Hundreds more join Mosul exodus as Iraqi forces retake two more western districts

By Maher Chmaytelli MOSUL, Iraq, Apr 22 : Pushing carts loaded with bags, babies and the elderly, hundreds of people fled Mosul on Saturday after Iraqi forces retook two more districts in the west of the city from Islamic State. After walking for miles, families were taken by bus from a government checkpoint in the […]

Hundreds more join Mosul exodus as Iraqi forces retake another western district

By Maher Chmaytelli MOSUL, Iraq, Apr 22 : Pushing carts loaded with bags, babies and the elderly, hundreds of people fled Mosul today after Iraqi forces retook another district in the west of the city from Islamic State. After walking for miles, families were taken by bus from a government checkpoint in the south of […]

Resentment festers in Mosul: just ask Saddam Hussein

By Ulf Laessing MOSUL, Iraq, April 20 : – If you want to hear the resentment people of Mosul feel now that Iraqi forces have driven Islamic State out of most of the city, you should talk to Saddam Hussein. Not the dictator, but the Mosul schoolteacher, who proudly shows off an identity card bearing […]

Iraqi forces prepare new push, tactics in Mosul as civilians flee city

By Angus MacSwan MOSUL, Iraq, Mar 24 : Iraqi forces are preparing a fresh push against Islamic State using new tactics, but operations to drive the militants out of their last stronghold in the country are on hold, military officials said today. Families streamed out of the northern Iraqi city during the lull in fighting, […]

Islamic State shells recaptured areas in west Mosul

By Hamuda Hassan MOSUL, Mar 22 : Islamic State militants shelled areas recaptured by Iraqi forces in western Mosul, hitting civilians fleeing the fighting early on Wednesday as troops edged their way through the narrow, dangerous streets of the Old City. Heavy mortar fire killed at least five civilians and wounded more than 20 in […]

Iraqi forces close on Mosul mosque as strike kills foreign militants

By Patrick Markey and John Davison MOSUL, Iraq, Mar 19 : Iraqi army helicopters strafed and rocketed Islamic State positions inside Mosul’s Old City on Sunday as ground troops fought fierce street battles to close in on the strategic prize of the al-Nuri Mosque. An air strike by the U.S.-led coalition backing Iraq forces in […]