Tal Afar Operations Get Underway. Abadi Warns ISIL: Surrender Or Die

Iraqi Security Forces have confirmed that they broke ISIL’s first lines of defence hours after Iraq’s Prime Minister and Commander in Chief gave the go ahead for the operation to liberate Tal Afar from the ISIL. In a speech yesterday morning, announcing the start of operations, Abadi said: “The people of Iraq will achieve another …

As ISIL Dig In In Mosul, Preparations Continue for Tal Afar & Hawija Ops

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has met commanders of constituent militias of the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces, PMF) umbrella organisation. Discussions centred on securing the country’s 600 km border with Syria and the anticipated operations to liberate Tal Afar and Hawija, the two remaining strongholds of ISIL in northern Iraq outside of Mosul. Marking …

Abadi: Conflict Has Cost Arab World Chance of Paradise

In a wide-ranging interview on issues within Iraq and relations with its neighbours, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi lamented that the money spent on regional conflict had cost the Arab world the chance of creating “a paradise”. Expressing fears that a partitioned Syria would present security issues for Iraq, Abadi told al Mayadeen TV that he …

Overview of Mosul Operations 20 March

Reuters report that many young men on the west side of Mosul are being forced to fight for ISIL, with families hiding sons, and people refusing to attend mosque, for fear of compulsory recruitment. According to Iraq’s Ministry of Defence, 67 ISIL militants have been killed in airstrikes and infantry operations on the main route …

An Overview Of Mosul Operations 28 February

Significant events in today’s operations are the planting of the Iraqi flag on Bridge 4, and the liberation of Wadi al-Hajar neighbourhood. Wadi al-Hajar joins the al-Maamoun, al-Tayaran and al-Jawasaq neighbourhoods which Iraqi Security Forces have liberated since the start of operations in the west of the city earlier this month. The next target is reportedly …

New Evidence of ISIL Sexually Abusing Sunni Women

  Forced marriage, torture, rape and arbitrary imprisonment are among the abuses faced by Sunni women in areas of Iraq under ISIL control, according to a report released by Human Rights Watch today. Testimony from six women who have escaped Hawija to the provincial capital of Kirkuk has provided the first evidence of systematic mistreatment …

ISIL Militants Sheltering In Medical Facilities, Abusing Soldiers’ Bodies

Human Rights Watch has released a report into ISIL tactics in the months-long battle for Mosul, focusing on the occupation of al-Salam hospital and the desecration of Iraqi government fighters’ bodies. “As the battle for Mosul unfolds, we are finding that ISIS is regularly occupying medical facilities and placing civilians and staff there at risk …

Residents Escape Fighting In Mosul, But Not Trauma Of Life Under ISIL

Over the last three years the ISIL propaganda machine has relentlessly published images and videos of the obscene punishments it mets out to those that have transgressed the organisation’s rules. The mainstream press has arguably, at the beginning of ISIL’s rampage through Iraq and Syria at least, aided their cause by republishing all but the …

90 Money Exchanges Accused Of Funding ISIL Across Iraq

  In the wake of the imposition of sanctions by the US Treasury on two Iraqi and Syrian money service businesses for helping ISIL move money, Yalla has learned from high ranking Iraqi official, that up to 90 Iraqi firms stand accused of doing business with the extremist organisation. Based on a decision made by …

ISIL Targeting Civilians Fleeing Mosul

ISIL has murdered civilians in Mosul in collective punishments for failing to follow orders. Residents that have managed to escape Mosul told Human Rights Watch that people who remained in their homes in the east of the city, rather than follow ISIL orders to move west and risk being used as human shields, were indiscriminately …