Iraq

New war memorial to troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan to be unveiled by the Queen

The Queen will tomorrow unveil a memorial to the 682 Fallen heroes killed fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her Majesty will lead tributes to the war dead at the official opening at Victoria Embankment Gardens in Westminster. It comes as a Labour MP who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan calls on the UK to learn the lessons of the wars ...

Watch The Trailer For A New Iraq War Film Written By An Actual Iraq War Veteran

Army veteran Chris Roessner returned home from Iraq in 2004 and spent the next 10 years writing and pitching a film based on his experiences at war. Now, that film, “Sand Castle,” is set to premiere on Netflix in April. Judging from the trailer, Roessner’s Iraq deployment was pretty awful. The film, however, looks great. Starring Nicholas Hoult — who ...

Trump is already losing the long-term fight in Iraq

IRAQI GOVERNMENT forces last week launched a crucial campaign to retake the western side of Mosul, the Islamic State’s largest remaining urban stronghold. U.S. planes and special forces were providing critical close-up support for a battle that commanders believe could drag on for months. Victory is not assured and the humanitarian cost, which Iraqi forces managed to minimize in capturing ...

‘You can see burning and smoke from the terminal buildings’

KALAHAN DENG Report from inside the perimeter of Mosul airport on the Iraqi security forces’ attempt to retake it and establish a launchpad for an assault on the west of Mosul, still held by so-called Islamic State (IS).

Mosul assault: Iraq troops make headway against IS

KALAHAN DENG Iraqi government forces have seized several villages as they move towards an assault on the last area held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards IS positions early on Sunday. The progress on Sunday in the south of the city, the second biggest in ...

Removing US military forces from the Gulf

Reporting on President Donald Trump’s new energy policy which plans for a big increase in domestically produced oil and gas, the Financial Times reported yesterday: “Exports of gas have begun, with the first shipments of Liquefied Natural Gas leaving the Sabine Pass facility on the border between Texas and Louisiana a year ago. Since then trade has grown and the ...

Battle for Mosul upends false Iraq narrative

The Iraqi army’s progress in Mosul over the past few months flies in the face of the narrative that has been created about Iraq since 2003. Narratives are often constructed, but rarely as aggressively as the story according to which Iraq is an artificial country comprising people who deeply mistrust each other. The invasion of Mosul and Tikrit by the ...

Baghdad’s Green Zone hit by rockets after deadly clashes

KALAHAN DENG Several rockets have hit the high security Green Zone in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, hours after clashes at a protest left at least five dead. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies in Baghdad. Earlier on Saturday, thousands of protesters, demanding electoral reform, tried to storm the area. ...

Fear in interrogation room, death in the street: Iraq roots out Islamic State leftright 8/8leftright

The boy’s fear was palpable as Iraqi soldiers brought him blindfolded before an intelligence officer in a house on the northern edge of Mosul. “How long were you with Daesh (Islamic State)?” colonel Amer al-Fatlawi asked the boy in front of him. “Twenty days, sir,” replied the 17-year old submissively. The boy appeared harmless, but Fatlawi, the head of intelligence ...

ISIS burns alive mother, 4 children in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 P.M.) – The so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) reportedly carried out the execution of a woman and her four children in Iraq’s Kirkuk this week, a security source Al-Manar today. According to Al-Manar, the Islamic State terrorist set fire on the mother and her four children for the “crime” of attempting to the leave the “caliphate.” Media reports ...

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