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U.S. coalition guilty of war crimes in Mosul, says Amnesty report

U.S. coalition guilty of war crimes in Mosul, says Amnesty report

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July 13 (UPI) --Amnesty International published a report that says the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq has committed war crimes during the fight to gain control in the Iraqi city of Mosul against Islamic State."The scale and gravity of the loss of civilian lives during the military operation to retake Mosul must immediately be publicly acknowledged at the highest levels of government in Iraq and states that are part of the US-led coalition," Lynn Maalouf, Director of Research for the Middle East at Amnesty International, said in a statement.The report says the U.S.-led coalition killed 3,706 civilians between Feb. 19 and June 19, using numbers from Airwars, a war watchdog group.Islamic State has also killed killed "hundreds, if not thousands" of people , according to Amnesty.According to the re...
Mosul ISIS fighters feigning surrender in order to attempt suicide attacks

Mosul ISIS fighters feigning surrender in order to attempt suicide attacks

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In a "desperate ploy," ISIS fighters in Mosul attempted to feign surrender to Iraqi Security Forces Monday in order to get close enough to conduct a mass suicide attack, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said today. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, said that after an ISIS commander communicated to the Iraqi Security Forces that he wanted to surrender a group of fighters, the Iraqi commander "sensed something was amiss." In response, the Iraqi commander told the ISIS commander that fighters would have to come out in small groups. ISIS maintained they wanted to come out as a large group. "He told him, 'Nope, you come out with your hands up, leave your weapons behind, come out with your hands up in small elements,' and they dec...
'Liberated' – How the battle for Mosul unfolded

'Liberated' – How the battle for Mosul unfolded

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A huge operation, involving more than 100,000 Iraqi troops, federal police, Shia and Sunni militias, was launched in October 2016 to recapture the country's second-largest city.Mosul had been under Islamic State control since 2014, when it was used as the base by leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi to declare a caliphate across Iraq and Syria.Here is a timeline of the operation to recapture Mosul:4-10 June 2014 Fall of Mosul Image:2014: Islamic State militants stand guard at a checkpoint after capturing MosulMilitants from Islamic State began their attack on Mosul on 4 June 2014, after the death of the group's military leader Abu Abdulrahman al Bilawi near the city on the previous day.Initially, convoys of pick-up trucks carrying four IS militants entered the city, shooting their way t...
Iraq's PM declares victory over IS in Mosul

Iraq's PM declares victory over IS in Mosul

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi has declared that the city of Mosul has been "liberated" from Islamic State.Dressed in a black uniform, similar to the type worn by Iraqi special forces, he arrived at the city's airfield and greeted army officers.Mr Abadi's office said: "The commander in chief of the armed forces Haider al Abadi arrived in the liberated city of Mosul and congratulated the heroic fighters and Iraqi people for the great victory."However, there has not yet been an official statement that the entire city - the second biggest in Iraq - has been retaken.:: The Battle for Mosul: How fight for the city unfoldedImage:Haider al Abadi congratulated Iraqi forces on the 'great victory'IS still holds less than one square kilometre of the city and is using human shields, suicide bomb...
Families plead with IS to leave bloody Mosul

Families plead with IS to leave bloody Mosul

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It is hard to appreciate how dreadful Mosul's old city has become.Families are being torn apart here and there is nothing that can be done to stop it. They are being murdered for just trying to live.On the edge of the old city a disused shop is an emergency room. Injured civilians targeted by Islamic State as they try to escape the fighting and the starvation are brought here.The walking survivors trudge their way up the road to safety carrying what they can.In the dilapidated shop doctors, foreign medics and volunteers struggle to deal with the influx of injured people.Video:Iraqi special forces battle on in MosulThey are ferried here on the bonnets of humvees and in the backs of trucks. They are bundled inside. On beds the medics get to work. The floor is awash with blood.The moaning and...