Mosul

  • 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

  • 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

  • A woman carries a placard during a protest against evacuating civilians out of Aleppo, in the rebel held besieged al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail  - RTX2PR5X
    October 21, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, Russia extended the “humanitarian pause” in Aleppo for a third day, after the United Nations said that planned evacuations of the rebel-held Syrian city had not actually begun. The UN blamed a lack of security guarantees from both warring sides for the delay. Also, in Iraq, Islamic State militants launched attacks in and around the northern city of Kirkuk, killing 13. Continue reading

  • People carry Free Syrian Army flags while attending a protest against evacuating civilians out of Aleppo, in the rebel held besieged al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail  - RTX2PR5K
    October 20, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, Russian and Syrian forces began a “humanitarian pause” in the Syrian city of Aleppo, which could last as long as four days. Using loudspeakers and pamphlets, the Syrian army urged residents to leave and fighters to put down their weapons. Also, in Iraq, the battle for Mosul has claimed its first American casualty: A U.S. soldier was killed by a roadside bomb. Continue reading

  • Photo of Iraqi special forces by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
    October 20, 2016  

    The battle for Mosul is the most important of the two-year campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq. Judy Woodruff speaks with retired Gen. David Petraeus, former commander of the Multi-National Force Iraq, about the current combat mission, as well as what he says is the greater challenge of governance of the region after ISIS has been dislodged. Continue reading

  • Aid agencies expect thousands more Iraqis will flee clashes in the north as Iraqi forces work to dislodge Mosul from Islamic State control. Photo by Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters
    October 20, 2016   BY  

    As the campaign to free Iraq’s second largest city from Islamic State militants enters its fourth day, aid groups rush to prepare camps for the residents fleeing the fight. Continue reading

  • Iraqi army members stand with thier weapons in Qayyarah, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2PL20
    October 19, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, a top Iraqi commander called for the surrender of Mosul on the third day of an offensive to retake the city from the Islamic State. An estimated 6,000 ISIS fighters remain in the city. Also, a man dressed in an Afghan army uniform killed a U.S. service member and an American civilian in Kabul. The attack took place during exercises with Afghan security forces. Continue reading

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