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|Mosul battle plans ready, could be concluded by year-end - Kurdish leader|
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Military plans to retake Mosul from Islamic State are ready and the northern Iraqi city might be recaptured before the end of the year, the president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Friday.
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|UN profoundly concerned by ‘hundreds of casualties’ in suspected coalition airstrikes in Mosul |
The UN has urged all parties to the anti-terrorist operation in Mosul to refrain from “indiscriminate use of firepower” after reports by eyewitnesses said over a hundred civilians were either killed or buried under rubble in an alleged coalition bombing raid. Read Full Article at RT.com
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|US troops to stay in Iraq after fight against ISIS ends – Defense Dept. officials|
American troops will apparently remain in Iraq even when the fight against Islamic State has ended, according to Pentagon officials, including US Defense Secretary James Mattis, who said that keeping soldiers on the ground is in America’s “national interest.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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|UN: At least 400,000 civilians trapped in Mosul with no food or electricity|
Some 400,000 civilians stuck in Mosul’s Old City, held by Islamic State militants, are dealing with food and electricity shortages, making the UN High Commissioner for Refugees believe that “the worst is yet to come” in the humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq. Read Full Article at RT.com
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|Iraqi forces advance on ISIS-held western Mosul|
HAMAM AL-ALIL, Iraq — U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a large-scale military operation on Sunday to dislodge Islamic State militants from the western half of Mosul, the latest phase in a four-month-old offensive to retake Iraq’s second largest city. The battle for western Mosul promises to be the most daunting yet, as the half of the...
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|Iraqi forces launch push to retake western Mosul from IS|
HAMAM AL-ALIL, Iraq (AP) - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a large-scale military operation on Sunday to dislodge Islamic State militants from the western half of Mosul city, a battle that is expected to be prolonged and difficult due to a densely packed civilian population and older, narrower streets. In a ...
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|IS targets hungry civilians as Mosul attack nears|
IRBIL, Iraq — Several hundred thousand civilians are enduring desperate conditions and facing retribution by Islamic State fighters in western Mosul as Iraqi forces prepare to attack militants who control the city’s western half, according to residents and humanitarian groups.
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|Iraqi forces launch push to take western Mosul from IS|
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi forces have launched the push for Mosul's militant-held western half just over four months after the operation to retake the city from the Islamic State group officially began. The fight for Iraq's second largest city - roughly split by the Tigris River into an eastern and ...
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|Iraq starts operation to drive ISIS out of west Mosul|
Iraq has launched an operation to regain control of western Mosul from ISIS militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Sunday.
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|Leaflets dropped over Mosul warn of Iraqi offensive|
The Iraqi Air Force dropped millions of leaflets over western Mosul late Saturday warning residents of an offensive by ground forces on the ISIS-held part of the city, which has so far been targeted only by airstrikes.
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|Voices: These journalists are no enemies of the people|
The label 'enemy of the people' has reverberated through dark times in history.
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|After Mosul, jihadist threat to Iraq will grow: Kurdish intelligence official|
SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - If Islamic State is driven from its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, it will switch tactics to wage an insurgency from mountains and deserts, a top Kurdish intelligence official has told Reuters.
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|Trump moves spark Iraqi anger, calls against future alliance|
Reverberations from President Donald Trump's travel ban and other stances are threatening to undermine future U.S.-Iraqi security cooperation, rattling a key alliance that over the past two years has slowly beaten back the Islamic State group.
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|Separated Iraqi families hold emotional reunions in liberated eastern Mosul|
U.N. said about 30,000 returned to Mosul since Iraqi forces launched October offensive.
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|U.S.-led coalition focuses on training a post-ISIL police force in Iraq|
The coalition is training 3,000 officers for security once militants are pushed out.
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|Iraqi forces wage psychological war with jihadist corpses|
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The flyblown corpses of Islamic State militants have been rotting along a main street in north Mosul for two weeks, a health risk for passersby. Suicide bombers' belts beside the fighters can still explode, killing anyone nearby.
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|Travel ban drives wedge between Iraqi soldiers and Americans |
BAGHDAD — Capt. Ahmed Adnan al-Musawe had survived another day battling Islamic State fighters in Mosul last weekend when he heard startling news: The new American president had temporarily barred Iraqis from entering the United States and wanted tougher vetting.
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|U.S.-led coalition trains police, plans IS-free Iraq|
The Iraqi military declared Mosul’s eastern half “fully liberated” in January and is now preparing for its next battle
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|Sold by Islamic State, bought by strangers: Yazidi child reunited with family|
RASHIDIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - His name was Ayman, but the couple who brought the boy home to their Iraqi village after buying him for $500 called him Ahmed.
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|This sniper is sending ISIS thugs to hell one by one|
This battle-hardened Iraqi army sniper is seen standing guard at a checkpoint in the war-torn country. Riyad Jaffar, 27, of Baghdad – donning a black face mask and armed with a high-powered sniper rifle – stands on the outskirts of Qayara, about 30 miles south of the ISIS-held city of Mosul. Iraqi forces and their...
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|Trapped in Mosul, callers to radio station risk lives to tell stories|
The listeners who call in to Radio Alghad are typical of talk radio audiences around the world. It’s complain, complain. Except the callers to “Radio Tomorrow” are in the Islamic State-controlled city of Mosul, and they want to unload on suicide bombers and errant airstrikes, on the lack of food and medicine.
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|Month of Mosul siege: No deadline for victory, civilians trapped between rock & hard place|
After a month of offensive against terrorist-held Mosul no breakthrough is in sight. The civilian population of the Iraqi city is forced to either be caught in crossfire or try to flee the besieged town. Read Full Article at RT.com
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|ISIS attacks in Mosul as poor visibility slows Iraqi advance|
Cloudy skies neutralized air power in Mosul on Thursday, Iraqi forces said, hampering their advance in the northern city, although they still faced deadly attacks by Islamic State militants that killed seven civilians and two soldiers.The civilians were killed and 35 others were wounded when militan...
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|Iraqi forces pause Mosul push, but face deadly ISIS attacks|
MOSUL, Iraq — Due to poor weather and cloudy skies, Iraq special forces on Thursday paused temporarily in their push into the northern city of Mosul but still faced deadly attacks by the Islamic State group that killed at least seven civilians and a soldier. In one attack, IS militants fired mortar rounds on government-controlled...
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|HRW: Mass grave holding 300 former Iraqi police found|
Human Rights Watch says ISIL fighters might be responsible for the deaths of more than 300 former officers near Mosul.
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|Extensive cultural damage found in historic Iraqi city|
NIMRUD, Iraq — Nearly a month into the fight to retake Mosul, government forces pushed Islamic State militants out of nearby Nimrud, home to some of Iraq’s richest archaeological treasures. And when soldiers finally surveyed the extremists’ destruction of the ancient sites, one said that those who carried it out “don’t have a place in humanity.”
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|Iraqi special forces pause in Mosul push due to poor weather|
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) - Iraq special forces say they're temporarily pausing in their push into the northern city of Mosul held by the Islamic State group due to poor weather. Brig. Gen. Haider Fadhil says clouds over the city on Thursday have obscured the visibility of drones and strike aircraft. ...
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|Iraq forces launch operation to take ISIL-held town|
Northern Sherqat is targeted as Iraqi troops and militias move to secure supply lines ahead of the battle for Mosul.
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|Mosul campaign crucial in ISIS fight with Obama set to leave behind unfinished war|
BA'ASHIQA, Iraq — The uncertain fate of this war-ravaged land finds a small echo in the uncertain fate of Sahar's unresponsive 18-month-old son. Fleeing the sadistic rule of Islamic State in nearby Mosul just as Iraqi and Kurdish forces here prepare for a final assault, Sahar and her extended family ...
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