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‘Our City Is In Ruins’: Crushing Wars Are Raging On In Syria And Iraq With No End In Sight

“Our city is in ruins,” said Ayman who lives in the western part of Mosul. “They have treated us like we are absolutely nothing.” Who is the “they” in Ayman’s statement? ISIS surely, but also the Iraqi military and its US allies.

July 13, 2017
Danziger on civilian deaths in Mosul bombing

Danziger: It’s Not Terrorism, Just Collateral Damage

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a […]

April 1, 2017
Kurdish forces prepare assault against ISIS in Mosul

Why ISIS, Al Qaeda, And Iran’s Mullahs All Love Donald Trump

This entire exercise in folly has nothing to do with resisting ISIS, a stateless band of murdering psychopaths that nevertheless poses no existential threat to Americans. Instead, it’s about atavistic fears, racial contempt and misplaced zeal for our preposterous comic-opera president.

February 8, 2017
Mosul Offensive, Iraq, ISIS

Iraqi Forces Launch Second Phase Of Mosul Offensive Against Islamic State

A U.S.-led coalition backing the Iraqis said the operation had opened two new fronts inside Mosul and limited Islamic State’s ability to raise fighter numbers, move them, or resupply.

December 29, 2016
Allied forces preparing to move against ISIS in East Mosul within days

Exclusive: U.S. Commander Says Fresh Advance To Commence Shortly In East Mosul

Mosul, the largest city held by Islamic State anywhere across its once vast territorial holdings in Iraq and neighboring Syria, has been held by the group since its fighters drove the U.S.-trained army out in June 2014.

Its fall would probably end Islamic State’s ambition to rule over millions of people in a self-styled caliphate, but the fighters could still mount a traditional insurgency in Iraq, and plot or inspire attacks on the West.

December 26, 2016
Iraq

New Advance In East Mosul To Begin Within Days

Iraqi forces will resume their push against Islamic State inside Mosul in the coming days, a U.S. battlefield commander said, in a new phase of the two-month-old operation that will see American troops deployed closer to the front line in the city.

December 26, 2016
For American Troops In Iraq, Observing Christmas Again

Déjà Vu For American Troops Observing Christmas In Iraq Again

Few soldiers thought they would be back nearly 14 years after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, sparking an al Qaeda-backed insurgency and throwing the country into a sectarian civil war. Yet here they are in Mosul, albeit with a fraction of the numbers and a much narrower mission.

December 25, 2016
Elizabeth Warren campaigns for Hillary Clinton

Elizabeth Warren Mobilizes ‘Nasty Women’ During Clinton Campaign Rally

Get this Donald, nasty women are tough,” Warren said. “Nasty women are smart. And nasty women vote. And on Nov. 8 we nasty women are gonna march our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes to get you out of our lives forever.”

October 24, 2016
Battle for Mosul will shape or break Iraq.

Battle For Mosul Will Shape Or Break Iraq

If local fighters in Mosul can be persuaded to drop their allegiance to Islamic State, there is a chance that the battle can be brought to a more speedy conclusion, and that could have major implications for the future of Iraq.

October 24, 2016
Iraqi security forces advance in Qayara, south of Mosul

Iraqi and Kurdish Forces Advance On Mosul

Residents of Mosul said Islamic State was using civilians as human shields as Iraqi and Kurdish forces captured outlying villages.

October 18, 2016
Cartoon: Hitch-hiking toward World War in Syria

Cartoon: The Hitchhiker

October 17, 2016
Kurdish forces prepare assault against ISIS in Mosul

Iraq Launches Offensive To Recapture Mosul From ‘Islamic State’

As the assault got underway, a Reuters correspondent saw helicopters overhead releasing flares and heard explosions on the city’s eastern front, where Kurdish fighters moved forward to take outlying villages.

October 17, 2016
isis chemical factory

U.S.-Led Coalition Destroys ISIS Chemical Factory

The U.S.-led coalition has destroyed a complex of buildings that housed an Islamic State militant group (ISIS) chemical weapons factory, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

September 14, 2016

Mosul Christians’ Flight Triggered By Leaders’ Refusal To Meet Islamists

By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff BARTELLA, Iraq — Abu Imad wasn’t particularly worried when masked gunmen from a range of militant Islamist groups took control of the northern city of Mosul, where he lived. “When they came in June and drove out the army, things became normal quickly. I didn’t see any reason to […]

July 25, 2014

Fighting Nears Baghdad As UN Warns Crisis ‘Life-Threatening’

Baghdad (AFP) – Militants pushed a week-long offensive that has overrun swathes of Iraq to within 37 miles of Baghdad Tuesday, as the UN warned the country’s very existence was under threat. Washington meanwhile deployed 275 military personnel to protect its embassy in Baghdad, the first time it has sent troops to Iraq since it […]

June 17, 2014

Al-Maliki Seeks State Of Emergency After ISIS Seizes Second Largest Iraqi City

By Mitchell Prothero and Hannah Allam, McClatchy Foreign Staff ISTANBUL — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urged his parliament Tuesday to declare a nationwide state of emergency after militants from an al-Qaida offshoot seized control of a large swath of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, in a humiliating sequence of events that saw Iraq’s U.S.-trained security forces […]

June 11, 2014