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Multiple trenches and tunnels inside the two villages have slowed Iraqi Army advances. Kani Harami was liberated by the army yesterday, but was recaptured by the militants today because the Iraqis did not bring in any reinforcements.
About 4,000 to 8,000 militants are thought to be dug into Mosul while the forces assembled to drive them out are estimated at 30,000, including Iraqi Army, Kurdish and Sunni tribal fighters. More than 5,000 U.S. soldiers are also deployed in support ...

The Iraqi Army's 9th Division meanwhile reached the outskirts of the town of al-Hamdaniyah, south of Mosul, but stopped advancing because of snipers and suicide bombers, according to a military officer.
Sulaimani - Islamic State (ISIS) militants launched an attack against the Iraqi Army in Makhmour on Tuesday (October 18), just one day after security forces began a large-scale ground offensive against the terror group in northern Iraq.
Kurdish forces said on Tuesday that they are pausing in their advance on Mosul after capturing a handful of villages, as the Iraqi Army presses ahead with the next stage of the operation. (Oct. 18). Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/ ...
Iraq's army is besieging the Christian town of Qaraqosh, officials say, as an offensive to retake the city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State continues.

The first 24 hours of the US-directed assault on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-held city of Mosul in Iraq has shed further light on the calculated and murderous character of the operation.
The Iraqi Army on Monday managed to push the Islamic State group - also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) - on the back foot to quite an extent on the first day of its efforts to free Mosul ...
Iraqi forces closing in on Mosul claim they have secured some 20 villages on the outskirts of the city. They're currently in the first 24 hours of an operation to retake the so-called Islamic State's last major stronghold in Iraq.
Kurdish forces said on Tuesday that they are pausing in their advance on Mosul after capturing a handful of villages, as the Iraqi Army presses ahead with the next stage of the operation. (Oct. 18). Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/ ...
An illustration of the change in IS territories around Mosul, Syria and Iraq as the Iraqi government and Kurdish forces, backed by US-led coalition, launch coordinated military operations to wrest Mosul from Islamic State fighters.
Some 30,000 troops from the Iraqi Army, Kurdish peshmerga militia and Sunni tribal fighters were expected to take part in the offensive to drive an estimated 4,000 to 8,000 ISIS militants from Mosul.
Some 30,000 troops from the Iraqi Army, Kurdish peshmerga militia and Sunni tribal fighters were expected to take part in the offensive to drive an estimated 4,000 to 8,000 Islamic State militants from Mosul.
The Iraqi Army on October 7 deployed thousands of troops to the Syrian border to liberate al-Rutba and A'ali al-Furat which includes al-Qa'im, Anah, and Rawa.
When fewer than 1,000 Islamic State fighters forced about 60,000 Iraqi Army and police defenders to abandon Mosul in June 2014, many among its Sunni population cheered their arrival.
Let's take the peshmerga and the Iraqi Army, for example. Yes, the US has mediated between the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdish regional government and they resolved regional disputes, but there's also the issue of disputed territories.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) - The Iraqi Prime Minister on Sunday had his request to allow the deployment of the Iraqi Army in Kirkuk for the operation of Hawija rejected by the Kirkuk governor. According to sources obtained by Kurdistan24, in ...

In Taiz, field sources told Asharq al-Awsat that "the western battlefront witnessed the fiercest confrontations and that the Iraqi Army and national resistance forces along with the support of the villagers succeeded in seizing al-Khidir Mountain and ...
The attack on three Iraqi Army vehicles near the Syrian border in March 2003 features in a new book, SAS Who Dares Wins: Leadership secrets From The Special Forces, to which Maclachlan has contributed a chapter entitled Handling The Dirty Work.
The attack on three Iraqi Army vehicles near the Syrian border in March 2003 features in a new book, SAS Who Dares Wins: Leadership secrets From The Special Forces, to which Mr Maclachlan has contributed a chapter entitled "Handling The Dirty Work".
But the offensive will be led by the Iraqi Army and the Shia militias it relies on. The Kurdish peshmerga army, which has been advancing on Mosul from the east, is also expected to take a role in helping liberate the surrounding towns and villages ...
For example, the Iraqi Army has been encouraging the residents of Mosul to stay in their homes when possible instead of taking to the open roads, where they could be vulnerable to attack.
"The air strike destroyed tactical units that were used by the ISIS to attack the headquarters of Iraqi Army and joint security forces in Qayyarah," Al Sumaria explained.
Preparations for the Mosul operation have been underway since the Iraqi Army began to slowly push back IS from Makhmour in March, eventually establishing a bridgehead over the Tigris and joining up with forces that cleared the town of Qayyarah and its ...
Three divisions and 11 brigades of the Iraqi Army, along with the Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces, are expected to launch the attack from northwest and south while Kurdish peshmerga reinforcements come from the northwest.
A new photo report purportedly released by the Islamic State shows ISIS militants in "Wilayat Furat", Iraq attacking the barracks of Iraqi Army soldiers north of Rutbah. The photo report was released on ISIS terrorist channels on October 14. The ...
Baghdad: The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has crushed a rebellion plot in Mosul, led by one of its commanders who aimed to switch sides and help deliver the caliphate's Iraqi capital to government forces, residents and Iraqi security officials said.
The Iraqi Army on Thursday launched a "broad operation" to retake the road, which lies some 160 kilometers west of Ramadi, Anbar's provincial capital, Major-General Qassim al-Mohammadi, commander of the army's Al-Jazeera Operations, told Anadolu ...
Villagers welcome a soldier of the Iraqi Army after the defeat of the Islamic State group extremists outside Ramadi, near Baghdad.
"An Iraqi Army convoy on Friday wanted, via the Makhmour frontline, to arrive near Mosul and position themselves there. But the peshmerga did not let them pass because they were flying different sectarian flags," Shakhawan Abdullah, a Kurdish member of ...
We will liberate it and we will make sure the families can return home,'' said one Iraqi Army spokesman. Mosul has been under ISIL control for more than two years.
The Iraqi Army is also preparing an offensive to clear the last remaining territories under ISIS control in Anbar Province.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Major-General Qassem al-Mohammadi, an Iraqi Army officer, said troops had "totally liberated" Hit Island, which lies in the Euphrates river some 70 kilometers northwest of Ramadi, Anbar's provincial capital.
"In Iraq it is important that we engage ISIL [ISIS] using the resources of the peshmerga fighters of the Kurdish regional government (KRG), and what, if any, reliable units exist in the Iraqi Army," she wrote in an email to her campaign chairman John ...
Since March 2015 Turkish military experts have trained more than 3,000 KRG peshmerga units and Iraqi Army members to prepare them for the Mosul operation.
However, the Iraqi government was hobbled in the fight against ISIS by the near total collapse of the Iraqi Army in 2014. In battles to retake cities like Amerli, Tikrit and Fallujah, the Shia-dominated government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ...
Mahlawi added that Iraqi Army artillery units and the so-called US-led coalition backed government forces in the operation to recapture Jazirah Hit.
Baghdad, Iraq (8:55 A.M.) - The Iraqi Army, alongside the Federal police and Liwaa Salahiddeen (Hashd Al-Sha'abi), arrived at the southwestern part of the Kirkuk Governorate on Monday evening in order to partake in the upcoming Hawija offensive ...
76th Brigade Command of Iraqi Army forces move forward to Mahmour region of Mosul after leaving Kirkuk within the operation staging to retake Iraq's Mosul from Daesh terrorists, in Kirkuk, Iraq on October 11, 2016.
The Iraqi Army on Tuesday recaptured Hit Island in the western Anbar Province from the Daesh terrorist group, according to military sources.
"The engineering team of the Iraqi Army has completed the pontoon bridge on the Tigris River south of Mosul on Tuesday," said Brigadier Najim Hamadi, head of engineering at the 16th division of the Iraqi Army, in a press statement. "The bridge is ...
The Iraqi security forces backed by paramilitary groups launched an effort on Monday to squeeze Daesh out of the land strip along the border between the Salahudin and Diyala governorates, according to Iraqi commanders.
Back by U.S. airpower and combat advisers, the Iraqi Army is preparing to assault the city in coming weeks. The debate focused largely on character issues and scandals that have marked much of the presidential campaign: Trump's past comments about ...
That city has been the Islamic State militants' main stronghold since they swept into Iraq in 2014 almost unopposed by the Iraqi Army. As Clinton's characterization of the program suggests, it has not been an unqualified success and is expected to ...
The Iraqi Army general spoke calmly with tribal leaders in the oil town of Qayyarah, while delivering his message in no uncertain terms.
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Retaking Iraq's DAISH-held city of Mosul from that terrorist group would be much easier if the campaign is coordinated between Baghdad and Ankara, a former Iraqi Army chief-of-staff told Anadolu Agency on Friday. According to Babaker Zebari, Iraq ...
Violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh launched its offensive in the summer of 2014, and seized territory.
An hour west of Baghdad, Fallujah used to be a thriving population center. Two years ago, it was overtaken by the Islamic State. The Iraqi Army regained control of the city in June but now faces another hurdle: rebuilding. In over a decade of warfare ...
The Iraqi Army, along with Kurdish peshmerga fighters, will take the lead in one of Iraq's most important offensives in years, with the aim of clearing Islamic State from its last major stronghold and promoting long-term stability.


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