Iraq forces

Fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation units) advance in the eastern part of the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, after the Iraqi government announced the launch of the operation to retake it from Islamic State (IS) group control, on August 25, 2017. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraq forces recapture Tal Afar centre, citadel from IS

"Units of the Counter-Terrorism Service liberated the Citadel and Basatin districts and raised the Iraqi flag on top of the citadel," operation commander General Abdulamir Yarallah said in a statement.
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An Iraqi special forces Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) member shoots at a drone flown by Islamic State group jihadists (IS) in Mosul's al-Rifaq neighbourhood on January 8, 2017, as an ongoing military operation against the militants continues. Elite Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group in eastern Mosul reached the Tigris River that splits the city in two for the first time, a spokesman said. Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP

Iraq begins battle to retake Tal Afar, IS bastion near Mosul

In a televised speech early Sunday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, dressed in military uniform and standing in front of an Iraqi flag and map of the country, announced "the start of an
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An man cycles past an Iraqi forces humvee driving on a street near the University of Mosul after its liberation from the Islamic state group (IS) control, during the ongoing military operation against the jihadists, on January 21, 2017. Iraqi forces battled the last holdout jihadists in east Mosul after commanders declared victory there and quickly set their sights on the city's west, where more tough fighting awaits. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

In Mosul battle, Iraq forces face fewer IS-planted bombs

Iraqi forces used to facing deserted, explosives-rigged streets and booby-trapped buildings have not encountered as many bombs planted by jihadists in Mosul as they did in earlier battles against them.
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An Iraqi special forces Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) member shoots at a drone flown by Islamic State group jihadists (IS) in Mosul's al-Rifaq neighbourhood on January 8, 2017, as an ongoing military operation against the militants continues. Elite Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group in eastern Mosul reached the Tigris River that splits the city in two for the first time, a spokesman said. Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP

Iraq forces in Mosul punch to Tigris for first time

The Islamic State group was on the back foot in Mosul after a week of significant gains for Iraqi forces but pressed a deadly campaign of bombings in Baghdad, where two more
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Iraqi Major General Thamer Mohammed Ismail (L), Commander of the Rapid Response Division, talks on the phone at a position in southern Mosul, on January 4, 2017. Iraqi forces have retaken more than 60 percent of eastern Mosul from the Islamic State group since the battle for the city began in mid-October, a top commander saidon January 1. Ahmad MOUSA / AFP

Iraq forces near Tigris River in Mosul

Iraq launched a massive operation on October 17 to retake Mosul from the jihadists, who seized the city more than two and a half years ago, and its forces have recaptured a
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Supporters of Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr run past an ambulance following clashes with security forces after demonstrators broke into Baghdad's fortified "Green Zone" on May 20, 2016. Several people were wounded in the process and many others were also hurt outside the walls of the Green Zone, where security forces fired tear gas directly into the crowd to keep the bulk of the protesters at bay. Security forces also fired live rounds but it was not immediately clear how many people were wounded and what the nature of their injuries was. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraq forces killed at least 2 protesters

Iraqi forces killed at least two people while trying to disperse protesters who broke into the fortified Green Zone area in central Baghdad, officials said Saturday.
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