Tag: Mosul

Iraqi fighters stand next to a wall bearing the Islamic State group flag in western Anbar province on November 3, 2017

International Community Reluctant to Pay for Post-Islamic State Reconstruction of Iraq

The damage inflicted on Iraq by the rise and fall of the Islamic State (ISIS) is horrendous, with cities like the former ISIS stronghold of Mosul virtually leveled. Baghdad puts the damage at roughly $100 billion, which is an impressive level of vandalism from a group President Barack Obama famously dismissed as the “junior varsity team” of terrorism. Unfortunately for Iraq, donor nations are not lining up to finance the reconstruction.

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Freeing Mosul from Islamic State left 9,000+ civilians dead

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The price Mosul’s residents paid in blood to see their city freed was between 9,000 and 11,000 dead, a civilian casualty rate nearly 10 times higher than what has been previously reported. The number killed in the 9-month battle to liberate the city from the Islamic State marauders has not been acknowledged by the U.S.-led coalition, the Iraqi government or the self-styled caliphate.

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Iraqi PM Slams Hezbollah Deal for Safe Passage to Islamic State Terrorists

TEL AVIV — The leader of the Iran-backed Hezbollah released a statement Wednesday explaining the ceasefire agreement between his organization and the Islamic State, which gave hundreds of IS fighters safe passage to the region of al-Bukamal on the border of Syrian and Iraq with support from the Syrian regime.

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, center right, shakes hands with Lieutenant General Raid Shaker Jawlat, center left, the commander of Iraqi federal police upon his arrival in Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, July 9, 2017. Backed by the U.S.-led coalition, Iraq launched the operation to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants in October. (Iraqi Federal Police Press Office via AP)

Iraq: PM Visits Mosul to Celebrate Liberation from Islamic State

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi appeared in Mosul on Sunday to congratulate his troops for driving the Islamic State from its onetime regional capital. Fighting against the last ISIS holdouts continues in several sectors of the city but, according to the Iraqis, the Battle of Mosul has effectively concluded.

Iraqi soldiers pose with the Islamic State flag along a street of the town of al-Shura, which was recaptured from Islamic State (IS) on Saturday, south of Mosul, Iraq October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Islamic State Struggles to Hold Mosul with Diversionary Attacks

The Islamic State killed several people, including two Iraqi journalists, in an attack on the village of Imam Gharbi from Wednesday to Friday. The attack has been described by analysts as a diversion to draw Iraqi troops away from Mosul, where the Islamic State’s capital in Iraq is on the verge of falling.

Iraqi Federal Police officers observe as air and ground strikes hit the town of Shura, some 30 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Iraqi troops approaching Mosul from the south advanced into Shura on Saturday after a wave of US led airstrikes and artillery shelling against Islamic State positions inside town. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

Iraqi General: Mosul Battle to End ‘Within Days’

A senior Iraqi general has said that the city of Mosul will be liberated from the Islamic State “within days” as counterterrorism units close in on the group’s few remaining strongholds, three years after the terror organization declared a “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq.