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Local forces control 45 percent of Syria’s Raqa: US envoy

WASHINGTON: The Kurdish-Syrian alliance battling to recapture Raqa from the Islamic State group has now seized about 45 percent of the jihadists’ Syria stronghold, a top US official said Friday.

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Iraqi PM hails victory over ‘brutality and terrorism’ in Mosul

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared a victory over “brutality and terrorism” in Mosul on Monday after his forces ended the Islamic State group’s rule over the country’s second city. Flanked by soldiers, Abadi hailed the retaking of Mosul — from where IS declared its self-styled “caliphate” three years ago — as a historic moment…

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Iraqi forces push to clear last pockets of IS in Mosul

Iraqi forces fought to eliminate the last pockets of Islamic State group resistance in Mosul on Monday after the premier visited the devastated city to congratulate troops on securing victory. With the jihadists surrounded in a sliver of territory in Mosul’s Old City, attention was turning to the huge task of rebuilding the city and…

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Chilling footage of ISIS woman detonating herself and baby emerges

NEWS DESK: Chilling footage has emerged of an ISIS suicide bomber cradling a baby in her arms seconds before she blows herself and the child up, reported The Independent. Initially, it appeared the woman was fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul, which has now fallen from ISIS control, with her child. But the video shows…

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Civilians trapped as Iraq forces battle Islamic State in Mosul

MOSUL: Iraqi forces on Thursday battled the last remaining Islamic State group fighters in Mosul’s Old City, where the UN said up to 20,000 civilians are trapped and in “extreme danger”. In neighbouring Syria, US-backed forces are facing fierce resistance from IS as they wage a parallel offensive to recapture the city of Raqa from…

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Islamic State cornered in Mosul as Iraq prepares victory celebrations

MOSUL: Islamic State fighters were battling to hold on to the last few streets under their control in the Old City of Mosul on Monday, in what looked like a hopeless last stand in their former stronghold. In fierce fighting, Iraqi army units forced the insurgents back, cornering them in a shrinking rectangle no more…

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Iraq declares end of caliphate after capturing historic Mosul mosque

MOSUL: Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the mosque in Mosul from where Islamic State proclaimed its self-styled caliphate three years ago, the Iraqi military said. Seizing the 850 year-old Grand al-Nuri Mosque hands a symbolic victory to the Iraqi forces who have been battling for more than eight month to recapture Mosul, the northern…

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Islamic State blows up Mosul mosque where Baghdadi became ‘caliph’

MOSUL: Militants on Wednesday blew up Mosul’s iconic leaning minaret and the adjacent mosque where their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 declared himself “caliph” in his only public appearance, Iraqi officials said. The Islamic State group swiftly issued a statement via its Amaq propaganda agency blaming a US strike, but the US-led coalition condemned…

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Iraq rocked by three suicide blasts; death toll 42

BAGHDAD: Three suicide bombings in Baghdad and a city to the west have killed at least 42 people, targeting Iraqis breaking their fast and elderly people collecting their pensions, officials said. The strikes came as forces fought to retake the last areas held by the Islamic State group in their former stronghold of Mosul. The…

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US probe finds over 100 civilians killed in Mosul air strike

A Pentagon investigation has concluded that at least 105 civilians died in an anti-IS strike in the Iraqi city of Mosul in March, officials said Thursday, but they blamed the toll on a secondary explosion of jihadist munitions. A US aircraft delivered a single precision-guided bomb into a building in west Mosul on March 17,…

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Daesh ‘on brink of defeat’ in Iraq

BAGHDAD:Ā  Iraqi forces have recaptured nearly 90 percent of west Mosul from the Islamic State group and jihadists in the city are on the “brink of total defeat,” military spokesmen said Tuesday. Iraqi forces launched the massive operation to retake Mosul from IS nearly seven months ago, fighting their way to the jihadist-held city, retaking…

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Iraqi forces battle to Mosul mosque, 17 killed in Baghdad

MOSUL: Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site and in Baghdad a suicide truck bomb killed at least 17 people. The close-quarters fighting is focussed on the Old City surrounding the mosque, where Islamic…

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As Iraqi forces fight to take Mosul, car bomb in Baghdad kills 23 people

MOSUL, IRAQ: Islamic State militants captured an Iraqi police colonel and eight other officers on Monday after they ran out of ammunition during a skirmish in the battle for western Mosul, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.

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IS Mosul commander killed, government forces battle for bridge

MOSUL, IRAQ: Iraqi government forces killed the Islamic State commander of Mosul’s Old City on Tuesday as the battle for the militants’ last stronghold in Iraq focused on a bridge crossing the Tigris river.

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Iraq forces converge on Mosul airport

Federal police forces, as well as elite units from the interior ministry, army soldiers and Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitary fighters, launched a major assault on Sunday. On the second day of the renewed offensive, they pushed northwards towards Mosul airport, which lies on the southern approach to the city, on the east bank of…

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Iraq launches assault on Daesh-held west Mosul

OREIJ: Iraqi forces launched an offensive Sunday on militants defending Mosul’s west bank, in what could be the most brutal fighting yet in a four-month-old operation on the country’s second city. They swiftly retook five villages and set their sights on Mosul airport, which lies just south of the city, marking a new phase in…

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Iraqi forces battle IS militants inside Mosul university complex

MOSUL: Iraqi special forces battled Islamic State militants inside the Mosul University campus on Saturday in a second day of fierce clashes in the complex. “There are still clashes. We entered the university and cleared the technical institute, dentistry and antiquities departments,” Lieutenant General Abdelwahab al-Saadi of theĀ  Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) told a Reuters…

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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 militants below. Others choose to stay, hanging white flags from their homes and periodically peering out as Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State group for control of…

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1,600 Kurdish peshmerga killed in war on IS: spokesman

ARBIL: A total of 1,600 Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters have been killed since the Islamic State group took over large parts of the country in June 2014, peshmerga officials said Thursday.

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Suicide truck bomb kills about 100 in Iraq, mostly Iranian pilgrims

BAGHDAD: A suicide truck bomb killed about 100 people, most of them Iranian Shi’ite pilgrims, at a petrol station in the city of Hilla 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said.

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Iraqi troops expand foothold in Mosul

MOSUL, IRAQ: U.S.-backed Iraqi troops expanded their foothold on the eastern side of Islamic State’s stronghold of Mosul on Friday, as the group pledged to mount more suicide attacks on their offensive to take the city.

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