About 1,000 Islamic State militants recently surrendered to Kurdish Peshmerga forces in southern Kirkuk, and Kurdish officials say they will not accept a request from the Iraqi government to hand over the militants. VOA's Dlshad Anwar reports from the region.
Thousands of Iraqi troops, Kurdish Peshmerga and Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces have been deployed on the outskirts of Kirkuk province amid preparations to retake the nearby district of Hawija from the Islamic State. VOA's Dlshad Anwar reports from the region.
As the U.S.-backed Iraqi forces and Shiite militias make preparations to attack the Islamic State (IS) in its last Kirkuk stronghold of Hawija, the terror group has increased checkpoints and landmines around the town to prevent residents from fleeing. VOA's Dilshad Anwar reports.
Three years after Islamic State was ousted in Iraq's Salahuddin province, 12,000 Sunni residents of Sulaiman Bek are unable to return home because Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces militiamen turned the town into a military base. VOA's Dlshad Anwar reports.
As Islamic State (IS) continues losing ground to the U.S.-backed Iraqi forces in Mosul, IS militants are trying to regroup in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, where they still control scattered towns and villages. VOA's Dilshad Anwar reports.
The Iraqi Kurdish government has placed dozens of Islamic State (IS) members' families in the Qorato refugee camp in Kirkuk, but they are kept separated from people who were victimized by IS. VOA's Dilshad Anwar reports.