Iraqi troops push for last ISIL holdouts in Mosul

Iraqi forces have launched a broad assault on parts of Mosul, closing in on the remaining pockets of territory held by ISIL, amid growing concerns over the safety of hundreds of thousands of civilians at risk of being caught in the crossfire. Saturday’s offensive to retake three ISIL-held neighbourhoods north[…]

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Greece arrests man carrying stolen Iraqi passport

An Iraqi Kurdish man has been arrested at Athens airport in possession of a passport known to have been among a haul of official documents stolen by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, Greek police said on Monday. The 37-year-old was detained after flying in from the Turkish city of Istanbul[…]

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Iraq chemical weapons site siezed

The Iraqi government has told the United Nations that militants have seized one of Saddam Hussein’s former chemical weapons factories, confirming an earlier claim by Washington. In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon dated July 1 and made public Tuesday, Baghdad’s UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said “armed[…]

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