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Islamic State strikes back to slow Iraqi forces in Mosul


BAGHDAD/BARTELLA, Iraq Islamic State fighters retreating in the face of a seven-week Iraqi military assault on their Mosul stronghold have hit back in the last two days, exploiting cloudy skies which hampered U.S.-led air support and highlighting the fragile army gains.


Exclusive - Iraqi commanders examined strategy shift to avert Mosul war of attrition 02 Dec 2016

BAGHDAD Facing brutal urban warfare in Mosul and with their push slowed by the presence of one million residents, Iraqi commanders examined changing strategy last week to help civilians leave to give the army a free hand to strike Islamic State fighters.

Denmark to pull F-16 fighter jets from Syria and Iraq 02 Dec 2016

COPENHAGEN Denmark will not extend military operations of its seven F-16 fighter jets in Syria and Iraq from mid-December after six months in action, the Danish government said on Friday.


Air strikes kill 54 civilians in Iraq, Syria - U.S. military 01 Dec 2016

WASHINGTON The U.S.-led coalition killed 54 civilians between March 31 and Oct. 22 while carrying out air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. military said in a statement on Thursday.


Battle for Iraq's Mosul could take months - ICRC 01 Dec 2016

GENEVA The Iraqi government's assault to retake the city of Mosul could take months, prompting more and more civilians to try to flee to avoid being trapped between frontlines, a senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross told Reuters.


Kurdish traders gearing up to take over Mosul trade from Syrians 01 Dec 2016

KALAK, Iraq Iraqi Kurdish food retailer Nuri Barzan was considering closing his warehouse because of the lack of business when the launch of a military campaign to oust Islamic State from their stronghold of Mosul eased his worries.


Iraq's Shi'ite militias could prove bigger test than Mosul 01 Dec 2016

BAGHDAD In early June, two Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias under the nominal control of the Iraqi government stormed into an Iraqi military airbase north of Baghdad. Driving armoured vehicles and wielding rocket launchers, they took over a building on the base.


Mosul food, water reserves dwindle as fighting cuts off supplies 30 Nov 2016

MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq The United Nations issued a fresh warning on Wednesday about the humanitarian situation in eastern Mosul where the U.S.-backed Iraqi army is locked in heavy fighting with Islamic State militants. | Video


Leaner and meaner - U.S. shale greater threat to OPEC after oil price war 30 Nov 2016

NEW YORK/HOUSTON In a corner of the prolific Bakken shale play in North Dakota, oil companies can now pump crude at a price almost as low as that enjoyed by OPEC giants Iran and Iraq.


Sunni tribesmen battling Islamic State demand federalism in Iraq 30 Nov 2016

SHAYYALAH AL-IMAM, Iraq As mortar bombs landed ever closer, Sunni tribal fighters preparing to attack Islamic State seemed more preoccupied by the failures of Iraq's political class than the militants trying to kill them.