Donald Trump’s executive order suspending entry to the US of nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen), has disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, ripping families apart and leaving careers in limbo. I spoke to Iraqis and Syrians impacted by the ban. Read more.
Donald Trump’s decision to ban immigration from a string of Muslim-majority nations has sparked fury and anguish around the world as refugees and migrants were prevented from boarding flights to the US. Read here.
The battle to take back the Iraqi city of Mosul from Isis has brought a wave of journalists to Erbil. With the combat zone just a taxi ride away, war has brought a new front line economy to the Kurdish city. Read here. Photographs by Alex Potter.
At day break on Monday morning Iraqi soldiers gathered on a quiet suburban street in the east of the city of Mosul, laughing and joking as they prepared to go into battle with Islamic State fighters. Morale was high, even as the militants on the other side of the front line signaled that they too were awake by sending a volley of mortars towards the waiting line of vehicles. Read here.
Iraqi troops fighting to take back Mosul reached the banks of the River Tigris yesterday and declared the eastern half of the city freed from Islamic State rule.
“Today we celebrate the liberation of the eastern bank in Mosul,” said Lieutenant-General Talib Shaghati, head of the elite US-trained counterterrorism force known as the Golden Division. Read here.