Iraq

Two Concordia Grads Selected for Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Avyan Mejdeen and William SouthworthMOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) — Two recent Concordia College graduates are selected by the State Department to teach abroad through its Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Avyan Mejdeen of Moorhead and William Southworth of Helena, Montana were awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. It is a nationally competitive award. Mejdeen will be teaching in Kosovo in the fall….

Pentagon confirms Iran fires at Iraqi base housing US troops

TEHRAN, Iran – (AP) – Iran has struck back at the United States for the killing of a top Iranian general. Iranian state TV says Tehran fired a series of surface-to-surface missiles¬†at an Iraqi air base housing U.S. troops and warning the United States and its allies in the region not to retaliate. U.S. officials confirmed airstrikes at the air…

Escaping Terrorists: An MSUM Student’s Journey to the U.S.

23-year-old Varseen Khalil left Iraq with her family when she was a teenager

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The fears for one MSUM student go far beyond tests and presentations. She left her home country of Iraq when she was just a teen to flee terrorists who were threatening her family. The panic is still there as her relatives back home live in a state of war. Varseen Khalil is like most college students. She’s…

Community Members Honor Lives Lost in Yazidi Genocide

Former ISIS captive Sharin Jardo was one of the featured speakers

MOORHEAD, Minn. —¬†People from across the metro gathered to honor the lives lost during the Yazidi genocide. Four years after the genocide began in Iraq, people lit candles to commemorate those who passed away because of the genocide. People also listened to speeches from Sherin Jardo, a Yazidi who escaped ISIS captivity and emigrated to the United States, as well…

Kurdish-Americans to Celebrate Independence Referendum in Moorhead

All people are encouraged to show up regardless of heritage

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Kurdish Americans in the Valley are getting ready to celebrate a vote which could grant independence to southern parts of Kurdistan. The Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum goes to the vote on September 25th. Kawar Forok told us many Kurdish Americans will be able to take part in the vote from here in the United States. Many Kurdish…

Mortgage-Free House Built for a Disabled Veteran in Moorhead

Eric Marts and his wife lived in a trailer for twenty years

MOORHEAD, Minn. — If you ask Eric Marts what it’s like being a hero, he’ll tell you he isn’t one. “Oh I’m very reluctant on that part as far as, I did my job and I’ll continue to do my job,” Eric Marts said. I served with heroes.” But others would disagree with him. “He’s a patriot. He’s a great…

Yazidi-Americans Honor the Lives Lost in an ISIS Genocide

People in the metro got together for the three year anniversary of a deadly attack in Iraq

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Fargo-Moorhead’s Yazidi-American community is remembering the genocide committed against their people at the hand of ISIS three years ago. On August 3rd, 2014, a group of ISIS militants attacked the Yazidi community in Iraq, killing thousands according to Haroon Al Haider. He and many other Yazidi-Americans living in the Fargo-Moorhead area are holding an event to honor…

Hobby Lobby Fined $3 Million for Illegal Smuggling

They say a supplier shipped "falsely labeled" items to Hobby Lobby's stores and corporate offices

  NATIONAL — Arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby has settled a civil action lawsuit and is being fined $3 million dollars by the federal government for smuggling ancient Iraqi artifacts. The Justice Department accused the company of smuggling cuneiform tablets and clay artifacts from modern-day Iraq into the U.S. They say a supplier shipped falsely labeled items to Hobby…

U.S. Travel Ban: Moorhead Family’s Relatives Detained in Turkey

The sister of a Moorhead woman coming as a refugee is being detained in Turkey

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Moorhead woman is waiting for her sister and niece to arrive from Turkey after they are caught up in President Trump’s travel ban that is currently being decided by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They’re coming as refugees from Iraq, originally set to arrive on Monday. It’s been the subject of protests and rallies…