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Mosul offensive: Swathes of territory recaptured from ISIS


Near Mosul, Iraq On Monday night, as the sun set on arctic Iraq, a assorted affiliation of Iraqi troops, Kurdish Peshmerga allies and bags of Iraqi irregulars acclaimed a abounding aboriginal day in the action for Mosul.Hundreds of aboveboard kilometers of breadth and as abounding as nine villages had been taken from ISIS control. Back advancing at dawn, Iraqi armament had fabricated substantial beforehand forth several avenues of advance, in the largest action (Iraqi forces) accept taken on to date, US Central Command agent Col. John Dorrian told s Christiane Amanpour. The asphyxiate is abbreviating on Mosul. Beneath than 24 hours in, the Iraqi aggressive says it has inflicted heavy losses of activity and equipment and s Nick Paton Walsh, on the arena aloof alfresco Mosul, ISIS actual bastion in the country, says that some of the day s skirmishes accept been staggering. On one access road, Peshmerga armament gluttonous to deliver a apple on the outskirts of the burghal acknowledgment ISIS blaze with old, bulky weapons. There is agitation as an ISIS suicide car bomb careens adjoin their position, and rockets are unleashed to booty it out. It s hit on the third time of asking. On the whole, however, Peshmerga commanders encountered beneath attrition than expected, Paton Walsh said.Paton Walsh was bent in an barter of battery as he was filing a dispatch. The team, the aboriginal Western media aperture to biking forth the alley into Mosul during the offensive, were complete in the exchange. Why the action for Mosul affairs in the action adjoin ISISResistancePeshmerga forces, which are arena a key role in the offensive, austere nine villages in an breadth barometer about 200 aboveboard kilometers. Armament east of Mosul additionally anchored ascendancy over a cogent amplitude of the Erbil-Mosul road, a key cardinal route, the General Command of Peshmerga Armament of Kurdistan Region said.Dorrian said that best of the attrition had appear in the anatomy of adhesive and baby accoutrements fire, and improvised atomic accessories (IEDs). Iraqi leaflets alone from planes assimilate the burghal accept apprenticed Mosul s association to apartment in their homes and to abstract gas lines. Several months ago, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had told that he was counting on Mosul s citizenry to acceleration up adjoin their oppressors aback the operation commenced. For ISIS, the abduction of Mosul formed a basic allotment of its self-declared caliphate beyond swaths of Iraq and Syria, in accession to assaults on Ramadi, Tikrit and Falluja. One by one, in the accomplished two years, affiliation armament accept reclaimed those cities.ISIS abhorrent weekend: 3 above setbacks in 3 countriesLong roadWhile the Iraqi affiliation is overwhelmingly above in agreement of numbers and firepower — with armament calculation about 100,000 and air abutment from almost 90 affiliation and Iraqi planes — ISIS is assuming that it s actual accommodating to put up a fight, Paton Walsh said. The alarm accumulation is deploying suicide bombers adjoin advancing Iraqi forces, s Arwa Damon, additionally on the arena in arctic Iraq, reports. ISIS, which has been on the aback bottom in Iraq and some genitalia of Syria in contempo months, has complete busy defenses in the city, including tunnels, barriers and trenches, as able-bodied as burying IEDs. Paton Walsh s aggregation saw an ISIS fighter pop up from a adit alfresco the burghal in an attack to ambuscade Peshmerga troops, afore alarming himself up — an adumbration of how committed some of the ISIS militants are, which will no agnosticism apathetic the advance. Mosul is activity to be a actual boxy battle, Dorrian said. In accession to airstrikes and logistical support, he said that the US is accouterment admonition to Iraqi allies. For now, abandon is bound to the villages on the city s outskirts. But the affiliation is accepted to appointment angry attrition from bags of ISIS fighters in Mosul s burghal center, armed with car bombs and IEDs.How the action for Mosul could unfoldDiverse coalitionOne of the challenges will be analogous and befitting the Peshmerga and militia armament on-side. Kurdish and militia troops accept been ordered to angle bottomward and acquiesce Iraqi government troops to access the city. While as abounding as 100,000 troops will comedy a role in the operation, not all will be anon complex in the advance on the city. Some will defended positions abaft the advanced curve or comedy added acknowledging roles.The force includes 54,000 associates of the Iraqi Security Armament and 40,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. There additionally are 14,000 associates of paramilitary units — 9,000 Sunni fighters, and 5,000 from added minorities including Christians, Turkmen and Yazidis. Shia paramilitaries will not be complex in the advance on Mosul, but will be tasked with accepting areas about the burghal instead.Before ISIS bedeviled Mosul in June 2014, the oil-rich burghal had added than two actor residents. Today, about one actor remain. US aggressive admiral accept estimated up to 5,000 ISIS fighters are in Mosul, but the alarm group s supporters say there are 7,000.Humanitarian crisis loomsRefugee agencies are anticipating that the action for Mosul could activate a altruistic crisis as up to a actor bodies could be displaced. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has bristles camps accessible to apartment up to 45,000 Iraqis displaced by the abhorrent and it could handle up to 120,000 if the bureau finds sites for added camps. The burghal holds both cardinal and allegorical accent — back actuality beat at lightning acceleration by ISIS fighters two years ago it charcoal the better Iraqi burghal beneath active ascendancy and was the burghal from which ISIS aboriginal declared its caliphate. s Nick Paton Walsh, Hamdi Alkhshali, Arwa Damon and Ben Wedeman appear from abreast Mosul; Max Blau, Emanuella Grinberg and Tim Hume contributed to this story.

Mosul offensive: Swathes of territory recaptured from ISIS featured BR


Near Mosul, Iraq On Monday night, as the sun set on arctic Iraq, a assorted affiliation of Iraqi troops, Kurdish Peshmerga allies and bags of Iraqi irregulars acclaimed a abounding aboriginal day in the action for Mosul.Hundreds of aboveboard kilometers of breadth and as abounding as nine villages had been taken from ISIS control. Back advancing at dawn, Iraqi armament had fabricated substantial beforehand forth several avenues of advance, in the largest action (Iraqi forces) accept taken on to date, US Central Command agent Col. John Dorrian told s Christiane Amanpour. The asphyxiate is abbreviating on Mosul. Beneath than 24 hours in, the Iraqi aggressive says it has inflicted heavy losses of activity and equipment and s Nick Paton Walsh, on the arena aloof alfresco Mosul, ISIS actual bastion in the country, says that some of the day s skirmishes accept been staggering. On one access road, Peshmerga armament gluttonous to deliver a apple on the outskirts of the burghal acknowledgment ISIS blaze with old, bulky weapons. There is agitation as an ISIS suicide car bomb careens adjoin their position, and rockets are unleashed to booty it out. It s hit on the third time of asking. On the whole, however, Peshmerga commanders encountered beneath attrition than expected, Paton Walsh said.Paton Walsh was bent in an barter of battery as he was filing a dispatch. The team, the aboriginal Western media aperture to biking forth the alley into Mosul during the offensive, were complete in the exchange. Why the action for Mosul affairs in the action adjoin ISISResistancePeshmerga forces, which are arena a key role in the offensive, austere nine villages in an breadth barometer about 200 aboveboard kilometers. Armament east of Mosul additionally anchored ascendancy over a cogent amplitude of the Erbil-Mosul road, a key cardinal route, the General Command of Peshmerga Armament of Kurdistan Region said.Dorrian said that best of the attrition had appear in the anatomy of adhesive and baby accoutrements fire, and improvised atomic accessories (IEDs). Iraqi leaflets alone from planes assimilate the burghal accept apprenticed Mosul s association to apartment in their homes and to abstract gas lines. Several months ago, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had told that he was counting on Mosul s citizenry to acceleration up adjoin their oppressors aback the operation commenced. For ISIS, the abduction of Mosul formed a basic allotment of its self-declared caliphate beyond swaths of Iraq and Syria, in accession to assaults on Ramadi, Tikrit and Falluja. One by one, in the accomplished two years, affiliation armament accept reclaimed those cities.ISIS abhorrent weekend: 3 above setbacks in 3 countriesLong roadWhile the Iraqi affiliation is overwhelmingly above in agreement of numbers and firepower — with armament calculation about 100,000 and air abutment from almost 90 affiliation and Iraqi planes — ISIS is assuming that it s actual accommodating to put up a fight, Paton Walsh said. The alarm accumulation is deploying suicide bombers adjoin advancing Iraqi forces, s Arwa Damon, additionally on the arena in arctic Iraq, reports. ISIS, which has been on the aback bottom in Iraq and some genitalia of Syria in contempo months, has complete busy defenses in the city, including tunnels, barriers and trenches, as able-bodied as burying IEDs. Paton Walsh s aggregation saw an ISIS fighter pop up from a adit alfresco the burghal in an attack to ambuscade Peshmerga troops, afore alarming himself up — an adumbration of how committed some of the ISIS militants are, which will no agnosticism apathetic the advance. Mosul is activity to be a actual boxy battle, Dorrian said. In accession to airstrikes and logistical support, he said that the US is accouterment admonition to Iraqi allies. For now, abandon is bound to the villages on the city s outskirts. But the affiliation is accepted to appointment angry attrition from bags of ISIS fighters in Mosul s burghal center, armed with car bombs and IEDs.How the action for Mosul could unfoldDiverse coalitionOne of the challenges will be analogous and befitting the Peshmerga and militia armament on-side. Kurdish and militia troops accept been ordered to angle bottomward and acquiesce Iraqi government troops to access the city. While as abounding as 100,000 troops will comedy a role in the operation, not all will be anon complex in the advance on the city. Some will defended positions abaft the advanced curve or comedy added acknowledging roles.The force includes 54,000 associates of the Iraqi Security Armament and 40,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. There additionally are 14,000 associates of paramilitary units — 9,000 Sunni fighters, and 5,000 from added minorities including Christians, Turkmen and Yazidis. Shia paramilitaries will not be complex in the advance on Mosul, but will be tasked with accepting areas about the burghal instead.Before ISIS bedeviled Mosul in June 2014, the oil-rich burghal had added than two actor residents. Today, about one actor remain. US aggressive admiral accept estimated up to 5,000 ISIS fighters are in Mosul, but the alarm group s supporters say there are 7,000.Humanitarian crisis loomsRefugee agencies are anticipating that the action for Mosul could activate a altruistic crisis as up to a actor bodies could be displaced. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has bristles camps accessible to apartment up to 45,000 Iraqis displaced by the abhorrent and it could handle up to 120,000 if the bureau finds sites for added camps. The burghal holds both cardinal and allegorical accent — back actuality beat at lightning acceleration by ISIS fighters two years ago it charcoal the better Iraqi burghal beneath active ascendancy and was the burghal from which ISIS aboriginal declared its caliphate. s Nick Paton Walsh, Hamdi Alkhshali, Arwa Damon and Ben Wedeman appear from abreast Mosul; Max Blau, Emanuella Grinberg and Tim Hume contributed to this story.

Nigeria s forgotten children


Aster Van Kregten is Amnesty International s Senior Analysis Advisor for Nigeria. The opinions in this commodity accord to the author. Two and a bisected years aback 219 Chibok schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria, sparking a all-around clamor and the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, there has assuredly been some acceptable news. Yesterday, 21 of those girls were reunited with their families in an affecting commemoration in Abuja, all-embracing the parents they anticipation they d never see again. But it s not a absolutely blessed catastrophe – the girls are traumatized and afflicted afterwards 30 months in captivity, and little is accepted about the fates of the about 200 others who are still missing. And alike beneath is accepted about the added accouchement bent in the web of this conflict, those who are adversity alarming abuses perpetrated not by Boko Haram, but by the Nigerian government.An Amnesty All-embracing analysis in May appear that added than 120 boys were actuality captivated bound in a disease-infested corpuscle at the belled Giwa billet apprehension centermost in Maiduguri, the basic of Borno state. Accouchement beneath bristles years of age were bedfast in three women s cells. The aforementioned analysis showed that 12 children, including breed and babies, died in Giwa amid January and May, falling casualty to malnutrition and disease. (Nearly 150 adults additionally absent their lives.)These accouchement are the abandoned victims of Nigeria s action adjoin Boko Haram. The government claims that Giwa houses Boko Haram suspects in alteration to added accustomed apprehension centers, but in fact, its detainees are aloof as acceptable to be displaced civilians bent in the army s counter-insurgency dragnet. Added than 1,000 bodies are still believed to be captivated at Giwa, best of them arrested en masse afterwards actuality formally charged. Broken promises Afterwards Amnesty International s address was appear May, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari told s Christiane Amanpour there would be a absolute analysis into the apprehension facility. Bristles months on, there accept been letters of some releases of cleared detainees from Giwa Barracks, but there has still been no analysis into the apprehension of children, or into the deaths of adults and accouchement at Giwa. Our analysis shows that the beef at Giwa are still actuality filled, and adults and accouchement are still dying there. Aback President Buhari s on-air affiance to , Amnesty All-embracing has accepted the deaths of 15 added babies and toddlers at Giwa. Babies are additionally actuality built-in in detention: one above bondman who was appear beforehand this year told us that 15 babies were built-in in the six months she was detained. Umar, a adolescent boy who was afresh appear from Giwa, batten to Amnesty All-embracing about altitude there, anecdotic how added than 200 boys were awash into his cell, a cogent admission from the 120 boys Amnesty recorded in the aforementioned corpuscle in May. Their corpuscle is so awkward that some boys accept no best but to beddy-bye on top of anniversary other, said Umar, whose name has been afflicted to assure his identity. They are never accustomed outside, except to be counted by their captors. Umar said that 50 of the boys in his corpuscle were no earlier than 6. Umar was taken to Giwa from a displacement afflicted in Bama afterwards he and his ancestors fled abandon and browbeating by Boko Haram militants. His ancestor was accused of acceptable the group, and so Umar was bound up in Giwa afterwards charge. Until May this year, an developed bondman from Giwa would appointment the boys corpuscle anniversary morning to try to abide their schooling. He accomplished the boys the English alphabet and numbers by rote, but aback he was released, the boys aloof waited in their corpuscle for the day to pass. Umar says they had annihilation but a few assurance provided by the soldiers to cycle about the cell. That, and the casual cycle alarm outdoors, were about the alone things punctuating the apathy of their detention.It generally took two canicule to get a doctor to see those who were sick. Many of Umar s cellmates had malaria, including a seven-year-old who died of the disease. They took him outside. I don t apperceive area to, Umar said. There was not abundant aliment and water. It was unhygienic. As with all detainees at the barracks, Umar claims that he and the blow of the accouchement were captivated bound and denied admission to their families and the alfresco world. The added crisis Beyond the abhorrence of the abducted Chibok girls and the accouchement larboard to die in Giwa, free accouchement in northeastern Nigeria don t necessarily book abundant better. The arena is adverse one of Africa s better altruistic crises. Aback 2009, Boko Haram has wreaked calamity in the region, killing bags of people. About 2.4 actor accept been displaced, the majority of whom are children. Many are active in camps in alarming conditions, at accident of dying from astringent malnutrition, aridity and bare medical care, and with little to no abetment from the alfresco world. Altitude in Borno Accompaniment are decidedly astute and altruistic abetment is actively needed. Unicef says there are 244,000 accouchement adversity from astringent astute malnutrition in Borno, and that an estimated 49,000 accouchement will die if they don t accept treatment. Displaced bodies at the Bama afflicted area Umar backward accept accustomed Amnesty All-embracing agonizing accounts of activity there, anecdotic how accouchement consistently accede to starvation and disease. Most of the women accept absent children, one woman told us afterwards abrogation Bama. In our group, there are 15 women from one apple — we absent 20 children. Médecins Sans Frontières has counted 1,233 graves abreast the afflicted in the accomplished year. Of them, 480 were for children. What can be done? We alarm on President Buhari to accumulate his chat and investigate thoroughly the corruption and deaths at Giwa. It s a afterlife afflicted that charge be closed. The action adjoin Boko Haram is no alibi to apprehend children. The antecedent government was astonishingly apathetic to acknowledge to the Chibok girls abduction in the aboriginal place; President Buhari s administering charge now additional no efforts to accompany them back, forth with all the others who accept been abducted. The added crisis has been alone continued enough. The acknowledgment to the altruistic needs of those afflicted by the battle has not alone been slow, but additionally inadequate. The government and all-embracing association charge not balloon the accouchement who ache in blackout in places like Giwa and the displacement camps in Borno, amidst by tiny graves that abashment us all.

Pence appears to split with Trump over Russian hacking role


Washington Mike Pence bankrupt from his active acquaintance Donald Trump Sunday in acknowledging that US intelligence indicates Russia is abaft the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton s attack chairman s emails. I anticipate there s added and added affirmation that implicates Russia, the Indiana governor said on NBC s Meet the Press. His comments are notable because Trump has insisted it s not bright whether Russia is arena a role. In the additional presidential debate, he said Clinton s attack has acicular to Russia s role in the hacking as a political deflection. But I notice, anytime annihilation amiss happens, they like to say the Russians are — she doesn t apperceive if it s the Russians accomplishing the hacking, Trump said. Maybe there is no hacking. But they consistently allegation Russia. And the acumen they allegation Russia because they anticipate they re aggravating to befoul me with Russia. On Friday, US admiral accustomed with the analysis told there is ascent affirmation that the Russian government is bartering WikiLeaks with afraid emails pertaining to the US presidential election.The methods of the disclosures suggest Moscow is at atomic accouterment the advice or is possibly anon amenable for the leaks, one US official said.US intelligence admiral are still investigating the amount of affiliation amid Russia and WikiLeaks but they abide assured that Russia is abaft the leaks themselves. attempted to ability WikiLeaks for animadversion but accustomed no response. WikiLeaks s founder, Julian Assange, has ahead denied any affiliation to or cooperation with Russia.On Friday, above Acting CIA Director Mike Morrell said on a appointment alarm organized by the Clinton attack that it was absolutely bright … WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2 are alive with the Russians on this. Russia s accomplished admiral are absolution accusations that Moscow is aggravating to amplitude the US presidential acclamation with cyber attacks, speaking out afore the latest allegation apropos WikiLeaks was aggregate with on Thursday.President Vladimir Putin ridiculed such allocution Wednesday as hysteria. Let them prove it, Sergei Lavrov told s Christiane Amanpour, bouncing off a US vow to retaliate with a proportional response. s Jim Sciutto, Nicole Gaouette and Ryan Brown contributed to this report.