Iraq

Iraqi army urged people living in IS-held Ramadi to leave

The Iraqi army has urged people living in the centre of the Islamic State-held city of Ramadi to leave before an operation to retake it is launched. A security source said that leaflets had been dropped by planes, warning residents the army planned to storm the city within the next 24 hours. The call, which was also broadcast on state television, ...

Kurdish commander killed in ISIS clashes buried in Istanbul

A Turkish Kurd fighter who commanded a unit battling ISIS extremists in Syria was buried Sunday in Istanbul two months after his death in clashes, amid anger over the delay in bringing his body home. Thousands of supporters filled the Gazi district of Istanbul — a Kurdish and left-wing stronghold — to pay their last respects to Aziz Guler who ...

Kurds launch offensive to take Sinjar from ISIS

Plumes of smoke blackened the sky above Sinjar as Kurdish forces, backed by intense coalition air support, tried Thursday to take back the northern Iraqi town from ISIS. The operation includes up to 7,500 Peshmergas — the Kurdish military force — who are attacking the city from three sides to take control of supply routes, according to the Kurdish Region ...

ISIS victims returning home, with thirst for revenge

Sharu Baharu, an 80-year-old with a magnificent handle-bar mustache, is facing his second winter on Mount Sinjar, where a bitter wind kicks up as the sun sets over the barren cliffs. Until last year, he had lived his entire life in the town of Sinjar below. Then, over a few days during August 2014, 5,000 men and boys in Sinjar ...

Footage appears to show US-Kurdish raid that freed 70 hostages

  Kurdistan Region Security Council IRBIL, Iraq — The Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq released a video Sunday purportedly showing the joint raid of a prison by U.S. and Kurdish peshmerga forces in which they released 70 hostages held by the Islamic State group. Modal TriggerMaster Sergeant Joshua L. Wheeler was killed during the raid.Photo: Reuters The helmet camera ...

ISIS soldiers told to rape women ‘to make them Muslim’

Sitting on a shabby green sofa somewhere in the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul, Iraq, the militants laugh and joke as one of them films their excited chatter. “Today is the female sex slave market day, which has been ordained,” explains a skinny, black-clad Jihadi, gesturing at the camera. “With Allah’s permission, each will get a share,” promises another of the ...

IS executed 70 of Sunni tribe in Iraq

Islamic State (IS) militants executed 70 members of a Sunni tribe in the western Iraqi province of al-Anbar, the leader of the tribe said on Monday. The leader of the al-Bu Nimr tribe, Sheikh Naeem al-Gaoud said that members were shot dead in the village of Khanizir on Sunday night. The tribesmen were killed because they had relatives serving in the Iraqi security forces, according to the leader. ...

Series of car bombings killed more than 60 in Iraq

At least 63 people have been killed and many have been wounded in series of car bombings over across Iraq, according to medical sources. One of the most significant bomb attacks occurred near crowded market in town of Khalis killing at least 40 people. “The driver begged police to be allowed to park his vehicle in order to buy medication from a ...

Syrian Kurds seize Tal Abyad from ISIS

Syrian Kurdish fighters and their rebel allies seized the border town of Tal Abyad from ISIS militants Monday in a development with potentially huge ramifications for both Turkey and the jihadis’ self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa. The Kurdish YPG said that its fighters had entered most of Tal Abyad as well as the nearby border crossing leading to Turkish territory, while ...

ISIS has taken the last oilfield in Syria

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters have taken the last major oilfield according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). SOHR reported that ISIS fighters captured the Jazal oilfield late Sunday after battle with government forces in the central province of Homs. Syria-based activist said that they first attacked army camps around the Jazal field, and then attack the oilfield. The Jazal field is ...

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