Russia claims Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead

Russia’s defence ministry said on Friday it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May, Russian news agencies reported. The air strike targeted a meeting of IS leaders and was carried out[…]

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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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Iraq resumes Mosul operation after a two-week lull

Iraqi troops backed by US-led air strikes have pushed deeper into eastern Mosul after a two-week lull in the operation to retake the city held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group. Staff Lieutenant-General Abdulghani al-Assadi, a senior officer in Iraq’s counterterrorism[…]

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Daesh video shows Iraqi army’s losses in Mosul

Iraqi army and the Shia-dominated Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) have suffered heavy losses during the Daesh-led offensive raids in the vicinity of Al-Salam Hospital, Daesh revealed in a video published on its official website. AlkhaleejOnline reported that the video, which was originally published by Daesh’s Amaq news agency, showed that[…]

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ISIS killed 300 ex-policemen south of Mosul

ISIS probably killed more than 300 Iraqi former police three weeks ago and buried them in a mass grave near the town of Hammam al-Alil south of Mosul, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. A Reuters reporter visited the site of the mass grave, where residents said the militants buried[…]

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