ISIS LEADER. An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Handout photo by al-Furqan Media/AFP The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it had information from top ISIS leaders confirming Baghdadi’s death
BEIRUT, Lebanon (Jul. 11, 2017) — Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported dead on Tuesday, July 11, a day after Iraq declared it had driven the jihadists from their one-time biggest stronghold of Mosul.
Continue reading ISIS chief reported dead after jihadists lose Mosul ‘VICTORY.’ Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi smiles during a meeting with military commanders in the al-Tayaran neighborhood of Mosul on July 9, 2017 after the government’s announcement of the ‘liberation’ of the embattled city. Photo by Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP ‘Victory is certain, and what remains of Daesh is surrounded… and it is just a matter of time for us to announce the great victory to our people,’ says Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
MOSUL, Iraq (Jul. 10, 2017) — Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Mosul on Sunday, July 9, hailing his forces for securing “victory” over the Islamic State group (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq), their biggest yet against the jihadists.
Continue reading Iraq PM hails forces for securing Mosul ‘victory’ V FOR VICTORY. Iraqi federal policemen celebrate in the Old City of Mosul on July 9, 2017 after the government’s announcement of the ‘liberation’ of the embattled city. Photo by Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP But huge challenges lie ahead, not just in rebuilding Mosul but also in tackling ISIS’ presence elsewhere
MOSUL, Iraq (Jul. 9, 2017) — Iraq declared victory against the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Mosul on Sunday, July 9, after a grueling months-long campaign, dealing the biggest defeat yet to the jihadist group.
Continue reading Iraq declares victory in ‘liberated’ Mosul DESTROYED. This aerial view taken on June 21, 2017 and provided by Iraq’s Joint Operation Command reportedly shows destruction inside Mosul’s Nuri mosque compound. Joint Operation Command / Handout / AFP The destruction of two of Mosul’s best-known landmarks comes on the fourth day of an Iraqi offensive backed by the US-led coalition to take the Old City
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Jun. 22, 2014) — Jihadists on Wednesday, June 21, blew up Mosul’s iconic leaning minaret and the adjacent mosque where their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 declared himself “caliph” in his only public appearance, Iraqi officials said.
Continue reading ISIS blows up Mosul mosque where Baghdadi became ‘caliph’ AFTERMATH. Iraqis inspect the damage at the site of a suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group on July 3, 2016 in Baghdad’s central Karrada district. Sabah Arar/AFP The suicide car bombing, which ripped through a crowded shopping area and sparked infernos in nearby buildings, also wounded more than 200 people, security and medical officials say
BAGHDAD, Iraq (July 4, 2016) — At least 213 people were killed in Sunday’s (July 3) Baghdad suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) group, officials said, making it one of the deadliest ever militant attacks in Iraq.
Continue reading More than 200 dead in ISIS-claimed Baghdad blast VICTORY IN 2016. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during an interview in Berlin, Germany, 11 February 2016. Photo by Rainer Jensen/EPA Abadi intends for 2016 to be ‘the final year for the existence of Daesh in Iraq, using the arabic acronym for ISIS
MUNICH, Germany (Feb. 13, 2016) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi vowed on Friday, February 12, to drive the Islamic State (ISIS) group out of his country by the end of the year.
Continue reading Iraq PM vows to defeat ISIS by end of 2016