20 August 2017
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More than 2,000 Iraqis a day are fleeing Mosul, several hundred more each day than before U.S.-led coalition forces began a new phase of their battle to retake the city from Islamic State, the United Nations said on Wednesday. After quick initial advances, the operation stalled for several weeks but last Thursday Iraqi forces renewed their push from Mosul's east towards the Tigris River on three fronts. Elite interior ministry troops were clearing the Mithaq district on Wednesday, after entering…

Suicide Bombing in Baghdad Kills at Least 36 Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:17

BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber detonated a pickup truck loaded with explosives on Monday in a busy Baghdad market, killing at least 36 people hours after President François Hollande of France arrived in the Iraqi capital. The Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack. The bomb went off in a produce market that was packed with day laborers, a police officer said, adding that another 52 people were wounded. During a news conference with Mr. Hollande, Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s prime…
UN mission in Iraq says the figure does not include casualties from western Anbar for May, July, August and December.  At least 6,878 civilians were killed in Iraq last year as the Iraqi government struggled to maintain security and dislodge fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group from areas under its control. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, known as UNAMI, said on Tuesday that its numbers "have to be considered…
BARTELLA, Iraq –  There were no big New Year's celebrations for the Iraqi men, women and children who narrowly escaped the fighting in Mosul, only to wait for hours under armed guard while the fighting-age males among them were cleared of links to the Islamic State. The lucky ones would go with their families to one of the wind-swept camps for displaced Iraqis, where they will endure the remainder of northern Iraq's bitterly cold winter in tents and learn to…

Saudi Arabia against sectarian troops in Iraq Thursday, 29 December 2016 19:40

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday at a press conference with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh that Saudi opposes any sectarian forces on the ground in Iraq, and are keen on preserving the Arab identity of Iraq. Jubeir said the Popular Mobilization militias are purely sectarian institutions, stressing that that they are led by Iranian officers. He also added "we are keen to address any across the Iraqi border terrorist operation." Jubeir confirmed that the Jordanian Saudi…
Gunmen have kidnapped an Iraqi female journalist who has campaigned against widespread corruption in the country. Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi was taken from her home in the Saidiya district of the capital, Baghdad, on Monday night by men claiming to be security personnel. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered security forces to "exert the utmost effort" to save her. On Monday, Ms Qaisi wrote an article in which she expressed anger that armed groups could act with impunity. The article, published…
Irbil, Iraq (CNN)Nearly 2,000 Iraqi troops were killed across Iraq in November as they battled to force ISIS extremists from the country, according to newly released UN figures. That's nearly triple the number of military casualties reported in October, when an offensive to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS first began. The toll for November includes Iraqi army, police in combat, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and allied militias. The Iraqi-led coalition forces' advance slowed after Iraqi Security Forces entered Mosul…
UN says nearly 2,000 Iraqi soldiers died in November, a 'staggering' surge in casualties since beginning of offensive Nearly 2,000 soldiers and hundreds of civilians were killed in Iraq in November, the UN said on Thursday, in a "staggering" spike in deaths coinciding with operations to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. The figure increased threefold from October, when tens of thousands of troops launched an assault to retake the Islamic State (IS) group's last major Iraqi bastion of…
Sources say more than 14,000 Iraqis have crossed Syrian border since October, including 8,000 who have reached Hasakah. By: Osama Bin Javaid More than 14,000 Iraqis fleeing the offensive against ISIL in Mosul have crossed the border into Syria since the start of the operation a month ago, sources from a UN affiliated agency told Al Jazeera. According to the sources, as many as 8,000 of the Iraqis crossed into Syria's Hasakah province, and some are now in the al-Hol…
Islamic State fighters targeted Iraqi troops with car bombs and ambushes in Mosul, stalling an army advance in their north Iraq stronghold, but faced attack on a new front on Sunday when U.S.-backed rebels launched a campaign for the Syrian city of Raqqa. The jihadists have lost control of seven eastern districts of Mosul to Iraqi special forces who broke through their lines last Monday. Officials say the militants are now sheltering among civilians in those neighborhoods and targeting soldiers…
At least 24 people have been killed in the latest suicide bombings to strike Iraq. In Samarra, about 70 miles north of Baghdad, at least 11 Shia pilgrims were killed when a bomb blew up an ambulance in the car park of a religious shrine on Sunday. Ali al-Hamdani, spokesman for the Salahuddin province, said the bomber walked into the crowd of people before detonating the vehicle and blowing himself up. Five female students are believed to be among the…

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