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Displaced Yazidis head back to Sinjar as coronavirus lockdown bites

06 Jul 2020

SHARYA, Iraq Hundreds of Yazidi families driven from their hometown of Sinjar in northern Iraq years ago are now returning as the impact of coronavirus lockdown measures makes their lives in exile even harder.

For father of drowned boy, new wave of migrants brings back haunting memories

04 Mar 2020

ERBIL, Iraq Four-and-a-half years ago the image of a drowned toddler washed up on a beach on the Turkish coast shocked the world and drew attention to the perilous journey many Syrians took to flee civil war and reach the shores of Greece. | Video

U.S. mulls leaving some troops in Syria to guard oil - Pentagon

22 Oct 2019

DOHUK, Iraq/KABUL The Pentagon is considering keeping some U.S. troops near oilfields in northeastern Syria alongside Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to help deny oil to Islamic State militants, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday. | Video

U.S. troops cross into Iraq from Syria

21 Oct 2019

DOHUK, Iraq United States troops have crossed into Iraq from Syria through the Sahela border crossing in the northern province of Dohuk, Reuters witnesses said on Monday. | Video

Widows of Iraq's war pick up the threads of fragmented lives

18 May 2019

MOSUL, Iraq In a workshop in a bombed-out factory in Mosul, Najlaa Abdelrahman joins scores of other women on a production line as they sew garments and try to knit their lives back together. | Video

For Yazidi survivors of Islamic State killings, the nightmares go on

19 Feb 2019

SINJAR, Iraq Ever since Islamic State visited death and destruction on their villages in northern Iraq nearly five years ago, Yazidis Daoud Ibrahim and Kocher Hassan have had trouble sleeping. | Video

Iraqi forces face tough resistance from IS in final Tal Afar battle

28 Aug 2017

AL-'AYADIYA/BAGHDAD Iraqi forces said they faced tough resistance on Monday from Islamic State fighters driven out of the city of Tal Afar to a small town where they had "nothing to lose" by fighting to the end.

Iraqi forces retake most of Tal Afar from Islamic State: military

27 Aug 2017

TAL AFAR, Iraq Iraqi forces have retaken almost all of Tal Afar, Islamic State's stronghold in the country's northwest, the Iraqi military said on Sunday. | Video

Islamic State stronghold Tal Afar about to fall, says Iraqi military

26 Aug 2017

TAL AFAR, Iraq Iraqi forces raised the national flag on Saturday in the heart of Tal Afar, Islamic State's stronghold in the country's northwest, and said they were poised to take full control of the city after a week-long offensive. | Video

Iraqi forces say they have broken through Islamic State lines in Tal Afar

25 Aug 2017

TAL AFAR, Iraq Iraqi government forces broke through Islamic State's lines inside Tal Afar on Friday, reaching the old city center and the neighborhood around the Ottoman-era citadel, according to a military statement.

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