The Iraqi prime minister said Trump appeared more enthusiastic about battling Islamist extremists than Barack Obama’s administration had been.
The blast occurred on a busy commercial street in the Amil neighborhood. There was no claim of responsibility, but ISIS has carried out similar attacks in Baghdad and other cities as their hold on Mosul weakens.
Rights groups have expressed concern over the mounting civilian death toll, as ISIS fights from homes and densely-populated areas in Mosul.
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.
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.
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.
A Reuters correspondent saw around 200 women and children being transported on buses by federal police to the town of Hammam al-Alil.
In western Mosul, the UN estimates that up to 400,000 civilians, half of them children, already suffering shortages could be displaced by the offensive.
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.
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.
Around 40,000 students who dropped out under the ISIS curriculum, which included lessons in bomb making, will attend 70 schools in the coming weeks.
The collapsed bridge has become a lifeline for civilians who take suitcases to escape east to Zuhur, while those who come back bring supplies.
ISIS claimed carrying out the first attack in a statement, saying the bomber had targeted “a gathering of Shi’ites” in Jamila, the other was unclaimed.
Four other attacks on Monday, claimed by ISIS, killed nine more people – bringing the total death toll in the capital over the past three days to over 60.
Although the militants are vastly outnumbered, they have embedded themselves among Mosul residents, hindering Iraqi forces who are trying to avoid civilian casualties.
Lieutenant General Ali Freiji, who was overseeing army operations said that three fronts began advancing on the city centre at 7 am.
The battle for Mosul, involving 100,000 Iraqi troops, members of the Kurdish security forces and Shi’ite militiamen, is the biggest ground operation in Iraq since the US-led invasion of 2003.
ISIS, which is putting up fierce resistance to a US-backed offensive to retake Mosul, the group’s last major stronghold in Iraq, has been accused of massacre, enslavement and rape since it swept across large swathes of the country’s north and west in 2014.
Many residents fled to the safety of camps outside the city as it was being “liberated”, but a growing number of civilians are being dragged back into violence.
The distribution was aimed to reach 45,000 people but was overrun by residents desperate for air after living in acute shortage of food, water and fuel
The UN issued a fresh warning on Wednesday about the humanitarian situation in eastern Mosul.
Aid workers have said that a full siege is developing in Mosul and fear that the longer the conflict drags on, the more civilians will suffer.
Every time Iraqi forces capture a section of Mosul in their offensive against ISIS, it can take up to a week to ensure it is clear of militants.
This week’s column looks at different takes on Mosul that go beyond dry facts and humanise the city’s embattled residents and the soldiers fighting for them
The mayor of Sinjar, where the graves were found, Mahma Xelil, said the latest discovery brought the number of Yazidi mass graves found so far to 29.
As the militants retreat, civilians are adjusting to a new reality in their wake and a clearer picture is emerging of what they did to survive the punishments and deprivation of ISIS rule.
A suicide truck bomb killed about 100 people, most of them Iranian Shi’ite pilgrims, at a petrol station in Hilla city, south of Baghdad.
Cutting the western road to Tal Afar would seal off Mosul as the city is already surrounded to the north, south and east by Iraqi government and Kurdish peshmerga forces.
Soldiers make tough calls about whether to risk their own lives by giving residents the benefit of the doubt or to shoot potentially innocent civilians.
The capture of the base, if confirmed, could be a significant development in the campaign to recapture Mosul, ISIS’s de facto capital
Three millennia old heritage has been reduced to a pile of dirt in the last two months before ISIS was driven out of the site by Iraqi forces on Sunday.
ISIS claimed a series of suicide attacks that killed at least 14 people south and west of Baghdad on Monday.
Despite heavy resistance from ISIS militants using civilians as cover, Iraqi special forces now hold half a dozen city neighbourhoods seized in the last 10 days.
Amnesty International said up to six people, suspected of having ties to ISIS, were found dead last month in the Shura and Qayyara sub-districts.
ISIS fighters abducted 295 former Iraqi Security Forces members near the militant stronghold of Mosul and also forced 1,500 families to retreat with them from Hammam al Alil town.
The jihadists have lost control of seven eastern districts of Mosul to Iraqi special forces who broke through their lines and are facing attacks on a new front by US-backed rebels for Raqqa.
Lieutenant-General Raed Shakir Jawdat said security forces were in control of the centre of Hammam al-Alil, although he did not say whether the militants had been pushed out completely.
Special forces took over the neighbourhoods of Malayeen, Samah, Khadra, Karkukli, Quds and Karama, inflicting heavy losses on the ISIS fighters and raising the Iraqi flag over buildings.
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi expressed confidence in victory in his first message after US-backed Iraqi forces started an offensive to take back Mosul.