Iraqi forces cut off IS group stronghold of Mosul from Syria

Iraqi forces cut off IS group stronghold of Mosul from Syria

  Forces battling the Islamic State (IS) group said they had trapped the jihadists inside their stronghold of Mosul on Wednesday, when allied militias linked up west of the city. Paramilitary fighters with the Iranian-backed Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilisation units cut off the road between the towns of Tal Afar and Sinjar, blocking the […]

Iraqi forces face tough resistance inside Mosul

Iraqi forces face tough resistance inside Mosul

Jihadist fighters unleashed a deluge of bombs and gunfire Friday on Iraqi forces punching into the streets of Mosul for the first time, forcing some units into a partial pullback. Some armoured vehicles from the elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) returned from the streets of Al-Karamah a few hours after moving in and encountering fierce resistance […]

Iraqi forces enter jihadist-held Mosul, military says

Iraqi forces enter jihadist-held Mosul, military says

Iraqi forces fought their way into jihadist-held Mosul on Tuesday as a top commander said the “true liberation” of the city from the Islamic State group had begun. Just over two weeks into the massive offensive to retake Mosul — IS’s last major stronghold in Iraq — the army said its forces had managed to […]

Iraqi army battles to open road to Mosul

Iraqi army battles to open road to Mosul

  The battle to liberate the villages south of Mosul continues as the Iraqi army and federal police forces co-ordinate to open a road to the Islamic State group’s (IS) stronghold in Iraq. FRANCE 24 followed one of the Iraqi units south of the city. It’s 7am at Qarraya military base in northern Iraq, and […]

Iraqi army drops leaflets over Mosul in preparation for offensive

Iraqi army drops leaflets over Mosul in preparation for offensive

The Iraqi army dropped tens of thousands of leaflets over Mosul before dawn on Sunday, warning residents an offensive to recapture the city from Islamic State was in its final stages of preparation, according to a military statement in Baghdad. The leaflets carried several messages, one of them assuring the population that advancing army units […]

Iraqi forces retake key town of Qayara from IS group

Iraqi forces retake key town of Qayara from IS group

Iraqi forces have retaken the key town of Qayara, near a major air base south of Mosul, from the Islamic State group, according to a statement from the Iraqi prime minister’s office. Haider al-Abadi said the victory marks an “important step” on the road to Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city which has been in IS hands […]

Iraqi operation kicks off to retake Falluja from Islamic State group

Iraqi operation kicks off to retake Falluja from Islamic State group

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launching of an offensive to retake the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Falluja. The military told residents on Sunday to get ready to leave before fighting started. “Zero hour for the liberation of Falluja has arrived. The moment of great victory has drawn near and Daesh has no […]