Iraq holds detainees in 'horrendous conditions' near Mosul: HRW

Iraq holds detainees in 'horrendous conditions' near Mosul: HRW

Iraq holds detainees in 'horrendous conditions' near Mosul: HRW

Coalition air support has been pivotal to Iraq's fight against ISIS, helping Iraqi forces slowly claw back territory throughout Iraq's western Anbar province and up the Tigris River valley to Mosul.

In mid-2014, when ISIS seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria, the jihadist group took Mosul, once considered the terrorist group's de facto capital in Iraq, much like what Raqqa is to the jihadist group in Syria.astern Mosul fell to the anti-ISIS U.S. -backed offensive of almost 100,000 Iraqi government troops, Kurdish Peshmerga forces, and Iran-backed Shiite militias, among other fighters.

Iraqi forces said Tuesday that they recaptured Mosul's train station, which has not been operational since jihadists siezed the city but was once one of the country's main rail hubs.

Regarding the catastrophic displacement of refugees, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi brushed it off last night saying that the number of displaced and uprooted people were "not unexpected".

Residents have streamed out of western neighborhoods recaptured by the government, many desperately hungry and traumatized by living under Islamic State's hardline rule. Some pushed children and sick elderly relatives in handcarts and wheelbarrows.

The army had earlier recaptured the east of the city in an offensive that began previous year.

"Unless there is a political process that restores confidence of Sunnis in the a post-Daesh phase there may emerge more organizations of terrorists that are even more extreme than Daesh", he said.

SDF forces took control of five villages as they continued a slow advance, said the Observatory.

Displaced Iraqis stand in front of a destroyed building to get into Hamam al-Alil camp on Tuesday.


More than 65,000 of them fled their homes over the past two weeks, the organisation said. They took advantage of the army retaking their district to get out. Food had been scarce, they said.

U.S. envoy Brett McGurk said on Sunday that the remaining western Mosul neighbourhoods held by ISIL were surrounded and the group had lost more than 60 percent of the territory it once held in Iraq.

The rights group said that the makeshift prisons were under the authority of the interior ministry intelligence service, which is interrogating people handed over by security forces fighting ISIS.

The effort to liberate Mosul, ISIS's last major stronghold in Iraq, began in mid-October 2016.

"(IS) is a common foe that we need to face", Hishammuddin told reporters after meeting Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Parliament.

Losing the city would be a huge blow to IS as it has served as the group's de facto capital since its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed himself - from the Grand Mosque - head of a caliphate covering Iraq and Syria in the summer of 2014.

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