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France's Special Forces Hunt French Militants Fighting for Islamic State - Wall Street Journal

Iraqi commanders leading the fight for Mosul said French special forces have provided to Iraqi counterterrorism troops the names and photographs of as many as 30 men identified as high-value targets. An undisclosed number of French citizens have been ...and more »

Defense secretary Mattis says US policy against Isis is now 'annihilation' - The Guardian

Retired general indicates aggressive turn in Iraq and Syria, saying 'intention is that foreign fighters do not survive' and 'civilian casualties are a fact of life'. Martin Pengelly · @MartinPengelly. Sun 28 May 2017 14.08 EDT Last modified on Thu 5 ...and more »

Could ISIS Have Been Averted? - Foreign Policy (blog)

Different choices by the Obama administration could have made it harder for the Islamic State to become as powerful as it did. By Peter Feaver. | May 31, 2017, 4:23 PM. US-made armoured vehicles drive down a road in western Mosul's al-Rifai ...and more »

Iranian-backed militias reach Iraq-Syria border - The Jerusalem Post

Iraqi militias which are close to the Iranian regime have been able to reach a strategically situated village on the Syria-Iraq border. For Israel it means forces that are close to Tehran pose a risk of linking up through Syria The Hashd al-Shaabi, or ...and more »

Defeat-ISIS 'Annihilation' Campaign Accelerating, Mattis Says - Department of Defense

Nothing keeps Defense Secretary Jim Mattis awake at night. "I keep other people awake," he told CBS reporter John Dickerson. The secretary sat down today for his first television interview with Face the Nation. He spoke about the threats facing the ...and more »

In the belly of the beast: On Mosul sidelines, Iran gains Nineveh foothold - The Times of Israel

Conquests in Iraq will give Tehran-backed Shiite paramilitary forces considerable leverage after IS is beaten. By SUSANNAH GEORGE and Qassim Abdul-Zahra 30 May 2017, 6:21 am 0 Edit · Facebook · Twitter · email; Print; 11 shares. Smoke billows in west ...and more »

Defense Chief James Mattis Says the US Is Now Using 'Annihilation Tactics' Against ISIS - TIME

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Sunday that U.S. forces have entered a new, more aggressive phase in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), which he termed “annihilation tactics.” Speaking on CBS' Face the Nation, Mattis said the U.S. military ...and more »

ISIL fighters seal off Mosul mosque for last stand -

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) have closed the streets around Mosul's Grand al-Nuri Mosque, residents said, apparently in preparation for a final showdown in the battle against Iraqi forces over their ...and more »

When Torturing Is the Only Way for a Journalist to Stay Alive in Mosul - Haaretz

What is a journalist embedded with the Iraqi forces liberating Mosul supposed to do when soldiers tell him to participate in a violent interrogation? How is he supposed to respond when he sees that the troops are allowing him to take pictures of them ...and more »

'Mad Dog' Mattis Says US Now Using Annihilation Tactics in Fight Against ISIS - Newsweek

U.S. Secretary of Defense James 'Mad Dog' Mattis announced Sunday that the U.S. military had shifted strategy in the battle to defeat the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, resorting to “annihilation tactics.” Mattis, speaking to ...and more »