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From TheJournal.ie Iraqi soldiers recapture Mosul airport from Islamic State Latest Offensive

Iraqi soldiers recapture Mosul airport from Islamic State

A BBC reporter is on the front lines with the soldiers and is publishing regular updates.

From TheJournal.ie Islamic State suicide bomber was ex-Guantanamo Bay inmate who got £1m from UK taxpayers Jamal Al-Harith

Islamic State suicide bomber was ex-Guantanamo Bay inmate who got £1m from UK taxpayers

The British fighter who died in yesterday’s suicide attack has been informally identified as Jamal al-Harith.

From TheJournal.ie 350,000 children trapped in Mosul faced with grim choices as 'most brutal fighting yet' begins Serious Dangers

350,000 children trapped in Mosul faced with grim choices as 'most brutal fighting yet' begins

Iraqi forces have launched an offensive against Islamic State in the contested town of Mosul.

From TheJournal.ie 'We have very little food left': People are burning their own clothes to stay warm in Mosul Islamic State

'We have very little food left': People are burning their own clothes to stay warm in Mosul

The stage is set for what could be Iraq’s bloodiest battle yet in the fight against IS.

From TheJournal.ie IS claims responsibility as two separate bombings kill at least 122 in Pakistan and Iraq Terror Attacks

IS claims responsibility as two separate bombings kill at least 122 in Pakistan and Iraq

A Pakistani shrine was targeted, and a car bomb exploded in Baghdad today.

From TheJournal.ie Confusion and outrage over Trump migrant ban as UK secures exemption Chaos Reigns

Confusion and outrage over Trump migrant ban as UK secures exemption

The new American president has ruffled feathers globally with his ban on refugees from Muslim-dominated countries entering the US.

From TheJournal.ie Refugees detained at airports after Trump bans them from entering US Terrorism

Refugees detained at airports after Trump bans them from entering US

Trump has barred all refugees from entering the country for three months — and those from war-ravaged Syria indefinitely.

From TheJournal.ie Warning of 'extreme risk' to citizens as the battle for Mosul rages on Warning

Warning of 'extreme risk' to citizens as the battle for Mosul rages on

The UN has warned about the risk to citizens in the battle-torn city.

From TheJournal.ie Suicide car bomb kills at least 32 in busy Baghdad neighbourhood Sadr City

Suicide car bomb kills at least 32 in busy Baghdad neighbourhood

Many of the victims were labourers waiting for work.

From TheJournal.ie 'Entire families were killed' - Airstrike on IS controlled town hits civilians Iraq

'Entire families were killed' - Airstrike on IS controlled town hits civilians

The deadly strike came as Iraqi forces battled jihadists deep inside Mosul.

From TheJournal.ie 'You could be wiped out at any moment': Irishman on fighting Isis in Syria Joshua Molloy

'You could be wiped out at any moment': Irishman on fighting Isis in Syria

Joshua Molloy, a Laois native and ex-British soldier, was arrested when trying to return to Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie 'ISIS claims responsibility' for suicide bomb blast which killed at least 70 people Bomb Blast

'ISIS claims responsibility' for suicide bomb blast which killed at least 70 people

The explosion seemingly targeted Iranian pilgrims who were returning from a pilgrimage.

From TheJournal.ie Islamic State launches new wave of suicide bombings as Mosul battle rages on Door To Door This post contains videos

Islamic State launches new wave of suicide bombings as Mosul battle rages on

Civilians are risking their lives to flee the city.

From TheJournal.ie How to save artworks in Iraq and Syria? Put them in the Louvre Art Attack

How to save artworks in Iraq and Syria? Put them in the Louvre

French president Francois Hollande says it could help save a lot of artworks.

From TheJournal.ie Irish jihadist 'Khalid Kelly' reported dead after Islamic State suicide bombing Iraq

Irish jihadist 'Khalid Kelly' reported dead after Islamic State suicide bombing

Isis said the man had killed himself yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie Isis leader 'calls for fight to the death' in audio recording Iraq

Isis leader 'calls for fight to the death' in audio recording

“Do not retreat. Holding your ground with honour is a thousand times easier than retreating in shame.”

From TheJournal.ie 'Beginning of true liberation': Iraqi army pushes into IS-held Mosul Battle For Mosul

'Beginning of true liberation': Iraqi army pushes into IS-held Mosul

Now two weeks into the offensive to retake the Islamic State stronghold, soldiers have forced their way in.

From TheJournal.ie Iraqi forces move to cut off Islamic State militant supply lines The Battle For Mosul

Iraqi forces move to cut off Islamic State militant supply lines

The latest operation could bring fighters close to the largely Sunni city of Hatra, a UNESCO world heritage site.

From TheJournal.ie "Scared" Islamic State fighters are shaving their beards as noose tightens around Mosul Preparing To Escape This post contains videos

"Scared" Islamic State fighters are shaving their beards as noose tightens around Mosul

Western defence chiefs are already looking towards IS’s other major stronghold of Raqa in Syria.

From TheJournal.ie Iraqi forces battle through sniper fire and suicide bombs to retake IS-held city Battle For Mosul

Iraqi forces battle through sniper fire and suicide bombs to retake IS-held city

Some 10,000 fighters are engaged in a huge assault to take back Iraq’s second city.

From TheJournal.ie Suicide bombers armed with rifles attack Iraqi city of Kirkuk Power Plant

Suicide bombers armed with rifles attack Iraqi city of Kirkuk

Nearly all such raids have been carried out by the Islamic State group.

From TheJournal.ie US fears ISIS will use chemical weapons in battle for Iraq's second city Mosul

US fears ISIS will use chemical weapons in battle for Iraq's second city

IS has claimed a string of deadly suicide bombings in Baghdad in recent days.

From TheJournal.ie The Battle for Mosul: Islamic State is vastly outnumbered in its last stand in Iraq Ground War This post contains videos

The Battle for Mosul: Islamic State is vastly outnumbered in its last stand in Iraq

Iraqi forces are said to be ahead of schedule in their fight to take back the city.

From TheJournal.ie The battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State has begun Iraq

The battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State has begun

The city fell to IS fighters in June 2014. It is their last stronghold in Iraq.

From TheJournal.ie Irish citizen whose father and brother were killed by Islamic State denied permission to bring mother to Ireland Family Reunification

Irish citizen whose father and brother were killed by Islamic State denied permission to bring mother to Ireland

Rasheed’s* mother is unable to renew her passport and as a result a visa application from her will not be considered.

From TheJournal.ie Mosul: An Islamic State city soon to be the centre of a huge battle History

Mosul: An Islamic State city soon to be the centre of a huge battle

Once a cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic hub, Mosul has become the last stronghold of IS in Iraq.

From TheJournal.ie UK says sorry for drowning of Iraqi boy forced into canal by British soldiers Operation Iraqi Freedom

UK says sorry for drowning of Iraqi boy forced into canal by British soldiers

The soldiers were acquitted of manslaughter in a British court.

From TheJournal.ie Islamic State mass graves reveal thousands of dead bodies and extent of horror Genocide

Islamic State mass graves reveal thousands of dead bodies and extent of horror

As IS territory shrinks the grim process of recovering the dead can begin.

From TheJournal.ie Iraqi forces arrest would-be teenage bomber days after Kurdish wedding attack Middle East

Iraqi forces arrest would-be teenage bomber days after Kurdish wedding attack

Meanwhile Turkey has backtracked on claims that a child bomber attacked a Kurdish wedding close to the Syrian border, in an attack that left 54 people dead.

From TheJournal.ie 'We were right all along': organisers of huge 2003 Dublin march against Iraq War Chilcot

'We were right all along': organisers of huge 2003 Dublin march against Iraq War

Some 100,000 Irish people protested on 15 February 2003 to oppose the invasion.

From TheJournal.ie Northern Ireland (and the PSNI) is all over the Chilcot Report - here's why Lessons Unlearned

Northern Ireland (and the PSNI) is all over the Chilcot Report - here's why

The British Army used the Northern Irish Troubles as its key reference point for dealing with the Iraq conflict.

From TheJournal.ie 'I will be with you, whatever': Conversations between Blair and Bush on the Iraq War Chilcot

'I will be with you, whatever': Conversations between Blair and Bush on the Iraq War

Memos the British Prime Minister sent to the US President before and during the war show the close relationship between them.

From TheJournal.ie Blair: "I express more sorrow and regret and apology than you will ever know" Chilcot Inquiry

Blair: "I express more sorrow and regret and apology than you will ever know"

But, he says he would do it again.

From TheJournal.ie Baghdad death toll now at 250, making it the worst bombing since the invasion Isis

Baghdad death toll now at 250, making it the worst bombing since the invasion

An Isis suicide bomber detonated a lorry packed with explosives in the predominantly-Shia Karrada district of the Iraqi capital during preparations for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr

From TheJournal.ie Donald Trump praises Saddam Hussein for 'killing off terrorists' Crazy And Hussein

Donald Trump praises Saddam Hussein for 'killing off terrorists'

“He was a bad guy — really bad guy. But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good.”

From TheJournal.ie The UK's Iraq War dirty laundry will today be aired in a very public way Chilcot

The UK's Iraq War dirty laundry will today be aired in a very public way

Former PM Tony Blair is in for a hard day, but a trial is some way off.

From TheJournal.ie Iraq president vows to "punish" attackers who killed 119 in suicide blasts Mourning

Iraq president vows to "punish" attackers who killed 119 in suicide blasts

Three days of mourning have been declared in the country.

From TheJournal.ie Elite Iraqi army unit battles to re-take key Islamic State stronghold Urban Warfare

Elite Iraqi army unit battles to re-take key Islamic State stronghold

50,000 civilians are thought to be trapped in the city of Fallujah.

From TheJournal.ie US strikes have killed a key Islamic State leader Fallujah

US strikes have killed a key Islamic State leader

Maher Al-Bilawi was the IS commander in Fallujah.

From TheJournal.ie Iraq is about to go all out to reclaim a major chunk of IS territory Fallujah

Iraq is about to go all out to reclaim a major chunk of IS territory

A major operation is set to begin in Fallujah, a region that has been in Islamic State hands since 2014.