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Iraq forces clear east Mosul ahead of push for west bank

Mosul - Iraqi forces battled the last holdout jihadists in east Mosul Thursday after commanders declared victory there and quickly set their sights on the city's west, where more tough fighting awaits.

Patience wears thin in Fallujah, 6 months after IS ouster

Fallujah - More than six months after Iraqi forces retook Fallujah from the Islamic State group, reconstruction is slow and the government risks alienating those residents who have returned to the city.

Iraq announces 'liberation' of east Mosul

Al Hamdaniyah - Iraqi forces have retaken control of east Mosul from the Islamic State group, commanders said on Wednesday, three months after a huge offensive against the jihadist bastion was launched.

Op-Ed: ISIS drone bombers in Mosul: Big mistake

Mosul - ISIS has started using quadcopters as grenade dropping bombers. While not a major innovation, it does raise a lot of issues for conventional military forces. It also creates a new weapon against terror.

Op-Ed: Barack Obama's criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo

President Barack Obama leaves behind a criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo Bay. This isn't hyperbole, it's legal fact, as what follows will amply demonstrate.

IS resistance in Mosul is weakening: commander

Mosul - The number of jihadist car bomb attacks against Iraqi forces advancing in Mosul has fallen sharply to just a few a day, a top special forces commander said Tuesday.

Iraq eyes recapture of east Mosul within days

Baghdad - Iraqi forces will retake east Mosul from the jihadists within days, a top commander said Monday, after his fighters in the city reached the Tigris River for the first time.

In Mosul, Iraq forces face IS drones, mortars, car bombs

Mosul - A small white drone hummed into sight and Thaker, a member of Iraq's special forces, grabbed his machinegun and started lighting up the blue sky above eastern Mosul.

Iraq forces in Mosul punch to Tigris for first time

- Iraqi forces battling jihadists in Mosul reached the Tigris River that divides the city Sunday, a key step and a first since the launch of a huge operation in mid-October.

Suicide bombers kill 18 in Baghdad market attacks

Baghdad - Suicide bombings at two Baghdad markets killed at least 18 people on Sunday, the latest attacks to hit the capital as Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State jihadist group in Mosul.

Iraq forces near Tigris River in Mosul

Al Hamdaniyah - Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group in Mosul are approaching the Tigris River, which runs through the centre of the city, the spokesman for the Counter-Terrorism Service said Saturday.

For Mosul displaced, shelter is often just down the road

Mosul - The first stop for the thousands of civilians forced to flee their homes in Mosul is often inside their own city, sometimes in the homes of complete strangers.

Iraq launches offensive on IS near Syria border

Baghdad - Iraqi forces launched an offensive against the Islamic State group near the Syrian border Thursday, piling further pressure on the jihadists' crumbling "caliphate".

Yazidi NGO says Iraq HQ closed by Kurdish forces

- Kurdish security forces closed the Iraqi headquarters of an organisation that aids members of the Yazidi religious minority, which has been brutally targeted by jihadists, the group said on Wednesday.

Op-Ed: North Korean ICBMs: Regional detonator or nuisance?

Sydney - The supposed development of a long range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability by North Korea has several ramifications. Whether or not the ICBM can hit the U.S. or not, it represents a potential catalyst for a serious regional war.

IS claims latest deadly Baghdad attack

Baghdad - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 32 people Monday in Baghdad.

In Iraq, Hollande says IS battle prevents attacks at home

Baghdad - Western support for military action against the Islamic State group is key to preventing attacks at home, French President Francois Hollande said Monday in Iraq, where yet another bombing killed dozens.

Iraq forces have retaken over 60% of east Mosul: commander

- Iraqi forces have retaken more than 60 percent of eastern Mosul from the Islamic State group since the battle for the city began in mid-October, a top commander said Sunday."From east Mosul...

IS-claimed attack in southern Iraq kills at least seven

Najaf - An attack claimed by the Islamic State group on a police checkpoint in southern Iraq left at least seven people dead on Sunday, officials said.

Frightened civilians flee as Iraq forces battle IS in Mosul

Mosul - Frightened Iraqi civilians hurry down a muddy street in Mosul as gunshots echo through the neighbourhood and a helicopter wheels overhead, firing a barrage of bullets towards jihadists below.
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