Iraqi forces seize Mosul district; UN flags chemical weapons fears

Iraqi forces seize Mosul district; UN flags chemical weapons fears

Iraqi special forces said they pushed deeper into Mosul on Friday despite heavy resistance from Islamic State militants using civilians as cover, and were holding half a dozen city neighbourhoods seized in the last 10 days. The elite Counter Terrorism Service troops broke through Islamic State group defence lines to enter the city early last […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Iraqi forces retake government building from IS group in Fallujah

Iraqi forces retake government building from IS group in Fallujah

Iraqi forces on Friday entered the centre of Falluja, the Iraqi city longest held by Islamic State, nearly four weeks after the start of a U.S.-backed offensive that cleared out the tens of thousands of residents still there. Government troops, supported by multiple air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition, recaptured the municipal building, though the […]

Iraqi forces uncover mass grave near Fallujah

Iraqi forces uncover mass grave near Fallujah

Iraqi forces involved in operations to retake the city of Fallujah on Sunday found a mass grave believed to contain 400 bodies, a provincial official and a senior officer said. A colonel in the police of Anbar, where Fallujah is located, said the mass burial site was discovered in the town of Saqlawiya, northwest of […]