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Kurdish Troops Advance on ISIS-Held Villages East of Mosul

BADANA PICHWK, Iraq — Kurdish forces on Monday morning began advancing on a string of villages east of Mosul, the start of a long-awaited campaign to reclaim Iraq’s second-largest city from the Islamic State, which seized it more than two years ago, officials said. About 4,000 Kurdish pesh merga troops are involved in the operation to retake 10 villages, the ...

Syria conflict: Rebels advance on IS stronghold of Dabiq

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Turkish-backed Syrian rebels are advancing on Dabiq, a symbolic stronghold of so-called Islamic State. The small town holds great value to IS because of a prophecy of an apocalyptic battle, and features heavily in its propaganda. The operation began as US and Russian envoys met in Switzerland to discuss possible routes to a new ceasefire. No ...

‘Last battle’ against Isis in Iraq: forces mass for Mosul assault

Iraqi and Kurdish forces are finalising plans to attack the last urban stronghold ofIslamic State in Iraq, the northern city of Mosul, which after a month-long buildup is now largely surrounded by a 60,000-strong force. The assault could begin as early as this weekend and is the most critical challenge yet to Isis’s two-year-old “caliphate”, which had shredded state authority in ...

Trump’s idea for a “sneak attack” on ISIS in Mosul isn’t actually possible

Donald Trump, a man who doesn’t know when to stop talking, wishes the US military would stop talking about its plans to help retake the ISIS-held city of Mosul. During Sunday’s debate, Trump said Gens. George Patton and Douglas MacArthur would be “spinning in their grave” over the Pentagon’s public discussions of the coming push to reconquer Mosul. Trump has ...

ISIS builds 6 defense lines in Mosul to hinder anticipated attack by government forces

Media outlets reported that the Islamic State group (ISIS) started to build six defense lines in Mosul in order to hinder the advance of security forces toward the city and added that all defense lines are reinforced with booby-trapped vehicles and suicide bombers. Al Sumaria News stated, “The ISIS built two lines of defense in the left coast and four ...

Suicide bombing hits AsiaCell checkpoint near Baqubah, leaves 7 casualties

Leader of al-Hashd al-Shaabi Odai al-Khedran announced on Monday, that six persons were killed and one other was wounded due to the explosion of a car bomb, north of Baqubah. Khedran said in a press statement, “A booby-trapped vehicle driven by a suicide bomber exploded, at evening yesterday, targeting AsiaCell checkpoint near New Iraq Camp, on Azim-Khalis road, killing six ...

Syrian refugee detained in Germany for alleged attack plan

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG A Syrian refugee detained by police in Germany had links to the ISIS militant group and was planning a bomb attack “with Islamist motives,” German officials said Monday. German police discovered 1.5 kg of extremely dangerous explosives in a flat in Chemnitz before detaining 22-year-old Jaber al-Bakr in Leipzig on Sunday, ending a manhunt that lasted ...

Russian strikes in Syria

WRITTEN BY KALAHAN DENG Why is Russia bombing Syria? Russia says the strikes are to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). But most of their first strikes have been against non-Isil groups who are opposed to President Assad’s regime. Why would Russia bomb non-Isil groups? Russia’s spokespeople are sometimes vague – referring to Isil and terrorists in ...

Bangladesh Reports Killing 11 Militants in Raids

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG DHAKA, Bangladesh — Eleven militants were killed on Saturday in three separate raids on the outskirts of Dhaka, law enforcement officials said, in the deadliest day of a monthslong crackdown on Islamist groups. The militants were affiliated with Jama’atul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, the group the government has blamed for an attack on a Dhaka restaurant in July, ...

IS ‘loses more than a quarter of its territory’ in Syria and Iraq

So-called Islamic State (IS) has lost more than a quarter of the territory it once controlled, new data shows. Security and defence analysts IHS say the group’s control has shrunk by 28% since its height in January 2015. In the first nine months of this year, IS’ territory fell from 78,000 sq km (30,115 sq miles) to 65,500 sq km ...