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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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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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Iraqi Troops Push Towards Central Mosul from Southeast

BAGHDAD, Dec 6 – Iraqi army units launched a fresh assault in southeast Mosul on Tuesday and a senior commander was quoted as saying an armoured division had advanced to within less than a mile (1.5 km) of the Tigris River running through the city centre. Iraqi television quoted operations commander Lieutenant-General Abdul Ameer Rasheed

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West Mosul Shelled as Iraq Steps Up Fight Against Daesh

By Dominic Evans and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, Dec 5 – Western-backed Iraqi forces have begun shelling parts of west Mosul, residents said, preparing to open a new front against Daesh seven weeks into a tortuous campaign to drive the militants from the city. Federal police forces, stationed a few miles (km) south of Mosul, on

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Daesh Strikes Back to Slow Iraqi Forces in Mosul

By Saif Hameed and Ulf Laessing BAGHDAD/BARTELLA, Iraq, Dec 4 – Daesh fighters retreating in the face of a seven-week Iraqi military assault on their Mosul stronghold have hit back in the last two days, exploiting cloudy skies which hampered U.S.-led air support and highlighting the fragile army gains. In a series of counter-attacks since

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Mosul Residents Fear Cold and Hunger of Winter Siege

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, Dec 3 – No food or fuel has reached Mosul in nearly a week and the onset of rain and cold weather threatens a tough winter for more than a million people still in Daesh-held areas of the city, residents said on Saturday. Iraqi troops waging a six-week-old offensive against the

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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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