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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

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

Over 80,000 Iraqis displaced in west Mosul fighting

More than 80,000 people have fled west Mosul since the battle to retake the area began last month, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday. Iraqi forces launched a major push to retake west Mosul — the most populated

US envoy: ISIS militants ‘trapped’ in Mosul after last road cut

Iraqi forces battling to retake Mosul have cut the last road out of the city, trapping ISIS militants inside, the US envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition said Sunday. ISIS “is trapped. Just last night, the 9th Iraqi army division, up

Suicide bomb blasts hit wedding near Iraq’s Tikrit

Iraq’s Defense Ministry says a twin suicide bombing targeting a village wedding north of Baghdad has killed at least 20 people. The ministry says two suicide bombers walked into the wedding party in al-Hajaj village, near the city of Tikrit,

Iraqi PM vows to target ISIS in neighboring countries

Haidar al-Abadi.

Iraq’s prime minister says it will continue to target militants in neighboring countries, as it did last month with airstrikes against ISIS positions in Syria. Addressing a forum in the autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday, Haider al-Abadi said he “will

Iraqi forces battling ISIS gain control of key Mosul sites

Elite Iraqi security forces dislodged ISIS militants from the main government building in Mosul on Tuesday, their last major city stronghold in Iraq, an Iraqi spokesman said. A special Rapid Response team stormed the Nineveh governorate building and the surrounding

40,000 displaced from Mosul as Iraqi forces near old city

More than 40,000 people have been displaced in the last week from the Iraqi city of Mosul, where U.S.-backed forces launched a fresh push towards the ISIS-held old city center on Sunday and closed in on the main government complex.

Chemical weapons injure seven in Mosul

Seven people, among them five children, have been hospitalized over the past two days near Iraq’s Mosul with injuries from chemical weapons, the Red Cross said on Friday. ISIS, which holds the majority of west Mosul, has periodically used rudimentary

Iraqi army controls main roads out of Mosul, trapping ISIS

US-backed Iraqi army units on Wednesday took control of the last major road out of western Mosul that had been in ISIS’s hands, a general and residents there said, trapping the militants in a dwindling area within the city. The

UN: 8,000 flee as Iraqi forces fight ISIS in western Mosul

Since Iraqi government forces launched the push to take the western half of Mosul from ISIS last week, about 8,000 people have fled from that part of the city and surrounding villages, the UN humanitarian aid agency said Tuesday. The

Iraqi forces battling ISIS reach Mosul bridge

Iraqi forces reached one of Mosul’s five destroyed bridges on Monday as they pushed deeper into the western half of Iraq’s second largest city, driving ISIS militants back with the help of US-led airstrikes. Maj. Gen Thamir al-Hussaini said the

Iraqi PM orders air force strike against ISIS inside Syria

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi said on Friday (Feb 24) he had given orders to the Iraqi air force to strike ISIS in positions inside Syria in retaliation to recent bomb attacks in Baghdad. “We are determined to chase terrorism

Interrogating Saddam: What he said on Kuwait and what angered him the most

CIA officer John Nixon sums up his role in Iraq during the US occupation. His first mission was to gather as much information as possible about Saddam Hussein, and then sent to Baghdad to help search for him. When the

Iraqi security forces storm Mosul airport, military base

US-backed Iraqi security forces closing in on the ISIS-held western half of Mosul stormed the city’s airport and a nearby military base on Thursday, state television said. Counter-terrorism service (CTS) troops and elite interior ministry units known as Rapid Response

We will stay in Iraq for a while longer, says US defense secretary

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday he believes US forces will be in Iraq and in the fight against ISIS militants for a while, despite some rocky times between the two nations. Speaking at the end of a day of

2,000 ISIS fighters defending west Mosul: US official

An estimated 2,000 ISIS fighters are left in west Mosul to defend their bastion against a massive offensive by the Iraqi security forces, a senior US intelligence official said Monday. “There’s about 2,000 remaining,” the official told reporters on condition

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