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A U.S. Commander Works With Iraqi Forces To Fight 'Brutal Enemy' ISIS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:59:00 -0500

As the war against ISIS enters a tough new phase, a visit with Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, the senior American commander in Iraq, shows his coalition troops deeply involved in the fight.



Fight For Mosul Moves Westward And Centers On City's Airport

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:35:00 -0500

Inside western Mosul, a resident tells NPR that ISIS has forced residents to knock holes in their houses to create tunnels for the militants to use.



New Report Finds ISIS Territorial Defeats Are Also Hitting The Group's Wallet

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:57:00 -0500

The researchers found that ISIS took in approximately 50 percent less income last year than in 2014. That's because its financial fortunes are linked to the amount of territory it controls.



New Trump Adviser H.R. McMaster Faces An Old Challenge — Iraq

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:59:00 -0500

McMaster first made his name as a captain in Iraq in 1991. Then, in 2007 he was a key figure in the "surge." Now, 26 years after he first went to Iraq, he'll be seeking a solution in his new post.



Defense Secretary James Mattis: 'We're Not In Iraq To Seize Anybody's Oil'

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:17:00 -0500

In an unannounced visit, Defense Secretary James Mattis traveled to Baghdad to meet with Iraqi leaders. He arrived during a fight to retake western Mosul, with allies' faith in the U.S. at a low.



Fight Begins To Wrest Control Of Western Mosul From ISIS

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:11:00 -0500

Security forces have begun an operation to retake the western half of the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State. The U.S. and other international troops are there advising and assisting them.



Iraq Opens Offensive On Western Mosul In New Push To Reclaim ISIS Stronghold

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:41:00 -0500

Iraqi forces, which have largely cleared ISIS militants from the eastern half of the city, launched operations Sunday to reclaim the rest of Mosul, where commanders expect an even tougher fight.



Iraqi Forces Ready For Effort To Retake Western Mosul

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:54:30 -0500

The Islamic State still controls the western side of Mosul in Iraq. Now Iraqi forces backed by U.S. air power are preparing to retake that part of the city.



Life Inches Back To Normal In East Mosul, But Worries Remain

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:54:30 -0500

As Iraqi and U.S. forces plan to attack ISIS on the western side of the city of Mosul, residents are trying to restart their lives in the freed eastern side of the city. Not everyone feels safe.



Schools Begin To Open After ISIS Is Ousted From Mosul

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:31:55 -0500

The sounds of kids in regular schools can be heard again in the eastern side of the Iraqi city of Mosul. ISIS was forced out the area Iraqi forces a couple months ago.



Baghdad Bombing Kills At Least 45 People

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:45:00 -0500

It happened on a street filled with car dealerships and garages in the southern part of Iraq's capital city. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility in a statement released on social media.



White House Narrows List Of National Security Adviser Candidates To Replace Flynn

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:41:54 -0500

A senior administration official says the White House has already interviewed former CENTCOM deputy director Robert Harward about the vacancy, speaking to him last week and again on Monday.



Fight Against ISIS In Western Mosul To Begin After A Pause In Fighting

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:10:00 -0500

In Iraq, the eastern side of Mosul was retaken from ISIS last month. Iraq's security forces and their allies have paused before beginning the next stage of the offensive.



Iraqi Lawmaker And Yazidi Activist Is Caught Up In Trump's Travel Ban

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 05:04:00 -0500

Steve Inskeep and Rachel Martin have the story of Vian Dakhil, who's a member of the Iraqi Parliament and is a Yazidi activist, who was invited to receive an award and speak at the U.S. Capitol.



There's A Long, Ignominious Trail Of Bans, Registries And Forced Relocation

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 20:27:00 -0500

The travel ban imposed by the president a week ago on people from seven Muslim-majority countries is only the latest executive order through the years grounded in race, ethnicity or country of origin.