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 […]

Fighting the Islamic State group in Mosul with Iraq’s elite Golden Division

Fighting the Islamic State group in Mosul with Iraq’s elite Golden Division

As Iraqi forces battle to retake the country’s second largest city of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) group, FRANCE 24 joined the elite counter-terrorism unit Golden Division as it pushed into the eastern Zahra district. The battle for Mosul, which was captured by the IS group in 2014, has been a gruelling struggle fought […]

Video: Iraqi Kurdish forces discover IS tunnels near Mosul

Video: Iraqi Kurdish forces discover IS tunnels near Mosul

FRANCE 24’s reporters followed Iraqi Kurdish forces as they discovered a warren of tunnels used by Islamic State group fighters in the town of Bashiqa, near Mosul. Peshmerga forces recaptured Bashiqa from IS this week, after street fighting and air strikes that heavily damaged many of the town’s low, brightly painted homes and rows of […]

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 […]

IS group leader Baghdadi urges no Mosul retreat, audio message claims

IS group leader Baghdadi urges no Mosul retreat, audio message claims

Jihadist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on his fighters to resist as Iraqi forces were poised Thursday to enter the city of Mosul where he declared a “caliphate” two years ago. The appeal was made in an audio recording released on the Internet and purported to be by the elusive leader of the Islamic State […]

Air strikes on Mosul help breach Islamic State group’s defences

Air strikes on Mosul help breach Islamic State group’s defences

Iraqi elite brigades fought their way into the outskirts of Mosul on Tuesday, backed by coalition air strikes. FRANCE 24’s reporters followed Iraq’s special forces as they coordinated the advance with their international allies. Targeted air strikes by the US-led coalition have been crucial to the troops’ swift offensive, helping Iraqi troops set foot in […]

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 forces ‘make push into Mosul suburb’

Iraqi forces ‘make push into Mosul suburb’

Advancing Iraqi troops broke through Islamic State defences in an eastern suburb of Mosul on Monday, taking the battle for the insurgents’ stronghold into the city limits for the first time, a force commander said. The fighting came after two weeks of advances by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces who cleared surrounding areas of insurgents, in the […]

Mosul offensive kills up to 900 jihadists, US says

Mosul offensive kills up to 900 jihadists, US says

The United States said Thursday that up to 900 Islamic State group jihadists have been killed in the offensive to retake Iraq’s Mosul, as camps around the city filled with fleeing civilians. Iraqis who fled their homes expressed joy at escaping the IS group’s brutal rule as they were given shelter and assistance, in some […]

Video: Iraqi forces liberate Christian village en route to Mosul

Video: Iraqi forces liberate Christian village en route to Mosul

FRANCE 24’s reporters followed an Iraqi armored column into the Christian village of Karamles, 15 kilometres east of Mosul, shortly after it was cleared of Islamic State (IS) group militants. Nine days into the start of their offensive, coalition forces have liberated a string of towns and villages around Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city and the […]

Coalition steps up air strikes as IS group mounts tough defence of Mosul

Coalition steps up air strikes as IS group mounts tough defence of Mosul

Iraqi forces advancing on Mosul faced stiff resistance from the Islamic State (IS) group on Monday as the US-led coalition unleashed an unprecedented wave of air strikes to support the week-old offensive. Federal forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters were moving forward in several areas around the IS group’s Iraqi stronghold in the north of the […]

Iraqi forces push into town near Mosul after IS group assault on Kirkuk

Iraqi forces push into town near Mosul after IS group assault on Kirkuk

Iraqi forces pushed into a town near the Islamic State group-held city of Mosul Saturday after a wave of militant attacks in and around the northern city of Kirkuk set off more than 24 hours of heavy clashes. US Defense Secretary Ash Carter meanwhile arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit to meet with Iraqi […]

The difficulty of drafting a ‘day after’ plan for Iraq’s Mosul

The difficulty of drafting a ‘day after’ plan for Iraq’s Mosul

Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, could fall from Islamic State (IS) group control in a matter of weeks or months. But once the war is won, winning the peace is likely to be full of challenges. FRANCE 24’s Leela Jacinto examines some of them. The battle for Mosul is in its early stages, but the international […]

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 […]

Iraq’s Mosul offensive ‘ahead of schedule’, Pentagon says

Iraq’s Mosul offensive ‘ahead of schedule’, Pentagon says

Iraqi forces are “ahead of schedule” in an offensive aimed at retaking Mosul and dealing a death blow to the Islamic State group, but the battle will be difficult and protracted, the Pentagon has said. The start of the long-awaited assault raised deep concerns for hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in Iraq’s second-largest city, […]

Iraqi forces begin operation to retake Mosul from IS group

Iraqi forces begin operation to retake Mosul from IS group

Iraqi forces have launched operations to retake Mosul, a city whose capture by the Islamic State group two years ago left the country on the brink of collapse, the prime minister said Monday. The northern city was where IS supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi publicly proclaimed a “caliphate” straddling Iraq and Syria in June 2014. With […]

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 […]

Peshmerga will not enter Mosul’, Kurdish Iraqi minister tells FRANCE 24

Peshmerga will not enter Mosul’, Kurdish Iraqi minister tells FRANCE 24

Kurdish peshmerga troops will not enter Mosul if allied forces battling the Islamic State (IS) group recapture the northern Iraqi city, Falah Mustafa Bakir, the foreign minister of Iraqi Kurdistan told FRANCE 24. The pledge is significant, since Baghdad is concerned that the Kurdish peshmerga might seize parts of Mosul, which would give them more […]

French fighter jets launch mission against IS group in Mosul

French fighter jets launch mission against IS group in Mosul

French fighter jets took off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle on Friday for an operation against the Islamic State jihadist organisation (IS) in its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, an officer said. Eight jets took off from the carrier in the eastern Mediterranean, an AFP photographer on the flight deck reported. The Charles de […]

US to boost military presence in Iraq ahead of Mosul battle

US to boost military presence in Iraq ahead of Mosul battle

President Barack Obama is preparing to send more troops to Iraq to help reclaim the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The troops will train and advise Iraqi forces as planning for the Mosul operation ramps up, officials said. Though the precise number of troops was not immediately disclosed, […]

Peshmerga, Iraqi forces agree on Mosul battle plan, Kurdish leader

Peshmerga, Iraqi forces agree on Mosul battle plan, Kurdish leader

Military plans to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) group are ready, the president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region told FRANCE 24 on Friday, claiming the Iraqi city could be retaken before the end of 2016 if a deal on its future administration is reached. The Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, backed by […]