Hunt for Isis fighters goes on despite declaration of victory in Mosul

Emaciated figures limp out of tunnels and basements in the shattered Iraqi city, including some who were loyal to caliphate Days after Iraqs prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, declared victory over Mosul, emaciated figures were still emerging from tunnels and basements in the shattered city on Wednesday: old men carried on the backs of their sons […]

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Iraqi forces push into deadliest areas of Mosul as civilian exodus accelerates

Troops said to be close to government buildings near old city, and aid agencies struggling to accomodate displaced people Nearly three weeks into the last phase of the battle for Mosul, Iraqi forces have started pushing into the most heavily fortified and lethal corners of the crumbling city. This weekend the battles in the city, […]

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The battle for Mosul: ‘I have never seen such hard fighting like this’

Iraqi forces have been trying to oust Isis since October but they must fight among, protect and win over the many thousands of civilians in the city, finds Ghaith Abdul-Ahad in a report made in collaboration with PBSs Frontline Rasoul, a 26-year-old radio operator, stood in a narrow street in east Mosul a mile from […]

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Isis deploys child suicide bombers as Iraqi army advances

Refugees from Mosul describe increasing brutality of Islamist group which has killed more than 60 alleged spies in Mosul

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Unless Baghdad fills the political vacuum in Mosul, Isis will revive

Sectarian, ethnic and political divisions in the city will give the jihadis hope of a return to power Islamic States doctrine of survival is based on a simple notion: defeat on thebattlefield must always leave behind the seeds for a comeback. Whether the operation to retake Mosul will be the beginning of the end for […]

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We usually cry when we watch the news: anguish of Iraqs Yazidi families

As Iraqi troops and militias advance on Mosul, the fate of its captive children, ignored by politicians and the military, looks desperate When Laila learnt Islamic State was holding her son in an old school less than 100 miles from the refugee camp she now calls home, she could start to dream of a rescue […]

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Anti-Isis resistance group plans to rise up in Mosul, say residents

People fleeing the Iraqi city say a coordinated attack is being planned from within as Iraqi and Kurdish forces close in Mosul residents who have fled Islamic State say a homegrown resistance, raised over the past six months, has made plans to launch coordinated attacks against the group as Iraqi and Kurdish forces close in […]

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