Islamic State mines kill dozens of civilians returning to Ramadi

Islamic State mines kill dozens of civilians returning to Ramadi

Baghdad (Reuters) : Explosives planted by Islamic State have killed dozens of Iraqi civilians who returned to Ramadi despite warnings that much of the western city remains unsafe nearly four months after its recapture from the militants. Tens of thousands of displaced residents have returned to the Anbar provincial capital in the past two months, mostly from camps east of

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Bombs laid by Islamic State hamper Iraqi troops in Ramadi after victory

A member of the Iraqi security forces holds an Iraqi flag at a government complex in the city of Ramadi, December 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Baghdad : Islamic State militants left Ramadi’s streets and buildings boobytrapped with bombs, hampering efforts to rebuild the city two weeks after Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism forces claimed victory against the militant group there, officials said. Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, was touted as the first major success for Iraq’s army since it collapsed in the face of Islamic State’s

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Iraqi forces to retake Mosul from Islamic State after Ramadi secured: PM Haider al-Abadi

Iraqi security forces gather to advance towards the center of Ramadi city, December 24, 2015.  REUTERS/Stringer

Baghdad (Reuters) : Iraq’s armed forces will move to retake the major northern city of Mosul from Islamic State once they capture the western city of Ramadi, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Friday. Capturing Mosul would deprive the militant group of its biggest population center in both Iraq and Syria, effectively abolishing the state structure of IS in Iraq,

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Eight Islamic State commanders killed in air strikes: Iraqi state TV

Eight Islamic State commanders killed in air strikes: Iraqi state TV

Baghdad : Eight senior Islamic State commanders were killed in air strikes by the Iraqi airforce, Iraqi state TV reported on Wednesday citing a military statement. “F-16 planes killed dozens of terrorists including eight senior commanders of Daesh in strikes on Hawija and Anbar,” said the statement, using a derogatory name for Islamic State and not giving further details. Iraq’s

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Islamic State conflict : Iraqi forces ‘move into Ramadi’

Iraqi soldiers raise the national flag over a government building in Ramadi.

Ramadi : Iraqi forces are advancing into the centre of Ramadi, after launching a major assault to drive Islamic State militants from the city, officials say. Security sources told the BBC troops and allied tribesmen, backed by US-led air strikes, had already retaken two districts, and entered two others. They are heading towards the main government complex, and have come

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Islamic State stopping civilians leaving Ramadi before attack: Iraq Defence Ministry

Islamic State stopping civilians leaving Ramadi before attack: Iraq Defence Ministry

Baghdad (Reuters) : Islamic State militants are preventing civilians from leaving Ramadi ahead of an attack planned by the Iraqi army to retake the western city that the militants captured in May, an Iraqi Defence Ministry spokesman said on Monday. “There are families that managed to escape the gangs of Daesh,” the spokesman, Naseer Nuri, told Reuters, using a local

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Sinjar battle could give momentum to Obama’s Islamic State strategy

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Washington : The U.S.-backed drive by Iraqi Kurds to wrest the northern town of Sinjar and a slice of strategic highway from Islamic State could give new momentum to the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the extremist group, U.S. officials and analysts said on Thursday. The long-awaited Sinjar offensive is one of several signs, the officials argued, that U.S. President Barack

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