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U.S.-Led Coalition Hits Main Mosul Hospital With Airstrike

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:52:00 -0500

The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS says it launched the strike at the request of the Iraqi military, and that ISIS was using the hospital complex as a command and control center.

Civilians Face Heightened Danger As Iraqi Forces Fight To Retake Mosul

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:39:00 -0500

As the number of injuries and deaths increase for civilians in Mosul and Iraqi troops trying to liberate them from ISIS, it raises questions about guidance that civilians should stay in place.

ISIS Drove Them From School. Now The Kids Of Mosul Want To Go Back

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:24:00 -0500

A boy from Mosul, now in an Iraqi camp, quit school after ISIS took it over. "The children were terrified," says his mother. "They should be playing, and instead it was blood, blood everywhere."

Battle For Mosul Heats Up As Iraqi Forces Fight To Free City From ISIS

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:22:00 -0500

The city of Mosul, Iraq, is under heavy fire as Iraqi troops try to free the city from ISIS control. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with the International Rescue Committee's head of Iraq programming, Alex Milutinovic, about conditions in the city.

More Civilians Flee ISIS-Held Iraqi City Of Mosul

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:01:00 -0500

The Iraqi Army, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militias are all grinding toward the city of Mosul. Civilians are fleeing the city in greater numbers, resigning themselves to spending winter in a tent.

In Northern Iraq, ISIS Leaves Behind An Archaeological Treasure In Ruins

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0500

Iraqi forces recently drove the Islamic State from the ancient site of Nimrud. But during its stay, the extremists shattered friezes, leaving cuneiform texts strewn around the site.

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Iraq Bombing Targeting Shiite Muslims

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:31:00 -0500

The victims included Iranians who were returning from a major religious pilgrimage in the Iraqi city of Karbala. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

Iraqi Special Forces Spread Thin By Mosul Battle

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:11:37 -0500

An Iraqi special forces commander worries that the battle to force ISIS from the city of Mosul is too dependent on his elite troops.

Fight Slows Down After Iraqi Forces Enter ISIS-Held City Of Mosul

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:18:00 -0500

The Iraqi and U.S. offensive to try to force ISIS from the city of Mosul has been underway for nearly a month. But the fight for the city itself is just beginning.

Displaced Iraqis In Mosul Look Forward To Reuniting With Relatives

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 05:08:00 -0500

As families flee from the ISIS-held areas around the Iraqi city of Mosul, they're put in detention. Relatives who were displaced long ago crowd the other side of the fence trying to visit with them.

Political Obstacles May Hinder Retaking Of 2 ISIS Holdouts

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 05:00:00 -0500

As Iraqi forces move into Mosul, they face resistance from ISIS fighters. In Syria, local forces have started an operation to recapture Raqqa, the defacto capital of ISIS.

ISIS Is Gone, But Iraqi Christians Are Wary Of Returning Home

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:47:00 -0500

Christians in northern Iraq can now return to villages that the Islamic State occupied for the past two years. But the damage is extensive and many are not sure it's safe to go back.

U.S.-Backed Fighters Push Forward In 2 Key Offensives Against ISIS

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 16:30:00 -0500

Two offensives in two countries are aimed at retaking Syria's Raqqa and Iraq's Mosul. Raqqa is the Islamic State's de facto capital, while Mosul is the group's most important stronghold in Iraq.

Iraqi Fight Against ISIS Moves Deeper Into Mosul

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 05:07:00 -0500

Iraqi forces are advancing toward Mosul's center from the east. As the battle intensifies, more people are fleeing the city.

'Massive' Campaign Launched To Retake Raqqa, ISIS' So-Called Capital

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 09:36:00 -0500

Syrian rebel forces begin a military offensive targeting "the obscurantists [who] have taken this city as capital for their so-called state."