Iraq’s ancient city of Nimrud reduced to ruins by Islamic State group

Iraq’s ancient city of Nimrud reduced to ruins by Islamic State group

In the days after the Iraqi army announced it had recaptured Nimrud from the Islamic State (IS) group, the full extent of destruction wrought by jihadists on the ancient city has gradually became apparent. IS group militants filmed themselves as they lay waste the 3,000-year-old Assyrian city, smashing artwork and other archaeological relics. “The place […]

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 […]

Peshmerga Brigadier General Barzani discusses Iraq’s Mosul offensive

Peshmerga Brigadier General Barzani discusses Iraq’s Mosul offensive

Kurdish Peshmerga Brigadier General Sirwan Barzani talked to FRANCE 24 about the offensive on the Iraqi city of Mosul as the battle entered its second day on Tuesday. Barzani said the offensive had got off to a quick start. “Our timeline was 12 hours, but the Peshmerga just liberated nine villages in seven hours,” he […]

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, […]