Iraq

Syrian Army, Iraqi Militia Reportedly Killing Aleppo Civilians – U.N.

By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA – The United Nations said on Tuesday it had reports that Syrian government troops and allied Iraqi militias had killed civilians in eastern Aleppo, including 82 people in four different neighborhoods in the last few days. The Syrian army and its allies have taken full control over all

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Iraqi Police say Ready to Join Assault on East Mosul

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, Dec 12  – Several thousand Iraqi federal police are ready to join the assault against Daesh in east Mosul, a spokesman said on Monday, reinforcing troops who have faced weeks of fierce counter-attacks from the militants. The extra forces are being deployed as the gruelling U.S.-backed campaign to crush Daesh in

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Iraqi Christians Confront Painful Memories in Town’s Clean-Up

By Patrick Markey QARAQOSH, Iraq, Dec 11 – For decades, the Immaculate Conception Church in Qaraqosh was the heart of Iraq’s largest Christian town. After two years under Daesh rule, it lies scarred and desecrated. In the church’s inner courtyard, Daesh fighters set up a shooting range for target practice, leaving behind bullet-riddled female mannequins and

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Iraq says Army Makes Gains in Gruelling Mosul Battle

By Dominic Evans and Stephanie Nebehay BAGHDAD/GENEVA, Dec 10 – The Iraqi army said it took full control of two more districts of east Mosul on Saturday, pushing back Daesh militants in a slow and hard-fought advance into the city whose 1 million residents face growing shortages of fuel, water and food. A military statement

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Iraq says it Destroys Mosul Car Bomb Factories

By Dominic Evans BAGHDAD, Dec 9 – Iraqi forces captured a neighbourhood in east Mosul on Friday, pushing deeper to the heart of Daesh’s Iraq stronghold and destroying three sites where it produced car bombs used in waves of suicide attacks, the campaign’s commander said. Lieutenant-General Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah said Counter Terrorism Service forces

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Iraq’s Parliament Speaker Demands Inquiry Into Deadly Qaim Airstrikes

By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD, Dec 8 – Iraq’s parliament speaker called on Thursday for a government inquiry into air strikes on an Daesh-held western border town which local politicians said had killed around 60 people, mostly civilians. Hospital sources and two parliamentarians said the air strikes killed dozens of civilians, including 12 women and 19

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Tigris Lioness: Iraqi Militiawoman Fights for Revenge Against Daesh

By Isabel Coles MAKHMUR, Iraq, Dec 8 – Wearing a camouflage cap over her headscarf, Miaad al-Jubbouri cuts an unusual figure among the hundreds of men fighting to retake a village from Daesh in northern Iraq. The mother of five was the sole woman among a joint force of Iraqi army and tribal militias who attacked

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How Iran Closed the Mosul “Horseshoe” and Changed Iraq War

By Dominic Evans, Maher Chmaytelli and Patrick Markey BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq, Dec 7 – In the early days of the assault on Dash in Mosul, Iran successfully pressed Iraq to change its battle plan and seal off the city, an intervention which has since shaped the tortuous course of the conflict, sources briefed on the plan

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A Hole in Time

Taliban and Daesh’s bullet marks turned into art pieces By Mishaal Khan We live in a world of constant change, with so much destruction, devastation, and uncertainty around us. At a time when historic buildings, holy sites and ancient monuments are being demolished at the hands of the enemy within, it is important to do

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The Real Victims

Daesh attacks civilians, including children fleeing Mosul By Cathy Otten Through a cloud of dust, Esme Jasim, 30 and her two children are carried from a black humvee and laid out on stretchers to be treated in a field clinic on Mosul’s eastern edge. Esme, a biologist from Mosul, can hear her 4-year-old daughter, Shahd screaming

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