Iraqi forces push into Mosul district in clashes with IS

By Isabel Coles MOSUL, Iraq, Jan 16 : Iraqi special forces pushed into a new district in Mosul near the Tigris river and battled Islamic State militants there today, bringing them closer to recapturing the east of the city. The clashes took place in the Shurta district, a Reuters correspondent near the frontlines in Mosul […]

Amid primary care struggle, field hospital opens near Mosul fighting

By Girish Gupta NEAR MOSUL, Iraq, Jan 14 : Civilians and soldiers wounded as Iraqi forces attempt to retake Mosul from Islamic State are receiving treatment in a high-tech field hospital about 20 km from the frontlines. Treating shrapnel, bullet and bomb wounds, the facility – complete with emergency rooms, intensive care units and a […]

Iraqi forces launch nighttime raid as new phase of Mosul campaign unfolds

By Isabel Coles and Saif Hameed NORTH OF MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD, Jan 6 : Elite Iraqi troops bridged a river under the cover of darkness to seize a district of Mosul in an unprecedented night raid early today, part of a new phase in the battle to capture the city from Islamic State after weeks of […]

Smuggled by boat or scaling wrecked bridges, residents escape Mosul’s besieged west

By Isabel Coles HASSAN SHAM, Iraq, Jan 3 : They wait for nightfall before attempting the perilous escape across bombed-out bridges and front lines between Islamic State militants and Iraqi forces. Some cross the Tigris River by boat, after the US-led coalition bombed the five bridges connecting the city’s two halves to restrict Islamic State […]

Caution marks Iraqi army advance against Islamic State north of Mosul

By Stephen Kalin SADA, Iraq, Dec 31 : The earth shook three times with the impact of air strikes targeting Islamic State positions north of Mosul. Only then did the Iraqi troops assembled on the edge of the small farming village advance. The army had gathered on Friday afternoon in a muddy street that showed […]

Iraqi forces face Islamic State car bombs, fierce resistance in south Mosul

By Stephen Kalin NEAR MOSUL, Iraq, Dec 30 : Iraqi forces faced car bombs and fierce resistance from Islamic State militants in southern Mosul today, the second day of a renewed push to take back the city after fighting stalled for several weeks. An officer in the federal police forces, which joined the battle yesterday, […]