Category Archives: Iraq

Iraqi forces launch renewed attack on Mosul’s Old City

Iraqi forces launched a renewed attack against militants in Mosul’s Old City on Monday, a senior commander said. The United Nations has warned that 400,000 people are “trapped” in the central Mosul area under siege-like conditions, as Iraqi forces battle

61 bodies pulled from collapsed Mosul site boobytrapped by ISIS

Iraqi’s military said on Sunday 61 bodies had been recovered from a collapsed building that was boobytrapped by ISIS in Western Mosul, but there was no sign it had been hit by a coalition strike though a large vehicle bomb

Iraqi forces pause Mosul push over concern for civilian casualties

Iraqi government forces paused in their push to recapture western Mosul from ISIS militants on Saturday because of the high rate of civilian casualties, a security forces spokesman said. Residents escaping the besieged area have told of Iraqi and US-led

Mosul: 500 civilians killed, calls to declare the city a disaster zone

Authority in the Iraqi city of Mosul demanded to open an investigation following the killing of hundreds of civilians in coalition strikes Thursday. The Mosul district council called for an immediate halt of airstrikes in the city’s west and to

Iraqi forces prepare new push, tactics in Mosul as civilians flee city

Iraqi forces are preparing a fresh push against ISIS using new tactics, but operations to drive the militants out of their last stronghold in the country are on hold, military officials said on Friday. Families streamed out of the northern

Rahim AlHaj, Iraqi-American composer who translates wartime letters musically

Rahim AlHaj cried every time he read the letters of eight Iraqis sharing personal, harrowing tales of love, loss and hope in wartime since the 2003 US-led invasion. Rather than retreat, the Iraqi-American composer and musician immersed himself in the

Dozens killed, buried in rubble after Mosul air raid

Dozens of residents were buried in collapsed buildings in the Iraqi city of Mosul after an air strike against ISIS triggered a massive explosion last week and rescuers are still recovering bodies, civil defence agency officials and locals said on

Jubeir meets foreign ministers of Britain, Iraq, Italy during ISIS meet

Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir

On the sidelines of the Ministerial Conference of the International Coalition for the Eradication of ISIS currently being held in Washington, Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir on Wednesday held meetings severa foreign ministers to discuss terrorsim. The meetings were

Tillerson: US to set up zones for refugees in fight against ISIS

The United States will increase pressure on ISIS and al-Qaeda and work to set up “interim zones of stability” to help refugees return home in the next phase of the battle to defeat the groups, US Secretary of State Rex

ISIS shells recaptured areas in west Mosul

ISIS militants shelled areas recaptured by Iraqi forces in western Mosul, hitting civilians fleeing the fighting early on Wednesday as troops edged their way through the narrow, dangerous streets of the Old City. Heavy mortar fire killed at least five

Iraqi forces try to bring civilians out of west Mosul

The capture of the mosque would be a huge symbolic prize as well as strategic gain for the government as it was there where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the caliphate in July 2014 after the militants had captured

Abadi says Trump ‘more engaged’ in terror fight

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday after talks with President Donald Trump that the new US administration appears more focused on the fight against terrorism than its predecessor. Abadi met Trump at the White House on the 14th anniversary

Alarming rates of acid attacks in Iran back on the rise

After almost a year of calm, spraying people with burning acid has returned in Iran where a family of four has been attacked on Saturday in Sharada, within Isfahan province, Iran’s top tourist destination. Last month, unidentified people also attacked

ISIS militants capture Iraqi police colonel, 8 officers in west Mosul

ISIS militants captured an Iraqi police colonel and eight other officers in western Mosul after they ran out of ammunition during fierce clashes early Monday morning, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said. The officers were caught around 3 a.m. on

Deadly car bomb hits Shiite district in southern Baghdad, at least 23 killed

A car bomb blast killed at least 23 people and wounded more than 45 others in a mainly Shiite district in southern Baghdad on Monday, police and medical sources said. The explosion occurred on a busy commercial street, the sources

Iraqi forces penetrate alleys of the Old City of Mosul

The outskirts of the Old City on the western side of Mosul are witnessing violent clashes between Iraqi forces and armed militants, Al Arabiya News Channel reported. The commander of operations, Abdul Amir Yarallah, said Iraqi forces are operating in

Iraqi forces close in on Mosul mosque as residents flee

Iraqi army helicopters strafed and fired rockets at ISIS positions in Mosul’s Old City on Sunday as troops on the ground closed in on the strategic and symbolic prize of the al-Nuri Mosque. Federal Police troops had advanced past the

Iraq commander announces gains in Mosul old city

A commander said Friday that Iraqi forces have gained ground from jihadists inside the Old City of Mosul, an area that could see some of the toughest fighting of the battle for the northern metropolis. Iraqi forces launched an operation

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