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…

Protests continue in Basra Lawmakers representing Basra province say they will vote against any attempts to form a new government unless a plan to resolve Basra’s civic problems is drafted. Recent protests that began in the province spread to other areas of Iraq. The demonstrators wanted the government to address a lack of jobs, corruption,…

Iraq admitted that 262 security personnel were wounded during recent riots over jobs and services. That’s 74 more injured security personnel than reported in recent days; however, they could have been counted as civilians previously. Protestors were reported to have been beaten at the entrance to the Zubayr oil field on Tuesday. Security forces used…

Security sources on Wednesday discovered the multilated bodies of eight people kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) near the district of Tuz Khurmatu. The macabre discovery was made at Tell Charaf, in the province of Salahedinne, near the Baghdad-Kirkouk highway. Among the bodies are those of six people abducted by the EI and shown Saturday…

55 killed by Turkish bombardments of PKK targets in Iraq According to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Turkish forces have advanced about 30 kilometres inside Iraq. Their mission is to eradicate the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bases since Iraqi forces are doing nothing to overcome them. The Kurdish independence group is seeking to establish a…

Two ISIS militants were killed and a large amount of ammunition was seized on Wednesday 7 February 2018 as Iraqi forces launched an operation against militant group in Tuz Khurmatu region in Salahuddin province, the Iraqi command has said. The Iraqi Joint Operations Command said army,  police and Popular Mobilization forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) combed up…

Iraqi forces backed by the US-led coalition began a major operation on Wednesday against Daesh hiding out in a northeastern desert region, the military said. The 9th army, rapid intervention forces (RIF) and paramilitaries, in coordination with Kurdish fighters and with Iraqi and coalition air cover, launched the operation east of Tuz Khurmatu “to chase…

Suicide bombers back in action in Baghdad – 19 killed in Iraq Iraki troops clear the Hawija region Iraqi troops announced the clearance of Islamic State militants from 360 villages in the Hawija area. The maneuvers allowed for the reopening of a highway between Kirkuk and Tikrit. Operations in Diyala province are ongoing. Iraq has…

At least 71 people were killed, and 11 more were wounded in recent violence: – In Mosul, 22 torture victims were found in a mass grave. – One person was killed and six were wounded in a blast in Taji. – A lawyer was shot dead in Kirkuk. – A bomb wounded five in the…