This file photo taken on March 26, 2017 shows Iraqis cleaning up the rubble of destroyed buildings in the Mosul’s al-Jadida area. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP The chaotic mess caused by the conflict that devastated Mosul must be cleared away first, before rebuilding starts
MOSUL, Iraq (Jul. 19, 2017) — The battle over, it’s now time to start rebuilding Iraq’s second city, parts of which were literally flattened during the offensive against holed up jihadists of the Islamic State (ISIS) group.
Continue reading After the battle: Mosul looks to rise from the ashes 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 WAR-TORN. Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) members carry food as they walk in the Old City of Mosul on July 3, 2017 during an ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Fadel Senna/AFP Iraqi forces are facing increasingly difficult fighting and a rising number of suicide attacks, including some by female bombers, in the final stages of the battle for Mosul
MOSUL, Iraq (Jul. 4, 2017) — Iraqi forces are facing increasingly difficult fighting and a rising number of suicide attacks, including some by female bombers, in the final stages of the battle for Mosul, commanders said Monday, July 3.
Continue reading Tougher fighting, more suicide attacks as ISIS hits back in 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’ ON THE DEFENSIVE. An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter fires at Islamic State (ISIS) militant positions, from his position on the top of Mount Zardak, a strategic point taken 3 days ago, about 25 km east of Mosul on September 9, 2014. JM Lopez/AFP Though officials warn that military action will continue for some time, they are generally upbeat about the progress and quickening momentum of the fight
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (May 9, 2017) — Key members of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Iraq and Syria meet in Copenhagen on Tuesday, May 9, to assess the campaign’s next steps as the jihadists’ “caliphate” collapses.
Continue reading Anti-ISIS coalition meets in Denmark to assess campaign BATTLE WITH ISIS. Fire and smoke billow following a car bomb explosion as Iraqi forces clash with Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters in Mosul on March 5, 2017. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes and other support are now battling ISIS inside second city Mosul, after retaking much of the other territory the jihadists had seized
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Apr. 12, 2017) — The Islamic State group now controls less than 7% of Iraq, down from the 40% it held nearly three years ago, a military spokesman said Tuesday, April 11.
Continue reading ISIS now controls less than 7% of Iraq, military says Fire and smoke billow following a car bomb explosion as Iraqi forces clash with Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters in Mosul on March 5, 2017, during an offensive to retake the western parts of the city from the jihadists. Aris Messinis/AFP The operation to retake west Mosul, the largest urban population center still in the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS) group, began on February 19, but had slowed amid several days of bad weather until a renewed drive began March 5
MOSUL, Iraq (Mar. 7, 2017) — Iraqi security forces advanced Monday, March 6, towards a compound of jihadist-held government buildings and a bridgehead, on the second day of a renewed push in west Mosul, officers said.
Continue reading Iraq forces advance in renewed Mosul push DISPLACED. Iraqi families walk down a road as they flee Mosul on March 3, 2017, during an offensive by security forces to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State fighters. File photo by Aris Messinis/AFP In just a little over a week, more than 45,000 are displaced in Iraq and over 26,000 are forced to flee in Syria
MOSUL, Iraq (Mar. 6, 2017 ) — Tens of thousands of civilians have fled offensives against the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Iraq and Syria, where the jihadists are battling to keep what remains of their territory, the United Nations (UN) said Sunday, March 5.
Continue reading Thousands flee anti-ISIS offensives in Iraq and Syria