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June 23, 2017
Mosul's 'hunchback' minaret: Iraq's beloved landmark
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) June 22, 2017
Mosul's "Hadba" leaning minaret, whose destruction has been blamed on jihadists, was one of the most beloved landmarks of Iraq, its Pisa and Eiffel towers all rolled into one. The Hadba, "hunchback" in Arabic, was completed in the 12th century and stood as the last remnant of the original Nuri mosque, whose rebuilt version was also destroyed on Wednesday. The Islamic State group was said to have rigged the site with explosives long ago. It blamed the mosque's destruction on a US air strike, ... read more

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IS destroys iconic Mosul minaret as Iraqi forces advance
Mosul's trademark leaning minaret was missing from its skyline for the first time in centuries Thursday after desperate jihadists blew it up as Iraqi forces advanced on an ancient mosque compound in the embattled northern city. ... more
IS blows up Mosul mosque where Baghdadi became 'caliph'
Jihadists on Wednesday blew up Mosul's iconic leaning minaret and the adjacent mosque where their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 declared himself "caliph" in his only public appearance, Iraqi officials said. ... more
Iraqi forces advance in Mosul Old City, rescue civilians
Iraqi forces said Tuesday they were fighting fierce battles with the Islamic State group and rescuing escaping civilians as they pursued their offensive against Mosul's jihadist-held Old City. ... more
Deep in Mosul, US forces support Iraq's fight
In a once-plush house in west Mosul, a handful of US soldiers watch on as an Iraqi commander barks orders over the radio to his troops fighting jihadists little more than a mile away. ... more
Covering Mosul: a deadly city in a dangerous country
The death of two journalists in Mosul has highlighted once more the particular dangers of covering the battle to recapture the Iraqi city from Islamic State group fighters. ... more
Iraqi forces push into Mosul Old City, warn IS 'surrender or die'
Iraqi forces pushed deeper into Mosul's Old City on Monday after launching a final assault on the Islamic State group, warning civilians to stay inside and telling jihadists to "surrender or die". ... more
Wheel of fate spins at screening centre in Iraq's Mosul
The Ferris wheel has long stopped spinning but the screening centre set up at its foot sees a constant stream of Iraqis fleeing the battle for Mosul and determines their fate. ... more
100,000 civilians held by IS in Mosul's Old City as 'human shields': UN
The UN said Friday that Islamic State group jihadists may be holding more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians as human shields in the Old City of Mosul. ... more

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Police ban face veil to guard Iraq's post-IS Mosul
Iraqi women walk freely around a street market in Mosul, their hair wrapped in brightly coloured scarves and face uncovered after police banned the conservative black veil mandatory under jihadist rule. ... more
Ramadan comes with bitter taste for families of Iraq's Mosul
For Umm Mohammed and other residents of areas of war-battered west Mosul recaptured from Islamic State group jihadists, this year's Muslim holy month of Ramadan carries a bitter taste. ... more
Terrified civilians hide from gunfire in Mosul pre-school
The bullets of jihadists rain down outside the Mosul kindergarten, where dozens of terrified Iraqi civilians are sheltering from fighting in their northern city. ... more
Tired, traumatised Mosul mothers unable to breastfeed
Wazira rocks her tiny baby pleadingly but he is inconsolable, crying for the milk his mother can neither produce herself nor buy in a camp near the Iraqi battleground city of Mosul. ... more
Down to the river for youths from Iraq's embattled Mosul
With bare tree branches as diving boards, they take off and plunge into Iraq's Khazir River, a rare moment of respite for boys forced from their homes in the battleground city of Mosul. ... more
Iraq on cusp of Mosul victory three years after major defeat
Three years after the Islamic State group routed them in Mosul, Iraqi forces are now on the cusp of retaking the city from the jihadists and avenging a historic debacle. ... more
Iraq paramilitaries make fresh progress west of Mosul
Iraq's paramilitary Hashed al-Shaabi forces said Saturday that they had retaken all areas west of Mosul from the Islamic State group except the town of Tal Afar. ... more
UN reports fresh IS killings, air strike deaths in Mosul
The UN rights office said Thursday it has credible reports that the Islamic State group has killed more than 230 civilians trying to flee Iraq's western Mosul since May 26. ... more

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After fleeing Mosul, displaced face arrest over alleged IS ties
After fleeing the battleground city of Mosul, Yusra Mohammed says her children were detained by Iraqi Kurdish forces and she did not hear from them for around two months. ... more
UN accuses IS of executing 163 civilians in Mosul on June 1
The United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday accused the Islamic State group of murdering 163 civilians to prevent them from fleeing Iraq's western Mosul last week. ... more
Jihadists occupy civilian homes as Mosul battle rages
After jihadists turned the roof of his house into a sniper position, Owayid Mohammed and his family fled west Mosul in an escape that made him feel "reborn". ... more
Iraq forces announce gains in west Mosul
Iraqi forces have recaptured one neighbourhood in west Mosul and nearly half of another that are targets of a broad offensive against jihadists launched last week, officers said on Friday. ... more
Football: Iraq play first post-ban friendly at home
Iraq faced Jordan in the southern city of Basra on Thursday in their first match at home since football's governing body FIFA lifted a multi-year ban on international friendlies. ... more
Iraq forces move on IS in Mosul but civilians slow advance
Iraqi forces are advancing on the last areas of Mosul held by the Islamic State group but the presence of large numbers of civilians is slowing their progress, a military spokesman said Thursday. ... more
Three suicide blasts send Iraq death toll to 42
Three suicide bombings in Baghdad and a city to the west have killed at least 42 people, targeting Iraqis breaking their fast and elderly people collecting their pensions, officials said Tuesday. ... more
Iraq presses Mosul assault, Bomber kills 16 at ice cream shop
Iraqi forces pressed forward with an offensive against jihadist-held areas of Mosul as the United Nations warned of grave danger to civilians in the final stages of the battle. ... more
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