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After Slow Going Against ISIS, Battle Picks Up In The Iraqi City Of Mosul

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:58:00 -0500

Iraqi forces with U.S. help have pressed deep into the ISIS-held city of Mosul but progress is still slow and dangerous. The scene may soon shift to an area where ISIS has more support.

Iraqi Forces Retake Mosul University From ISIS, Military Spokesman Says

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:35:00 -0500

The capture of the campus marks a crucial step in the bloody, complex fight for the key Iraqi city. But tall challenges still remain for the country's special forces.

Iraqi Troops Edge Deeper Into Mosul — With Caution

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:41:00 -0500

After four months of fighting, Iraqi forces have reached the Tigris River that divides Mosul. But it's been slow going and there's plenty of fighting ahead in the densely packed city in northern Iraq.

In Disputed Iraqi Territory, Rebuilding A City Means Doing It Yourself

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 04:59:00 -0500

After ISIS was forced out and no government took responsibility for rebuilding, residents repaired bridges, schools and markets. The effort is thanks to Yacub Youssef, a former sports teacher.

Reporter Recalls Facing ISIS Terrorist In Baghdad Prison

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:39:00 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with reporter Kimberly Dozier, who wrote an article in The Daily Beast about her experience interviewing an ISIS terrorist in a Baghdad prison.

Dozens Dead In Multiple ISIS Bombings Across Baghdad

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 10:58:00 -0500

Baghdad has seen a spate of deadly ISIS bombings in the last several days. On Monday alone, five blasts rocked the capital city, NPR's Alice Fordham reported.

Blasts In Baghdad Kill At Least 28 At A Busy Market

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 09:55:00 -0500

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a pair of bombings that killed at least 28 and wounded dozens of others Saturday morning in the Iraqi capital.

Serious Losses For ISIS Could Pave Way For Resurgence From Adaptable Al-Qaida

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 07:38:00 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Middle East analyst Robin Wright about what the world might expect from the Islamic State in 2017. She says the group's recent losses may provide an opening for al-Qaida.

VFW Recruits On College Campus To Bring Young Vets Into The Fold

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:08:00 -0500

The VFW wants more younger vets — those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Students at Northeastern University who are looking to be part of the VFW have come up with an idea: a VFW post on campus.

Global Powers' Commitment To Intervene In Genocides May Be Waning

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 04:52:00 -0500

The U.N. endorsed the "Responsibility to Protect" doctrine in 2005, calling on world powers to stop atrocities. But the secretary general says there's no longer global solidarity on the agreement.

Filmmaker Documents Battle To Retake Mosul With Those Fighting It

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:06:11 -0500

As Iraqi army and Kurdish forces battle to take the city of Mosul away from ISIS forces, a Kurdish filmmaker is shooting a real-time war drama about some of those giving their lives in the struggle.

Looking Ahead To The War Against ISIS In 2017

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:08:00 -0500

In 2017, major fighting against the ISIS in Iraq may wind up and focus may shift to a new protracted campaign in northern Syria. Ari Shapiro talks with NPR's Tom Bowman about what lies ahead.

2016 Has Been A Very Bad Year, Says Bartender In Northern Iraq

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 05:00:00 -0500

In the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, there's a new bar in Suleimaniya. The bartender says that with Iraq at war with ISIS, he's anticipating a low-key New Year's Eve celebration.

As ISIS Strategy Evolves, Mosul Battle Gets Tougher On Iraqi Forces

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 08:34:28 -0500

An Iraqi special forces commander explains the drone-dropped bombs and other ISIS tactics making the battle for Mosul so difficult.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter Predicts 'Tough Fight' Ahead To Retake Mosul

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:46:00 -0500

In the battle to retake Mosul from ISIS, the Qayyarah Airfield West is a key staging base run by Iraqi and U.S. forces. Ash Carter visited there Dec. 11 and awarded medals to eight Iraqi soldiers.