Category Archives: Iraq

350,000 children trapped in west Mosul: Save the Children

Around 350,000 children are trapped in western Mosul, Save the Children warned on Sunday as Iraqi forces launched a fresh offensive on jihadists defending the strategic city. “Iraqi forces and their allies, including the US and UK, must do everything

Iraqi forces recapture six villages from ISIS west of Mosul

As Iraqi forces prepare to launch their offensive to retake west Mosul, at least six villages were retaken from ISIS militants near the area. The campaign’s commander Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Rasheed Yarallah confirmed in a statement on Sunday that

ISIS command center ‘destroyed’ in Mosul, ISIS says civilians killed

The US-led military coalition on Saturday said its forces destroyed a building in the main medical complex of western Mosul, suspected to house an ISIS command center. The militant group disputed the assertion, saying in an online statement that Friday’s

Pentagon has evidence of ISIS ‘exodus’ from Syria’s Raqqa

A months-long campaign to isolate and pressure the ISIS group’s self-declared capital of Raqqa, Syria, is paying off as the administrative backbone of the militant organization is beginning to crack, the Pentagon said Friday. ISIS leaders “are beginning the process

Deadly car bombing rocks Iraq’s Baghdad

A car bomb exploded in Baghdad for the third day running Thursday, killing at least 16 people in a southern neighborhood, an interior ministry official said. The blast rocked the same Bayaa neighborhood where a car bomb had already killed

Baghdad car bomb kills four: police

A car bomb exploded in an industrial area of south Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least four people, Iraqi police said. “The blast was caused by a parked car bomb in an industrial area,” home to many car maintenance workshops

Iraq hits ISIS commanders, Al-Baghdadi fate unclear: Statement

The Iraqi air force has targeted a meeting of commanders from the ISIS group that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have been attending, a statement said on Monday. It was not clear in the statement sent by the Joint

Maliki accused of provoking supporters in violent demonstrations

Nouri al-Maliki – the Secretary-General of the Dawa party – has been accused of encouraging his followers to take up arms and suppress the recent demonstrations calling for political reform. Faeq al-Sheikh, member of the parliamentary legal committee, said Maliki,

ISIS leader severely wounded, reports claim

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been severely wounded in air strikes targeting ISIS strongholds near the Syrian border, an Iraqi security expert said. In a Facebook post, security expert Fadel Abu Raqif says intelligence information confirms that Al-Baghdadi was

Shiite tension mounts in Baghdad after clashes

Tension between Iraq’s Shiite leaders mounted on Sunday as the toll from protests in central Baghdad on Saturday increased to six killed, five demonstrators loyal to the fiery cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and one policeman. At least 174 other protesters were

Iraqi Airways plane evacuated in Jeddah after wheel fire

Hundreds of passengers were evacuated safely from an Iraqi Airways plane on Saturday after a wheel caught fire on landing at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah. Emergency crews evacuated 356 passengers “in record time without any casualties,” SPA

Rockets hit Iraq’s Green Zone after deadly protest

At least seven people were killed during protests in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone area that houses most of Iraq’s key institutions and main embassies. Governor of Baghdad city confirmed at least five of those in the death toll were

French militant Rachid Kassim ‘killed in Mosul’

French militant Rachid Kassim, suspected of inspiring several attacks in France, was targeted in a coalition air strike near the Iraqi city of Mosul, but his death is not yet confirmed, the Pentagon said Friday. Earlier in the day, several

Remove Iraq from travel ban list, Abadi appeals to Trump

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi asked US President Donald Trump in a phone call to remove his country from a contentious travel ban list, a statement said on Friday. Iraq is one of seven Muslim-majority countries whose citizens are barred

Iraqi forces foil ISIS bid to sneak across Tigris River

Military sources reported that Iraqi forces busted on Thursday new ISIS elements who tried to infiltrate the Tigris River through boats from the right west coast to the left liberated coast of Mosul. The sources confirmed the deaths of a

Iraqi Hezbollah leader killed

The secretary of Iraqi Shiite militia Kataib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Brigades) has been killed according to Iraqi security source. Bassem al-Mousawi died of wounds at a hospital in central Basra after attackers boarding a pickup truck shot at his vehicle, seriously

Iraq’s Basra oil export terminal to stop loading for 24 hours

Iraq’s main oil export terminal, off the southern city of Basra, will stop loading operations for 24 hours, starting midnight Tuesday, because of work to install a new pipeline feeding the facility, two sources at the state-run South Oil Company

UN sees Mosul assault driving out 250,000 civilians

A renewed assault on ISIS militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul could force 250,000 civilians to flee, if they can find a way out, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday. Such an exodus would be on top

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