Governor of Kirkuk Najmaldin Karim called on Kurdish people to “defend the city”
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US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has announced the US will send 560 more troops to Iraq to help prepare for an Iraqi-led recapture of Mosul. Iraqi forces have made a series of recent gains against “Islamic State.”
An ‘Islamic State’ (IS) attack on a Shiite shrine north of the Iraqi capital has killed at least 30 people and injured dozens more. The strike comes just five days after a massive explosion in Baghdad claimed 292 lives.
The “Islamic State” miliant group has “shot and killed” civilains fleeing Fallujah, said the Norwegian Refugee Council. Around 50,000 civilians are trapped in the city center, according to Iraqi officials.
Iraqi forces have continued their drive into the heart of Ramadi, the ‘Islamic State’-held city west of Baghdad. Some reports suggest they’re close to retaking the city.
Iraqi forces are on the verge of retaking western Ramadi as they battle the last jihadists holed up in the center of the city. Coalition air forces have continued to bomb ‘Islamic State’ targets.