Tag: ISIS

Mosul battle: Kurdish forces push into IS-held Bashiqa

Iraqi Kurdish forces have fought their way into a town held by Islamic State militants north-east of Mosul. Hundreds of Peshmerga fighters, backed by artillery and US-led coalition air strikes, advanced on Bashiqa from three directions on Monday morning. By late afternoon, they were moving from house to house clearing the town, a Peshmerga statement […]

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 […]

UN: ISIS slaughtered at least 232 people near Mosul last week

Islamic State group fighters killed at least 232 people in and around Mosul last week as Iraqi troops advanced on the city, the UN rights office said Friday. “Last Wednesday 232 civilians were reportedly shot to death. Of these there were 190 former Iraqi Security Forces officers,” rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in […]

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 […]