February 27, 2017 6:48 AM
Iraqi forces on Monday seized control of a key bridge in the city of Mosul, as they push forward with their week-old offensive to clear Islamic State militants from the western side of the city.
Officials said pro-government forces were in control of what is known as the fourth bridge, or the southernmost bridge across the Tigris River. Fighting in Mosul has badly damaged or destroyed all of the bridges, and restoring access across the river will allow the army to move troops and supplies.
Last Updated: February 26, 2017 5:13 AM
A senior commander says Iraqi militarized police have captured a neighborhood on the western side of Mosul amid fierce clashes with Islamic State militants.
Major General Haider al-Maturi of the Federal Police Commandos Division told The Associated Press that his troops entered the Tayaran neighborhood Sunday morning and it is now “under their full control.’’
Last Updated: February 26, 2017 4:50 AM
The Syrian government’s negotiator says he believes Saturday’s deadly attack in Homs was meant to disrupt peace talks under way in Geneva.
“The terrorist explosions that hit Homs city are a message to Geneva from sponsors of terrorism, and we tell everyone that the message is received and this crime won’t pass unnoticed,” Bashar al-Ja’afari said.
Last Updated: February 24, 2017 4:44 AM
Sirwan Kajjo Kasim Cindemir
A suicide car bomber has killed at least 35 people and wounded many others in a Syrian village near al-Bab, just one day after Turkish forces and their rebel allies took much of the strategic town from Islamic State.
The blast Friday struck an opposition security post in the village of Sousian, killing many civilians along with opposition forces.
Last Updated: February 24, 2017 4:23 AM
Iraq military officials say their U.S.-backed forces have retaken the airport in Mosul that had been controlled by the extremist Islamic State group since 2014.
In a flash on its screen, state television declared, “The Rapid Response Forces and federal police are fully in control of the airport of Mosul.”
Officials said Friday the military has also now retaken a sprawling military base next to the airport, and have entered a Mosul neighborhood for the first time in months.