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IS blows up Mosul mosque, latest heritage site destroyed.

BAGHDAD " The Islamic State group's destruction of a 12th century mosque and its iconic leaning minaret in the Iraqi city of Mosul is only the latest in a long list of priceless archaeological and other cultural sites that the...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Major heritage centres that the Islamic State has destroyed.

Most of these belong to the Assyrian Empire in Mesopotamia that covered most of Syria and Iraq, some even dating back to the second millennium.

- The Hindu - IN

Judge blocks deportation of 114 Iraqis in Detroit.

A Detroit federal judge blocked the deportation of 114 people detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities.

- UPI - US

Iraqi forces battle towards heart of Mosul's Old City.

Iraqi forces battled their way along two streets that meet in the heart of Mosul's Old City on Friday, and said they aimed to open routes for civilians to flee Islamic State's last stand there. U.S.-trained urban warfare units are leading the fight in the maze of narrow alleyways of the Old City, the last district in the ...

- Yahoo! News - US

US Judge Halts Deportation of Iraqi Christians.

A judge on Thursday temporarily halted the deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians living in the Detroit area who fear torture and possible death if sent back to Iraq. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith said in a written order that deportation is halted for 14 days while he decides if his court has jurisdiction to ...

- Voice of America - US

Iraqi forces battle towards heart of Mosul's Old City.

ERBIL, Iraq - Iraqi forces battled their way along two streets that meet in the heart of Mosul's Old City on Friday, and said they aimed to open routes for civilians to flee Islamic State's last stand there.

- Reuters - US

If Baghdadi death confirmed, next IS leader likely to be Saddam-era officer.

BAGHDAD - If Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants, both of whom were army officers under late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

- Reuters - US

News24.com | Bomber hits civilians fleeing Mosul.

A suicide bomber blew himself up among civilians fleeing Mosul's Old City, where Iraqi forces are gaining ground against jihadists mounting a fierce defence.

- News24.com - ZA

Bomber blows himself up among civilians fleeing Mosul.

12 people are killed and more than 20 have been wounded, including women and children The post Bomber blows himself up among civilians fleeing Mosul appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

How operational deployment affects soldiers' children.

So many of us have seen delightful videos of friends and family welcoming their loved ones home from an operational tour of duty. The moment they are reunited is heartwarming, full of joy and tears – but, for military personnel who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan post 9/11, their time away came with unprecedented ...

- The Conversation - UK

US judge halts deportation of over 100 Iraqi Christians.

Washington: A federal US judge has temporarily blocked the deportation of over 100 Iraqi Christians who might face death or persecution if returned to their birth country, media reports said.Attorneys argued that the 114 Iraqis mostly Chaldean Christians, who were picked up during a series of raids in Detroit by the ...

- Sify - IN

US condemns Islamic State demolition of Mosul mosque

It was the same mosque where Baghdadi delivered his first sermon The post US condemns Islamic State demolition of Mosul mosque appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Mosul offensive: Haider al-Abadi announces 'near victory' even as Islamic State puts up a strong resistance

The struggle to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State is about to come to an end with Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announcing that "it's a matter of a few days". The post Mosul offensive: Haider al-Abadi announces 'near victory' even as Islamic State puts up a strong resistance appeared first on Firstpost.

- Firstpost - IN

Suicide bomber kills nine in western Iraq: Officers

Army forces were able to kill three suicide bombers after trapping them in a house in the Martyrs neighbourhood by detonating their belts with gunfire.

- Zee News - IN

Video Refutes ISIS Claim That U.S. Blew Up Mosque

Al Nuri Grand Mosque, in Mosul, Iraq, was blown up on Wednesday. The Islamic State said a U.S. airstrike destroyed it. But surveillance footage shows that the building appeared to be packed with explosives and not hit by an airstrike.

- New York Times - US

Islamic State publish video of destroyed historic mosque

A video published by Islamic State shows the mosque from which they declared their 'caliphate' nearly three years ago lying in ruins.  Islamic State's Amaq news agency published a video of the destroyed Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul on Thursday, once the podium from which Islamic State declared their 'caliphate' and now in ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Canadian sniper breaks world record for longest confirmed kill shot in history

A Canadian sniper in Iraq has broken the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in history. A member of the elite Special Forces unit, Joint Task Force 2, who has not been named, killed an Isis insurgent from 3,450 metres away. The shot broke the previous record, held by Craig Harrison, a member of the British ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Canadian elite special forces sniper makes record-breaking kill shot in Iraq

Sources say the sniper killed an Islamic State insurgent from a distance of 3,540 metres in a feat one a military insider says may 'never be equalled'

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Teenagers Blown-up by Old Landmine; 46 Killed in Iraq

An old landmine killed a pair of teenage shepherds. The post Teenagers Blown-up by Old Landmine; 46 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

- Antiwar.com - US

When the Battle for Mosul Ends, the Fight for Iraq Begins

Kawa Hassan Security, Middle East The future of Iraq hangs in the balance. Iraq is at a crucial crossroads. The Iraqi government, backed by the United States and its coalition partners, is on the brink of retaking all major urban territories once occupied by ISIS. While very encouraging, the global coalition's focus on ...

- The National Interest - US

Detroit judge halts deportation of Iraqi Christians

A judge on Thursday temporarily halted the deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians living in the Detroit area who fear torture and possible death if sent back to Iraq. … Click to Continue

- Miami Herald - US

Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi says total liberation of Mosul will be announced in 'a few days'

At least 150,000 civilians are believed to be trapped in the densely populated old city.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Detroit judge halts deportation of Iraqi Christians

A judge on Thursday temporarily halted the deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians living in the Detroit area who fear torture and possible death if sent back to Iraq

- The Daily Star - LB

US judge in Michigan blocks deportation of 100 Iraqis

The court's action today was legally correct and may very well have saved numerous people from abuse and death The post US judge in Michigan blocks deportation of 100 Iraqis appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Federal Judge In Michigan Temporarily Halts Deportation Of Iraqis Who Fear Torture

The Iraqi nationals were rounded up in the Detroit area in recent weeks by immigration authorities. They all had final deportation orders as well as criminal convictions, and many are Christians.

- NPR - US

Canadian sniper in Iraq makes longest confirmed kill shot in military history

Clocking in a 3,540 metres, a sniper with Canada's elite JTF2 special forces unit has shattered the record for longest confirmed sniper shot in military history.

- Global News - CA

Iraqi Cabinet decisions: June 22, 2017

Whenever the media office of the Council of Ministers releases decisions of the Cabinet, Iraq Oil Report publishes a translation from the original Arabic.

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Iran begins exporting gas to Iraq

Iranian media are saying the country has begun exporting gas to neighboring Iraq. The Thursday report by the semi-official Fars news agency said the exports began late Wednesday through a pipeline straight to Baghdad. According to the report, the daily flow will start at around 7 billion cubic meters per day and eventually ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Anger in Mosul as Islamic State destroys historic mosque

The leaning al-Hadba minaret that towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, but Iraq's prime minister said the act marked their final defeat in the city. "In the early morning, I climbed up to the roof of my house and was stunned to see the

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Inside Mosul: June 22, 2017

Detailed updates from Islamic State militant-held areas of Ninewa province, gathered via Iraq Oil Report's network of reporters and contacts.

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Detroit judge halts deportation of Iraqi Christians

DETROIT — A judge on Thursday temporarily halted the deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians living in the Detroit area who fear torture and possible death if sent back to Iraq.

- Billings Gazette - US

Sniper hits ISIS target from over 2 miles away

A Canadian special operations sniper successfully hit an ISIS fighter from a record-breaking distance of more than two miles away while assisting Iraqi forces in the push to retake Mosul, according to Canadian Special Operations Command.

- CNN Top Stories - US

On The Scene: Mosul, Iraq - June 22

VOA reporter Heather Murdock reports from Mosul, Iraq where soldiers from the Iraqi special forces are inspecting the damage after fighting, June 22, 2017.

- Voice of America - US

Iran Starts Exporting Nat Gas To Iraq

Iran has finally started exporting natural gas to its neighbor Iraq, after a four-year delay due to the challenging security situation in war-torn Iraq. The exports have started at a daily rate of 7 million cu m, according to a deputy oil minister who spoke to IRNA, as quoted by Reuters, but should reach 35 million cu m at ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Judge in Michigan blocks deportation of 100 Iraqis

- A U.S. judge on Thursday temporarily blocked the deportation of about 100 Iraqi nationals rounded up in Michigan in recent weeks who argued that they could face persecution or torture in Iraq because they are religious minorities.

- Reuters - US

Detroit judge halts deportation of Iraqi Christians

A judge on Thursday temporarily halted the deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians living in the Detroit area who fear torture and possible death if sent back to Iraq.

- WRAL.com - US

ISIS’ Global Terror Is Resistant to Losses in Syria, Iraq

June 22, 2017, 7:55 PM Even the possible death of its “caliph” Baghdadi will not stop ISIS global terror.

- DEBKAFile - IL

Destroying Mosul's Great Mosque: Islamic State's symbolic war to the end

The Great Mosque's famous leaning minaret in 2013. Faisal Jeber/Wikimedia, CC BY-SAOn June 29 2014 – nearly three years ago to the day – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi took the pulpit at the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul in northern Iraq. He announced the creation of a new Islamic State that stretched across the borders of ...

- The Conversation - UK

Behind the Canadian sniper's record 3.5km kill shot: Was it really so 'stunning'?

A story about a Canadian sniper who killed an Islamic State fighter in Iraq from a distance of 3.5 kilometres has been reported around the world.

- Stuff - NZ

Iraqis: IS blew up mosque in 'formal declaration of defeat'

The Islamic State group destroyed Mosul's al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures on Wednesday night, Iraq's Ministry of Defense said.

- FOX News - US

Anger in Mosul after Islamic State destroys historic al-Nuri mosque

The demolition came on Wednesday night as Iraqi forces closed in on the mosque, which carried enormous symbolic importance for the Islamic State.

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Iraqis: ISIS blew up mosque in 'formal declaration of defeat'

With their control of Mosul slipping away, Islamic State militants decided to send a message of defiance: They blew up the 12th century al-Nuri Mosque, along with its famous leaning minaret.

- Stars and Stripes - US

UN says ISIS targets children to hold Mosul civilians hostage

Fighters for the Islamic State group are targeting children in Mosul to prevent civilians from fleeing the city as Iraqi forces push into the last stronghold held in Iraq by the militants there, the United Nations said Thursday.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Military: Canadian Special Ops sniper hit target from more than 2 miles away

A Canadian Special Operations sniper shot an ISIS fighter from nearly 2.2 miles away in Iraq, the Globe and Mail reported. Canadian Special Operations Command confirmed that one of its soldiers hit a human target from 3,540 meters away.

- Stars and Stripes - US

UN chief appoints Lebanese official as head of operations in Libya

A Lebanese political science professor and political advisor to the United Nations in Iraq has been appointed as the Organization's top official in Libya.

- UN - INT

UNESCO chief deplores destruction of iconic mosque and minaret in Iraq's Mosul

The head of the United Nations cultural agency today deplored the destruction of historic religious architecture in Iraq's Mosul city by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant fighters.

- UN - INT

Federal judge halts deportation of dozens of Iraqi Christians

A Detroit federal judge issued a two-week stay Thursday halting the planned deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians back to their country of origin.

- FOX News - US

Iraqis say Islamic State blew up iconic 12th century mosque, leaning tower in 'formal declaration of defeat'

With their control of Mosul slipping away, Islamic State militants decided to send a message of defiance: They blew up the 12th century al-Nuri Mosque, ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Iraqi Miltary: IS Destruction of Mosque Signified End of Group's Power

Iraqi generals say Islamic State's destruction of the iconic al-Nuri mosque in Mosul is a sign that the militant group's power in the city is coming to an end. Soldiers in Mosul tell VOA that IS wanted to destroy the mosque in advance of an Iraqi and Coalition victory over the group in Mosul. Iraqi ...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

US judge in Michigan blocks deportation of 100 Iraqis

Lawyers for the detainees argue they could face persecution or torture in Iraq because they are religious minorities.

- Al Jazeera - QA

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