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ISIS Tactic of “Baiting” US-Coalition to Kill Civilians–and who bears responsibility - Just Security

Many are searching for an explanation for the recent spike in civilian casualties resulting from coalition operations in Iraq and Syria, including specific incidents which have reportedly involved particularly high numbers. On Thursday, the Department ...and more »

ISIS Second-in-Command Ayad al-Jumaili Killed in Airstrike: Iraqi Military - KVOA Tucson News

BAGHDAD — The ISIS deputy believed to be second-in-command to elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has purportedly been killed, an Iraqi military spokesman said Saturday. Ayad al-Jumaili died in an airstrike conducted by the Iraqis that targeted a ...and more »

Trump administration stops disclosing troop deployments in Iraq and Syria - Los Angeles Times

Even as the U.S. military takes on a greater role in the warfare in Iraq and Syria, the Trump administration has stopped disclosing significant information about the size and nature of the U.S. commitment, including the number of U.S. troops deployed ...and more »

The joy and sadness of returning to Mosul - BBC News

I've dreamed of going back to Mosul for so long. The city where I was born and grew up has always occupied a special place in my heart and it's full of happy memories. My Mosul was a city of green and shady streets, with beautiful, old houses ...and more »

Statement by Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on protecting civilians ... - EU News

Ensuring that civilians inside Mosul are protected during the conflict is the single most effective life-saving action that can be taken. A few weeks ago I was in Iraq myself, visiting the conflict areas and seeing how our humanitarian aid can best ...and more »

The human shields of Mosul -

In the past few months the Iraqi army, backed by the US military, has intensified its efforts to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL). Given the urban context, civilians are paying an extremely heavy price. Indeed, as ...and more »

To understand how the US approaches airstrikes in Mosul, look to Russia's war in Chechnya - Washington Post

The U.S. air war over western Mosul has come under more scrutiny after an American airstrike on March 17 appears to have killed potentially more than 100 civilians. The Iraqi city's labyrinth of tight city streets, multistory buildings and large ...and more »

Liberating Mosul is one thing – next comes the real challenge for Iraq - The Conversation UK

The battle to fully recapture Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) is in its final stages – and it is rapidly intensifying. On March 17, 200 civilians were killed in airstrikes on western Mosul mounted by the US and the Operation Inherent Resolve ...and more »

UN chief urges greater solidarity with Mosul displaced - UNHCR

By Caroline Gluck | 31 March 2017 | Español | Français | عربي. UN Secretary-General António Guterres visits a children's project at UNHCR's Hasansham U3 camp in northern Iraq. © Laila Ali/UNICEF. HASANSHAM CAMP, Iraq – United Nations ...and more »

Something worse may be in store after Islamic State's 'caliphate' - The Australian

On a cold rainy evening last week, I stood in the Jordanian capital, Amman, watching images of the terrorist attack in central London. One sequence, looping every few minutes on Al Jazeera, showed attacker Khalid Masood lying wounded on cobblestones ...and more »