2,000 Iraqi forces killed in month's fighting to retake Mosul

Dec 2, 2016

2,000 Iraqi forces killed in month's fighting to retake Mosul

The scope of the toll the six-week old battle for Mosul has taken on Iraqi forces emerged Thursday, with U.N. figures showing that around 2,000 had been killed in fighting last month alone. While high casualty tolls were expected for what has been Iraq’s ...

Two more Yazidi mass graves found near Sinjar

Nov 28, 2016

Two more Yazidi mass graves found near Sinjar

Two graves containing the bodies of Iraqi Yazidis believed to have been killed by the Islamic State group have been discovered in northern Iraq, a local official said. “Two mass graves were found in Um al-Shababik village,” Sinjar Mayor Mahma Khalil told AFP. He ...

Iraq legalizes Shiite militias

Nov 27, 2016

Iraq legalizes Shiite militias

Rekindling sectarian rivalries at a sensitive time, Iraq’s parliament on Saturday voted to fully legalize state-sanctioned Shiite militias long accused of abuses against minority Sunnis, adopting a legislation that promoted them to a government force empowered to “deter” security and terror threats facing the ...

Islamic State car bomb kills 56, including 20 Iranians, in Iraq

Nov 25, 2016

Islamic State car bomb kills 56, including 20 Iranians, in Iraq

A car bomb tore through a gas station south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 56 people, including 20 Iranians, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Police and hospital officials confirmed the toll and said another 45 people were wounded ...

Friend or foe? Sometimes hard to tell in war for Mosul

Nov 22, 2016

Friend or foe? Sometimes hard to tell in war for Mosul

He claimed to be a native of Mosul and said he had just escaped his embattled neighborhood. When his cell phone chirped cheerfully, he said it was his mother calling and picked up. But the clean-shaven man seemed to have a Syrian accent, not ...