Iraq

Civilian deaths prompt ban on heavy weapons for Iraqi forces in Mosul

Iraqi forces fighting to drive Islamic State militants from Mosul have been ordered not to use heavy weapons after a recent spike in civilian deaths, as visiting UN chief Antonio Guterres stressed Thursday that protecting civilians was an "absolute priority."

Three killed, a dozen wounded in Baghdad truck bombing

At least three people were killed late Wednesday and 12 others were wounded when a truck laden with explosives blew up at the southern entrance to Baghdad, the Iraqi al-Sumaria broadcaster's website reported.

Amnesty: US-led airstrikes on Mosul may have broken international law

Amnesty International accused the US-led coalition in Iraq on Tuesday of conducting airstrikes in areas of Mosul where it should have known civilian families were trying to keep safe in their homes.

Iraq, US to investigate Mosul civilian killings

The United States and Iraq said on Saturday they would investigate reports that hundreds of civilians have been killed during the fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State extremist group.

Over 3,000 civilians killed in Mosul fight, source says

More than 3,000 civilians have been killed in Mosul since Iraq started a US-led campaign to retake the northern city from the Islamic State extremist militia more than a month ago, an official source said Friday.

More than 100 civilians killed in Mosul blast

More than 100 civilians were killed in a powerful explosion in a residential area of Mosul, where Iraq is battling to drive out Islamic State from its last key stronghold in the country, an army officer and an activist said Thursday.

UN: 400,000 people trapped in Mosul's old city

Some 400,000 people are unable to leave the old city of Mosul as the Iraqi army tries to capture the area that is still under control of Islamic State extremists, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Thursday.

At least 13 killed, 33 injured in Baghdad car bombing claimed by IS

At least 13 people have been killed and 33 injured in a car bombing in a Shiite-dominated neighbourhood in southern Baghdad, security sources and witnesses told dpa.

Islamic State militants put up 'fierce resistance' in Mosul

Islamic State fighters have so far refused to yield to an ongoing US-backed campaign to drive them from the centre of Mosul, the last key stronghold of the extremist militia in the country, security officials said Sunday.

Iraqi forces advance on Mosul mosque where IS declared caliphate

Iraqi forces were closing in on a mosque in Mosul where the Islamic State extremist militia declared a cross-border caliphate nearly three years ago, a security official said.

Over 40 per cent of IS-controlled Mosul retaken, Iraq says

Iraqi forces have retaken more than 40 per cent of Islamic State-controlled Mosul as part of an ongoing campaign to drive the militant organization from its last key stronghold in the country, a senior commander said on Sunday.

Pro-government Iraqi militia finds 500 bodies at prison near Mosul

A pro-government Shiite Iraqi militia said Saturday they have discovered a mass grave containing the remains of around 500 bodies at a prison located north-west of Mosul.

Iraqi forces reclaim Mosul rail facility from Islamic State

Iraqi forces have retaken a key rail facility in Mosul from Islamic State as part of an ongoing US-backed campaign to dislodge the extremist militia from the northern city, a security official said Saturday.

Queen Elizabeth II unveils Britain's Iraq, Afghanistan memorial

Queen Elizabeth II unveiled Britain's Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial on Thursday to pay tribute to 300,000 soldiers and civilians who served in the two nations and the Gulf region since 1990, including more than 800 who died.

Attack on Tikrit wedding kills 30, IS loses prison near Mosul

At least 30 people were killed when bombers struck a wedding ceremony late Wednesday in a village in central northern Iraq, just hours after local military announced it had taken control of an Islamic State prison near Mosul.

Iraqi premier visits Mosul after forces capture government complex

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul to inspect combat operations on Tuesday, hours after the forces captured a government complex in the western part of the city from Islamic State militants.

Russian, Turkish, US military chiefs holding surprise talks on Syria

The chiefs of the Russian, Turkish and US militaries were meeting Tuesday in Turkey for a previously unannounced session about Syria, according to statements from the participants.

Trump issues revised immigration order, drops Iraq from banned list

US President Donald Trump signed a revised executive order Monday halting new visas for people from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending refugee admissions for 120 days, the White House said.

Iraqi forces make new advances as over 45,000 flee western Mosul

Iraqi forces on Sunday were edging closer to the central parts of western Mosul, while at least 45,000 people have been displaced from the area since an offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants began last month.

Bahrain uncovers 54-member international terrorist cell

Bahrain said Saturday it had uncovered an international terrorist cell comprising at least 54 members with some based abroad, according to the state-run Bahrain news agency.

UN warns alleged chemical attack in Mosul amounts to war crime

The United Nations warned on Saturday that the alleged use of chemical weapons in the fighting in Iraq's Mosul amounts to a war crime and a violation of international humanitarian law.

Kurdish infighting in northern Iraq stops after casualties

Clashes between two rival Kurdish factions in Iraq's northern region of Sinjar stopped Friday after leaving one fighter dead and seven injured, a local official said, amid concern about the effect on the war on Islamic State. 

Clashes erupt between rival Kurdish forces in northern Iraq

Clashes erupted Friday between rival Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, near the Sinjar mountains, local media outlets reported, raising concerns for the battle against Islamic State.

Eight Iraqi asylum seekers convicted of gang-raping woman in Vienna

Eight Iraqi asylum seekers were convicted on Thursday of gang-raping a woman in Vienna on New Year's eve 2015.

UN: 8,000 people have fled western Mosul since start of offensive

Around 8,000 people have fled from western Mosul and surrounding areas since Iraqi forces launched an offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants from the area, according to the United Nations.

Iraq retakes first neighbourhood in western Mosul from Islamic State

For the first time Iraqi forces have retaken control of a neighbourhood in the the western section of Mosul as they battle to drive the Islamic State group from their last key Iraqi stronghold, a senior commander said Sunday.

Iraqi forces advance in western Mosul amid fierce resistance from IS

Iraqi forces were making advances in western Mosul, entering a new neighbourhood north of the airport, amid fierce resistance from Islamic State militia, a security official said Saturday.

Iraq launches its first airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria

Iraq launched its first airstrikes against Islamic State targets inside Syria on Friday, retaliation for recent deadly attacks by the extremist militia in Baghdad, the Iraqi army said.

Iraqi forces claim key Mosul base, enter first western district

Iraqi forces seized a major military base from Islamic State on Friday and stormed the first district in the western section of Mosul, part of their campaign to dislodge the radical group from its last key Iraqi stronghold, a senior commander said.

State TV: Iraqi forces seize Mosul airport from Islamic State

Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul airport from Islamic State on Thursday, a major gain in an ongoing campaign to drive the extremist militia from its last key stronghold in the country, state television broadcaster al-Iraqiya reported.

Iraq claims advance in retaking Mosul airport from Islamic State

Iraqi forces wrested back half of Mosul's airport from Islamic State Thursday, shortly after entering the facility during their ongoing campaign to drive the extremist militia from its last key stronghold in the country.

Iraq's powerful Shiite militia attacks Islamic State near Mosul

Baghdad (dpa) - Iraq's powerful Shiite militia launched a major attack Wednesday to recapture areas near the city of Mosul from Islamic State, backing an ongoing government offensive against the radical Sunni group.

Canada soon to begin resettling Iraqi refugees, most of them Yezidis

Canada will resettle 1,200 survivors of the Islamic State campaign to target religious minorities in northern Iraq, Canadian officials announced Tuesday. 

Iraqi forces shell Mosul airport in advance of storming it

Iraqi forces began shelling Mosul's airport on Tuesday as they make advances in anticipation of seizing it from the extremist Islamic State militia, police chief Raed Jawdat said.

US Defence Secretary: We are not in Iraq to seize Iraqi oil

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, in reference to comments made by President Donald Trump last month.

Iraqi forces advance in Mosul as US Defence Secretary visits Baghdad

Iraqi forces pressed on with their offensive to dislodge the extremist Islamic State militia from their stronghold in northern Iraq, as US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis landed in Baghdad on an unannounced official visit.

Iraq claims early gains in bid to retake Mosul from Islamic State

 Iraqi forces said on Sunday that they had regained territory from Islamic State in the western part of Mosul, hours after the launch of an offensive to dislodge the extremist militia from its last key stronghold in the country.

Iraq announces operation to retake western Mosul from Islamic State

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Sunday the start of a military operation to drive Islamic State from the western part of Mosul, which is currently still under the extremist militia's control. 

Tight security as thousands demonstrate in Baghdad

Thousands of protesters gathered in central Baghdad’s Tahrir square on Friday, as Iraqi forces imposed tight security measures around an area that saw deadly clashes last week.

Baghdad car bombing claimed by Islamic State kills 45

At least 45 people were killed Thursday in a car bombing claimed by the radical Sunni Islamic State group in a mostly Shiite area of Baghdad, a security official said.

5 killed, 300 hurt as Baghdad anti-government protests turn violent

Five people were killed and more than 300 injured Saturday when security forces fired gunshots and teargas to disperse a massive pro-reform rally in central Baghdad, according to Iraqi officials.

Iraq kills Islamic State bombers, seizes arms cache in Mosul

Iraqi forces have killed two would-be bombers from Islamic State and seized an arms cache in a crackdown on suspected militants in the government-held eastern section of the city of Mosul, a security official said Saturday.

French jihadist Rachid Kassim 'likely' dead in Iraq air attack

A French jihadist who has previously encouraged others to commit terrorist acts in France is likely dead following a US-led drone attack in Iraq, US media reported late Friday.

Car bombings in Baghdad, Mosul kill at least 21

At least 21 people were killed in car bombings Friday in Iraq, most of them in the eastern part of the city of Mosul, which was recently recaptured from the Islamic State extremist militia.

Iraq busts suspected Islamic State cell near Baghdad

Iraqi authorities have arrested a group with suspected links to the Islamic State extremist militia that planned attacks in the capital Baghdad, security officials said Thursday.

NATO starts training in Iraq to boost fight against Islamic State

The military alliance NATO on Sunday began a training programme in Iraq as the country is engaged in a relentless fight against the Islamic State extremist militia.

Iraq slates Trump travel ban; lawmakers demand tit-for-tat measures

Iraq Monday called on Washington to reconsider the ban on its citizens entering the US, saying it was "saddening" that it came as Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition were scoring victories against Islamic State extremists.

Senior Iraqi cleric tells Trump to take Americans out of his country

Influential Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said Sunday that US citizens should leave his country in response to President Donald Trump’s ban on the entry of people from seven mainly Muslim countries including Iraq.

Iraqi forces seize control of eastern Mosul, prime minister says

Iraqi forces have taken full control of the eastern side of Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Tuesday, around three months after the launch of an offensive to drive Islamic State militants out of the city.

Iraqi forces take control of eastern Mosul from Islamic State

This story is being retracted because the Iraqi Defence Ministry now says the information was released on its website is error.

Bodies of 89 suspected Islamic State victims found in Iraq mass grave

The bodies of 89 people, thought to be soldiers killed by Islamic State jihadists, were found in a mass grave in north-central Iraq on Saturday, a security official said.

Liberation of east Mosul nearly complete, Iraq's al-Abadi says

Iraqi security forces are close to ending Islamic State resistance on the east bank of the Tigris river in Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Wednesday.

Iraqi forces retake Mosul university from Islamic State

Iraqi forces seized control of a key university in the northern city of Mosul on Saturday as part of a US-backed onslaught aimed at driving the extremist militia from its last urban stronghold in the country, a senior army officer said.

Iraq claims gains in Mosul campaign against Islamic State

Elite Iraqi forces retook territory in Mosul from Islamic state on Friday, part of an ongoing US-backed campaign aimed at dislodging the extremist organization from its last Iraqi urban stronghold, a senior army officer said.

Germany to boost troops in Mali, extend anti-Islamic State mission

Germany is planning a major boost to the number of troops it deploys in the crisis-hit West African state of Mali and to extend its involvement in the international fight against the Islamic State extremist group in northern Iraq.

Islamic State blows up government buildings in Mosul

Islamic State militants blew up government buildings Tuesday in Mosul, where Iraqi forces are pressing ahead with an offensive to recapture the northern city.

Iraqi forces advance towards Tigris river in Mosul

Iraqi forces have recaptured several areas by the Tigris River as they secured further advances against Islamic State in the northern city of Mosul, a senior military official told dpa Monday.

18 killed in Baghdad suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State

Eighteen people were killed in two suicide attacks claimed by the Islamic State extremist group in mainly Shiite areas of Baghdad on Sunday, security and health officials said.

Baghdad, Ankara resolve row over Turkish troops in Iraq

Iraq said Saturday it has reached a deal with Ankara on the withdrawal of Turkish troops from northern Iraq, resolving a dispute that has strained ties between the two neighbours in recent months.

Iraqi forces advance in Mosul against Islamic State

Iraqi forces recaptured a new area in eastern Mosul as they secured further advances against Islamic State in northern Iraq, a senior military official told dpa.

Iraq recaptures village from Islamic State after surprise assault

Iraqi forces recaptured a northern village from Islamic State on Friday, hours after the extremist militia seized it in a surprise counter-attack, a local security official said.

Iraq launches offensive to retake Islamic State towns near Syria

Iraqi forces launched an offensive Thursday to retake western towns near the Syrian border from Islamic State militants, a senior military officer said.

Five killed in Baghdad bombing as Iraqi forces make gains in Mosul

A car bomb exploded Thursday in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing five civilians, a security official said.

Iraqi Kurdistan closes group helping Yezidi victims of Islamic State

An organization that has assisted members of the Yezidi religious minority victimized by the Islamic State extremist group said on Wednesday that Iraqi Kurdish security forces had closed its main office in the region.

Attacks in Baghdad and Samarra overshadow Hollande visit

Some 35 people were killed Monday in a suicide attack in Baghdad claimed by Islamic State, an official said, overshadowing a visit by French President Francois Hollande who offered to step up support for Iraq's campaign against the militants.

Hollande predicts Mosul victory "in weeks" as Baghdad blast kills 12

French President Francois Hollande said that he thought Iraqi forces would recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State within weeks while on a visit to Baghdad on Monday.

Suicide blast hits Baghdad suburb as Hollande meets Iraqi leaders

A suicide attacker blew himself up on Monday in the mainly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City, killing a number of people, security forces said.

Eight killed in attack claimed by Islamic State near Iraqi holy city

Eight people were killed on Sunday in a suicide attack claimed by the radical Sunni Islamic State group which targeted a security checkpoint near a holy Shiite city in Iraq, police said.

At least 24 killed in Islamic State bombing at busy Baghdad market

At least 24 civilians were killed on Saturday in a double suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State extremist militia targeting a busy market in Baghdad.

Iraq launches fresh offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State

Iraqi forces launched a fresh offensive on Thursday to dislodge Islamic State from its key stronghold of Mosul, a senior army officer said.

Kurds enjoy their gains in Iraq, Syria, but eye Turkey nervously

The year 2016 brought a swirling tide of mixed fortune for the Kurds. They enabled the West to fight Islamic State forces in Syria, and grew stronger through their part in offensives in neighbouring Iraq. But those wins came as Turkey made life tough at home for its Kurds.

At least 19 killed in car bombings near Mosul

At least 19 people were killed Thursday in a series of car bombings near Iraq's northern city of Mosul, medical and security sources and witnesses said.

US increases price on Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi's head

The US has increased the reward for information that will lead them to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the State Department said Friday.

Report: Islamic State develops complex weapons production system

The Islamic State extremist group has developed a complex system of industrial weapons production around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, using components sourced mainly from Turkey, a report said on Tuesday.

Yezidi women accept rights award, call Europe "model of co-existence"

Two Yezidi women who survived sexual enslavement and torture by Islamic State militants held back tears as they received the EU's top human rights prize at an awards ceremony in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

3 security force members killed in suicide blasts in Iraq's Fallujah

Two suicide bombers killed three members of the security forces in attacks on checkpoints in the former Islamic State stronghold of Fallujah on Sunday, a local medical official said.

Iraqi MP: 120 civilians killed in strikes on Islamic State-held town

Airstrikes on an Iraqi town held by the Islamic State extremist militia killed 120 civilians, an Iraqi member of parliament said Thursday.

Islamic State calls for attacks on Turkey, Turkish embassies

An audio recording released in the name of the Islamic State extremist group Monday called for attacks on Turkey and on Turkish embassies and consulates worldwide.

Car bombing in Baghdad kills at least four, injures 10

A car bomb exploded Saturday in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing at least four civilians, police and witnesses said.

Top Shiite cleric says victory over Islamic State in Iraq imminent

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani said Friday that an Iraqi military victory over Islamic State was imminent.

UN: 926 civilians killed in month of "staggering" violence in Iraq

A total of 926 civilians were among 2,885 Iraqis killed due to terrorism, violence and armed conflict in the country last month, a United Nations team reported Thursday.

Iraq parliament grants legal status to mainly Shiite militias

The Iraqi parliament Saturday passed a law granting legal status to mainly Shiite militias who have been a key force in the fight against Islamic State jihadists but have also been accused of abuses against civilians from the Sunni minority.

Iran condemns attack on Shiites which killed 73 people in Iraq

Iran on Thursday condemned a suicide attack in central Iraq which likely targeted Shiite pilgrims from Iran, killing at least 73 people.

Pro-government militias say Mosul cut off from rest of Iraq

Iraq's mainly Shiite pro-government militias Wednesday said they have reached Kurdish Peshmerga positions west of Mosul, cutting off the Islamic State stronghold from the rest of Iraq and from Syria.

Thirty dead in suicide attack at Iraqi wedding

At least 30 people were killed in a suicide attack in the Iraqi city of Fallujah on Thursday, witnesses and security sources said.

Rights group: Mass grave near Mosul contains 300 beheaded policemen

A mass grave discovered near Mosul by Iraqi Security Forces 10 days ago most likely contains the bodies of at least 300 beheaded former local police officers executed by Islamic State, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement on Thursday.

Army officer: Islamic State shelling near Mosul kills 31 civilians

Shelling by Islamic State on a district recently liberated from the extremist militia near its key stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq has killed 31 civilians, an army officer said on Thursday.

Pro-regime Iraqi militia takes airport seen as key to Mosul operation

The Popular Mobilization Forces, a pro-Iraqi government Shiite militia, managed late Wednesday to wrest control of a critical airport from Islamic State forces, according to a statement by the militia.

Islamic State ramps up attacks on Iraqi forces near Mosul

Iraqi forces on Wednesday repulsed "fierce" counter-attacks by Islamic State near the extremist militia's key stronghold of Mosul, an army officer said.

Terrorism deaths in OECD countries increase more than sevenfold

The number of deaths caused by terrorism increased more than sevenfold in developed countries in 2015, as attacks orchestrated or inspired by the extremist group Islamic State spread across the world, according to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

Iraqi forces claim ancient Nimrud city from Islamic State

Iraqi forces have retaken control of the ancient city of Nimrud from Islamic State near the militant organization's stronghold of Mosul, a senior army officer said on Sunday.

HRW: Iraq Kurds demolish homes in areas retaken from Islamic State

Iraq’s Kurdish forces have unlawfully destroyed large numbers of Arab homes in areas once ruled by the Islamic State extremist militia, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Sunday.

Iraqi forces advance on Islamic State stronghold despite car bombs

Iraq said its forces on Saturday recaptured two districts near Islamic State’s key stronghold of Mosul despite the car bombs used by the militant group in an attempt to hamper the US-backed campaign to liberate the city.

UN: Islamic State hangs bodies of 40 executed civilians in Mosul

Islamic State reportedly shot dead 40 civilians this week and hung their bodies from electricity poles in the militant organization's stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq, the United Nations said Friday.

Iraq claims villages from Islamic State near Mosul

Iraqi forces have liberated four villages from Islamic State as part of an ongoing major campaign to retake the extremist militia’s key stronghold of Mosul, an army commander said on Thursday.

Islamic State extremists abduct 300 people near Mosul, UN says

Over 300 former Iraqi security forces and sheiks have been abducted by Islamic State extremists near Mosul in recent days, the UN Human Rights Office reported on Tuesday.

Iraq Army: Mass grave with 100 decapitated bodies found near Mosul

A mass grave of 100 headless bodies has been found south of Mosul in a town that was recently recaptured from Islamic State, the Iraqi Army said on Monday.

Iraqi Kurds "capture" Islamic State-held town of Bashiqa, near Mosul

Iraqi Kurdish troops Monday said they had captured the Islamic State-held town of Bashiqa near Mosul, two weeks after they surrounded it and cut off its jihadist defenders.

27 killed in Iraq suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State

At least 27 people were killed on Sunday in a series of suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State in northern Iraq.

Iraqi forces claim key town near Mosul as refugee numbers swell

Iraqi forces said Saturday they had captured a key town some 15 kilometres south of Mosul, while an aid agency reported a sharp rise in the numbers of civilians fleeing since fighting reached the outskirts of the Islamic State-held city.