Iraqi military says it has retaken two Mosul neighborhoods from Daesh

Iraqi military says it has retaken two Mosul neighborhoods from Daesh
The destroyed al-Nuri mosque is seen through a hole in the wall of a house retaken by Iraqi Special Forces during fighting against Daesh militants in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq. (AP)
Updated 28 June 2017

Iraqi military says it has retaken two Mosul neighborhoods from Daesh

Iraqi military says it has retaken two Mosul neighborhoods from Daesh

IRAQ: Iraq’s military said on Wednesday it had retaken two more neighborhoods from Daesh in Mosul’s Old City, bringing it closer to total control of the city.
The army’s 16th infantry division captured Hadarat Al-Saada and Al-Ahmadiyya, northwest of the historic Grand Al-Nuri Mosque which the militants destroyed last week. Daesh still controls the mosque’s grounds and about half of the last territory it runs in the Old City.
Federal police and elite units of the Counter-Terrorism Service have also been fighting inside the district’s maze of narrow alleyways since the battle began 10 days ago.
The military estimates up to 350 militants are dug in among civilians in wrecked houses and crumbling infrastructure. They are trying to slow the advance of Iraqi forces by laying booby traps and using suicide bombers and snipers.
Those residents who have escaped say many of the civilians trapped behind Daesh lines — put at 50,000 by the Iraqi military — are in a desperate situation with little food, water or medicines.
A US-led international coalition is providing air and ground support in the eight-month-old offensive.


France, Britain, Germany rebuke Iran over uranium metal work

France, Britain, Germany rebuke Iran over uranium metal work
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France, Britain, Germany rebuke Iran over uranium metal work

France, Britain, Germany rebuke Iran over uranium metal work

PARIS: European powers on Saturday warned Iran against starting work on uranium metal-based fuel for a research reactor, saying it contravened the 2015 nuclear deal and stressing that it had no civilian use but serious military implications.
"We strongly encourage Iran to end this activity, and return to full compliance with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran nuclear deal) without delay, if it is serious about preserving this agreement," France, Britain and Germany said in a joint statement.