Daesh, a terrorist group banned around the world, originally emerged in Iraq after the 2003 US invasion in the country. The city of Mosul, Iraq, is currently considered the group's stronghold. Since 2014, the US-led coalition, which includes forces from the UK, Turkey, France and a number of other countries, has been battling Daesh militants in Iraq. Local Iraqi military forces are also engaged in winning back territories captured by Daesh.
The United States has deliberately not provided advanced precision weapons to Iraqi security forces, limiting Baghdad's ability to fully liberate Mosul and fight Daesh, defense analyst Ahmad al-Sharifi told Sputnik Persian.
Russia will finish off Daesh, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov promised.
In Iraq, even the animals are doing their part to fight the jihadis.
Coalition airstrikes killed a Daesh security chief in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Iraqi government forces will attack the leader of the Daesh terrorist group (outlawed in Russia), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as soon as his exact location is uncovered by intelligence, a spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Special Operations Command told Sputnik Wednesday.
The US-led coalition's commander said a large number of uninvited troops would constitute a problem in Iraq and Syria.
The Iraqi Armed Forces announced on Tuesday plans to launch an operation aimed at the liberation of the northwestern town of Tal Afar from the Daesh terror group, outlawed in Russia.
The complexity of urban warfare and Daesh's level of preparedness to fight for their key stronghold in Iraq indicate that the operation aimed at liberating western Mosul will take much time, Dr. Theodore Karasik, a senior advisor at Gulf State Analytics, told Radio Sputnik.
The US Department of Defense has no information to corroborate reports that Daesh leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi was injured in an Iraqi military strike on February 9, department spokesperson Jeff Davis said in a briefing on Monday.
An Iraqi airstrike eliminated 77 Daesh jihadists in the country's western part.
This is the first documented episode when Daesh terrorists used battle tanks, the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces said.
A fighter of Peshmerga, military forces of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, was wounded by three shots during the Daesh offensive on Kirkuk, and already lost all hope to survive when he was found by the Iraqi Kurdistan representative to Russia and brought to Moscow for medical treatment, he told Sputnik in an interview.
NATO has commenced a new training course in Iraq aimed at teaching local servicemen to neutralize improvised explosive devices prepared by Daesh terrorists.
Moscow may render assistance to Baghdad in combating Daesh should the Iraqi authorities launch such initiative.
Russia's top diplomat noted that Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump named combating the outlawed terrorist group as "top priority" during their talks on Saturday.
Four refugees trying to escape from the territories controlled by Daesh were killed by a blast in northern Iraq.
The president of Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq expressed hope that the Donald Trump administration will fight terrorism better.
Iraqi children who suffer horrific traumas or are wounded in the besieged city of Mosul have not received proper medical care due to lack of available services and resources within the city, a human rights group said Thursday.
The Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the Iraqi Shiite militia, does not rule out the possibility of assisting Syrian President Bashar Assad in his fight against terrorism, the PMF spokesman, Ahmed Assadi, said.
The Kurds in northern Iraq will need continued support for Peshmerga forces after the defeat of the Daesh terrorist group and would welcome a long-term military partnership with the United States, Kurdistan Regional Security Council Chancellor Masrour Barzani told guests at the Woodrow Wilson Center on Thursday.