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.

MOSUL, IRAQ - APRIL 06: An Iraqi federal policeman fires a machine gun at an Islamic State position on a nearby rooftop during fighting in west Mosul on April 6, 2017 in Mosul, Iraq. Iraqi forces backed by U.S and British air support have entered their sixth month of fighting …

Iraq Forces Retake Islamic State Bastion Hawija

HAWIJA, Iraq — Iraqi forces retook one of the Islamic State terror group’s last two enclaves in the country on Thursday, overrunning the longtime insurgent bastion of Hawija after a two-week offensive.


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.

U.S. President Donald trump speaks while James Mattis, U.S. secretary of defense, right, laughs during a meeting with members of the Cabinet at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S, on Monday, March 13, 2017. Trump said it could take several years for health insurance prices to start to drop …

WINNING: Five Pentagon Successes Under President Trump

President Trump has placed a high priority on rebuilding the U.S. military and allowing his commanders to make more calls. So far, in the administration’s first six months, successes have been piling up.


Gulf Elites on Social Media Hesitates to Celebrate Islamic State Defeat In Mosul

TEL AVIV — The defeat of the Islamic State in Mosul has led to an extensive online discussion among Arab media figures and the Iraqi public, with most objecting to the term “victory” and claiming that destruction and sectarian fracturing are the main results of the fight against the Islamic State group.

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 …

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.