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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

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

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

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

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

Europe lifts ban on Iraqi Airways entering airspace

The European Aviation Safety Agency has lifted a ban on Iraqi Airways entering European airspace, Iraq’s transport minister Kadhim al-Hamami told state television on Thursday. The national carrier was banned from flying to Europe in 2015 because it did not

New Iraqi Minister of Interior: from pro-Saddam to pro-Iran

Qasim Mohammad Jalal al-Araji

Qasim Mohammad Jalal al-Araji was appointed Iraq’s Minister of Interior on Monday after the resignation of former minister Mohammad al-Ghabban. He is a commander of the Quds Force installed in the Iraqi 9th Badr Corps. According to his biography, Qasim

Iraq military: Troops have ‘full control’ of eastern Mosul

US-backed Iraqi government troops announced on Wednesday they were in “full control” of eastern Mosul after routing ISIS militants from that part of the northern city, three months since the major operation started. The achievement was a “big victory,” said

Iraqi forces push into ISIS-held pocket in Mosul

Iraqi special forces pushed deeper into ISIS-held districts in eastern Mosul on Tuesday, and army units battled the militants inside a military base in the north of the city, military officials said. ISIS has been driven out of most eastern

ISIS using hobby drones to bomb forces in Mosul

ISIS militants are using small commercial drones to attack Iraqi security forces in the battle for Mosul, a US commander said Wednesday. Colonel Brett Sylvia, who commands an “advise and assist” US unit in Iraq, said ISIS militants are attaching

Iraqi special forces reach Tigris river in Mosul

Iraqi special forces reached the eastern bank of the Tigris river in Mosul on Sunday for the first time in a US-backed assault on ISIS, and clashed with militants near a historic site in the city, military officials said. Elite

ISIS suicide car bomb kills 13 in eastern Baghdad

A suicide car bomb blast claimed by ISIS killed at least 13 people and wounded more than 50 others at a vegetable market in eastern Baghdad on Sunday, police and medical sources said. The attacker drove the car through a

Iraqi forces advance against ISIS in Mosul

Elite Iraqi troops advanced against ISIS militants in eastern Mosul in their first night-time raid in the city, a spokesman said on Friday, in a US-backed operation which officials say is gaining momentum. Counter-terrorism service (CTS) forces pushed across a

Iraq gets new WB loan to cope with low oil price, ISIS

The World Bank has approved a new loan of $1.485 billion to help Iraq lessen the impact of low oil prices on its economy and shoulder the cost of the war on ISIS, the international lender said in a statement

Iraqi Sunni MPs reject move to legalize Shiite militias

Sunni Arab politicians and lawmakers in Iraq rejected a law approved by Parliament on Saturday that will transform Popular Mobilization forces, a mostly Iranian-backed coalition of Shiite militias into a legal and separate military corps. The Sunni bloc called it

Iraqi army advances in Mosul despite suicide bombers

Iraqi special forces backed by US and Iraqi air power took control of two districts of eastern Mosul on Saturday after heavy fighting in which they destroyed nine cars deployed by ISIS as suicide bombs, the military said. Infantry and

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