• Donald Trump May 10, 2018

    Iraqi Forces Capture 5 Top ISIS Leaders in Cross-Border Raid

    Iraqi forces in coordination with U.S.-backed Syrian forces have captured five senior Islamic State group leaders, the U.S.-led coaIraqi forces in coordination with U.S.-backed Syrian forces have captured five senior Islamic State group leaders, the U.S.-led coalition said Thursday in a statement. The arrest was a “significant blow to Daesh,” coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon said, using the Arabic...

  • China Feb 5, 2018

    US Declares Victory Over ISIS, Starts Iraq Drawdown

    American troops have started to draw down from Iraq following Baghdad’s declaration of victory over the Islamic State group last year, according to Western contractors at a U.S.-led coalition base in Iraq. Dozens of American soldiers have been transported from Iraq to Afghanistan on daily flights over the past week, along with weapons and equipment, the contractors said. Two Iraqi...

  • head Dec 28, 2017

    Iraqi Cities in Ruins After ISIS, With Little Cash to Rebuild

    For nearly 2½ miles along the western bank of the Tigris River, hardly a single building is intact. The warren of narrow streets of Mosul’s Old City is a crumpled landscape of broken concrete and metal. Every acre is weighed down by more than 3,000 tons of rubble, much of it laced with explosives and unexploded ordnance. It will take...

  • head Dec 21, 2017

    Civilian Cost to Oust ISIS From Mosul: 9,000-Plus Dead

    Between 9,000 and 11,000 people were killed in the nine-month battle to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, a civilian casualty rate nearly 10 times higher than has been previously reported, an Associated Press investigation has found. The deaths aren’t acknowledged by the U.S.-led coalition, the Iraqi government or IS’s self-styled caliphate.

  • Iraq Nov 17, 2017

    Iraqi Forces Retake the Country's Last ISIS-Held Town

    Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition retook on Friday the last town in the country that was held by the Islamic State group, more than three years after the militants stormed nearly a third of Iraqi territory, the Defense Ministry’s spokesman said. At dawn, Iraqi military units and local tribal fighters pushed into the western neighborhoods of Rawah in...

  • Iraq Aug 30, 2017

    US Airstrikes Block Evacuation of ISIS Militants

    U.S. airstrikes blocked the advance of an Islamic State convoy carrying militants toward Iraq on Wednesday, derailing a Hezbollah-negotiated deal that removed the extremists from the Lebanon-Syria border, where they have been for years. The airstrikes came amid U.S. criticism of the deal, reflecting a growing outrage within the Trump administration over the decision to give the militants safe passage...

  • Iraq Jul 10, 2017

    Iraqi Leader Congratulates Troops in Mosul; Fight Goes on

    Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated Iraqi troops Sunday in the streets of Mosul for driving Islamic State militants out of most of the city. But airstrikes and sniper fire continued amid the revelry, and the extremists stubbornly held small patches of ground west of the Tigris River....
    Over the nearly nine-month campaign, Iraqi forces — backed by airstrikes from the U.S.-led...

  • Iraq Jul 8, 2017

    ISIS Attack Underscores Fragility of Iraqi Security Forces

    Despite clinging to only a sliver of territory in Mosul, Islamic State militants managed to launch a counterattack Friday that reversed days of Iraqi army territorial gains in just a matter of hours — a setback that underscores the fragility of the Iraqi security forces despite years of U.S.-led coalition training as well as the instability likely to follow the...

  • The Associated Press Jun 22, 2017

    ISIS Destroys Historic al-Nuri Mosque and Its Leaning Minaret in Mosul

    The Islamic State group destroyed Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures Wednesday night, Iraq’s Ministry of Defense said. The mosque — also known as Mosul’s Great Mosque — is where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a so-called Islamic caliphate in 2014 shortly after the city was overrun...

  • Germany May 30, 2017

    Allegations of Abuse, Mismanagement Shadow Gains Against ISIS

    As the U.S.-led coalition ratchets up military operations in Syria ahead of a long awaited assault on the Islamic State group’s de facto capital Raqqa, the legacy of an Iraqi train-and-equip program — though it has had some success — is also marked by allegations of abuse and $1 billion dollars in unaccounted for weapons — highlighting the perils of...

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