Civilians pay price of ISIS 'smoke war'

2016-10-24 17:28

The smoke from fires lit by Islamic State jihadists to provide cover from air strikes has painted the northern Iraqi sky black, providing a dramatic backdrop for the Mosul offensive.

Iraqi parliament passes bill banning alcohol

2016-10-23 19:45

Iraq's parliament has passed a law forbidding the import, production or selling of alcoholic beverages in a surprise move that has angered many in the country's Christian community who rely on the business.

Peshmerga claims to be within 9km of Mosul

2016-10-23 17:16

Kurdish forces say they have "cordoned off" eight villages northeast of Mosul and are now less than 9km from the outskirts of the ISIS-held city.

Britain says its military is hacking ISIS

2016-10-21 08:37

Britain's Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, says the British military is launching cyberattacks against ISIS in support of the offensive against militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Iraqi town outside Mosul rises up

2016-10-19 22:00

Bodies of Islamic State group fighters were still strewn on the ground of the northern Iraqi town of al-Hud, two days after residents say they rose up against the militants.

ISIS holding civilians as human shields in Mosul - Pentagon

2016-10-19 06:06

ISIS jihadists are barring civilians from leaving Mosul and are using them as human shields, as the battle for the Iraqi city entered its second day, a Pentagon official says.

Iraqi advance on Mosul slows after day of fighting

2016-10-18 15:14

Iraqi and Kurdish commanders say they have paused their advance on Mosul, a day after the start of a massive operation to retake the Islamic State-held city.

Mosul offensive a 'decisive moment' in anti-IS campaign

2016-10-17 14:26

US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter says that operations to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group were key to defeating the jihadist group.

Iraq drops leaflets over Mosul ahead of battle

2016-10-16 16:41

Iraqi aircraft have dropped "tens of thousands" of leaflets, some bearing safety instructions for Mosul residents, ahead of an operation to retake the city from jihadists, the military says.

ISIS suicide bomber strikes Baghdad funeral tent

2016-10-15 22:37

Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber has struck a funeral gathering in Baghdad, killing at least 35 people and wounding more than 60.


On road to Mosul, Kurd doctors fear being overwhelmed

2016-10-24 07:26

At a field hospital out in the open, a few kilometres from newly carved front lines in northern Iraq, Kurdish doctors and foreign soldiers mill around a stretcher on the ground.

Carter urges 'isolation operation' for ISIS-held Raqa

2016-10-23 18:56

US defence chief Ash Carter says an operation to isolate ISIS in Syria's Raqa should begin in conjunction with the assault on the jihadists' Iraqi bastion Mosul.

Iraq pushes into town near Mosul

2016-10-22 17:07

Iraqi forces have pushed into a town near the Islamic State-held city of Mosul after a wave of militant attacks in and around the northern city of Kirkuk.

Israel indicts couple who travelled to Mosul to join ISIS

2016-10-21 06:30

An Israeli court has indicted an Arab Israeli couple for joining the extremist Islamic State group with their three young children.

Iraq makes gains in 'difficult' assault on ISIS-held Mosul

2016-10-19 17:23

Tens of thousands of Iraqi forces were making gains from the Islamic State group in Iraq's Mosul in an offensive US President Barack Obama warned would be a "difficult fight".

Fears rise in Europe of jihadist influx if Iraq retakes Mosul

2016-10-18 16:22

Europe faces a new influx of Islamic State jihadists if Iraqi forces retake the group's stronghold Mosul, officials and analysts warn, adding to fears on a continent battered by a string of Islamist attacks.

Knocking on Mosul's door

2016-10-17 21:31

As the battle for Mosul gets under way, hundreds of thousands of residents face imminent displacement.

Iraq launches operations to liberate Mosul from ISIS

2016-10-17 06:03

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.

ISIS bomber hits Shi'ite mourners in Baghdad, kills 4

2016-10-16 16:40

Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing has hit a gathering of Shi'ite mourners in Baghdad, killing at least four people and wounding another 10.

Report: ISIS crushes rebellion plot in Mosul

2016-10-14 22:28

Around 58 seditious fighters - caught in plan to help Iraqi forces capture key city - reportedly put to death by drowning.

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