Iraqi forces move to Anbar frontline as anti-IS fightback nears
Iraqi forces retook territory from the Islamic State jihadist group east of Ramadi on Saturday, commanders said, in their first counterattack since Anbar's provincial capital fell a week ago. A mosaic of anti-IS forces had for days been massing in the Euphrates Valley to ready for an offensive aimed at turning the tide on rampant jihadists. The May 17 takeover of Ramadi was Baghdad's worst defeat in almost a year while the capture three days later of the Syrian city of Palmyra positioned IS for a possible drive on Damascus.
1 March, 2017 Turkish-backed Syria rebels seize villages from Kurds Turkish-backed rebels Wednesday seized two villages from US-supported forces led by Kurdish fighters as they sought to expand their control in northern Syria, rebels and a monitor said. The rebels advanced east from the town of Al-Bab, which they capt...
27 October, 2016 Up to 900 jihadists killed in Mosul battle, US says The United States said Thursday that up to 900 Islamic State group jihadists have been killed in the offensive to retake Iraq's Mosul, as camps around the city filled with fleeing civilians. The offensive, launched on October 17, is seeing tens of thousands of Iraqi fighters advancing on […]
25 June, 2017 The stench of death rises over Mosul's Old City Devastated buildings, piles of rubble and putrid corpses of jihadists: apocalyptic scenes unfold in the Old City of Mosul where Iraqi forces are battling the last Islamic State group fighters. Lieutenant Colonel Salam al-Obeidi told AFP that he believ...
25 May, 2016 Pressure builds on IS with twin assaults in Syria, Iraq The operations to the north of IS's de facto Syrian capital Raqa and near the jihadist-held Iraqi city of Fallujah are adding to pressure on the extremist group, which has seen territory under its control shrink in recent months. The US-led coalition that launched air strikes against IS […]
19 October, 2016 IS leaders ‘abandon’ Mosul as Iraq forces close in Jihadist leaders are fleeing Mosul, a top US general in the coalition battling the Islamic State group said Wednesday as Iraqi forces closed in on the northern city. Mosul was where IS supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his "caliphate" two years ago but is now the group's last major […]