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British suicide bomber in Iraq had won compensation for Guantanamo stay

LONDON/CAIRO An Islamic State suicide bomber from Britain who blew himself up in an attack on Iraqi forces this week had been given compensation for his detention in the Guantanamo Bay military prison, Western security sources said on Wednesday.

Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State set to storm airport, clear way to western Mosul

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul prepared on Tuesday to storm the airport and a nearby military base on its southern outskirts to create a bridgehead for a thrust into the city. | Video

World, 1:03am IST

Trump's defence chief: "We're not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil"

BAGHDAD The U.S. military is "not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, distancing himself from remarks by President Donald Trump, as he held talks with Iraqi leaders on Monday. | Video

World, 20 Feb 2017

Iraq launches offensive on last Islamic State stronghold in Mosul

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Sunday launched a ground offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants from the western part of the city of Mosul, and put an end to their ambitions for territorial rule in Iraq.

World, Top News, 19 Feb 2017

Blowing up houses, digging up graves: Iraqis purge Islamic State

RFAILA, Iraq The mood was festive as seven men each carried a bomb into a house on the edge of a village in northern Iraq.

World, 19 Feb 2017

West Mosul residents told battle is imminent as Iraqi forces begin moving

BAGHDAD Iraqi planes dropped millions of leaflets on the western side of Mosul warning residents that the battle to dislodge Islamic State is imminent as troops began moving in their direction, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday.

World, 19 Feb 2017

Battle in west Mosul could see siege, mass displacement - U.N.

ERBIL, Iraq Iraq's U.S.-backed offensive against Islamic State in western Mosul could displace up to 400,000 civilians and involve a siege in the densely populated old city, the United Nations' Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq said on Saturday.

World, 18 Feb 2017

Captive Islamic State militant says mass rapes were "normal"

SULAIYMANIYA, Iraq Islamic State militant Amar Hussein says he reads the Koran all day in his tiny jail cell to become a better person. He also says he raped more than 200 women from Iraqi minorities, and shows few regrets.

World, 17 Feb 2017

Islamic State readies for close combat in alleyways of west Mosul

BAGHDAD Islamic State militants are developing a network of passageways and tunnels in the narrow alleys of west Mosul that will enable them to hide and fight among the civilian population when Iraqi forces launch an attack that is expected any day now.

World, 17 Feb 2017

In Mosul orphanage, Islamic State groomed child soldiers

MOSUL, Iraq When the boys first arrived at the Islamic State training facility in eastern Mosul they would cry and ask about their parents, who went missing when the militants rampaged through northern Iraq in 2014.

World, 17 Feb 2017

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