Mosul suffered extensive damage during the ISIS occupation and the US retaliation; massive reconstruction needs to be done before life can be normal again.
Inside the buildings in western Mosul, now a ghost town, it’s often eerily quiet as walls muffle the gunfire, the constant background noise.
The site of the citadel dates back almost 8000 years and archaeologists have uncovered ancient artefacts, as workers revive it as a tourist spot and museum.
“Before there was a lot of things banned like images and faces, now a child can come choose whatever toys they want,” said a toy store owner.
Hundreds of Iraqis fled the heavy fighting in the Mosul-Baghdad area and headed to areas which had been reclaimed from the ISIS.
The Guardian Council approved six candidates but disqualified former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who had been warned by Khamenei not to enter the race.
With eastern Mosul rid of the ISIS, who enforced rules like keeping long beards and veils for women, Iraqis can now enjoy their freedom and liberty.
In Sunni-majority Mosul, Saddam Hussein is still idolised and the central authorities in Baghdad are distrusted as Mosul limps through the ISIS occupation.
The month of March saw an unprecedented series of civilian casualties due to coalition airstrikes in both Syria and Iraq.
Men of violence are in command in the US and now call the shots in the world’s major ‘trouble spots,’ with diplomacy slowly slipping out of sight.
The girls have years of catching-up to do as most of them stopped going to school after ISIS militants overran Mosul in June 2014.
The troops’ progress has been slow as about 400,000 civilians, or a quarter of Mosul’s pre-war population, are trapped in the Old City, according to the UN.
Since the split in 2014, the two groups have fought over recruits, funding and the mantle of global jihad; leaders of both are also critical of each other.
The Iraqi police accused ISIS of attacking their forces with chemical weapons against the militant crackdown undertaken by the State over the past six months.
By creating a “hub and spoke” model to counter international terrorism, the US today has a veto on its legal regime, its proscribed actors and use of military force.
ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency said two suicide attacks were conducted by its fighters near Tanf on “positions of Syrian groups supported by US.”
Fighting corruption in Iraq is such a relentless and thankless job that Hassan al-Yasiri has been trying for nearly a year to quit.
The visit shows the far-reaching portfolio of Kushner, who is part of Trump’s innermost circle and has been given a wide range of domestic and foreign policy responsibilities
Thousands of residents have fled from ISIS-held areas inside Mosul, the militants’ biggest remaining stronghold in Iraq.
The military’s casualty figure of 160 was much lower than that given by local officials. A municipal official had said on Saturday that 240 bodies had been pulled from the rubble.
With an ageing population and a falling birth rate, the Nordic nation could benefit from refugees or immigrants. Instead, a recent wave of racism is driving many out.
The Iraqi prime minister said Trump appeared more enthusiastic about battling Islamist extremists than Barack Obama’s administration had been.
Rights groups have expressed concern over the mounting civilian death toll, as ISIS fights from homes and densely-populated areas in Mosul.
A US district judge barred the enforcement of the policy to deny US entry to the wife and child of a Syrian refugee already granted asylum in the country.
Iraqi forces battled ISIS militants in their stronghold of Mosul and took control of the last major road leading west from the city, before bomb blasts ripped through a wedding party near Tikrit, killing more than 20 people.
Trump’s initial order caused chaos at airports and was hit with more than two dozen lawsuits, many that claimed it discriminated against Muslims.
Carried across the desert by her grandsons, under sniper and mortar fire, 90-year-old Khatla Ali Abdallah was one of thousands who braved the difficult and dangerous journey out of ISIS’s shrinking stronghold in the west of the city.
A new video released this week purportedly by the ISIS group shows Uighur fighters training in Iraq.
Even when ISIS is defeated, unless different groups can repair their relationship, violent extremism will remain, and peace in Iraq will stay elusive.
Several thousand militants are believed to be holed up in the city with nowhere to go, which could lead to a fierce standoff amid a population of 750,000.
The US military estimates that ISIS drew 45,000 foreign fighters from more than 100 nations around the world and is a trans-regional threat.
A Reuters correspondent saw around 200 women and children being transported on buses by federal police to the town of Hammam al-Alil.
Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster is a highly regarded military tactician and strategic thinker, but his selection surprised some observers.
The US commander in Iraq, army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, says that they will be able to capture Mosul and Raqqa within the next six months.
Trump’s original order which he said was meant to head off attacks by Islamist militants, barred people from seven Muslim-majority countries and sparked worldwide protests.
Donald Trump’s executive order triggered chaos at some US and overseas airports, led to international protests, complaints from US businesses and drew more than a dozen legal challenges.
Influential cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Iran backed Nuri-al-Maliki are locked in a tussle to gain enough power before the upcoming elections.
The clashes broke out as the protesters attempted to cross the bridge that links Tahrir Square and the heavily fortified Green Zone.
A soldier said that he wanted citizens to know the price for supporting terrorists while another man thought that everyone’s entitled to a burial.
A slew of protests erupted across the country after details about an acrimonious phone call between Trump and Australian PM regarding refugee settlement emerged.