Some US and Iraqi officials have said it may not even be possible to retake it this year, despite repeated vows by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
39 Indian workers were taken hostage by ISIS militants in Mosul in June 2014.
President Fuad Masum says Saturday that the move is contributing to increased tensions in the region. He calls the troops a “violation of international norms, laws and Iraq’s national sovereignty.”
The Indian Express is withholding the names of the three men identified from the photographs, as well as the others.
The frustrated families are also unsure of whom to trust: Masih, who claims that all 39 have been killed or the government, which disagrees with him.
Freedom from the Islamic State group comes at a steep price, as one newly wedded couple recently discovered. Eager to live a normal life, away from the harsh dominion of the militants’ self-styled caliphate, the young pair is searching for ways to bypass the extremists’ newly-implemented departure taxes and escape the IS-held city of Mosul. […]
Conflict in Syria continues to strain relations between Turkey and the US.
The freed hostages were later to be flown to Ankara to be reunited with their families. They were advised not to immediately talk to the news media.
After the Islamic State’s killings, who will give the community refuge?
According to the report, the dawn strike targeted a downtown prison that was being used by ISIS members as a religious court.
Officials say they are made to work for insurgents; Kurdish official talks of violence but can’t confirm.
Saturday’s blasts were the deadliest in the Iraqi capital since the Sunni insurgency erupted in Mosul.
US strongly condemns the terrorist group ISIL’s systematic persecution of ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq.
They have all been extremely positive and have assured assistance in the current situation, said sources.
The nurses said it was not safe to move along with the ISIS men to Mosul as there was the risk of attacks by the Iraqi military in transit.