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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 »

Trump really could crush Isis. But what happens next could be worse - Spectator.co.uk (blog)

These are the last days of the 'caliphate'. The place Isis made their capital, Raqqa, in Syria, is encircled and cut off. They have already lost half of Mosul in Iraq, their largest city. Really, what did they expect? This was inevitable from the ...and more »

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 »

UN says civilians at extreme risk as west Mosul offensive begins - The Guardian

Early advances by Iraqi forces meet limited resistance but Isis thought to have prepared ambush points in urban centre. Martin Chulov. Sun 19 Feb 2017 13.27 EST First published on Sun 19 Feb 2017 12.57 EST. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share ...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 »

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

February 19, 2017 BAGHDAD AND ERBIL, Iraq—U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Sunday launched a ground offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in Mosul, in the western part of the city, and put an end to their ambitions ...and more »

Donald Trump Will Defeat ISIS - The Atlantic

The dysfunction at the highest levels of the American government right now obscures a dramatic reality: Donald Trump is going to defeat the Islamic State, and Americans need to be fine with that. Like most of the people reading this, I have been so ...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: 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 »

Iraq Starts Offensive to Retake Western Mosul From ISIS - New York Times

ERBIL, Iraq — Iraq opened the next chapter in its offensive to drive the Islamic State out of Mosul on Sunday, preparing an assault on the western half of the city. Overnight, planes carpeted the ground with leaflets, directly appealing to the group's ...and more »