Battle for Mosul

The PMF in Iraq: Fight, then demobilise

A glorious chapter in Iraq's military history doesn't have to lead to oppression.

by Michael Knights

Battle for Mosul

Why does Turkey care about Mosul?

Turkey is seeking to protect its economic and political interests in northern Iraq while fighting against PKK and ISIL.

by Kadir Ustun


Iraq-Turkey tension rises amid battle for Mosul

Deployment of Turkish military near border elicits warning from Iraq's PM, but Ankara says the move is a precaution.


Iraqi forces launch direct assault to seize Mosul

Troops approach Gogjali neighbourhood but run into resistance from ISIL fighters who have controlled Mosul since 2014.

Inside Story

Why does the battle for Mosul matter to Turkey?

Turkey appears determined to join the offensive against ISIL but Iraq says Turkish troops will breach sovereignty.


Analysis: What is Turkey trying to achieve in Iraq?

Any attempt to change Mosul's demographic composition would be a direct threat to Turkey's security, analysts say.

War & Conflict

Iraqi forces seize strategic town near Mosul from ISIL

Victory over group in Qayyarah seen as key step towards reclaiming Mosul, ISIL's de facto capital in the country.


Iraq bans MPs accused of corruption from travelling

Iraq's PM Abadi orders "temporary travel ban" against those accused, in order to probe "the validity of allegations".


Thousands in Baghdad anti-corruption rally despite ban

Thousands demonstrate against corruption despite decree that said rally would be treated as "terrorist threat".

War & Conflict

The battle for Fallujah shows the US needs Iran

Iran, the US and Iraqi militias are locked in a menage-a-trois that now defines the region's geopolitics.

by Ibrahim Al-Marashi

War & Conflict

US says only one-third of Fallujah cleared of ISIL

Washington says rest of city is still being fought over four days after Baghdad claimed control of Sunni city from ISIL.


What success would look like in Fallujah

Shia militias must behave in a sensitive and empathetic way to the mostly Sunni civilians they liberate in Iraq.

by Afzal Ashraf


A new formula in the battle for Fallujah

The battle is Iraq's latest attempt to push the Popular Mobilisation Forces and Coalition into a single battlespace.

by Michael Knights

War & Conflict

ISIL claims responsibility for Iraq troop killings

PM says political climate of dispute has given the fighters space to operate in areas under nominal government control.


Biden: Iraq disunity threatens efforts against ISIL

US vice president says political unrest could undermine progress being made to defeat armed group.