Bomb factories, village command posts: Islamic State’s rural fight

By John Davison BADUSH, Iraq, Mar 27 : Islamic State fighters have pulled out of this deserted village on the Tigris river, which Iraqi commanders say was a crucial outpost defending their nearby stronghold of Mosul, but signs of their presence abound. As the sounds of battle echo in the distance, the stinking corpses of […]

Civilian deaths, Old City fight force Mosul battle rethink

By Patrick Markey MOSUL, Iraq, Mar 27 : Perched in bombed-out apartments overlooking west Mosul, Iraqi police snipers have in the last few days advanced to within a few hundred metres of the mosque where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al?Baghdadi declared his caliphate nearly three years ago. Through holes knocked in walls, troops have […]

US confirms air strike in Mosul district where dozens were killed

By Patrick Markey MOSUL, Iraq, Mar 25 : The US military confirmed today that US warplanes had hit an Islamic State-held area of the besieged Iraqi city of Mosul where residents and officials say dozens of civilians have been killed as result of an air strike. The incident occurred on March 17 but what exactly […]

Iraqi forces pause Mosul push over concern for civilian casualties

By Patrick Markey MOSUL, Iraq, Mar 25 : Iraqi government forces paused in their push to recapture western Mosul from Islamic State militants today because of the high rate of civilian casualties, a security forces spokesman said. The halt was called as the United Nations expressed its profound concern over reports of an incident during […]

Iraqi forces pause Mosul push over concern for civilian casualties

By Patrick Markey MOSUL, Iraq, Mar 25 : Iraqi government forces paused in their push to recapture western Mosul from Islamic State militants today because of the high rate of civilian casualties, a security forces spokesman said. Residents escaping the besieged area have told of Iraqi and US-led coalition air strikes demolishing buildings and killing […]