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As Iraqi Forces Encircle Mosul, ISIS Unleashes New Level Of Brutality On Civilians

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:32:00 -0400

More than 300,000 civilians are still trapped in northern Iraq's Mosul. ISIS has kept them there as human shields to prevent the U.S. and Iraq from launching airstrikes and mortars against them.

Survivors Describe Aftermath Of U.S. Airstrike On Mosul

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:21:00 -0400

An investigation into U.S.-launched airstrikes targeting ISIS and killing an estimated 150 civilians last month is underway. Survivors say families were forcibly packed into houses by ISIS fighters.

Survivors Describe Devastation After U.S. Airstrike On Mosul

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 05:06:00 -0400

Survivors of last month's U.S. airstrike on the Iraqi city of Mosul, which targeted ISIS but is suspected of killing scores of civilians, talk about why they were in the houses that collapsed on them.

Civilian Deaths In Mosul Lead U.S. And Iraqi Forces To Change Tactics Against ISIS

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:11:00 -0400

The Iraqi commander coordinating the battle tells NPR the Iraqi military will slow an offensive pushing into the crowded old district of the city, using fewer U.S. and Iraqi air strikes.

U.S. And Iraqi Forces Set To Deploy New Tactics In Mosul

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:33:00 -0400

The U.S. and Iraqi forces are changing tactics in the battle to force ISIS from the city of Mosul. Facing resistance and mounting casualties, they're slowing down while keeping ISIS surrounded.

Iraq Agrees To Accept Its Citizens The U.S. Wants To Deport

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:24:00 -0400

Hundreds of Iraqis have remained in the U.S. after committing crimes because Iraq wouldn't take them back. Many are being deported after Iraq agreed to repatriate them.

In West Mosul, American Medical Volunteers Try To Save Lives Near Frontlines

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:24:00 -0400

A New York-based group of medics is working near the frontlines in Mosul, giving emergency care to Iraqi troops fighting ISIS.

Devastated Neighborhoods Left Behind As ISIS Is Forced From Mosul

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 05:07:00 -0400

As the fight to push ISIS out of Mosul grinds on, civilians stream out of liberated areas that are unlivable, and Iraqi forces "clear" areas of holdouts and fire mortars at remaining ISIS areas.

The U.S. Is Ramping Up Military Engagement, Which Could Be A Risk For Trump

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:29:00 -0400

President Trump seems to have given the U.S. military a freer hand — but without apparent diplomatic or political strategies to accompany the increased military engagement.

Amnesty International Criticizes U.S.-Led Coalition For Mosul Civilian Deaths

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:32:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Donatella Rovera, senior crisis response adviser for Amnesty International, about evidence of American airstrikes destroying houses with entire families inside in east Mosul, Iraq.

Trapped Civilians Complicate U.S. Efforts in Northern Syria And Iraq

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:06:00 -0400

NPR's Pentagon Correspondent Tom Bowman explains U.S. and coalition efforts to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa and the ongoing fight for the Iraqi city of Mosul. Recent airstrikes in Mosul may have led to the deaths of more than one hundred civilians, including women and children.

Special Immigrant Visa Holders Still Face Questioning Upon Reaching U.S.

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:06:00 -0400

Visa holders who worked with the U.S. overseas say they've been detained and threatened with deportation upon arrival in the country, but federal officials say there is broad discretion to deny entry.

U.S. Says Its Mosul Airstrikes Hit Area Where Civilian Casualties Are Reported

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:16:00 -0400

As many as 200 civilians were reported killed in western Mosul, where a US-led coalition is fighting ISIS. It's not clear whether the rules of engagement have changed.

Sandi Toksvig: Can Social Change Start With Laughter?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.

Tillerson: Defeating ISIS 'No. 1 Goal' for U.S., But Others Should Do More

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:17:00 -0400

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is hosting officials from 68 countries to discuss how best to take on ISIS. "As a coalition we are not in the business of nation-building or reconstruction," he said.