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Iraqi Army says it Reached Centre of Key Town South of Mosul

TIKRIT, Iraq, Sept 22 – Iraq’s military backed by air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition on Thursday seized the centre of Shirqat, a northern town seen as a stepping stone in the campaign to recapture Mosul from Daesh. The army, backed by local police and Sunni Muslim tribal fighters, were still clashing with the ultra-hardline

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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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Iraqi Army Closes in on Daesh Militants Holed Up West of Falluja

By Thaier al-Sudani and Ahmed Rasheed FALLUJA, Iraq, June 27 – Iraq’s army sought on Monday to eliminate Daesh militants holed up in farmland west of Falluja to keep them from launching a counterattack on the city a day after Baghdad declared victory over Daesh there. Backed by air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition, Iraqi artillery bombarded

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Iraqi Forces Take Falluja Government Building from Daesh: State TV

By Thaier al-Sudani FALLUJA, Iraq, June 17 – Iraqi forces on Friday entered the centre of Falluja, the Iraqi city longest held by Daesh, nearly four weeks after the start of a U.S.-backed offensive that cleared out the tens of thousands of residents still there. Government troops, supported by multiple air strikes from a U.S.-led

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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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Iraqi Forces Advance Towards Western Town Held by Daesh

BAGHDAD, March 31 – Iraq’s counter-terrorism forces backed by army troops and U.S.-led coalition air strikes advanced towards the western town of Hit on Thursday in an attempt to dislodge Daesh militants, the military said. A senior officer from the counter-terrorism forces, the elite U.S.-trained units which led the recapture of nearby Ramadi three months ago,

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Iraqi Army Starts Offensive in Region Around Mosul: State TV

By Isabel Coles and Saif Hameed BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq, March 24 – Iraq’s armed forces started an offensive against Daesh in the northerly Nineveh province on Thursday in what a military statement described as the first stage of an operation aimed at liberating the city of Mosul. The assault was launched from the Makhmour area, to which

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Daesh Seizes Northern Iraqi Village Behind Frontlines

TIKRIT, Iraq, Jan 14 – Daesh militants pushed through a gap in the Iraqi army frontline on Thursday to capture a northern village, local sources said, demonstrating the group’s continued reach after a major defeat in the west. The dawn attacks on Tal Kusaiba, around 35 km (20 miles) east of Tikrit, killed the police station chief

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Turkish Soldiers Deployed to Iraq to Train Iraqi Troops Near Mosul

By Humeyra Pamuk and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Several hundred Turkish soldiers have been deployed to provide training for Iraqi troops in an area near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which is under Islamic State control, a Turkish security source told Reuters on Friday. Islamic State militants overran Mosul, a city

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