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Top Iraq commander announces 'liberation' of east Mosul

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

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.

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.

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.

Turkey to naturalise Syrian, Iraqi migrants: Erdogan

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday announced that some of the millions of Syrian and Iraqis who have fled to Turkey would be given Turkish nationality.

BBC sparks a stir with IS 'Real Housewives' sketch

London - The BBC sparked a social media storm after screening a comedy sketch called "The Real Housewives of ISIS", satirising the women lured into joining the Islamic State jihadist group.

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.

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.

Hollande to visit French troops in Iraq Monday

Paris - President Francois Hollande said he would on Monday visit French troops fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, as he warned that the terrorist threat within France was still live."We are not yet finished with the scourge of terrorism.

Elite Iraq units link up for Mosul assault: officers

Mosul - Two elite Iraqi units linked up in Mosul on Saturday and will form a joint front to advance westward against the Islamic State group, officers said.

Central Baghdad market blasts kill at least 27

Baghdad - Twin bomb blasts ripped through a busy market area in central Baghdad Saturday, police said, shattering a relative lull in attacks in the capital and marring preparations for New Year celebrations.

Iraq forces fight muddy street battle against IS in Mosul

Mosul - Iraqi forces are fighting a muddy street battle against jihadists in southeastern Mosul, facing suicide bombers on the ground and a drone that can drop explosive charges from above.

A 2016 love story: the Macedonian cop and the Iraqi refugee

Kumanovo - The scene was hardly conducive to romance: she was a sick Iraqi in a wave of refugees trying to enter Serbia, while he belonged to the stern Macedonian police force keeping guard.

Iraq forces launch new assault on IS in Mosul

Baghdad - Iraqi forces advanced Thursday after declaring a new phase in their offensive on eastern Mosul, stepping up efforts to reclaim the Islamic State group's last major stronghold in the country.

Iraq forces in 'second phase' of east Mosul battle: commander

Baghdad - Iraqi forces launched the multi-pronged "second phase" of the battle to retake eastern Mosul from jihadists on Thursday, a top commander said.

Air strike disables Mosul's last bridge: residents

Baghdad - An air strike has disabled the last bridge linking eastern and western Mosul, a city Iraqi forces are fighting to retake from jihadists, residents and a provincial official said.

Iraq patriarch urges protection for displaced Christians

Baghdad - The patriarch of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church has appealed for international protection to help Iraqi Christians displaced by war return to their homes.

Iraq attacks kill 34 near IS-held Mosul

Baghdad - Mortar fire and car bombs killed more than 30 people including aid workers near Mosul Thursday as Iraqi forces battled to seize the city from the Islamic State group.

Wounded Iraqis fill hospitals as Mosul op drags on

- Mohammed Abdulrazzaq was gathering water in Mosul when shrapnel tore into his legs, making him one of a growing number of wounded from the battleground Iraqi city putting huge strains on hospitals.
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