With the battle for Mosul finally over, FRANCE 24’s Simona Foltyn follows Iraq’s counter-terrorism units as they set out on the delicate task of rooting out jihadist supporters in the war-torn city.
Iraqi forces hit further pockets of resistance from Islamic State militants in Mosul’s Old City on Friday, four days after the prime minister declared victory.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced “victory” Sunday over the Islamic State group in the city of Mosul, his office said.
Islamic State militants attacked a village south of Mosul, killing several people including two journalists, even as they were about to lose their last redoubt in the city to an Iraqi military onslaught, security sources said on Friday.
Iraqi forces say recent gains against the Islamic State group in Mosul’s Old City have been aided by airstrikes, despite reports of high civilian casualties and warnings from human rights groups about using large munitions in densely populated area.
A suicide bomber attacked a camp for displaced Iraqis in Anbar province on Sunday, killing 14 people, a police major and a doctor said.
Iraqi forces captured on Thursday the wrecked historic mosque of Mosul in which the Islamic State (IS) group proclaimed its self-styled “caliphate” three years ago, an Iraqi military statement said.
Islamic State (IS) group militants on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri mosque in Mosul, according to Iraqi military officials. In 2014, the jihadist group’s leader chose the landmark mosque to announce his so-called “caliphate”.
An Iraqi commander says troops are pushing into the last Islamic State stronghold in the country’s second largest city.
A woman and a child died and hundreds fell ill in a mass outbreak of food poisoning at a camp for displaced people east of the Iraqi city of Mosul,
officials said Tuesday.
Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region will hold a referendum on statehood in September, its presidency said Wednesday, despite opposition to independence from Baghdad.
At least 27 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in two bombings in Baghdad, security and medical officials said on Tuesday. In the first attack, a suicide bomber struck near a popular ice cream shop overnight, killing 16 people.
As the months-long battle for Mosul reaches its most difficult stages in the crowded Old City, a FRANCE 24 team on the ground finds Iraqi soldiers, as well as their US and French military advisors, desperately trying to avoid civilian casualties.
The U.S.-backed Iraqi offensive to take back Mosul from Islamic State gained fresh momentum on Thursday, with an armoured division trying to advance into the city from the northern side.
An Iraqi provincial official says suicide attacks in Tikrit, north of Baghdad, have killed at least 22 people.
The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group said Friday it is investigating reports of an airstrike in a western neighbourhood in the Iraqi city of Mosul that is believed to have killed more than 100 civilians.
Iraqi forces recaptured a third of west Mosul and trapped Islamic State group fighters inside as they made further gains in their battle to retake the city, officials said Sunday.
Iraqi security forces have retaken more than a third of west Mosul from the Islamic State group since launching an assault on the area last month, a commander said Sunday.
FRANCE 24 reports from the Mosul mosque where Islamic State (IS) group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a “caliphate” in June 2014. Baghdadi has reportedly fled the city amid an Iraqi army advance.
Islamic State (IS) group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has fled the besieged Iraqi city of Mosul and is believed to have delegated tactical control of the battle to local commanders, a US defence official said Wednesday.