Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militants in Syria, Iraq’s Sinjar

By Isabel Coles and John Davison ISTANBUL/BEIRUT, Apr 25 : Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish militants in Iraq’s Sinjar region and in northeastern Syria today, killing at least 18 fighters and officials in a widening campaign against groups affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The air strikes in Syria targeted the YPG – a […]

Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militants in Syria, Iraq’s Sinjar

By Isabel Coles and John Davison ISTANBUL/BEIRUT, Apr 25 : Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish militants in Iraq’s Sinjar region and in northeastern Syria today, killing at least 18 fighters and officials in a widening campaign against groups affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The air strikes in Syria targeted the YPG – a […]

Hundreds flee Mosul fighting as others return to liberated areas

By Ahmed Aboulenein MOSUL, Iraq, Apr 23 : Heavy two-way traffic of carts carrying children, clothes, and Ythe elderly crowded the main Baghdad-Mosul road today as hundreds of Iraqis fled heavy fighting or made their way back to areas liberated from Islamic State. Families paid no heed to the sound of heavy mortar, artillery and […]

Hundreds more join Mosul exodus as Iraqi forces retake two more western districts

By Maher Chmaytelli MOSUL, Iraq, Apr 22 : Pushing carts loaded with bags, babies and the elderly, hundreds of people fled Mosul on Saturday after Iraqi forces retook two more districts in the west of the city from Islamic State. After walking for miles, families were taken by bus from a government checkpoint in the […]

Hundreds more join Mosul exodus as Iraqi forces retake another western district

By Maher Chmaytelli MOSUL, Iraq, Apr 22 : Pushing carts loaded with bags, babies and the elderly, hundreds of people fled Mosul today after Iraqi forces retook another district in the west of the city from Islamic State. After walking for miles, families were taken by bus from a government checkpoint in the south of […]

Resentment festers in Mosul: just ask Saddam Hussein

By Ulf Laessing MOSUL, Iraq, April 20 : – If you want to hear the resentment people of Mosul feel now that Iraqi forces have driven Islamic State out of most of the city, you should talk to Saddam Hussein. Not the dictator, but the Mosul schoolteacher, who proudly shows off an identity card bearing […]