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ISIS crimes - Bodies of 20 tortured women found in mass grave in Mosul

SHAFAQNA - A mass grave with relics of tortured women was found in west of Mosul city, Nineveh, a police source was quoted saying on Monday. “Relics of 20 women were found inside a mass grave while removing debris in western Mosul,”…

Starving orphans left behind by ISIS pulled from Mosul’s ruins

SHAFAQNA - The orphans that ISIS left behind: Toddlers on the brink of starvation are pulled alive from the rubble of Mosul as one of those rescued tells soldiers both her parents died in a suicide attack. Iraqi Army soldiers are combing through…

150 Saudi intelligence officers joined Daesh in Mosul battle: Report

SHAFAQNA- Saudi Arabia had dispatched more than 100 intelligence officers to Mosul to join the Takfiri Daesh militants and direct them in battles against Iraqi government forces and allied fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, a recent…

Secretary General of Imam Ali Holy Shrine congradulates Iraqis on Mosul victory

SHAFAQNA - The Secretary General of Imam Ali Holy Shrine, Sayyed Nizar Hashim Habl al-Mateen presented his congratulations and to Imam Mahdi, Supreme Religious Authorities, military forces, Popular Mobilization Forces and the Iraqi people to…

It's unclear whether Christians will return to liberated Mosul

SHAFAQNA  - On Sunday July 9, the Iraqi army regained control of almost the entire city of Mosul, which has been an ISIS stronghold for over three years. Faraj Benoît Camurat, president of Fraternité en Irak (Brotherhood with Iraq), explains…

UN: 20,000 civilians trapped in Mosul Old City

SHAFAQNA - Up to 20,000 civilians are trapped in the last ISIS-held areas in Mosul's Old City, which Iraqi forces are battling to retake, a senior UN official said. More than eight months since the start of the operation to retake Mosul from…

Iranian Shiite cleric: Mosul liberation proved position of Maraji

SHAFAQNA - Ayatollah Mousavi Jazayeri, representative of Iranian Supreme leader in Khuzestan province, issued a statement on Tuesday in which he congratulated Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani, Shia source of emulation, on the recent recapture of Mosul…

Fall of Daesh in Mosul - Iraq liberates Daesh stronghold

SHAFAQNA - The Iraqi army has recaptured the venue of the iconic Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul, with the country’s state TV implying the liberation of the city, which has been under Daesh control since 2014. “Their fictitious state has…

Preachers of Imam Ali Holy Shrine participate in breaking front bunkers of Mosul

SHAFAQNA - Preachers of Imam Ali Holy Shrine participate with the Federal Police in breaking the front bunkers of Mosul. The preachers of Guidance and Mobilization Committee for the Defense of Iraq of Sacred Sanctuaries that belongs to Imam…

UNICEF: 100,000 children still in danger in Mosul

SHAFAQNA - Mosul's children are bearing the brunt of the intensified fight between Iraqi government forces and the ISIS terrorist group in the city's western half, the United Nations children's agency warned on Monday. Iraqi forces are in…

Civilians killed while fleeing ISIS in Mosul

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SHAFAQNA - The bodies of dozens of civilians killed in the past two days while fleeing an ISIS-held neighbourhood in Mosul lay on Saturday in a street close to the frontline with Iraqi armed forces, a Reuters TV crew reported. The dead included…

Mass graves containing tens of civilians found in western Mosul

SHAFAQNA - Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces) have discovered ten mass graves in Sinjar region during an anti-ISIS operation in the region, media sources reported. The Kurdish-language Rudaw news agency reported that Hashd…

US-led Coalition to Continue Operation in Mosul

SHAFAQNA - Despite all the promises of the U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, about the imminent end of the operation in Mosul, it is obvious that the U.S. armed forces are not hurrying to leave the city. Contrary to the expectations…

Four Syrian civilians killed in Daesh rocket attack on western Mosul

SHAFAQNA - At least four civilians have lost their lives when members of the Takfiri Daesh terrorists launched a rocket attack against a commercial district in Mosul as government forces, backed by fighters from Popular Mobilization Units,…

US attempts to hide its failure in Mosul

SHAFAQNA - For the past months, Washington has faced the urgent need to distract the world's attention from its devastating failure in Mosul in order to hide the huge number of casualties among the local population. For the past months, Washington…

ISIS kills civilians attempting to flee Mosul, hangs bodies on electricity poles

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SHAFAQNA - Dozens of civilian caught attempting to flee the ISIS-held city of Mosul in northern Iraq were killed by the terror group before their bodies were hanged on the city’s electricity poles in a clear message to warn others. Eyewitnesses…

Daesh executing civilians for trying to flee Mosul – eyewitnesses

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SHAFAQNA with OSS-ME - Daesh militants have been killing scores of civilians attempting to flee the war-torn city of Mosul in Iraq, according to eyewitness reports, with as many as 50 people being put to death in the latest mass execution. Fighting…

Iraq delays Mosul operations for civilian safe passageways

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SHAFAQNA - The Iraqi military has temporarily halted operations around the densely populated areas around west Mosul’s Old City to allow safe passage for civilians. "Currently, there is a delay, to open safe passageways for families and…

ISIS kidnap nearly 200 children to use as human shields in Mosul: Monitoring Group

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SHAFAQNA - Nearly 200 children have been kidnapped by ISIS to use as human shields in west Mosul as battles between the terrorist group and Iraqi forces intensify. The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights reported that 197 children have been…

War Correspondents Describe Recent U.S. Airstrikes In Iraq, Syria and Yemen

SHAFAQNA - Sentiment in Washington may not reflect that the U.S. is at war, but two war correspondents described the astonishing extent and toll of recent U.S. military strikes in Iraq, Syria and Yemen on Intercepted, the weekly podcast by…

Iran urges 'war crime' hearing into US killings in Mosul

SHAFAQNA - Iran’s top security official says US airstrikes in the Iraqi city of Mosul which reportedly killed large numbers of civilians in recent days should be urgently addressed in a court of justice.  “This war crime is similar…

UN: At least 400,000 civilians trapped in Mosul with no food or electricity

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SHAFAQNA - Some 400,000 civilians stuck in Mosul’s Old City, held by Islamic State militants, are dealing with food and electricity shortages, making the UN High Commissioner for Refugees believe that “the worst is yet to come” in the…

Over 230 killed under rubble after ‘US-led raid’ in Mosul

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SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of civilians, mostly women and children, have been killed under collapsed buildings in the Iraqi city of Mosul after a reported US-led airstrike triggered a massive explosion in a residential neighborhood last week. Iraqi…

Daesh executed hundreds of detainees, buried bodies in Mosul mass grave: HRW

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SHAFAQNA - Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Daesh terrorist group has executed possibly hundreds of detainees in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul and buried them in a mass grave that could be the largest one discovered in the country so far. Witnesses…

Mosul Family Fleeing Airstrike Loses 10 year old child to IED

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SHAFAQNA - An Iraqi family from Mosul, one of hundreds caught in crossfire of the US-supported operation in the city, told Ruptly how a coalition airstrike forced them out of their home, only to face sniper fire and a fatal IED. RT’s…

Thousands flee Iraq's Mosul as battle edges into Old City

SHAFAQNA - Thousands of Iraqis surged out of western Mosul on Saturday during a lull in heavy fighting in districts around the densely populated Old City where Iraqi forces are facing fierce resistance from Islamic State militants. Five…

War With Turkey Looming for Iraq After Mosul Battle - Shafaqna's Director speaks to Sputnik

SHAFAQNA - On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker is joined by political analyst Catherine Shakdam, Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies to discuss the latest developments in the battle for…

Pentagon promises to ‘investigate’ reports of Iraqi school bombing in US-supported Mosul siege

SHAFAQNA - The Pentagon has promised to investigate information offered by the Russian General Staff on the alleged bombing of an Iraqi school by US warplanes taking part in a siege of the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. “We are aware…