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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 »

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

Retired general indicates aggressive turn in Iraq and Syria, saying 'intention is that foreign fighters do not survive' and 'civilian casualties are a fact of life'. Martin Pengelly · @MartinPengelly. Sun 28 May 2017 14.08 EDT Last modified on Sat 14 ...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 »

Iraqi army imposes Ramadan 'burqa ban' in Mosul fearing Isis will use it for attacks - The Independent

Women have been told they are not allowed to wear traditional Islamic clothing such as the burka and niqab in newly liberated areas of Mosul as part of new security measures imposed for the month of Ramadan, Iraqi police have said. A statement from ...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 »

IS Barricades Symbolic Mosque for Last Stand in Mosul - Voice of America

The Islamic State group has begun blocking off streets around the Grand al-Nuri Mosque in western Mosul as it prepares for a final battle against the Iraqi military. Residents in the area told The Associated Press and Reuters they have seen dozens of ...and more »

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

Iraqi militias which are close to the Iranian regime have been able to reach a strategically situated village on the Syria-Iraq border. For Israel it means forces that are close to Tehran pose a risk of linking up through Syria The Hashd al-Shaabi, or ...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 »

Operation merciless -

The battle for Mosul should have been brought to an end a long time ago. Last October, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi promised the city would be liberated within three months. But the battle for what used to be Iraq's second largest city has now ...and more »

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

Dozens of women and children were running to safety when ISIS opened fire; Elderly woman can be seen falling down in the road and struggling to get up; Brave soldier wearing no protective equipment breaks cover to drag her away; More than 8,000 ...and more »