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US President Donald Trump pledges support to Iraq in fight against Islamic State

US President Donald Trump pledges support to Iraq in fight against Islamic State

US President Donald Trump has promised to support Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State terror group and criticised his predecessor Barack Obama for failing to negotiate an agreement that would have enabled American forces to stay in the war-torn country.

Iraq says more than 180,000 displaced from west Mosul

More than 180,000 people have fled west Mosul as Iraqi forces battle to retake it from the Islamic State group, the Iraqi government said today.

Iraq forces say near Mosul mosque where ISIS declared 'caliphate'

Iraq forces say near Mosul mosque where ISIS declared 'caliphate'

Elite Iraqi forces said they were battling house by house in the Old City of Mosul on Saturday, inching towards the mosque where the Islamic State group proclaimed its "caliphate" in 2014.

Iraq forces near Mosul mosque where IS declared `caliphate`

Iraqi forces had already taken a string of key targets in west Mosul, including the airport, the train station, Mosul Museum and the provincial government headquarters.

Stats show 1.2 million people sought asylum in EU last year

The European Union's statistical agency today said more than 1.2 million people applied for asylum in the bloc last year, mostly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis.

Over 80,000 Iraqis displaced in west Mosul fighting: IOM

More than 80,000 people have fled west Mosul since the battle to retake the area began last month, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday.

US forces in Syria are 'invaders', says Syria's President Bashar al-Assad

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad scoffed and questioned the US actions in Syria, terming as "invaders" the American troops deployed to the country because he hadn't given permission for them to enter the country.

Iraqi forces retake over a third of west Mosul: Commander

Iraqi security forces have retaken more than a third of west Mosul from the Islamic State group since launching an assault on the area last month.

Iraq unsure if United Nations help needed to probe Islamic State crimes

Iraq is assessing what help it might need to collect and preserve evidence of Islamic State crimes, but has not yet decided whether it needs United Nations assistance, the country`s UN Ambassador, Mohamed Ali Alhakim.

Islamic State mortars, snipers take toll on Iraqi forces in Mosul

At a field clinic near the front line in Mosul, an Iraqi Federal Police officer lay in discomfort on a stretcher, a drip in his arm and bandage plastered over his chest from where shrapnel from a mortar shell had pierced his sternum.

Iraq aims to drive Islamic State from west Mosul within a month

Iraqi forces aim to dislodge Islamic State militants from west Mosul within a month, despite gruelling urban combat in densely populated terrain, the head of the elite Counter Terrorism Service told Reuters on Thursday. 

At least 26 killed, 24 injured in Iraq wedding bombing

At least 26 people were killed and 24 others injured in an attack by two suicide bombers at a wedding in Iraq's Salahudin province, a security source said on Thursday.

IS leader al-Baghdadi has fled Mosul, reports US official​

IS leader al-Baghdadi has fled Mosul, reports US official​

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has fled Mosul and has apparently delegated tactical control of the battle for the city to local commanders, a US defense official said Wednesday.

Iraq forces hunt for bombs, jihadist holdouts in Mosul

Iraqi forces worked to clear bombs and flush out any remaining jihadists in recaptured areas of west Mosul today to set the stage for an offensive against the Old City.

Won't hesitate to strike jihadists in nearby countries: Iraq PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said today that he will not hesitate to strike "terrorist sites" in neighbouring countries after Baghdad carried out air raids in Syria last month.

Turkey, Russia, US military chiefs hold talks in Turkey

Turkish, Russian and US military chiefs held talks today in the southern Turkish city of Antalya to discuss regional issues including Iraq and Syria, the Turkish army said.

Iraq says forces retake government headquarters, bridgehead in Mosul

Iraq announced today that its forces have retaken the provincial government headquarters and a second bridgehead from the Islamic State group in west Mosul.

2,100 Iran fighters killed in Iraq, Syria

More than 2,000 fighters sent from Iran have been killed in Iraq and Syria, the head of Iran`s veterans` affairs office said Tuesday.

Iraq says forces retake government HQ, bridgehead in Mosul

Iraq announced on Tuesday that its forces have retaken the provincial government headquarters and a second bridgehead from jihadists in west Mosul.

Anti-Islamic State assaults gain ground in Iraq and Syria

Anti-Islamic State assaults gain ground in Iraq and Syria

Iraqi forces advanced in west Mosul and fighters in neighbouring Syria seized a key supply route to Raqa Monday, as twin US-backed offensives gained ground against the Islamic State group.