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March 24, 2017
Coalition vows victory against Islamic State
Washington (AFP) March 22, 2017
Senior diplomats from the 68-strong US-led coalition against the Islamic State group vowed to seek a quick and lasting victory against the jihadists Wednesday at a major meeting. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson welcomed his counterparts from the mainly Western and Arab alliance to Washington with a vow to hunt down IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Envoys were keen to hear details of US President Donald Trump's promised tough new strategy to build on coalition battlefield successes - despite ... read more

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Iraqi forces battled Islamic State group fighters on Monday to push into Mosul's Old City where thousands of civilians remain trapped under jihadist rule. ... more
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Fierce fighting on outskirts of Mosul Old City
Iraqi forces backed by helicopter strikes engaged in heavy fighting with jihadists on the outskirts of the Old City on Sunday as they pressed their offensive to recapture west Mosul. ... more
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Iraq forces say near Mosul mosque where IS declared 'caliphate'
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Iraq commander announces gains in Mosul Old City
A commander said Friday that Iraqi forces have gained ground from jihadists inside the Old City of Mosul, an area that could see some of the toughest fighting of the battle for the northern metropolis. ... more
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More than 150,000 Iraqis fled west Mosul fighting: ministry
Iraqi authorities said Thursday that more than 150,000 people have fled fighting in and around west Mosul since security forces launched an operation to retake it from jihadists last month. ... more
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Nearly 100,000 Iraqis flee battle for west Mosul
Nearly 100,000 people have poured out of west Mosul in less than three weeks, the IOM said Wednesday, as Iraqi forces advance in their battle to retake the area from jihadists. ... more
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Iraq forces retake Mosul train station
Iraqi forces said Tuesday they recaptured Mosul train station, once one of the country's main rail hubs and the latest in a series of key sites retaken from jihadists. ... more
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Iraqi forces take third of west Mosul, jihadists 'trapped'
Iraqi forces recaptured a third of west Mosul and trapped Islamic State group fighters inside as they made further gains in their battle to retake the city, officials said Sunday. ... more
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Iraq forces advance in Mosul, search for militants and bombs
Iraqi forces said Monday that they have taken more territory from jihadists and were searching for militants and bombs on the edge of the Old City as they press an offensive in west Mosul. ... more
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Fear and hunger in Iraq's west Mosul
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Voiceless Iraqi coach inspires footballers
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Iraq paramilitaries say mass grave of hundreds found
Iraqi paramilitary forces announced Saturday that they had discovered a mass grave at Badush prison near Mosul containing the remains of hundreds of people executed by the Islamic State group. ... more
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Iraq battles IS in Mosul, commander says resistance weakening
Iraqi special forces battled the Islamic State group on Friday in west Mosul, where a commander said jihadist resistance is showing signs of weakening under repeated assaults. ... more
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Mosul church turned into IS religious police base
The elegant columns of a west Mosul church stand plastered with Islamic State group propaganda after the jihadists' infamous religious police took over the Christian place of worship. ... more
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Iraqi forces advance as US boosts Syria troops
Iraqi forces advanced on the Islamic State group in west Mosul on Thursday as the United States nearly doubled its troops to help defeat the jihadists in their Syrian stronghold Raqa. ... more
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Iraq forces hunt for bombs, jihadist holdouts in Mosul
Iraqi forces worked to clear bombs and flush out any remaining jihadists in retaken areas of west Mosul Wednesday to set the stage for an offensive against the Old City. ... more
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Iraq PM says won't hesitate to strike jihadists in nearby countries
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Wednesday that he will not hesitate to strike "terrorist sites" in neighbouring countries, after Baghdad carried out air raids in Syria last month. ... more
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Mosul families huddle at home terrified of IS
For two weeks, Yunis Mohammed and 17 relatives huddled terrified in the cellar of his west Mosul home as the Islamic State group fighters fought off advancing Iraqi forces outside. ... more
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Iraqi forces retake government HQ, museum in Mosul
Iraqi forces said Tuesday they had seized the main government offices in Mosul and its famed museum as they made steady progress in their battle to retake the city's west from jihadists. ... more
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Anti-IS assaults gain ground in Iraq and Syria
Iraqi forces advanced in west Mosul and fighters in neighbouring Syria seized a key supply route to Raqa Monday, as twin US-backed offensives gained ground against the Islamic State group. ... more
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Iraqi forces battle IS in heavy west Mosul fighting
Iraqi forces battled the Islamic State group in hours of heavy clashes in west Mosul on Sunday, as the number of people who fled fighting in the area topped 45,000. ... more
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