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Valentine’s Day celebration returns to Iraq’s ISIS free Mosul

Valentine’s Day celebration returns to Iraq’s ISIS free Mosul

Valentine’s Day returned Tuesday to the eastern sector of the Iraqi city of Mosul from where the Islamic State group was expelled last month, at least for a group of enthusiastic schoolchildren. “My feelings for you flow like a river, and will flow on for the rest of my life,” young volunteers recited in front […]

February 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Islamic state suicide bomber kills 36 in Baghdad market

Islamic state suicide bomber kills 36 in Baghdad market

A suicide bomber driving a pickup loaded with explosives struck a bustling market in Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 36 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group hours after French President Francois Hollande arrived in the Iraqi capital. The bomb went off in a fruit and vegetable market that was packed […]

January 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Freed from Mosul, Iraqi brothers carry scars of Islamic State rule

Freed from Mosul, Iraqi brothers carry scars of Islamic State rule

His right arm strapped with a tourniquet and numbed by anaesthetic, Azad Hassan sat before the crowd waiting for Islamic State militants to chop off his hand as a punishment. First, he had watch them do the same to his brother. Freed from Islamic State rule in Mosul by Iraqi forces who are fighting to […]

December 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Residents of Iraq’s Mosul fight, jostle over food

Residents of Iraq’s Mosul fight, jostle over food

Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul fought each other around trucks delivering humanitarian aid as they jostled for scant supplies on Monday, while government troops fighting to retake the city from Islamic State militants inched closer toward the city center. The Iraqi government and various humanitarian organizations sent trucks loaded with food and clothes […]

November 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Islamic State killed 300 former policemen south of Mosul, HRW says

Islamic State killed 300 former policemen south of Mosul, HRW says

Islamic State militants probably killed more than 300 Iraqi former police three weeks ago and buried them in a mass grave near the town of Hammam al-Alil south of Mosul, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. A reporter visited the site of the mass grave, where residents said the ultra-hardline militants buried victims who had […]

November 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Gasps, tears as Iraqis return to Islamic State-destroyed parish

Gasps, tears as Iraqis return to Islamic State-destroyed parish

There were gasps, followed by tears at a small church in northern Iraq as a group of Christians returned to their parish Sunday to find that everything had been destroyed, including the statue of the Virgin Mary. A confessional had been turned into a closet, a tomb had been desecrated, red prayer benches were burned. […]

November 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Iraq troops vow to tighten noose on Islamic State in Mosul

Iraq troops vow to tighten noose on Islamic State in Mosul

Iraqi soldiers fighting just north of Mosul, within sight of city neighborhoods, said on Sunday they were ready to tighten the noose around Islamic State militants waging a brutal defense of their Iraqi stronghold. Four weeks into the campaign to crush Islamic State in Mosul, the city is almost surrounded but the jihadists’ defenses have […]

November 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Death toll rises to 50 in Islamic State-claimed blast in Pakistan

Death toll rises to 50 in Islamic State-claimed blast in Pakistan

An explosion claimed by militant group Islamic State ripped through a Muslim shrine in southwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least 52 people and wounding scores, officials said. The blast at the Shah Noorani shrine occurred while hundreds of people were inside, local district commissioner Hashim Ghalzai told Reuters. Provincial Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said […]

November 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Turkish military says hits 71 Islamic State targets in northern Syria

Turkish military says hits 71 Islamic State targets in northern Syria

Turkey’s military hit 71 Islamic State targets in Syria over the last 24 hours, the army said on Saturday, intensifying strikes against the militant group, which has claimed responsibility for the latest bomb attack in southeast Turkey. Five Islamic State fighters were killed in the strikes, as were five Turkey-backed rebels and one Turkish soldier, […]

November 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Iraqi villagers celebrate freedom from Islamic State, but still haunted by terror

Iraqi villagers celebrate freedom from Islamic State, but still haunted by terror

When Kurdish fighters cleared Islamic State from the northern Iraqi village of Fadiliya, some residents celebrated by passing around cigarettes – an act that would have earned them a public whipping under the group’s reign of terror. Peshmerga forces took the village on Thursday as they advanced towards Mosul, Islamic State’s last main stronghold in […]

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