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Defense secretary Mattis says US policy against Isis is now 'annihilation' - The Guardian

Secretary of Defense James Mattis, shown Saturday at the military academy West Point, said Sunday that the US planned to “accellerate the campaign against Isis”. Photograph: Julie Jacobson/AP. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Sunday the US had ...and more »

France's Special Forces Hunt French Militants Fighting for Islamic State - Wall Street Journal

Iraqi commanders leading the fight for Mosul said French special forces have provided to Iraqi counterterrorism troops the names and photographs of as many as 30 men identified as high-value targets. An undisclosed number of French citizens have been ...and more »

Defense Chief James Mattis Says the US Is Now Using 'Annihilation Tactics' Against ISIS - TIME

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Sunday that U.S. forces have entered a new, more aggressive phase in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), which he termed “annihilation tactics.” Speaking on CBS' Face the Nation, Mattis said the U.S. military ...and more »

Iraqi military urges Mosul residents living in areas under Islamic State control to flee - Los Angeles Times

A boy rides a bicycle in west Mosul's Saha neighborhood on May 29, 2017, as smokes billows during ongoing battles between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants. (Karim Sahib / AFP/Getty Images). Iraqi officials coordinating the Mosul offensive ...and more »

Bulldozers have become more crucial — and more vulnerable — in the fight against the Islamic State - Washington Post

MOSUL, Iraq — On the front lines, the jagged teeth of a young soldier's bulldozer mark the beginning of Iraq's territory and the end of the Islamic State's. Pvt. Mohammed Ali al-Shwele is 19, weathered and lean. He has been shot at, rocketed and ...and more »

ISIL fighters seal off Mosul mosque for last stand -

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) have closed the streets around Mosul's Grand al-Nuri Mosque, residents said, apparently in preparation for a final showdown in the battle against Iraqi forces over their ...and more »

Iranian-backed militias reach Iraq-Syria border - The Jerusalem Post

Shi'ite fighters from Mahdi Army launch rockets during heavy fighting against Islamic state members at Bo Hassan village, near Tikrit in northern Iraq.. (photo credit: REUTERS). Tags: Iran · iran and israel · iran syria · iraq news · syria chemical ...and more »

Could ISIS Have Been Averted? - Foreign Policy (blog)

Different choices by the Obama administration could have made it harder for the Islamic State to become as powerful as it did. By Peter Feaver. | May 31, 2017, 4:23 PM. US-made armoured vehicles drive down a road in western Mosul's al-Rifai ...and more »

Brave Iraqi soldier runs into ISIS line of fire to rescue exhausted elderly woman after she falls down while trying ... - Daily Mail

This is the moment an Iraqi soldier risked his life to save an elderly woman from a hail of ISIS bullets as she tried to flee fighting in Mosul. The terrorists opened fire on dozens of women and children with automatic weapons as they tried to reach an ...and more »

UPDATED: Police: 500 IS fighters trapped in Mosul's Old City, chief vigilante killed - Iraqi News

Mosul ( The number of Islamic State fighters remaining in western Mosul's Old City stands at 500, an officer from the Iraqi Federal Police forces said Friday as security operations proceed towards the strategic enclave. Radio Sawa quoted ...and more »