iraq

  • Members of Iraqi security forces sit on a military vehicle during a battle with Islamic State militants in southeast of Mosul, Iraq, November 3, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani - RTX2RS40
    November 3, 2016  

    As the Iraqi military continues its push into the Islamic State-stronghold of Mosul, how are the disparate forces who make up the coalition working together, and how does Iraq plan to stabilize the city and prevent ethnic tensions? Special presidential envoy Brett McGurk talks with Hari Sreenivasan about the operation to retake the city and the coming fight against the militants in Raqqa. Continue reading

  • Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan (C) talks to media outside his house in Islamabad, Pakistan, November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES - RTX2RCRX
    November 1, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, the opposition leader in Pakistan, Imran Khan, backed off from his call for mass protests in Islamabad. The demonstrations were meant to lock down the capital and force the prime minister to resign. Also, the Turkish government rejected criticism from Europe over its crackdown of an opposition newspaper. On Monday, Turkish police arrested 13 top staffers of the paper. Continue reading

  • Smoke rises from oil wells, set ablaze by Islamic State militants before fleeing the oil-producing region of Qayyara, Iraq, November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani - RTX2RCFJ
    November 1, 2016  

    Two weeks into their offensive, Iraqi troops crossed the city limits of Mosul, the last Islamic State stronghold in Iraq. Special correspondent Christopher Livesay filed this report as troops moved in, civilians fled and the Islamic State fighters showed they weren’t giving up without a fight. Continue reading

  • Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) take part in an operation against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the town of Hammam Al-Alil, south of Mosul, Iraq October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. - RTX2R78C
    October 31, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, Iraqi troops advanced on the city of Mosul after seizing the last village held by the Islamic State on the edge of the city, two weeks after the offensive began. Also, Lebanon finally has a new president after the position sat vacant for two years during a political crisis. Michel Aoun is 81 and a strong ally of the Islamic militant group Hezbollah. Continue reading

  • An Iraqi Christian prepares for the first Sunday mass at the Grand Immaculate Church since it was recaptured from Islamic State in Qaraqosh, near Mosul in Iraq October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX2R30Y
    October 30, 2016   BY  

    A battle to reclaim the city of Mosul from the Islamic State may be one of the toughest since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, according to news reports. Continue reading

  • A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California September 30, 2014. The University of California will designate gender-neutral restrooms at its 10 campuses to accommodate transgender students, in a move that may be the first of its kind for a system of colleges in the United States.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: EDUCATION SOCIETY POLITICS) - RTR48EXM
    October 28, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear its first case on transgender rights, which involves a transgender teen in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom at a high school. Also, the secretary of the interior says she’s “profoundly disappointed” with the acquittals of seven defendants accused of conspiracy for taking over an Oregon wildlife refuge for 41 days. Continue reading

  • Hiji Behram Khan, father of Dilawar, a police cadet who was killed in Monday's attack on the Police Training College, holds pictures of his son outside his home on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan, October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro - RTX2QKB8
    October 26, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, the city of Quetta virtually was closed down as residents mourned the death of 61 victims of Tuesday’s massacre at a police academy. Both an Islamic State affiliate and a Taliban splinter group have claimed responsibility for the attack. Also, the Taliban is denying it kidnapped and killed 26 civilians in Afghanistan, who were abducted in a remote province on Tuesday. Continue reading

  • A member loyal to the Islamic State group waves an ISIS flag in Raqqa, Syria. Photo by Reuters
    October 26, 2016   BY  

    Iraq’s battle to reclaim Mosul from the Islamic State group is progressing despite “stiff” resistance from resilient and creative fighters, but a coming offensive to oust them from their main Syria stronghold at Raqqa poses tougher political challenges, the U.S. commander of anti-IS coalition forces said Wednesday. Continue reading

  • Ticker and trading information for media conglomerate Time Warner Inc. is displayed at the post where it is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., October 21, 2016.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RTX2PWCV
    October 24, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, AT&T said it is confident its deal to buy Time Warner will pass muster with Congress and federal regulators. The telecom giant announced plans on Saturday to take over the parent company of HBO, CNN and Warner Brothers Studio. Also, officials in France began clearing the makeshift migrant camp known as “the Jungle” in Calais. Continue reading

  • Displaced people who are fleeing from clashes arrive in Qayyarah, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani  - RTX2PJ9C
    October 23, 2016  

    Iraqi government troops and Peshmerga fighters launched a new offensive on towns and villages around Mosul, the country’s second largest city that is also controlled by the Islamic State. The U.N. warns that the offensive could displace as many as a million people. Katharina Ritz with the International Red Cross in Baghdad joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype to discuss. Continue reading