US-backed Iraqi forces close in on IS-held Mosul government buildings

By Isabel Coles and Maher Chmaytelli MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb 28 : US-backed Iraqi forces today battled their way to within firing range of Mosul’s main government buildings, a major target in the offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in the western side of the city. Terrified civilians were fleeing the fighting, […]

Iraqi forces push deeper into western Mosul as civilians flee

By Isabel ColesMOSUL, Iraq, Feb 25 : US-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul today after retaking the city’s airport from Islamic State and punching into built-up areas of the jihadists’ last major stronghold in the country. Troops advanced in several more populated, built-up southern districts and about 1,000 civilians walked across the frontlines, […]

Iraqi forces push into first districts of western Mosul

By Stephen Kalin and Isabel Coles SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq, Feb 24 : US-backed Iraqi security forces advanced deeper into the western half of Mosul today one day after launching attacks on several fronts towards Islamic State’s last main stronghold in the city. Troops had recaptured Mosul airport yesterday, an important prize in the battle […]

Iraqi forces advance towards Mosul airport in push to capture city

By Maher Chmaytelli and Isabel Coles BAGHDAD, SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq, Feb 19 : US-backed Iraqi forces began moving today towards Mosul’s airport, the first target of a ground offensive to capture the western side of the city that remains under control of Islamic State, the Iraqi military said. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi earlier […]