(Judit Neurink) Kurdish peshmerga in Iraq say that IS is rising like a phoenix from the ashes. The organisation is re-grouping to fill the void left by its quarrelling adversaries. Judit Neurink reports from Irbil and Mosul A car bomb kills five in the town of Tikrit. Iraqi troops call in air strikes on “Islamic…

Islamic State group gunmen stormed a house in western Iraq on Monday 12 November 2018, killing a local tribal leader and eight others. Captain Mishaan Hazemawi was part of the Tribal Mobilisation Forces, a collection of Sunni Arab militias who have fought IS during a government fightback in northern and western Iraq. His home was…

At least two women were killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion near the Imam Hussein mausoleum in Khanaqin district, Diyala province, reported Iraqi media. According to Iraqi media reports, the bomb explosion, placed by the roadside, occurred at 10 a.m. sharp on Tuesday, October 30. 12 pilgrims were also injured. At least 797…

Iraqi forces launched a major operation against Islamic State remnants in desert areas of Anbar, Nineveh, and Salah ad Din provinces. Activities are also taking place in Diyala province. In Mosul, forces removed communication towers that had been used by ISIS/Daesh militants during the occupation. At least 37 people were killed, and six were wounded…

Officially, Northern and Western Iraq had been liberated from the Islamic State in October 2017. But the military campaign had been hasty. The militants had sought refuge in isolated areas such as deserts and mountains, leaving Iraqi forces to sweep through the country unchallenged. Now the militants were back. The elite Iraqi units that had…

Iran is exerting pressure on Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to remove more than 5,000 U.S. experts and consultants from the country, an informed Iraqi source said on Monday. “Abadi is under Iranian pressure not to renew the security agreement signed between the U.S. and Iraq in 2008 during the tenure of the former PM….

Nearly a year after the Iraqi prime minister declared victory over ISIS in Mosul, the inability of security forces to secure a major highway linking Baghdad to northern provinces is highlighting how militant sleeper cells can undermine security even as relative peace returns to much of the country. For months an ongoing campaign of flying…

An Iraqi court sentenced two suspects to death, and a third one to life in prison, for terrorism-related crimes in Baghdad, Dhi Qar and Diyala provinces. Spokesperson of the High Judicial Council, Abdul-Sattar Beyraqdar, said in a statement, that the criminal court in Dhi Qar province sentenced one of the pair to death, finding him…

An Iraqi security source said that on Sunday morning, 10 June 2018, the joint forces launched a military operation, with the support of warplanes, to hunt down the cells of the Islamic state in Diyala province. Captain Habib al-Shammari said that “the joint forces targeted the positions of the organization’s cells in the Al-Mukhisa area…