Firing Mortars on the Islamic State (Excerpt from ‘Shia Militias vs. the Islamic State’)

Last summer, the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) swept from Syria into northern Iraq, routing Iraqi security forces and seizing the city of Mosul. Soon afterward, the group declared the establishment of a dubious “caliphate” in the area it controls and rebranded itself the Islamic State. With Iraq’s army weakened and radical militants advancing on Baghdad, the country’s Iran-backed Shia militias — which have their own history of sectarian abuses — fought back, halting the Islamic State’s advance. The militias have successfully combated Islamic State fighters on the ground with the assistance of air strikes from a US-led military coalition. But their growing influence within Iraq’s government amid accusations that they have harmed Sunnis in areas that they control has led many to fear that the militias threaten the country’s fragile sectarian and political balance. In this excerpt, VICE News travels to the front line to the west of the town of Samarra, to embed with Harakat al Nujaba, a militia made up of fighters who fought the Americans during the occupation, now on the hunt for fighters from the Islamic State. Watch “Shia Militias vs. the Islamic State” – http://bit.ly/1EgHqG8 Watch “Japan vs. the Islamic State” – http://bit.ly/1MrBYU3 Read “Anger at Greece’s Threat to Unleash Wave of Migrants and ‘Jihadists’ if Europe Leaves it in Crisis” – http://bit.ly/1FaTwUj Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Wardrobe Change for Amman’s Street Cleaners: VICE News Capsule, March 11

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Yemenis urge the son of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to run for office, Indian police seize heroin smuggled into Punjab from Pakistan, Italian police arrest more than 40 suspected gangsters, and sanitation workers in Jordan’s capital get new gear. YEMEN Sanaa Residents March in Support of Former President’s Son Protesters are calling for early elections and for Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh to run for office. INDIA Heroin Trafficking Troubles the Northern State of Punjab Police continue to confiscate shipments smuggled from Pakistan. ITALY Authorities Arrest Dozens in Mafia Raids Forty-two suspected members of the Casalesi crime syndicate face extortion and weapons charges. JORDAN Symbolic Change For Amman’s Sanitation Workers ​Pressure has mounted to toss their orange uniforms due to their striking resemblance to the jumpsuits worn by hostages in Islamic State execution videos.​ Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Migrant Prisons of Libya: Europe or Die (Trailer)

As Libya descends into civil war and lawlessness, migrants from Africa and the Middle East continue to journey to the country’s coast in search of smugglers to take them across the Mediterranean Sea and into Europe. The voyage is perilous, as smugglers pack migrants into unsafe boats that often sink, claiming the lives of people attempting to escape conflict and seek economic opportunities abroad. Search and rescue operations by Libya’s coast guard are restricted due to diminishing resources, and have to contend with dangerous gangs of armed traffickers. Those rescued at sea by the coast guard are brought to detention centers, where they face deplorable conditions and are forced to remain for long periods of time. In some instances, migrants are detained by militias in unofficial prisons outside of government control. In the upcoming three-part series, VICE News gains access to chilling footage from the Libyan coast guard and travels to detention centers in Libya, where we hear migrants speak of torture and serious human rights violations. Watch “Italy’s Mediterranean Mass Grave: Europe or Die” – http://bit.ly/1EbVKhG Watch “Trapped In Bulgaria: Europe Or Die” – http://bit.ly/1Fgsiwl Read “Italy Backs Controversial Plan to Build Migrant Reception Centers in North Africa” – http://bit.ly/1CdUluB Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Cursed by Coal: Mining the Navajo Nation (Trailer)

There’s a resource curse on the Navajo Nation. The 27,000-square-mile reservation straddling parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah has an extremely high abundance of many energy resources — particularly coal. That coal is what’s burned to provide much of the Southwest with electricity, and it creates jobs for the Navajo. But the mining and burning have also caused environmental degradation, serious health issues, and displacement. Coming soon: VICE News travels to the Navajo Nation to find out how its abundance of coal is affecting the future of the Navajo people. Watch “Toxic: Coal Ash” – http://bit.ly/1zDaW66 Watch “Petcoke: Toxic Waste in the Windy City” – http://bit.ly/1E2YejO Read “Line 61, the Oil Pipeline That Will Dwarf Keystone XL” – http://bit.ly/18iOKad Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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The Fortress of the Knights Templar: Mexico’s Hot Land (Dispatch 2)

While he was the leader of Mexico’s Knights Templar cartel, the late Nazario Moreno González lived in his heavily-guarded ranch, “Fortress Anunnaki.” It was from here that he operated the cartel, as well as a casino and massive rodeo. VICE News traveled to “Fortress Anunnaki” in Tepalcatepec to find out what has become of the Knights Templar stronghold a year after the death of its leader. Watch “Michoacan’s Most Wanted Drug Kingpin: Mexico’s Hot Land (Dispatch 1)” – http://bit.ly/1wWcAUY Read “Leader of Knights Templar Cartel ‘La Tuta’ Is Captured in Mexico” – http://bit.ly/1BpIwzr Read “Mexican Drug Lord Lived in a Cave and Was Caught Because His Girlfriend Brought Him Birthday Cake” – http://bit.ly/1AbhTeK Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Microsoft to Bring Advanced Version of Cortana to iOS and Android

The tech giant believes its work on search, speech recognition, and machine learning will make Cortana the first intelligent digital assistant that can provide predictive information about users.

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