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 […]

Syrian army presses offensive as UN decries Aleppo’s ‘living hell’

Syrian army presses offensive as UN decries Aleppo’s ‘living hell’

Syrian regime forces advanced Sunday in Aleppo after Russia unleashed dozens of air strikes, as the UN’s top aid official decried the “living hell” suffered by residents in the city’s rebel-held east. The devastating five-year war in Syria has ravaged second city Aleppo, once the country’s economic hub but now torn apart by fighting between […]

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 […]