Civilians lack food, water, medicine as Mosul battle mounts – UN

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, May 29 : Tens of thousands of civilians in parts of Mosul held by Islamic State are struggling to get food, water and medicine, the United Nations said, days into a new push by US-backed Iraqi government troops to take the northern city. Up to 200,000 people still live behind Islamic […]

Islamic State mining Mosul to stop families fleeing as Iraqi forces advance

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, May 17 : Islamic State militants are planting bombs near front doors in Mosul to prevent civilians leaving, a federal police commander and witnesses said today, as Iraqi forces make their final push against the jihadists after seven months of fighting. Trapped in a shrinking area of the city, the militants […]

Families pour out of Mosul as Iraqi troops push into last militant-held areas

By Isabel Coles HAMMAM AL-ALIL CAMP, Iraq, May 10 : Thousands more people are fleeing Mosul every day since Iraqi troops began their push into the last Islamic State-held areas of the city last week, with food and water running out and the fighting killing increasing numbers of civilians. More than 22,000 people have fled […]

Iraqi camp families search for ways to make a living

By Muhammad Hamed KHAZER CAMP, Iraq, May 3 : In northern Iraq’s vast desert Khazer camp, residents are opening street stalls, taking on odd jobs and trying out entirely new professions, anything to scrape out a living. Aysar Issa has turned his hand to fixing shoes to support his family of eight. “My brothers and […]

Iraqi commander vows to complete capture of Mosul in May

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, Apr 30 : A top Iraqi commander expects to dislodge Islamic State from Mosul in May despite resistance from militants in the densely populated Old City district. The battle should be completed “in a maximum of three weeks”, the Iraqi army’s chief of staff, Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanmi, was quoted as […]

Flooding cuts off aid supplies, escape route from west Mosul

By Ulf Laessing THIBANIYA, Iraq, Apr 16 : Flooding has made all bridges across the Tigris in and out of western Mosul impassable, cutting off aid supplies and escape routes for people fleeing the Islamic State-held part of the Iraqi city. With the bridges down, hundreds of civilians crossed the surging river on small wooden […]