iraq conflict

What Lies Beneath

Daesh’s underground tunnels derail the retake of Mosul By Suadad Al Salhy When Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi signaled the launch of the offensive to regain Mosul, the last and largest Iraqi city held by the terrorist militant group Daesh on October 16, Iraq’s military general involved in the operation were fairly optimistic. They did

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Suicide Bombing, Shootouts Kill Around 55 in Iraq: Police

By Kareem Raheem and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, Oct 15 – Around 55 people were killed in Iraq in attacks on Saturday that targeted a Shi’ite Muslim gathering, a police check-point and the family of a Sunni paramilitary leader opposed to Daesh, according to security and medical sources. The escalation comes as Iraqi forces are getting

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Ministers Prepare to Retake Daesh Stronghold of Mosul

By Warren Strobel, Jonathan Landay and Stephen Kalin WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD, July 19 – Dozens of defense and foreign ministers will meet in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday to take stock of the fight against Daesh, their focus increasingly on a major prize: the militant group’s bastion in Mosul, Iraq. The battle for Mosul is expected to

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Post-Daesh Iraq Should Be Split in Three: Top Kurdish Official

By Maher Chmaytelli and Isabel Coles ERBIL, Iraq, June 16) – Once Daesh is defeated, Iraq should be divided into three separate entities to prevent further sectarian bloodshed, with a state each given to Shi’ite Muslims, Sunnis and Kurds, a top Kurdish official said on Thursday. Iraqi troops have expelled Daesh from some key cities the militants seized

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The Fight For Fallujah

Iraq’s army conducts an offensive to retake Daesh’s stronghold in Anbar BY Suadad Al Salhy and Mohammed A. Salih On May 22, Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haider Al Abadi announced the launch of a military offensive dubbed the “Break Up of Terrorism” to retake Fallujah, Daesh’s strategic stronghold in the Anbar province, and the first city to fall into

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Daesh Seeks News Blackout in Mosul as Iraqi Army Nears

By Stephen Kalin MAKHMOUR, Iraq, May 4 – For Iraqis living in the Daesh stronghold of Mosul, news is dwindling about the U.S.-backed army massing to the south for an assault on the city that could begin this year. Soon after Iraqi forces established a foothold in the Makhmour area in February, about 60 km (40

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Bombs in Baghdad Kill 14, Wound 26

By Kareem Raheem BAGHDAD, May 2 – Three bombs went off in and around Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 14 people, including Shi’ite Muslim worshippers conducting an annual pilgrimage inside the capital, police and medical sources said. The largest blast, which Daesh said it was behind, came from a parked car bomb in the Saydiya

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