At least half the city has been totally destroyed, according to a reconstruction official (Reuters)

Raqqa in Ruins: Brutal Fight Against IS Leaves City Destroyed

As the Islamic State (IS) group is slowly but surely routed from its former Syrian "capital" in Raqqa, the last stand looks to be the most vicious, with civilians being used as human shields, and mines circling the city. Reduced to its last few positions in Raqqa, from where IS once planned major attacks against …

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City of Corpses: 100s of Bodies Under Rubble in Mosul, Many Women & Children

A large number of bodies, many of them women and children, are still buried under the rubble in Mosul after the months-long operation to retake the city. RT’s Murad Gazdiev saw the gruesome aftermath of the battle declared a major success by the US-led coalition. Multiple corpses of suspected Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants …

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Mosul’s Bloodbath: ‘We killed Everyone – IS, Men, Women and Children’

The Iraqi soldier looks out from his tiny three-walled room, across a wasteland of rubble that crumbles steeply down to the banks of the Tigris, and contemplates his final, brutal, days of fighting Islamic State. "We killed them all," he says quietly. "Daesh, men, women and children. We killed everyone." What remains of this part of …

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A Shameful Silence: Where is the Outrage Over the Slaughter of Civilians in Mosul?

The catastrophic number of civilian casualties in Mosul is receiving little attention internationally from politicians and journalists. This is in sharp contrast to the outrage expressed worldwide over the bombardment of east Aleppo by Syrian government and Russian forces at the end of 2016. Hoshyar Zebari, the Kurdish leader and former Iraqi finance and foreign …

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Why ISIS Fighters are Being Thrown Off Buildings in Mosul

Iraqi security forces kill ISIS prisoners because they believe that if the militants are sent to prison camps they will bribe the authorities in Baghdad to release them. “That is why Iraqi soldiers prefer to shoot them or throw them off high buildings,” says one Iraqi source. A former senior Iraqi official said he could …

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Vehicles used for suicide car bombings, made by Islamic State militants, are seen at Federal Police Headquarters after being confiscated in Mosul, Iraq July 13, 2017. © Thaier Al-Sudani / Reuters

‘Mad Max’ Jihad: Seized ISIS Combat Vehicles Go on Exhibit in Mosul

Dozens of captured cars, modified “Mad Max-style” by Islamic State terrorists into either combat vehicles or suicide bombs on wheels, have been put on display by Iraqi security forces in the liberated city of Mosul. The exhibition show was launched at the Federal Police Headquarters in Hamam al-Qalil neighborhood in the northern Iraqi city of …

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