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Losing in Iraq, Islamic State seeks to shore up Syria presence

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BEIRUT Islamic State is fighting hard to reinforce its presence in Syria as it loses ground in Iraq, deploying fighters to seize full control of a government-held city in the east while at the same time battling enemies on three other fronts.

Most Islamic State commanders in Mosul already killed, Iraqi general says

MOSUL, Iraq Most Islamic State (IS) commanders in Mosul have been killed in battles with Iraqi government forces that raged over the past three months in the eastern side of the city, an Iraqi general said on Thursday.

World, Jan 19 2017

Iraq counts on U.S. advisers, mostly out of sight, in war on Islamic State

BARTELLA, Iraq When Iraqi forces faced a fierce Islamic State counter-attack last month at a hospital in Mosul they had stormed without enough troops to hold it, U.S. advisers behind the front lines shepherded them to safety.

World, Thailand, Jan 19 2017

Iraqi sheep, locals, environment suffer Islamic State oil fires

QAYYARA, Iraq Shepherds herd blackened flocks through the Iraqi desert. Locals cough and wheeze under vast clouds of smoke, and NASA images show oil threatening to encroach on the Tigris River, a major water source.

Iraq special forces chief says mission accomplished in east Mosul

BARTELLA, Iraq Elite Iraqi forces have ousted Islamic State insurgents from all districts of eastern Mosul they were tasked with recapturing, their commanding officer said on Wednesday, bringing almost all of the city's eastern half back under government control. | Video

World, Jan 18 2017

Iraq special forces chief says mission accomplished in east Mosul

BARTELLA, Iraq Elite Iraqi forces have ousted Islamic State insurgents from all districts of eastern Mosul they were tasked with recapturing, their commanding officer said on Wednesday, bringing almost all of the city's eastern half back under government control.

World, Jan 18 2017

As caliphate crumbles, Islamic State lashes out in Iraq

BAGHDAD Two days after Iraqi forces launched a new push against Islamic State in Mosul, bomb blasts ripped through a marketplace in central Baghdad - the start of a spate of attacks that appear to signal a shift in tactics by the Islamist group.

World, Jan 18 2017

Florida airport shooting suspect inspired by Islamic State: media

An Iraq war veteran accused of killing five people at a Florida airport told investigators he was inspired by Islamic State and previously chatted online with Islamist extremists, an FBI agent testified on Tuesday, U.S. media reported.

U.S., Jan 17 2017

Iraqi forces push Islamic State further back in Mosul: military

MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD Iraqi special forces pushed deeper into Islamic State-held districts in eastern Mosul and army units fought the insurgents inside a military base in the city's north, officials said during the day on Tuesday.

World, Jan 17 2017

Iraqis who escaped Islamic State grapple with trauma

DEBAGA, Iraq While fleeing Islamic State rule in northern Iraq three months ago, Laila saw two of her daughters die in front of her. Crippled by grief and the trauma of that night, she now struggles to walk and hardly eats.

World, Jan 17 2017