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Owners of Mosul ferry arrested after deadly disaster

Mar 31, 2019 - 7:36 PM

The tragedy comes after authorities had warned that water levels were dangerously high and sparked anger among Iraqis who blamed official corruption and neglect

Australia admits 'may have killed' civilians in Mosul airstrike

Feb 01, 2019 - 10:15 AM

Following an internal investigation, the Australian Defence Forces said coalition raids against ISIS positions in the then-occupied northern Iraqi city on June 13, 2017 'may have caused civilian casualties'

In this handout photo dated March 3, 2017 shows the Royal Australian Air Forces first F-35A Lightening II aircraft, 01 and 02 in transit to the Australian International Airshow at Avalon airport in Victoria.  Craig BARRETT / Royal Australian Air Force / AFP

Fight against Islamic State evolves following battlefield wins

Mar 09, 2018 - 2:44 PM

'The future of the coalition is trying to share – radically share – information and intelligence in a way that makes sense,' says Terry Wolff, Deputy Special Presidential Envoy for the US-led coalition

SAFETY CHECK. In this file photo, a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) inspects the municipal stadium in Raqa on October 18, 2017, after the US-backed forces retook the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. File photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Mosul celebrates first post-ISIS Christmas

Dec 24, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Muslims, as well as local and military officials, stood with Christian worshippers amid the candles and Christmas trees

CELEBRATION. Iraqi federal police members flash the sign for victory as they celebrate in the Old City of Mosul. AFP file photo

2017: The year the 'caliphate' collapsed

Dec 18, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The jihadist group lost its two main hubs, Mosul in Iraq and Raqa in Syria, earlier this year and is now only clinging to the dregs of a 'caliphate'

VICTORY IN MOSUL. This file photo taken on July 10, 2017 shows members of the Iraqi federal police celebrating in the Old City of Mosul after the government's announcement of the "liberation" of the embattled city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Iraq forces advance into 'last den' of ISIS

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:21 PM

(UPDATED) The start of the keenly awaited offensive that the US-led coalition fighting ISIS has dubbed 'the last big fight' of the campaign comes even as Iraqi troops launch a new operation against the Kurds

DEFENSE. Iraqi forces stand guard at the Mosul Dam in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on October 24, 2017. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

The week in photos: August 19-25, 2017

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:22 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

GOOD FOR 3RD. Kaitlin de Guzman scored 12.3 to clinch the bronze medal in beam event of women's artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th SEA Games on August 22, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by PSC-POC Media

After the battle: Mosul looks to rise from the ashes

Jul 19, 2017 - 11:04 AM

The chaotic mess caused by the conflict that devastated Mosul must be cleared away first before rebuilding starts

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 week in photos: July 8-14, 2017

Jul 15, 2017 - 9:30 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People cool off in a swimming pool in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province on July 12, 2017.  The summer heatwave is forecast to continue and expand over more of the country, with people being warned to protect themselves from the sun. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUT

ISIS chief reported dead after jihadists lose Mosul

Jul 11, 2017 - 9:30 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it had information from top ISIS leaders confirming Baghdadi s death

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

Iraqi PM hails victory over 'brutality and terrorism' in Mosul

Jul 10, 2017 - 8:02 AM

UPDATED Prime Minister Haider al Abadi hails the retaking of Mosul – where ISIS dealt Iraqi troops a devastating defeat three years ago – as a key moment in the war against the jihadists

SHATTERED CITY. A picture taken on July 9, 2017, shows a general view of the destruction in Mosul's Old City. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraq declares victory in 'liberated' Mosul

Jul 09, 2017 - 8:56 PM

UPDATED But huge challenges lie ahead not just in rebuilding Mosul but also in tackling ISIS presence elsewhere

Iraqi federal police members flash the sign for victory as they celebrate in the Old City of Mosul on July 9, 2017 after the government's announcement of the "liberation" of the embattled city. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said he was in "liberated" Mosul to congratulate "the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people on the achievement of the major victory". / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Mosul victory imminent, U.S. says, as Iraqi forces celebrate

Jul 09, 2017 - 1:24 AM

UPDATED A final victory in Mosul would mark an epic milestone for the Iraqi security forces who had crumbled in the face of an ISIS onslaught across Iraq

Up to 20,000 civilians trapped in ISIS-held areas of Mosul – UN

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:36 PM

UPDATED UN: Our estimate at this stage is that in the final pockets of the Old City there could be as many as 15 000 civilians possibly even as high as 20 000

ESCAPE. Iraqis rest on their way, while fleeing from the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017, during the Iraqi government forces' offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Tougher fighting, more suicide attacks as ISIS hits back in Mosul

Jul 04, 2017 - 7:53 AM

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

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

ISIS steps up suicide attacks as Mosul battle nears end

Jul 03, 2017 - 1:05 AM

UPDATED More than 8 months after the operation to retake Mosul was launched ISIS has gone from fully controlling the city to holding a limited area on its western side

Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) cheer as they carry upside-down a black flag of the Islamic State (IS) group, with the destroyed Al-Nuri mosque seen in the background, in the Old City of Mosul on July 2, 2017, during the offensive to retake the city from IS fighters. Explosions on the evening of June 21, 2017 levelled the mosque where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave his first sermon as leader of the Islamic State group, along with its ancient minaret. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Iraq military says it has retaken iconic Mosul mosque

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:33 PM

The announcement of the recapture of the mosque – which the Islamic State ISIS group blew up last week as Iraqi forces closed in – comes 3 years to the day after the jihadists declared a caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria

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

At least 3 killed in Iraq suicide attacks – officials

Jun 24, 2017 - 4:04 PM

The attack is among the bloodiest since Iraqi forces retook the eastern side of Mosul in January as part of a massive offensive to wrest it back from ISIS

Mosul minaret destruction 'deepens wounds' of Iraqis – UNESCO

Jun 22, 2017 - 8:26 PM

The head of the UN s cultural agency says This new destruction deepens the wounds of a society already affected by an unprecedented humanitarian tragedy

BOKOVA ON IRAQ DESTRUCTION. Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Irina Bokova speaks during a session of the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing on May 14, 2017. File photo by Mark Schiefelbein/AFP

ISIS blows up Mosul mosque where Baghdadi became 'caliph'

Jun 22, 2017 - 7:23 AM

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

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

Iraqi forces push into Mosul Old City, warn ISIS 'surrender or die'

Jun 20, 2017 - 11:19 AM

Commanders say the jihadists are putting up fierce resistance and there are fears for more than 100 000 civilians believed to be trapped in the maze of narrow streets

ATTACK. Smoke billows following a reported car bomb, as Iraqi forces advance towards the Old City of Mosul on June 19, 2017 during the ongoing offensive to retake the last district still held by the Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraqi forces launch assault on Mosul Old City

Jun 18, 2017 - 3:05 PM

4th UPDATE Military commanders say Islamic State jihadists are putting up fierce resistance

100,000 civilians held by ISIS in Mosul's Old City as human shields – UN

Jun 16, 2017 - 6:51 PM

The UN refugee agency s representative in Iraq Bruno Geddo says ISIS had been capturing civilians in battles outside of Mosul and had been forcing them into the Old City one of the last parts of the city in their grip

Tired, traumatized Mosul mothers unable to breastfeed

Jun 11, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Dire living conditions lack of proper food stress and depression affect the breastfeeding ability of mothers who fled the Iraqi city of Mosul

An Iraqi woman carries a child at the Hasan Sham camp for internally displaced people on June 10, 2017. Tired and traumatised, Iraqi mothers who fled Mosul struggle to breastfeed or buy baby formula milk for their babies. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

The week in photos: June 3-9, 2017

Jun 10, 2017 - 11:51 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CLASSES SUSPENDED. Philippine Army Scout Rangers crouch in a classroom during a mission to flush out Islamist militant snipers in Marawi on June 6, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Up to 100,000 children at risk in Iraq's Mosul – UNICEF

Jun 05, 2017 - 11:00 PM

An estimated 100 000 girls and boys remain in extremely dangerous conditions in the Old City and other areas of west Mosul Many are caught in the crossfire and hospitals and other medical facilities have reportedly come under attack UNICEF says in a statement

MOSUL'S OLD CITY. A member of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) secures a house near the old city in west Mosul on June 3, 2017, during the ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Iraq presses Mosul assault, UN warns of danger to civilians

May 30, 2017 - 11:33 AM

More than 7 months into the massive operation to recapture Mosul from ISIS Iraqi forces have retaken the city s east and large parts of its western side but the jihadists are putting up tough resistance in areas they still hold

WAR ZONE. An Iraqi boy rides a bicycle in west Mosul's al-Saha neighborhood on May 29, 2017 as smokes billows during ongoing battles by Iraqi forces to retake the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Karim Sahib/AFP

Iraq forces retake town of Hatra southwest of Mosul

Apr 27, 2017 - 8:14 PM

The top army commander coordinating the 6 month old offensive to retake the Mosul area Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir Yarallah says the Hashed al Shaabi forces fully liberated Hatra town in record time

Iraq forces make Mosul gains, but anti-ISIS war far from over

Apr 16, 2017 - 12:14 PM

Tough close quarters fighting in heavily populated areas of Mosul is still ahead and ISIS also holds territory in other parts of Iraq as well as in neighboring Syria

THE MOSUL OFFENSIVE. Iraqi families who were displaced by the ongoing operation by Iraqi forces against the Islamic State group to retake the city of Mosul, are seen near Qayyarah, south of Mosul, on October 29, 2016. File photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

ISIS downs Iraqi helicopter over Mosul, killing 2 – military

Apr 06, 2017 - 10:10 PM

Iraq s Joint Operations Command did not specify what type of helicopter was shot down nor say whether it was hit by gunfire or a surface to air missile

Over 300 civilians killed since west Mosul offensive began – UN

Mar 28, 2017 - 10:32 PM

The UN Human Rights Office says it is not in a position to provide a breakdown of the deaths caused by ISIS violence and air strikes by the international anti jihadist coalition

THE MOSUL OFFENSIVE. Iraqi families who were displaced by the ongoing operation by Iraqi forces against the Islamic State group to retake the city of Mosul, are seen near Qayyarah, south of Mosul, on October 29, 2016. File photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Iraqis remove bodies from rubble in west Mosul

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:35 AM

At least 6 houses are completely destroyed by air strikes reportedly killing civilians

An Iraqi rescue worker gestures towards bodies wrapped in plastic in Mosul's al-Jadida area on March 26, 2017, following air strikes in which civilians have been reportedly killed during an ongoing offensive against the Islamic State (IS) group.  Iraq is investigating air strikes in west Mosul that reportedly killed large numbers of civilians in recent days, a military spokesman said.  / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Mosul exodus as air strikes kill 'dozens'

Mar 26, 2017 - 12:50 AM

The US led coalition says it struck an area in west Mosul on March 17 in which civilian casualties were reported It is investigating to determine the facts surrounding this strike

AIR STRIKE. A general view taken on March 25, 2017, shows smoke billowing following air strikes on Mosul, during the government forces' ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Fierce fighting on outskirts of Mosul Old City

Mar 20, 2017 - 1:55 AM

Iraqi forces attack Islamic State militants bombarding them with bullets and firing volleys of rockets

Iraqi forces, consisting of the Iraqi federal police and the elite Rapid Response Division, fires towards Islamic State (IS) group jihadists as they advance in the Old City in western Mosul on March 19, 2017, during the offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Iraq forces seize ground in Mosul Old City

Mar 17, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Iraqi forces have since retaken several neighborhoods despite bad weather that has hampered air support As they close in on the ancient central district they face particular difficulties

IN MOURNING. Relatives mourn over the body of an Iraqi child who was killed in an airstrike targeting Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in west Mosul on March 17, 2017.  Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Iraq forces retake Mosul train station

Mar 14, 2017 - 10:43 PM

UPDATED Iraqi forces have taken back a series of neighborhoods as well as sites including the city s airport the Mosul museum and the provincial government headquarters

RETAKING MOSUL. Smoke rises following an airstrike in western Mosul on March 6, 2017, during an offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State (IS) group. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Priceless treasures lie in ruins at Iraq's Mosul museum

Mar 13, 2017 - 9:39 AM

Once home to priceless archaeological treasures Mosul s museum now lies in ruins

RUINS. A member of the Iraqi forces enters the destroyed building of the museum of Mosul on March 11, 2017 after it was recaptured from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Aris Messinis/AFP

Iraqi forces take third of west Mosul, jihadists 'trapped'

Mar 12, 2017 - 8:00 PM

UPDATED The US envoy to the anti ISIS coalition says Iraqi forces have cut off the last road out of Mosul

Members of the Iraqi forces enter the destroyed building of the museum of Mosul on March 11, 2017 after it was recaptured from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Iraqi forces seized the building from IS on March 7 as they pushed into west Mosul as part of a vast offensive to oust the jihadists from the northern city. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

Iraq forces advance in Mosul as ISIS resistance 'weakens'

Mar 10, 2017 - 11:41 PM

ISIS is also facing simultaneous offensives in Syria by government forces Turkish backed rebels and a US supported alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters

Iraqi forces retake government HQ, museum in Mosul

Mar 07, 2017 - 3:02 PM

UPDATED Iraqi forces have retaken a series of government buildings in west Mosul since launching their renewed offensive

Smoke rises following an airstrike in western Mosul on March 6, 2017, during an offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group. Aris Messinis/AFP

Iraq forces advance in renewed Mosul push

Mar 06, 2017 - 5:22 PM

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

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

Iraq minister criticizes UN efforts for displaced civilians in Mosul

Mar 04, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The UN says it is working as fast as possible to help those displaced in the battle to retake Mosul from ISIS

West Mosul fighting pushes over 28,000 Iraqis to flee

Mar 02, 2017 - 9:44 AM

West Mosul is the largest population centre still controlled by the Islamic State ISIS group and its recapture would mark the effective end of the cross border caliphate

An Iraqi woman walks down a road carrying a baby as families flee Mosul on February 28, 2017, during an offensive by security forces to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Aris Messinis/AFP

Iraq forces in west Mosul aim for key bridge

Feb 27, 2017 - 12:55 AM

Troops are encountering increasingly stiff resistance from the Islamic State as they make their way into west Mosul

Smoke rises from the Iraqi city of Mosul on February 26, 2017 during an operation by Iraqi forces to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

Iraqi Kurdish TV reporter killed in Mosul

Feb 26, 2017 - 12:31 AM

Shifa Gardi of the Rudaw channel is killed by an explosive device on a road in west Mosul The cameraman working with her is wounded

Iraq forces enter ISIS-held Mosul airport

Feb 23, 2017 - 4:03 PM

UPDATED Backed by jets helicopter gunships and drones forces blitzed their way across open areas south of Mosul and entered the airport compound apparently meeting limited resistance but strafing the area for suspected snipers

US troops walk as a US Army C-47 Chinook helicopter flies over the village of Oreij, south of Mosul, on February 22, 2017, where a temporary military base has been established for an assault on the city's west bank. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraq forces press assault on ISIS south of Mosul

Feb 22, 2017 - 7:18 AM

Iraqi forces are upbeat on the third day of a rekindled offensive in the operation which was launched on October 17 to retake Iraq s second city the Islamic State ISIS group s last major stronghold in the country

Smoke billows near the village of al-Buseif, south of Mosul, during an offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the western side of the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters on February 21, 2017. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraq launches assault on ISIS-held west Mosul

Feb 19, 2017 - 12:56 PM

UPDATED Iraqi military forces approach Mosul airport marking a new phase in their largest operation in years

An Iraqi flag flutters above an armored vehicle as troops, supported by the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries, advance near the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul, after the offensive to retake the western side of the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters commenced on February 19, 2017. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraq clears east Mosul amid fears for civilians in west

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:52 AM

Tens of thousands of security forces now surround the jihadists in west Mosul who are all but trapped in the city where their leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi proclaimed his caliphate in 2014

BACK OUTSIDE. Iraqi students run in a school yard at a school in Mosul's eastern Gogjali neighborhood on January 23, 2017, as scores of schools resumed their activities in the areas government forces recently recaptured from the Islamic State (ISIS) group during the government's ongoing military operation against Islamist jihadists.  Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

ISIS using drones to drop grenades

Jan 17, 2017 - 2:25 PM

In Mosul the terror group transforms an off the shelf gadget into a weapon targeting civilians and the military

AIM HIGH. An Iraqi special forces Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) member shoots at a drone flown by Islamic State group jihadists (IS) in Mosul's al-Rifaq neighbourhood on January 8, 2017, during an ongoing military operation against the militants. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP