Militants attack Iraq city of Kirkuk
Oct21

Militants attack Iraq city of Kirkuk

Iraqi media said suicide bombers had attacked police stations and a power station, but that security forces repelled fighters. The so-called Islamic State group said it was behind the attack, with its fighters breaking into the town hall and taking control of a hotel. It comes as Iraqi government-led forces attempt to retake the IS stronghold of Mosul. A curfew has been imposed in Kirkuk “until further notice”, Iraqi media...

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Iraq makes gains in ‘difficult’ assault on IS-held Mosul
Oct19

Iraq makes gains in ‘difficult’ assault on IS-held Mosul

Tens of thousands of Iraqi forces were making gains from the Islamic State group in Mosul Tuesday in an offensive US President Barack Obama warned would be a “difficult fight”. With the crucial battle in its second day, Iraqi commanders said progress was being made as fighters pushed on two main fronts against the jihadists’ last stronghold in Iraq. The US military, which is leading a coalition providing air and...

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Kremlin: Putin in talks on Mosul with Turkish, Iraqi leaders
Oct19

Kremlin: Putin in talks on Mosul with Turkish, Iraqi leaders

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone with the leaders of Turkey and Iraq about battle for Mosul, where Iraqi forces are fighting to oust the Islamic State group, the Kremlin said today. Putin “wished the Iraqi army and its allies complete success in their objectives,” the Kremlin said in a statement on his conversations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. He...

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Iraq forces launch battle to retake IS stronghold Mosul
Oct17

Iraq forces launch battle to retake IS stronghold Mosul

Iraqi forces launched an offensive Monday to retake Mosul and deal a death blow to the Islamic State group’s “caliphate” in the northern city where it was declared two years ago. Some 30,000 federal forces are leading the offensive, backed by a 60-nation US-led coalition, in what is expected to be a long and difficult assault on IS’s last major Iraqi stronghold. Iraqi forces could be seen readying weapons and...

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“Mosul fight could fracture Iraq”
Oct06

“Mosul fight could fracture Iraq”

The battle for Mosul will be a make-or-break moment for Iraq that could split the country along ethnic and sectarian lines, said the former regional governor who has assembled a force which will take part in the campaign. Iraq has been preparing for more than a year for its offensive to drive Islamic State out of its last major stronghold. The operation is expected to kick off this month.   “The biggest fear is that Iraq...

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