Tag: Iraq

IS leader urges Mosul fighters

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has urged his fighters in an audio recording posted online not to retreat from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, but also to invade Turkey and attack Saudi Arabia. Al-Baghdadi called on his militants to transform into rivers the blood of the Iraqi forces attempting to retake Mosul in […]

Iraq ‘ready for war’ with Turkey over who should control Mosul after Isis

Iraq and Turkey are threatening to go to war with each other over who should hold power in Mosul and the surrounding region after the defeat of Isis. Turkish tanks and artillery have deployed along the border and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said that while Iraq “did not want war with Turkey” it is […]

Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urges fight to death in Iraq, audio claims

The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has expressed confidence in victory as Iraqi forces entered the city of Mosul where he declared a “caliphate” two years ago. “This … total war and the great jihad that the Islamic State is fighting today only increases our firm belief, God willing, and our conviction that […]

Battle for Mosul: Why Turkey Is Bombing Anti-ISIS Fighters in Iraq, Syria

Turkey is a NATO partner that stands with U.S. troops on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, but it’s an ally that’s increasingly turning its guns on fighters the U.S. sees as vital to crushing ISIS.   On Wednesday, Turkey launched one of its biggest airstrikes in decades — bombing 18 positions in northern Syria and […]

Retaking Mosul From ISIS May Pale to What Comes Next

ERBIL, Iraq — The Iraqi military’s operation to retake the northern city of Mosul after more than two years of Islamic State occupation could require months, even with American help. But the recapture may turn out to be the easy part.   If history is a guide, vast parts of Mosul, once Iraq’s No. 2 […]

Why Malaysia and Singapore are nervous as Iraq looks to retake Mosul from ISIS

Malaysia on Tuesday led calls for Southeast Asian governments to tighten anti-terror measures amid fears Iraq’s sweeping offensive to retake the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Mosul will trigger an influx of fleeing foreign fighters seeking safe haven in their home countries.   Baghdad with the support of US advisers and Kurdish fighters this week […]

Why Mosul Is Critical in the Battle Against ISIS

Iraqi security forces and Kurdish pesh merga fighters have begun an assault to dislodge Islamic State militants from the city of Mosul. Here are some reasons the city is strategically and symbolically vital.   POPULATION Mosul, once home to more than two million residents, was the biggest prize captured by the Islamic State. It gave […]

Mosul battle: EU ‘should prepare for returning jihadists’

The EU should be prepared for returning jihadists if the so-called Islamic State (IS) is driven out of its Iraqi stronghold, Mosul, an official warns. Security Commissioner Julian King said even a small number of militants would pose “a serious threat that we must prepare ourselves for”. Iraqi forces say they have captured 10 villages […]

Mosul assault – a military Tower of Babel

Sunday night, Oct. 16, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, supported by a bevy of generals, announced that the military operation to recapture Mosul from its two-year occupation by the Islamic State had begun. Three formally approved participants are taking part in the operation, DEBKAfile’s military sources report: 1. American special operations, artillery and engineering units […]

How will new fighting in Iraq affect Trump v Clinton? Probably not much

In any other election year, a massive battle involving US force to seize a city of hundreds of thousands from the Islamic State might affect how voters choose their next president. But 2016, defense analysts and political advisers observing the mid-October campaign for Mosul point out, is no normal election year.   Two years after […]