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

Iraqi army vehicles south of Mosul on Wednesday. The flag reads 'For you Hussein', a reference to the prophet Muhammad's grandson. Photograph: Basel Rasol/EPA. Battlefield defeats in Iraq and Syria continued to splinter Islamic State's hold on both ...and more »

TSA Lines Are Easier to Navigate, Thanks to Social Media - Wall Street Journal (blog)

It's actually getting a bit easier to get through TSA lines at the airport, and passengers can thank social media. WSJ's Scott McCartney and Tanya Rivero discuss the agency's online resources and how they respond to travelers' needs and questions ...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 ...and more »

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

US soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division gather around an artillery at a military base north of Mosul, Iraq, on 14 February, where they are supporting local forces. Photograph: Khalid Al-Mousily/Reuters. The US military command ...and more »

Iraq - Launch of the offensive to recapture the western part of Mosul (19 February 2017) - France Diplomatie (press release)

France welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's announcement on 19 February that operations have begun to recapture the western part of Mosul. After the liberation of the eastern districts of the city last month thanks to the Iraqi forces ...and more »

Battle Against ISIS In Mosul: Iraqi Forces Advance on Airport -

Iraqi forces continued their advance into the ISIS-held western area of the country's second-largest city on Tuesday, closing in on Mosul's strategic airport. Troops continued clearing the hills around Abu Saif and successfully cleared two villages ...and more »

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

Iraqi military vehicles advance towards the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images. Mosul. UN says civilians at extreme risk as west Mosul offensive begins. Early advances by Iraqi forces meet limited ...and more »

'British suicide bomber' strikes Iraq forces near Mosul as offensive against Islamic State continues -

A British jihadist suicide bomber blew himself up attacking Iraqi forces as they close in on Western Mosul, according to Islamic State propaganda. The bomber identified as Abu Zakariya attacked the Iraqi army in the village tal kisoom, south west of ...and more »

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

One of the disturbing images showing beatings by men in Iraqi federal police uniforms. Photograph: Facebook. Graphic videos of men in Iraqi security force uniforms carrying out beatings and summary executions on the streets of Mosul have cast a shadow ...and more »

Mosul offensive: Iraqi forces recapture airport in bid to retake city - BBC News

Iraqi security forces have recaptured Mosul airport, a key part of the government's offensive to drive the so-called Islamic State (IS) from the western half of the city. The operation took four hours. IS continued to fire mortars at the airport from ...and more »