Mosul

  • People who are fleeing the fighting between Islamic State and Iraqi army in Mosul are pictured in Samah district, eastern Mosul, Iraq November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra - RTX2TC10
    November 12, 2016  

    As Iraqi forces continue to gain ground in Mosul against Islamic State militants, thousands of residents are attempting to flee the city. The United Nations reports that ISIS is carrying out mass executions of civilians. Alex Milutinovic, who is directing relief efforts in Iraq for the International Rescue Committee, joins Alison Stewart to discuss the plight of those civilians. Continue reading

  • U.S. President-elect Donald Trump greets New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTX2SVO1
    November 11, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, president-elect Donald Trump announced that Mike Pence would be the new chair of his transition team, replacing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Also, anti-Trump protests continued across the country. In Portland, Oregon, thousands of demonstrators squared off with police, throwing bottles and rocks, while officers responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Continue reading

  • Iraqi Kurdish security forces patrol a street in the city of Kirkuk, Iraq, October 22, 2016. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed - RTX2Q0BN
    November 10, 2016  

    In October, the Islamic State launched an offensive on the city of Kirkuk, Iraq. The attack was ultimately suppressed by Kurdish military forces, but it also diverted other anti-ISIS efforts and possibly escalated ethnic tensions in the culturally diverse city. Special correspondent Christopher Livesay reports from Kirkuk. Continue reading

  • An Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter stands near the rubble of a destroyed building, north of Raqqa city, Syria November 7, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said - RTX2SB6A
    November 7, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, Kurdish-led forces pressed toward the Islamic State’s de facto capital Raqqa after announcing the offensive Sunday. Also, the Justice Department announced it is sending 500 staffers to 28 states to watch for civil rights violations at the polls, a third of what it sent in 2012. The Supreme Court refused to re-impose Democrat-sought curbs on partisan poll watchers in Ohio. Continue reading

  • Flames and smoke rise from oil wells set ablaze by Islamic State militants before they fled the oil-producing region of Qayyara, Iraq. Photo by Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters
    November 7, 2016   BY  

    Thanks to the election, these important stories didn’t get the Page 1 treatment they deserved. Continue reading

  • People wait in line to enter the Nassau County Mega Job Fair at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York October 7, 2014.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo - RTSQ0L0
    November 4, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the Labor Department reported that U.S. employers added a net 161,000 jobs in October, dipping the unemployment rate a tenth of a percent to 4.9. Also, there are guilty verdicts in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal. A federal jury convicted Christie’s former aides of shutting down parts of a major bridge to punish a political opponent. Continue reading

  • 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

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