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Use of weaponized drones by ISIS spurs terrorism fears - Washington Post

Late last month, a pair of Islamic State fighters in desert camouflage climbed to the top of a river bluff in northern Iraq to demonstrate an important new weapon: a small drone, about six feet wide with swept wings and a small bomb tucked in its fuselage.and more »

Iraqi forces seize Mosul airport from Isis as Syrian rebels take al-Bab - The Guardian

Isis's hold weakens as Iraqi troops plan last big push to retake Mosul while loss of al-Bab is big blow to terror group in Syria. Martin Chulov. Fri 24 Feb 2017 03.55 EST First published on Thu 23 Feb 2017 05.08 EST. Share on Facebook · Share on ...and more »

Iraq launches west Mosul offensive as torture videos emerge - The Guardian

Start of major assault against Isis is overshadowed by images of men in forces uniforms carrying out beatings and killings. Emma Graham-Harrison, Fazel Hawramy and Matthew Taylor. Sun 19 Feb 2017 04.24 EST Last modified on Mon 20 Feb 2017 04.06 ...and more »

Battle for western Mosul will be toughest fight yet - BBC News

Iraq's campaign to take back the western section of its second-largest city, Mosul, from so-called Islamic State (IS) will be Baghdad's last major showdown with the group, which, at its height, had controlled a third of the country's territory. This ...and more »

Iraqi planes drop leaflets on west Mosul to say offensive is imminent - Free Malaysia Today

MOSUL: The Iraqi air force has dropped millions of leaflets on the western side of Mosul telling the population that a ground offensive to dislodge Islamic State from their neighborhoods is imminent, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday. The militants ...and more »

Iraq launches offensive on last Islamic State stronghold in Mosul - Christian Science Monitor

Islamic State militants are under siege in western Mosul, along with an estimated 650,000 civilians, and the Iraqi Prime Minister has asked the armed forces to "respect human rights" during what commanders expect to be a "tough fight." Bram Janssen/AP.and more »

Iraqi PM announces west Mosul attack as images of security forces' brutality emerge - The Guardian

Video evidence of executions and torture stokes Sunni-Shia tension as troops launch final push to retake city from Isis. by Emma Graham-Harrison and Fazel Hawramy in Mosul. Sun 19 Feb 2017 00.12 EST First published on Sat 18 Feb 2017 19.13 EST.and more »

Mosul assault: Iraq troops make headway against IS - BBC News

Iraqi government forces have seized several villages as they move towards an assault on the last area held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards IS positions ...and more »

Mosul: The biggest battle anywhere on the planet - ABC Online

For three months a gruelling battle has been underway to take back the city of Mosul from Islamic State. As government forces now push into the final Islamic State-held areas in the city's west, they find themselves locked in a brutal street-by-street ...and more »

US military will retain core strategy against Isis as Trump mulls escalation - The Guardian

The US military command responsible for fighting the Islamic State has signaled it will retain one of the cornerstones of the Obama administration's approach to the war, even as Donald Trump considers an escalation of the conflict. With Iraqi forces ...and more »