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Losing in Iraq, Islamic State seeks to shore up Syria presence


BEIRUT Islamic State is fighting hard to reinforce its presence in Syria as it loses ground in Iraq, deploying fighters to seize full control of a government-held city in the east while at the same time battling enemies on three other fronts.


Iraq slowly untangles Islamic State's bureaucratic legacy 20 Jan 2017

KHAZER, Iraq Bushra Mohammed married two years ago in her hometown of Mosul and bore a child last spring but as far as the Iraqi state is concerned she is single and her son does not exist.


Most Islamic State commanders in Mosul already killed, Iraqi general says 19 Jan 2017

MOSUL, Iraq Most Islamic State (IS) commanders in Mosul have been killed in battles with Iraqi government forces that raged over the past three months in the eastern side of the city, an Iraqi general said on Thursday.


Iraq counts on U.S. advisers, mostly out of sight, in war on Islamic State 19 Jan 2017

BARTELLA, Iraq When Iraqi forces faced a fierce Islamic State counter-attack last month at a hospital in Mosul they had stormed without enough troops to hold it, U.S. advisers behind the front lines shepherded them to safety.


Iraqi sheep, locals, environment suffer Islamic State oil fires 19 Jan 2017

QAYYARA, Iraq Shepherds herd blackened flocks through the Iraqi desert. Locals cough and wheeze under vast clouds of smoke, and NASA images show oil threatening to encroach on the Tigris River, a major water source.


Iraq special forces chief says mission accomplished in east Mosul 18 Jan 2017

BARTELLA, Iraq Elite Iraqi forces have ousted Islamic State insurgents from all districts of eastern Mosul they were tasked with recapturing, their commanding officer said on Wednesday, bringing almost all of the city's eastern half back under government control. | Video


As caliphate crumbles, Islamic State lashes out in Iraq 18 Jan 2017

BAGHDAD Two days after Iraqi forces launched a new push against Islamic State in Mosul, bomb blasts ripped through a marketplace in central Baghdad - the start of a spate of attacks that appear to signal a shift in tactics by the Islamist group.


Iraqi forces push Islamic State further back in Mosul - military 18 Jan 2017

MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD Iraqi special forces pushed deeper into Islamic State-held districts in eastern Mosul and army units fought the insurgents inside a military base in the city's north, officials said during the day on Tuesday. | Video


Iraqi artist recreates ancient works destroyed by Islamic State 17 Jan 2017

ERBIL, Iraq As Iraqi forces fight to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State, an artist in nearby Erbil is chiseling at clay in a tiny, unheated studio to recreate historic Assyrian monuments destroyed by the group. | Video

Iraqis who escaped Islamic State grapple with trauma 17 Jan 2017

DEBAGA, Iraq While fleeing Islamic State rule in northern Iraq three months ago, Laila saw two of her daughters die in front of her. Crippled by grief and the trauma of that night, she now struggles to walk and hardly eats.