Premier: Iraq retakes town in push towards Islamic State stronghold

Iraqi forces recaptured from Islamic State the strategic town of Qayyara on Thursday, paving the way for the liberation of the extremist group's stronghold of Mosul, the Iraqi prime minister said.

18 Iraqi soldiers killed in Islamic State suicide attack

Eighteen Iraqi soldiers have been killed in a suicide car bombing by Islamic State in the northern town of Qayyara, a senior army commander says.

Iraqi army regains ground from Islamic State in key town

Iraqi forces, backed by a US-led alliance, stormed on Tuesday a strategic town held by Islamic State near the extremist militia’s stronghold of Mosul, a senior army commander said.

Iraq tells militant-held town's residents to leave ahead of storming

The Iraqi army on Saturday called on residents of Qayyara, a town held by Islamic State, to leave ahead of a military operation aimed at recapturing the strategic town from the extremist militia.

Iraqi forces gain ground near Islamic State stronghold

Iraqi forces on Saturday recaptured four villages from Islamic State near the extremist militia's northern stronghold of Mosul, a government official said.