillance Unfairly Targeted Muslims

BOSTON —  A social media monitoring tool used by the Boston Police Department to identify potential threats swept up the posts of people using the hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter and a lawmaker’s Facebook update about racial inequality, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. The …

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NY Court Considers Cold War Secrecy Over Muslim Surveillance

ALBANY, N.Y. —  New York’s highest court will consider on Tuesday whether the New York Police Department can use a Cold War-era legal tactic to conceal information about whether it put Muslims under surveillance. The Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the cases of two Muslims who say the …

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African Migrants Speak Out Against Israeli Deportation Orders

JERUSALEM —  Israel has begun issuing deportation notices to thousands of African migrants. Some 40,000 African migrants are facing an uncertain future after Israel began issuing deportation orders that amount to an ultimatum: The migrants can take an offer of 3,500 dollars and a one-way plane ticket to Rwanda within …

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