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Iraq forces hunt ISIS in Fallujah and eye Mosul

Jun 19, 2016 - 8:28 AM

Fallujah is the latest in a string of battlefield losses for ISIS which has seen its two year old caliphate shrink significantly in recent months

Iraqi government forces patrol the center of the city of Fallujah on June 18, 2016 as they hunt down holdout jihadists after retaking the Islamic State (ISIS) group's last remaining major hub in Iraq. Stringer/AFP

Iraq forces in major push against IS in Anbar

Mar 19, 2016 - 3:26 PM

Iraqi forces are tightening the noose around the Islamic State group in the province as they continue to retake more cities

OFFENSIVE. Iraqi forces are trying to retake Hit, a city in the province of Anbar, from the Islamic State. The jihadist group still holds most of the province but the noose is tightening around some of its key bastions. Photo by Moadh Al-Dulaimi/AFP

Iraq forces extend Ramadi control, rescue civilians

Jan 02, 2016 - 12:35 AM

Rescue operations are tricky due to the high number of roadside bombs and the fact that ISIS was firing on civilians trying to escape

LIBERATED RAMADI. Iraqi military vehicles and troops advance towards the center of Ramadi city, west of Iraq on 22 December 2015. File Photo from EPA.

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Dec 29, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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PM Irak optimistis bisa usir ISIS dari seluruh negeri

Dec 29, 2015 - 10:09 AM

Pasukan Irak kini beranjak membebaskan Kota Mosul dari penguasaan ISIS

Anggota pasukan keamanan Irak memegang bendera Irak di kota Ramadi, Minggu 27 Desember. Foto oleh Antara/Reuters/Stringer

Iraq declares Ramadi liberated from ISIS

Dec 28, 2015 - 7:54 PM

UPDATED Brigadier General Yahya Rasool: Ramadi has been liberated and the armed forces of the counter terrorism service have raised the Iraqi flag above the government complex

LIBERATED RAMADI. Iraqi military vehicles and troops advance towards the center of Ramadi city, west of Iraq on 22 December 2015. File Photo from EPA.

Iraqi forces in fierce battles with ISIS in Ramadi

Dec 26, 2015 - 10:52 PM

While initial hopes of a quick victory have faded Iraq s elite counter terrorism service and the army have advanced steadily through Ramadi

FIGHTING ISIS. A member of Iraq's counter-terrorism forces monitors his surrounding in a street in Ramadi's Dhubbat neighborhood, adjacent to Hoz, on December 25, 2015. Photo by AFP

US steps up anti-ISIS raids, Iran invited to Syria talks

Oct 28, 2015 - 11:40 AM

Friday s October 30 talks in Vienna are seen as a way to end Syria s civil war by creating an interim unity regime and paving the way for Syrian President Bashar al Assad s exit

These US Navy F-18E Super Hornets were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike Islamic State (IS or ISIL) targets in Syria. File photo by US Dept of Defense/Sgt Shawn Nicke/Handout/EPA

Obama approves 450 more troops for Iraq training mission

Jun 11, 2015 - 2:25 AM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama approves the deployment of up to 450 more US military personnel to Iraq in a bid to reverse gains by the Islamic State group

A photograph made available on 18 December 2011 shows members of the Iraqi Army stand in a doorway to listen to a ceremony signing over Camp Adder, the last United States base in the country, to the Iraqi Air Force near Nasiriyah, Iraq, on 16 December 2011. Photo by Lucas Jacson / Pool / EPA

Iraq displaced forced back into war zones

May 27, 2015 - 12:14 AM

The IRC says restrictions on Iraqi people fleeing the fighting in Anbar province are forcing some of them to return straight into conflict areas

ESCAPE. Displaced Iraqi Sunni Muslims, who fled their hometown of Fallujah due to unrest between government forces and militants in the flashpoint Anbar province, are seen inside a house in the Kurdish town of Shaqlawa, 45 kilometers north of Arbil, where they sought refugee, on January 19, 2015. Photo by Safin Hamed / AFP

Litany of problems keep Iraqi army weak

May 26, 2015 - 8:48 PM

Iraq s leadership is indignant after US accusations that its forces lack the will to fight but assessments of the army s ability suggest the rank and file have reasons to shy from battle

‘THE ENORMOUS SACRIFICE.’ Iraqi mourners carry the coffin of a man, who died in Tikrit in fighting alongside government forces against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists, during his funeral in the southern city of Basra on April 11, 2015. Photo by Haidar Mohammed Ali / AFP

Iraqi forces move to Anbar frontline as anti-ISIS fightback nears

May 23, 2015 - 7:49 PM

Government and allied forces are keen to prevent further losses as ISIS used its momentum after seizing Ramadi to take more land east of the city

Obama eyes sped up training, weapons for Iraqi tribes after Ramadi rout

May 20, 2015 - 9:02 AM

The White House has described the loss of Ramadi as a setback but played down suggestions that the war is being lost

Iraq Shiite militias head for Ramadi after ISIS takeover

May 19, 2015 - 9:12 AM

Washington which had made Iraq s Anbar province – of which Ramadi is the capital – a cornerstone of its assistance to Baghdad against ISIS admitted to a setback

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on May 18, 2015 by Aamaq News Agency, a Youtube channel which posts videos from areas under the Islamic State (ISIS) group's control, allegedly shows an ISIS fighter hanging a flag of the group in a street of Ramadi, the Iraqi capital of Anbar province, a day after the city was captured by ISIS. Aamaq News Agency/Handout/AFP

ISIS jihadists take Ramadi but pinned back in Palmyra

May 18, 2015 - 7:30 AM

The effective loss of the capital of Iraq s largest province of Anbar marks one of Baghdad s worst setbacks since it began a nationwide offensive last year

Iraqi security forces stand guard as residents from the city of Ramadi, who fled their homes on May 16, 2015 as Islamic State (ISIS) group militants tightened their siege on the last government positions in the capital of Anbar province, a day after they seized the city's government headquarters, wait to cross Bzeibez bridge, on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad with Anbar province, after IS group jihadists took control of all the other routes connecting the province with the Iraqi capital. Sabah Arar/AFP

Thousands flee fighting in Iraq's Ramadi

Apr 17, 2015 - 10:33 PM

The UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs OCHA said 4 250 families had fled their homes in the Ramadi area since April 8

ISIS kills at least 23 Iraqi tribesmen near Ramadi

Nov 23, 2014 - 12:15 AM

ISIS militants besiege fighters from the Albu Mahal and Albu Fahad tribes in Al Sijariyah waiting for them to run out of ammunition then executing 23

Jihadists seize hostages at campus in Iraq's Ramadi

Jun 07, 2014 - 5:38 PM

The attack is the third major operation by militants in 3 days

Heavy clashes, suicide bombings kill 36 in north Iraq

Jun 07, 2014 - 1:11 PM

Violence is running at its highest levels since 2006 2007 when tens of thousands were killed in sectarian conflict between Iraq s Shiite majority and Sunni Arab minority

Fighting in Iraq's Anbar forces 500,000 to flee – UNHCR

Jun 07, 2014 - 9:47 AM

The UN agency says a special apeal to help the victims of the crisis was launched in March but has only gathered 12 of the 26 4 million 19 million euro needed

Iraqi forces assault anti-govt gunmen in crisis-hit Ramadi

Jan 19, 2014 - 8:55 PM

Meanwhile Iraqi premier Nuri al Maliki has blamed diabolical Arab countries for the unrest

Iraqis return to Fallujah as UN backs fight with extremists

Jan 12, 2014 - 9:23 AM

Most businesses reopen in Fallujah while government security operations in nearby areas were put on hold

SHOPPING IN FALLUJAH. Fallujah residents shop for vegetables at a market in Fallujah city, western Iraq, 09 January 2014. Mohammed Jalil/EPA

UN Council backs Iraq gov't against militants

Jan 11, 2014 - 8:56 AM

The 15 nation council strongly supports efforts of the Iraqi government to retake cities from Al Qaeda linked militants

IN THE WAKE OF VIOLENCE. A picture taken with a mobile phone on January 3, 2014 shows people in a street with empty bullets on the groud following fighting between Islamist jihadists and Iraqi special forces in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad. Photo from Agence France-Presse/Azhar Shallal

Iraq delays Fallujah assault as 29 killed in Ramadi

Jan 07, 2014 - 11:29 PM

Iraqi troops will delay assaulting the militant held city of Fallujah an officer says citing fear of civilian casualties

VIOLENCE. Clashes between Jihadists and Iraqi forces backed by tribesmen in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, break out on Jan 1, 2014. AFP file photo

More than 100 die as Iraq forces battle Al-Qaeda

Jan 04, 2014 - 7:54 AM

The worst violence to hit Iraq in 5 years is said to be driven by anger at the Shiite led government among the Sunni minority

IN THE WAKE OF VIOLENCE. A picture taken with a mobile phone on January 3, 2014 shows people in a street with empty bullets on the groud following fighting between Islamist jihadists and Iraqi special forces in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad. Photo from Agence France-Presse/Azhar Shallal