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ISIL abducted thousands of families to use as human shields in Mosul. Those who refused were shot - National Post;

ISIL abducted thousands of families to use as human shields in Mosul. Those who refused were shot - National Post

National PostISIL abducted thousands of families to use as human shields in Mosul. Those who refused were shotNational PostISIL has abducted tens of thousands of men, women and children from around Mosul to use as human shields in the imminent battle for the city, the UN said Friday. The militants forced more than 8,000 families from their homes before marching them into ...and more »

Battle for Mosul: What we know so far - Dhaka Tribune;

Battle for Mosul: What we know so far - Dhaka Tribune

Dhaka TribuneBattle for Mosul: What we know so farDhaka TribuneIraqi paramilitary forces launched an operation Saturday to cut the Islamic State group's supply lines between its Mosul bastion and neighbouring Syria, opening a new front in the nearly two-week-old offensive. Forces from the Hashed al-Shaabi, ...and more »

Post-ISIS Mosul Awaits Russia vs. Turkey Stand-Off - OilPrice.com;

Post-ISIS Mosul Awaits Russia vs. Turkey Stand-Off - OilPrice.com

OilPrice.comPost-ISIS Mosul Awaits Russia vs. Turkey Stand-OffOilPrice.comIn early 2015, the United States' campaign against the Islamic State's oil resources proved to be ineffective, with the terrorist group recovering quickly from strikes meant to disable its oil production capabilities. Now, as the fight for Mosul rages ...and more »

Experts Doubt Many High-level IS Leaders Are Staying in Mosul - Voice of America;

Experts Doubt Many High-level IS Leaders Are Staying in Mosul - Voice of America

Voice of AmericaExperts Doubt Many High-level IS Leaders Are Staying in MosulVoice of AmericaThere is a growing sense that by the time Iraqi forces finish wresting control of the key city of Mosul from Islamic State fighters, few if any of the terror group's top leaders will be there. The consensus by a variety of current and former ...and more »

Islamic State Has Killed Over 230 People Near Mosul, Says UN - News18;

Islamic State Has Killed Over 230 People Near Mosul, Says UN - News18

News18Islamic State Has Killed Over 230 People Near Mosul, Says UNNews18Iraqi refugees who fled the violence in Mosul rest near the Iraqi border, in Hasaka Governorate, Syria on Friday. (REUTERS). Geneva: Islamic State group fighters slaughtered at least 232 people in and around Mosul this week as Iraqi troops advanced on ...and more »

Settling in for long campaign to free Mosul from Islamic State - The Australian;

Settling in for long campaign to free Mosul from Islamic State - The Australian

The AustralianSettling in for long campaign to free Mosul from Islamic StateThe AustralianAs I write, Iraqi and Kurdish forces — supported by coalition airstrikes, artillery and advisers — are entering the third week of their attack on Mosul, probing the outskirts of the city. They are edging into a complex and lethal urban battlefield ...and more »

The Painful Liberation of Iraq's Christian Heartland - Daily Beast;

The Painful Liberation of Iraq's Christian Heartland - Daily Beast

Daily BeastThe Painful Liberation of Iraq's Christian HeartlandDaily BeastISIS forced the Christians of the Nineveh plain around Mosul to flee. Now they are returning, but in the key town of Qaraqosh, the fighting rages on. Florian Neuhof. 10.25.16 10:13 PM ET. QARAQOSH, Iraq—The church's interior has been blackened by fire ...and more »

'We aren't prepared to accept these numbers': Kurdish Self-Administration official on wave of Iraqis fleeing Mosul ... - Syria Direct;

'We aren't prepared to accept these numbers': Kurdish Self-Administration official on wave of Iraqis fleeing Mosul ... - Syria Direct

Syria Direct'We aren't prepared to accept these numbers': Kurdish Self-Administration official on wave of Iraqis fleeing Mosul ...Syria DirectThousands of Iraqis are fleeing Islamic State territory in western Iraq and crossing into northeast Syria into territory controlled by the Kurdish-led Self-administration government. Refugees began leaving their villages on the western outskirts of ...and more »

Iraq Moves Its Terrifying Thermobaric Rocket Tanks to Mosul - Motherboard;

Iraq Moves Its Terrifying Thermobaric Rocket Tanks to Mosul - Motherboard

MotherboardIraq Moves Its Terrifying Thermobaric Rocket Tanks to MosulMotherboardIraqi troops fighting for Mosul's outskirts have brought along one of their most fearsome weapons: the 60-ton, Russian-made TOS-1A Buratino. A photograph and tweet from the Jerusalem Post's Seth Frantzman shows Iraqi troops posing with the rocket ...and more »

Mosul will not be taken, ISIS will not be destroyed - Pravda;

Mosul will not be taken, ISIS will not be destroyed - Pravda

PravdaMosul will not be taken, ISIS will not be destroyedPravdaIn June of 2014, the world was amazed to see the Iraq army - armed and trained by the Americans - losing ground to the Islamic State. Fallujah, Ramadi and Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, fell within a month. The operation to liberate Mosul was ...and more »

Iraq's Weapon of Choice Against ISIS: Guided Missiles - Wall Street Journal;

Iraq's Weapon of Choice Against ISIS: Guided Missiles - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalIraq's Weapon of Choice Against ISIS: Guided MissilesWall Street JournalIn the battle to retake Mosul, Iraqi officials have attributed their early success against Islamic State to the Kornet, a laser-guided anti-tank missile system that can be launched from 3 miles away. The weapon has been effective in destroying vehicles ...and more »

Iraq moves more than 1000 civilians from Mosul front lines - Irish Times;

Iraq moves more than 1000 civilians from Mosul front lines - Irish Times

Irish TimesIraq moves more than 1000 civilians from Mosul front linesIrish TimesIraqi special forces have moved more than 1,000 people from villages near the front lines of the battle to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. Major General Haider Fadhil said residents of Tob Zawa and other villages were taken to a camp in ...and more »

A look inside 'Q-West,' where US troops are supporting Iraq's fight for Mosul - Washington Post;

A look inside 'Q-West,' where US troops are supporting Iraq's fight for Mosul - Washington Post

Washington PostA look inside 'Q-West,' where US troops are supporting Iraq's fight for MosulWashington PostQAYYARAH AIRFIELD, Iraq — Just a few months ago, the sprawling airfield at Qayyarah, south of Mosul, was a base for Islamic State militants. Now, it's home to hundreds of American troops as the U.S.-led coalition advises and assists Iraqi forces in ...and more »

Isis seize and kill dozens in strongholds around Mosul to quell uprising - The Guardian;

Isis seize and kill dozens in strongholds around Mosul to quell uprising - The Guardian

The GuardianIsis seize and kill dozens in strongholds around Mosul to quell uprisingThe GuardianIslamic State has seized and killed dozens of people in areas around Mosul that it still controls in an apparent bid to quell opposition and instil fear as opposition forces march on the group's last Iraqi stronghold. The United Nations, Kurdish forces ...and more »

What Is ISIS? Everything You Need To Know About When The Islamic State Rose To Power And How Daesh Will End - International Business Times;

What Is ISIS? Everything You Need To Know About When The Islamic State Rose To Power And How Daesh Will End - International Business Times

International Business TimesWhat Is ISIS? Everything You Need To Know About When The Islamic State Rose To Power And How Daesh Will EndInternational Business TimesThe Iraqi Army and its allies continued to march closer Tuesday toward the Islamic State's stronghold of Mosul. As the militants, also known as ISIS and Daesh, prepare to be assaulted on all sides and likely ousted from their last major area of ...and more »

Reconstruction costs of damaged Iraqi cities another looming crisis - UPI.com;

Reconstruction costs of damaged Iraqi cities another looming crisis - UPI.com

UPI.comReconstruction costs of damaged Iraqi cities another looming crisisUPI.comIraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters watching smoke billowing as they deploy in the area in Dohuk, north of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants. UPI Photo. | License Photo. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Much of the discussion about the ...and more »

Iraq: Coalition huddles as forces inch towards Mosul - Aljazeera.com;

Iraq: Coalition huddles as forces inch towards Mosul - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.comIraq: Coalition huddles as forces inch towards MosulAljazeera.comUS-led group meets in Paris to discuss ongoing operation to free key ISIL-held Iraqi city as fighting intensifies. 25 Oct 2016 16:45 GMT. Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker. 0; All Social. The loss of Mosul for ISIL could spell the end of the group ...and more »

Iran: Turkey Mustn't Violate Iraqi Sovereignty Over Mosul - Antiwar.com;

Iran: Turkey Mustn't Violate Iraqi Sovereignty Over Mosul - Antiwar.com

Antiwar.comIran: Turkey Mustn't Violate Iraqi Sovereignty Over MosulAntiwar.comAdding its two cents into the increasingly tense exchanges between Iraq and Turkey over the later's involvement in invasion of Mosul, the Iranian Foreign Ministry has issued a statement warning Turkey not to violate Iraqi sovereignty over the matter.and more »

Turkey Barges Into the Mosul Fight - New York Times;

Turkey Barges Into the Mosul Fight - New York Times

New York TimesTurkey Barges Into the Mosul FightNew York TimesPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey speaking last week about heightened tensions between Turkey and Iraq. Credit Pool photo by Murat Cetinmuhurdar. It's been clear from the start that the American and Iraqi-led battle to retake Mosul from the ...and more »

Iran warns Turkey: Don't violate Iraqi sovereignty - The Times of Israel;

Iran warns Turkey: Don't violate Iraqi sovereignty - The Times of Israel

The Times of IsraelIran warns Turkey: Don't violate Iraqi sovereigntyThe Times of IsraelIran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi briefs journalists at a press conference in Tehran on August 22, 2016. (screen capture: YouTube). Newsroom. Email the Newsroom · Facebook · Twitter. Related Topics. Iran-Turkey relations · Iraq-Turkey ...and more »