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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Mosul: a very dangerous victory - Open Democracy

The fall of Mosul to Iraqi government forces may still be weeks away. As it draws near, huge and unforeseen consequences are becoming steadily clearer, whose consequences will have an impact for years to come. These relate to two factors: the greatly ...and more »

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

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 »

ISIS leader al-Baghdadi escaped capture by minutes before unleashing terror army on the world -

He is the Islamic State leader with a £20million bounty on his head whose hate-filled sermons inspired suicide attacks across Europe. Yet new evidence unearthed for a documentary shows Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi escaped capture in Iraq by just minutes back ...and more »

Under Trump, US Military Has Allegedly Killed Over 1000 Civilians in Iraq, Syria in March - Newsweek

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump vowed that as president he would “bomb the hell out of ISIS.” Two months into his time as president, the evidence suggests he is doing just that, with increasing airstrikes in Iraq and Syria and stepped-up raids ...and more »

A global strategy is the way to defeat Isis 2.0 - Financial Times

With Isis on the back foot in Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, it is only a matter of time until the terrorist group loses its so-called caliphate. While its appeal to foreign recruits was partly based on controlling territory, it would be naive to ...and more »