Secretary of State Rex Tillerson needs to clarify whether he believes the Islamic State’s mass slaughter and persecution of Yazidis, Christians, and other minorities in Iraq will spur more U.S. action or further limit it, Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and human rights activists say.
Iraqi families returning home to West Mosul nearly a month after the war-torn city was liberated from the Islamic State are facing deadly remnants left behind by the terrorist group in the form of hidden explosives and booby traps.
Key lawmakers and human rights activists who have spent the last three years trying to help religious minorities the Islamic State killed in Iraq are gratified by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent recognition of the persecution as genocide and want to ensure it translates into helping the communities survive on the ground.
In the days leading up to the Islamic State’s defeat in Mosul, the terrorist group turned to its propaganda arm to disseminate charges of American-led coalition forces of killing scores of civilians.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul on Sunday and congratulated the armed forces for their “victory” over Islamic State after eight months of urban warfare, bringing an end to three years of jihadist rule in the city.
As Iraqi troops closed in on Mosul over the past few months, the Islamic State seized civilian homes and trapped families inside while they staged attacks from the rooftops against U.S.-led coalition forces to lure American airstrikes.
The Islamic State will be entirely eradicated from its de facto capital in Mosul by next week, a senior general operating in Iraq said Thursday.
In the coming days, Iraqi counterterrorism forces are expected to assault the remaining ISIS stronghold in Tal Afar—roughly 40 miles west of Mosul—according to the commander of Iraq’s Joint Military Operations, Lieutenant General Abdel Amir Rashid Yarallah, who spoke to Iraqi media July 4.
A Canadian sniper in Iraq took out an ISIS terrorist from more than 2 miles away, Canadian Armed Forces confirmed on Thursday.