The city of Fallujah in Iraq has reportedly been "fully liberated" by Iraqi military forces following five weeks of intense battles with the Islamic State terror group, but grave concerns remain for the thousands of refugees who have been forced to flee.
Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, head of counterterrorism forces in the operation, said the battle for Fallujah "is done, and the city is fully liberated," The Associated Press reported. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Fallujah following its liberation on Sunday, and is now looking to retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.
A heavy military offensive backed by the U.S. and other international allies has seen IS pushed back in a number of territories in recent months, though the terror group still remains in control of major cities in both Iraq and Syria. more >>
After Iraqi special forces recaptured the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State earlier this month, they discovered a makeshift prison where the terror group used torture devices to interrogate and punish its captives.
Images of the prison in the central part of the city, taken by Iraqi soldiers, show a filthy dog cage and a car battery in the prison, according to the U.K.'s Mirror newspaper.
The pictures suggest that IS terrorists, which is also known as Daesh, ISIS or ISIL, held some of the captives in the filthy dog cage and administered shocks by attaching the battery's metal clips to their genitalia. more >>
Iraqi Christians who are joining Muslims in fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan as a sign of peace and solidarity are facing rebuke from other believers.
"In this way we just wanted to propose a Christian gesture: as Christians, we are confident that fasting and prayer, also shared with others, can work miracles, while weapons and military interventions only kill," Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I told Fides News Agency.
The Patriarch explained that other Christians, though he did not identify who, have taken issue with Christians and Muslims worshiping together in such a way. more >>
After weeks of fighting, Iraqi special forces backed by multiple airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition on Friday recaptured the government headquarters and most other parts in the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State terror group, which has held the city since January 2014.
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the government forces have retaken most of Fallujah from Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL or Daesh, as they continue to flush out terrorists from other parts in the city, according to Al Jazeera.
"We promised you the liberation of Fallujah and we retook it. Our security forces control the city except for small pockets that need to be cleared within the coming hours," al-Abadi said in a brief address on state TV. "Fallujah has returned to the nation and Mosul is the next battle," he wrote on Twitter. "Daesh will be defeated." more >>
A new ISIS propaganda video shows the destruction of an Iraqi temple and makes threats to one of the seven wonders of the world — Egypt's Giza Pyramid complex.
In a 10-minute video posted this week by the DailyMail, IS militants are seen laying waste to Iraq's Nabu Temple, an ancient landmark dedicated to Nabu, the Babylonian god of wisdom, situated in the country's northwestern Nineveh province and is considered a culturally significant site that predates Islam.
The propaganda video footage shows multiple angles in which the 2,500-year-old site is destroyed. Satellite imagery from the United Nation's Institute for Training and Research, or UNITAR, which used optics captured on June 3 compared against photos taken back in January, confirmed the destruction. more >>
The thousands of women and girls being used by the Islamic State terror group as sex slaves attempt to make themselves look less beautiful by covering their faces in dirt, an escaped Yazidi boy has said, but they still get beaten and raped by the terrorists.
"The girls were covering their faces with dirt, trying to make themselves less beautiful. But if they were caught doing that they were beaten. They were all beaten and taken away. ISIS beat us too," 15-year-old Ahmed Amin Koro told Fox News after escaping an IS training camp and fleeing to northern Iraq.
He said both male and female prisoners are treated terribly inside IS camps. Children are woken before sunrise each morning and forced to recite Islamic prayers; they are fed only with scraps, and washed with contaminated water. more >>