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Iraqi army drives Islamic State from Christian region near Mosul


QAYYARA, Iraq Iraqi army troops on Saturday stormed into a Christian region that has been under Islamic State control since 2014 as part of U.S.-backed operations to clear the entrances to Mosul, the militants' last major city stronghold in Iraq. | Video

Burning sulphur near Mosul sends hundreds to hospital, U.S. troops don masks 4:08pm BST

QAYYARA, Iraq Nearly 1,000 people have been treated for breathing problems linked to fumes from a burning sulphur plant set ablaze during fighting with Islamic State near Mosul and U.S. officials say U.S. forces at a nearby airfield are wearing protective masks.

Mosul battle will be big, won't end soon - Kurdish region minister 3:35pm BST

ERBIL, Iraq Iraqi forces have advanced to 5 km (3 miles) from Mosul in an offensive against Islamic State's last major Iraq stronghold and there are signs of revolt against the group, the interior minister of the Kurdish regional government said on Saturday.


Iraqi PM declines Turkish offer to help in Mosul after meeting Carter 2:07pm BST

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declined an offer from Turkey to take part in the battle to dislodge Islamic State from Mosul after meeting U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter in Baghdad Saturday.


U.S. Defence Secretary arrives in Baghdad to assess Mosul offensive 9:23am BST

BAGHDAD U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter arrived on an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Saturday to get an assessment of the U.S.-backed Iraqi campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State.


Islamic State attacks Kirkuk as Iraqi forces push on Mosul 1:08am BST

QAYYARA, Iraq Islamic State launched a major attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq. | Video


Church bells peal in town retaken by Iraqi troops from Islamic State 1:08am BST

BARTELLA, Iraq The din of bullets, mortars and bombs in the northern Iraqi town of Bartella was replaced momentarily on Friday by a sound not heard there for more than two years: the peal of church bells. | Video


Turkey, Iraq reach agreement 'in principle' on Mosul, U.S. says 21 Oct 2016

ANKARA Turkey and Iraq have reached an agreement in principle that could eventually allow a Turkish role in the campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday after talks with President Tayyip Erdogan.


Islamic State attacks Iraqi oil city Kirkuk, curfew declared - sources 21 Oct 2016

KIRKUK, Iraq Islamic State militants attacked a power station and other buildings in the northeastern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk early on Friday, killing at least 18 people, security sources said.

Islamic State seizes 550 families as human shields in Mosul - U.N. 21 Oct 2016

GENEVA Islamic State militants have taken 550 families from villages around Mosul and are holding them close to Islamic State (ISIL) locations in the Iraqi city, probably as human shields, the U.N. human rights office said on Friday.