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Iraqi forces enter Al-Qaim, last IS bastion in Iraq

Iraqi forces enter Al-Qaim, last IS bastion in Iraq

Iraqi forces on Friday entered Al-Qaim, the main town in the Islamic State group's last bastion in the country, military commanders said.

Iraq, Syria converge on Islamic State's last strongholds

Iraq, Syria converge on Islamic State's last strongholds

The separate assaults across the Iraqi-Syrian frontier aim to deal a final blow to the Islamic State "caliphate" that has crumbled this year in Syria and Iraq.

Death toll from Iraqi-Kurdish clashes reaches 31

Death toll from Iraqi-Kurdish clashes reaches 31

Iraqi federal and paramilitary forces on Sunday said they lost five men in last week's clashes with Kurdish fighters, bringing the death toll for all sides to 31.

Iraqi forces seize territory from Kurds in independence dispute

Iraqi forces seize territory from Kurds in independence dispute

The offensive, which follows weeks of soaring tensions between two US allies in the battle against the Islamic State, aims to retake oil fields and military bases that Kurdish forces seized during the fightback against the jihadists.

Iraqi forces in final assault to take Hawija from Islamic State

Iraqi forces in final assault to take Hawija from Islamic State

Iraqi forces on Wednesday launched the final assault to capture the town of Hawija, one of two pockets of territory still under control of Islamic State in Iraq, the country's military said in a statement.

Iraqi forces close in on last IS outpost near Tal Afar

Iraqi forces close in on last IS outpost near Tal Afar

General Abdelamir Yarallah, head of military operations in the region, said federal police and special units had hoisted the Iraqi flag after having "liberated" the eastern sector of Al-Ayadieh town and Qubuq.

Iraqi forces poised for victory over IS in Tal Afar

Iraqi forces poised for victory over IS in Tal Afar

The Joint Operations Command said Iraqi forces held all 29 districts of the city and were pursuing final mopping up operations.

Iraq faces pockets of resistance in Mosul's Old City

Iraq faces pockets of resistance in Mosul's Old City

Iraqi forces still faced pockets of resistance from Islamic State in Mosul's Old City on Friday, four days after the prime minister declared victory.

Iraqi forces clash with IS in Mosul days after victory

Iraqi forces clash with IS in Mosul days after victory

Iraqi forces clashed with Islamic State fighters holding out in Mosul's Old City on Wednesday, more than 36 hours after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the militants.

IS fighters killed trying to flee west Mosul: commander

IS fighters killed trying to flee west Mosul: commander

A group of jihadists tried to escape across the Tigris River from west Mosul where they hold a dwindling pocket of territory, but were killed by Iraqi forces, a senior commander said on Saturday.

Civilians trapped as Iraqi forces battle IS in Mosul

Civilians trapped as Iraqi forces battle IS in Mosul

Iraqi forces on Thursday battled the last remaining Islamic State group fighters in Mosul's Old City, where the UN said up to 20,000 civilians are trapped and in "extreme danger".

Iraqi forces launch assault on Mosul Old City

Iraqi forces launch assault on Mosul Old City

Iraqi forces launched an assault Sunday to retake Mosul's Old City, the last district still held by the Islamic State group three years after the jihadists seized the northern city and declared their "caliphate".