Iraq counts on US advisers, mostly out of sight, in war on Islamic State

By Stephen Kalin BARTELLA, Iraq, Jan 19 : When Iraqi forces faced a fierce Islamic State counter-attack last month at a hospital in Mosul they had stormed without enough troops to hold it, US advisers behind the front lines shepherded them to safety. And as they punched through the city’s northern limits a few weeks […]

Most Islamic State commanders in Mosul already killed, Iraqi general says

By Isabel Coles MOSUL, Iraq, Jan 19 : Most Islamic State (IS) commanders in Mosul have been killed in battles with Iraqi government forces that raged over the past three months in the eastern side of the city, an Iraqi general said today. The fight to take the western side of Mosul, which remains under […]

As caliphate crumbles, Islamic State lashes out in Iraq

By John Davison BAGHDAD, Jan 18 : Two days after Iraqi forces launched a new push against Islamic State in Mosul, bomb blasts ripped through a marketplace in central Baghdad – the start of a spate of attacks that appear to signal a shift in tactics by the Islamist group. The Sunni jihadists have targeted […]

Iraqi forces battle Islamic State near Tigris river in Mosul

By Isabel Coles MOSUL, Iraq, Jan 16 : Iraqi special forces battled Islamic State militants in districts near the Tigris river in Mosul today as they sought to bring more of the east of the city back under government control. The latest clashes occurred in the neighbouring Shurta and Andalus districts. At least three Islamic […]

Iraqi artist recreates ancient works destroyed by Islamic State

By Bushra Shakhshir ERBIL, Iraq, Jan 16 : As Iraqi forces fight to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State, an artist in nearby Erbil is chiseling at clay in a tiny, unheated studio to recreate historic Assyrian monuments destroyed by the group. Ninos Thabet, an 18-year-old Christian who studied art at Mosul […]

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 […]