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Residents Alarmed As Iraqi Soldiers Spray Shi’ite Graffiti In Mosul

By Ulf Laessing MOSUL, Iraq, Dec 2 – “We answer your call, O Hussein!” The traditional battle cry of Shi’ite Muslims, expressing loyalty to the 7th century martyred hero of their sect, has been spraypainted across buildings in Mosul by soldiers as they push out the hardline Sunni fighters of Daesh. Troops and commanders say

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Sunni Tribesmen Battling Daesh Demand Federalism in Iraq

By Michael Georgy SHAYYALAH AL-IMAM, Iraq, Nov 30 – As mortar bombs landed ever closer, Sunni tribal fighters preparing to attack Daesh seemed more preoccupied by the failures of Iraq’s political class than the militants trying to kill them. The men – and one woman – from the Lions of the Tigris unit gathered on Wednesday

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Mosul Food, Water Reserves Dwindle as Fighting Cuts Off Supplies

By Isabel Coles and Saif Hameed MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov 30 – The United Nations issued a fresh warning on Wednesday about the humanitarian situation in eastern Mosul where the U.S.-backed Iraqi army is locked in heavy fighting with Daesh militants. More than six weeks into the offensive against Daesh’s last major city stronghold in Iraq,

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Ransacked Homes and Little Hope for Returning Iraqi Christians

By Isabel Coles QARAQOSH, Iraq, Nov 29 – A strip of negatives lying in the rubble of a home in northern Iraq contains snapshots of life as it was before Daesh overran the area two years ago and purged its Christian community. In some of the frames, a woman barbecues meat on a skewer surrounded

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United Nations says Mosul’s Poor Struggling to Get Food

BAGHDAD, Nov 29 – The United Nations said on Tuesday there were indications that poorer families in Mosul are struggling to feed themselves as food prices increase following the U.S.-backed offensive on the Daesh-held city in northern Iraq. “Key informants are telling us that poor families are struggling to put sufficient food on their tables,”

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Daesh Arrests Shopkeepers for Hiking Prices in Nearly Besieged Mosul

By Ulf Laessing MOSUL, Iraq, Nov 28  – Daesh has arrested dozens of Mosul shop owners accused of raising food prices in the nearly besieged city, to tamp down discontent as a U.S.-backed offensive closes in on the group’s last major stronghold in Iraq, residents said on Monday. The arrests took place on Sunday morning

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Daesh Sniper Hits Iraqi Unit as Army Inches Forward in Mosul

By John Davison MOSUL, Iraq, Nov 28  – The Daesh sniper was a good shot. His round hit the Iraqi soldier just above the eye through a hole in the wall no bigger than 10 inches across. “Come, he’s been hit!” shouted one of his comrades, seconds after the sharp crack rang out. Two soldiers

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For Top Iraqi Commander, Mosul Offensive is Personal Battle

By Michael Georgy JULUKHAN, Iraq, Nov 27  – Major General Najm al-Jubbouri, a top commander in the offensive against Daesh in the Iraqi city of Mosul, peered through binoculars at flames after his men shot dead a Daesh suicide bomber. It was a small victory for a man whose war against jihadists is deeply personal.

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Iraqi Christians Revisit Ghost Town Abandoned by Daesh

By Ulf Laessing BARTELLA, Iraq, Nov 24 – A damaged picture of Jesus and a CD from his daughter’s wedding were pretty much all Iraqi Christian Said Shaba found when he returned to the ransacked house he had to flee when Daesh arrived two and a half years ago. The militants stole a safe with

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