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Iraqi military says troops consolidate gains south of Mosul

Iraqi forces were consolidating their gains south of Mosul on Tuesday ahead of moving into the city’s ISIS-held western half, a military spokesperson said, as civilians fled along the front line to government-controlled areas. The remarks came on the third

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

Mosul battle heats up as Iraqi forces fight ISIS near airport

US-backed Iraqi forces fought ISIS fighters on Monday to clear the way to Mosul’s airport, on the second day of a ground offensive on the militants’ remaining stronghold in the western side of the city. Federal police and elite interior

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

US used depleted uranium rounds in anti-ISIS air strikes: military

The United States used depleted uranium anti-tank rounds on two occasions in 2015 during devastating air strikes against convoys of ISIS tanker trucks, the Pentagon said Thursday. The military prizes depleted uranium munitions for their armor-piercing capabilities as well as

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

After invading Syria, does Hezbollah threaten Israel or Turkish-Saudi interests?

When the Shiite group’s fighters first poured into Syria to fight the mostly Sunni rebels, many observers expected Hezbollah to be worn down and its reputation as the pre-eminent anti-Israel force to be tarnished as it was dragged into a

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

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