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Battle for Mosul Sparks Fears of Humanitarian Crisis

The battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from jihadists could unleash a massive humanitarian crisis, potentially pushing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes as winter sets in.

Iraqi forces pushed the Islamic State group out of Qayyarah, considered strategic for a planned offensive against the jihadists' last Iraqi stronghold of Mosul

Iraq PM Says Key Base Taken Back From Islamic State

Iraqi forces recaptured a northern air base from the Islamic State group on Saturday, a victory hailed by the prime minister as a key step ahead of the long-awaited operation to retake the northern city of Mosul.

Saudi Government Calls Out ‘Charities’ Raising Money Off Shiite Attacks in Iraq

U.S. Commander Contradicts Iraqis: Two-Thirds of Fallujah Still Under Islamic State

An American commander is contradicting the claim by Iraqi military leaders that the city of Fallujah has been “liberated” from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS), claiming, instead, that only one-third of the city has been cleared of an ISIS presence, and the rest is littered with traps and bombs for incoming soldiers.


Setbacks Seen for Islamic State in Syria, Iraq, Libya

U.S.-backed fighters in Syria converged from three sides on an Islamic State stronghold near the Turkish border Thursday, while Iraqi special forces pushed deeper into Fallujah, one of the last bastions of the militant group in western Iraq.


USS Harry Truman Hitting Islamic State Targets from Mediterranean

From the deck of the USS Harry Truman, CNN reports that “a new dramatic tempo” for airstrikes against the Islamic State has been set, with planes taking off and landing every few minutes, and crews working around the clock to keep them in the air.

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The Iraqis of Fallujah: Stuck Between the Islamic State and Rogue Shiite Militias

Iraqis are once again paying for political ambitions and miscalculations made on their behalf by foreign and domestic governments. After the pullout of the U.S. that led to the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS), the Iraqi government hasn’t pulled it together to fight the enemy it was left with. The ongoing battle for Fallujah to rid it of ISIS underscores this need.

Iraqis who fled the violence in their village of Saqlawiyah, north west of Fallujah, wait to receive food and aid at a military point outside their village, on June 3, 2016. Iraqi forces launched an offensive a week ago to recapture Fallujah, which became an Islamic State group stronghold after …

Saudi Daily: Iranian Quds Force Commander Soleimani ‘The Great Terrorist Satan’

Saudi Arabia’s official daily Okaz published an article attacking the U.S. for allowing the “great terrorist Satan” Maj. Gen Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force – the covert external wing of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – to attack the Islamic-State-controlled city of Fallujah in Iraq.


WSJ: Iraqi Forces Halt Advance Into Fallujah

BAGHDAD—Iraqi special forces on Fallujah’s southern outskirts have halted offensive operations against Islamic State on that front, army and police officials said Thursday, as authorities struggled over how to evacuate and protect civilians being held as human shields by the extremist group.


Iran to ‘Arrogant’ Saudi Arabia: ‘We’ll Leave Iraq When Iraq Asks’

At a press conference in Stockholm on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif testily informed an “arrogant” Saudi Arabia that Iran will not be pulling out of Iraq any time soon, and he blamed the Saudis for inflaming the Sunni-Shiite tensions they have blamed on Iran’s presence.

An Iraqi Shiite fighter from the Popular Mobilisation units, fighting alongside Iraqi forces, stands wearing an Islamic headband bearing portraits of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) and late Shiite cleric Ayatollah Mohammed Sadeq al-Sadr, assassinated by the regime of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in 1999, during a …

UN: At Least 20,000 Children Trapped in Iraqi City of Fallujah

At least 20,000 children remain inside Fallujah, facing food and water shortages in addition to the extreme violence that has erupted as Iraqi forces, backed by the U.S. military and Iran-allied Shiite militias, fight to retake the Iraqi city from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), reveals a component of the United Nations.

Iraq, Amriyat al-Fallujah : Displaced Iraqi boys stand on May 29, 2016 in front of a tent at a newly-opened camp in the government-held town of Amriyat al-Fallujah 50 kilometres (30 miles) southwest of Baghdad, which was set up to shelter people fleeing violence around the city of Fallujah. The …