Iraq says Islamic State militants 'bulldozed' ancient Nimrud site

Mar 6, 2015

Iraq says Islamic State militants 'bulldozed' ancient Nimrud site

Islamic State militants “bulldozed” the ancient Nimrud archaeological site near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Thursday using heavy military vehicles, the government said. A statement from Iraq’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities didn’t elaborate on the extent of the damage, saying only ...

Iraqi leader gives ultimatum ahead of hinted Tikrit attack

Mar 2, 2015

Iraqi leader gives ultimatum ahead of hinted Tikrit attack

Iraq’s prime minister called on Sunni tribal fighters to abandon the Islamic State group Sunday, ahead of a promised offensive to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the extremists. Haider al-Abadi offered no timeline for an attack on Tikrit, the hometown of the late Iraqi ...

Mar 2, 2015

Mosul offensive will start when the moment is right, Kerry says

Plans to retake Iraq’s second-largest city from Islamic State fighters may not be ready to begin this spring as some U..S. military officials have forecast, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday. Kerry, the top U.S. diplomat, dismissed an estimate from a Central Command ...

Feb 10, 2015

Kurds recapture ground from Islamic State north of Mosul: U.S.

Kurdish forces backed up by U.S.-led airstrikes have recaptured territory from Islamic State jihadis near the strategic city of Mosul in northern Iraq, the American military said Monday. The advance is the latest push by Kurdish forces around Mosul, considered a crucial battleground for ...

Jan 28, 2015

U.S. sees Kobani as key win but Mosul may require new tactics

The Kurdish recapture of Kobani in northern Syria appears to have provided a blueprint for defeating the Islamic State, bringing together U.S. air power with an effective ground force and protected routes for the movement of fighters and weaponry. Taking back the key Iraqi ...

Turkey says no ransom paid in release of Islamic State hostages

Sep 22, 2014

Turkey says no ransom paid in release of Islamic State hostages

Turkey said Sunday that dozens of hostages held by Islamic State militants in Iraq had been released without ransom, ending a crisis that has hindered Ankara’s ability to combat jihadists on its borders. “A bargain for money is totally out of the question. There ...

Islamic State extends gains in north Iraq, Christians flee

Aug 8, 2014

Islamic State extends gains in north Iraq, Christians flee

Islamic State militants extended their gains in northern Iraq on Thursday, seizing more towns and strengthening a foothold near the Kurdish region in an offensive that has alarmed the Baghdad government and regional powers. The advance forced thousands of residents of Iraq’s biggest Christian ...