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Islamic State blows up Mosul hotel to prevent Iraqi forces using it

BAGHDAD Islamic State blew up a landmark hotel in western Mosul on Friday in an apparent attempt to prevent advancing Iraqi forces from using it as a base in their offensive to capture the city, witnesses said on Sunday.

Losing in Iraq, Islamic State seeks to shore up Syria presence

BEIRUT Islamic State is fighting hard to reinforce its presence in Syria as it loses ground in Iraq, deploying fighters to seize full control of a government-held city in the east while at the same time battling enemies on three other fronts.

World, Syria, 22 Jan 2017

Iraqi general's tour suggests tough fight ahead in west Mosul

MOSUL Residents of east Mosul held up their children and took selfies with Iraqi counter-terrorism commander Lieutenant General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi after his men cleared Islamic State fighters from their neighbourhoods.

Top News, World, 22 Jan 2017

Iraq slowly untangles Islamic State's bureaucratic legacy

KHAZER, Iraq Bushra Mohammed married two years ago in her hometown of Mosul and bore a child last spring but as far as the Iraqi state is concerned she is single and her son does not exist.

World, 21 Jan 2017

Losing in Iraq, Islamic State seeks to shore up Syria presence

BEIRUT Islamic State is fighting hard to reinforce its presence in Syria as it loses ground in Iraq, deploying fighters to seize full control of a government-held city in the east while at the same time battling enemies on three other fronts.

World, Syria, 20 Jan 2017

Most Islamic State commanders in Mosul already killed, Iraqi general says

MOSUL, Iraq Most Islamic State (IS) commanders in Mosul have been killed in battles with Iraqi government forces that raged over the past three months in the eastern side of the city, an Iraqi general said on Thursday.

World, Top News, 19 Jan 2017

Iraqi sheep, locals, environment suffer Islamic State oil fires

QAYYARA, Iraq Shepherds herd blackened flocks through the Iraqi desert. Locals cough and wheeze under vast clouds of smoke, and NASA images show oil threatening to encroach on the Tigris River, a major water source.

World, Budget 2017, Business, 19 Jan 2017

U.S. must release Abu Ghraib photos, judge says

NEW YORK The U.S. Department of Defense must release a cache of photos showing how Army personnel treated detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison and other sites in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

World, 19 Jan 2017

Iraq special forces chief says mission accomplished in east Mosul

BARTELLA, Iraq Elite Iraqi forces have ousted Islamic State insurgents from all districts of eastern Mosul they were tasked with recapturing, their commanding officer said on Wednesday, bringing almost all of the city's eastern half back under government control.

World, 18 Jan 2017

As caliphate crumbles, Islamic State lashes out in Iraq

BAGHDAD Two days after Iraqi forces launched a new push against Islamic State in Mosul, bomb blasts ripped through a marketplace in central Baghdad - the start of a spate of attacks that appear to signal a shift in tactics by the Islamist group.

World, 18 Jan 2017