Tag: Mosul


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.