“Across Iraq, children continue to witness sheer horror and unimaginable violence,” the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) said in a Thursday statement.
ISIS has blown up Mosul’s Grand al Nuri Mosque, where the terrorist group’s leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi announced the formation of a so-called caliphate after capturing the northern city in 2014.
Iraqi govt troops recaptured a mosque in western Mosul’s Old City and killed a senior Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Masri. He was a senior military commander at Bab al-Jadeed neighborhood.
The European Union may send a new security mission to help stabilise Iraq after the expected recapture of Mosul from ISIS.
Tehran announced that the terrorists who attacked Iran’s parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum were Iranian members of ISIS.
The United Nations human rights chief says the ISIS executed 163 civilians last week to prevent them from fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul, where the army is leading a counterterrorism operation.
Two car bombs and a suicide bomber killed at least 35 people in Baghdad and in a city to the west, and wounded more than 100 in Tuesday attacks targeting the late-night crowds typical of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.