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Iraqi forces pause Mosul push over concern for civilian casualties

MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi government forces paused in their push to recapture western Mosul from Islamic State militants on Saturday because of the high rate of civilian casualties, a security forces spokesman said.

24 Mar 2017

Iraqi forces to deploy new tactics in Mosul, civilians flee city

MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq Iraqi forces are to deploy new tactics in a fresh push against Islamic State in Mosul, military officials said on Friday, after advances slowed in the campaign to drive the militants out of their last stronghold in the country.

23 Mar 2017

"Worst is yet to come" with 400,000 trapped in west Mosul - U.N.

GENEVA/MOSUL, Iraq About 400,000 Iraqi civilians are trapped in the Islamic State-held Old City of western Mosul, short of food and basic needs as the battle between the militants and government forces rages around them, the United Nations refugee agency said on Thursday.

21 Mar 2017

Iraqi forces try to bring civilians out of west Mosul, U.S. pledges more support

MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi government forces attempted to evacuate civilians from Mosul's Islamic State-held Old City on Tuesday so that troops could clear the area, but militant snipers hampered the effort, Iraqi officers said.

20 Mar 2017

As Iraqi forces fight to take Mosul, car bomb in Baghdad kills 23 people

MOSUL, Iraq Islamic State militants captured an Iraqi police colonel and eight other officers on Monday after they ran out of ammunition during a skirmish in the battle for western Mosul, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.

20 Mar 2017

Iraqis pouring out of Mosul find no place at crowded camps

MOSUL, Iraq Mohammed Ali and his family, carrying all their worldly possessions in a few bags, had been on the road for 18 hours since fleeing their home in an Islamic State-held area of Mosul.

19 Mar 2017

Iraqi forces close on Mosul mosque as strike kills foreign militants

MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi army helicopters strafed and rocketed Islamic State positions inside Mosul's Old City on Sunday as ground troops fought fierce street battles to close in on the strategic prize of the al-Nuri Mosque.

19 Mar 2017

Irakische Armee rückt Richtung Mossuler Moschee vor

Mossul Beim Kampf gegen die Extremistenmiliz IS in der irakischen Millionenmetropole Mossul kommt die Armee der symbolisch wichtigen Al-Nuri-Moschee immer näher.

19 Mar 2017

Iraqi forces close in on Mosul mosque as residents flee

MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi army helicopters strafed and fired rockets at Islamic State positions in Mosul's Old City on Sunday as troops on the ground closed in on the strategic and symbolic prize of the al-Nuri Mosque.

16 Mar 2017

Iraqi forces besiege Islamic State around Mosul Old City

MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi government forces besieged Islamic State militants around Mosul's Old City on Thursday, edging closer to the historic mosque from where the group's leader declared a caliphate nearly three years ago.

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