Civilians fleeing Iraq's Falluja should not be "coerced" to return - aid agencies


LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Civilians who have fled Falluja should not be coerced to return because of poor conditions in displacement camps or by Iraqi authorities, aid agencies say, as insecurity remains rife and explosives have not been cleared in the city.

U.N. expects residents to start returning to Falluja by August

BAGHDAD The United Nations said Iraqi authorities will allow civilians displaced by the assault on Islamic State-held Falluja to start returning home as early as August.

World, 01 Jul 2016

U.S.-backed rebel group vows new attacks against IS after border raid

AMMAN A U.S.-backed Syrian Arab rebel force vowed on Thursday to continue attacks against Islamic State militants after being forced to retreat from the outskirts of a town near the Iraqi border when the jihadists counter-attacked.

World, Syria, 01 Jul 2016

Islamic State forces Syria rebels to retreat from border area

AMMAN/BEIRUT U.S.-backed Syrian rebels were pushed back from the outskirts of an Islamic State-held town on the border with Iraq and a nearby air base on Wednesday after the jihadists mounted a counter- attack, two rebel sources said.

World, Syria, 29 Jun 2016

Iraqi forces say press towards key air base south of Mosul

BAGHDAD Iraq's military said it advanced through northern villages held by Islamic State on Wednesday, on its way to an airfield which could serve as the staging ground for a future offensive on Mosul, the biggest city held by the militants.

World, 29 Jun 2016

Syria rebels battle IS at Iraqi border, aim to cut "caliphate" in two

AMMAN/BEIRUT Syrian rebels advanced into an Islamic State-held town at the border with Iraq on Wednesday, a rebel commander told Reuters, in a new U.S.-backed offensive aimed at cutting the jihadists' self-declared caliphate in two.

World, Syria, 29 Jun 2016

U.S. backed Syrian rebels launch attack on IS-held town near Iraqi border

BEIRUT/AMMAN Syrian rebels launched an attack on a town held by Islamic State near the Iraqi border on Tuesday, senior commanders said, opening a new front against militants also facing an offensive from U.S.-backed forces in the north.

World, Syria, 29 Jun 2016

Iraq's top court invalidates Abadi's partial cabinet reshuffle

BAGHDAD A top Iraqi court on Tuesday declared unconstitutional a parliament session in which deputies had approved a partial cabinet reshuffle, scrapping Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's clearest gain in a months-long political crisis.

World, 29 Jun 2016

U.S. official sees progress against Islamic State, war continuing

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama's special envoy for the fight against Islamic State said on Tuesday that coalition forces were making progress and planning assaults on key cities in Iraq and Syria, but U.S. lawmakers criticized the progress as too slow.

World, Syria, 28 Jun 2016

Germany girds for potential spike in Islamic State attacks in Europe

BERLIN The German government voiced concern on Tuesday that Islamic State could step up attacks in Europe as it loses territory in Iraq and Syria, and said its domestic intelligence agency is training to respond to a large-scale assault.

World, Syria, 28 Jun 2016