A sniper in Iraq’s Golden Division tells VICE News how he’s faring since losing his friend, considered the best sniper in the country.
VICE News embedded with Iraq’s Golden Division Special Forces as they launched an offensive against the Islamic State in the Western province of Anbar.
Tens of thousands of displaced residents have returned to the Anbar provincial capital in the past two months, mostly from camps east of the city where they took refuge prior to the army's advance late last year.
Iraqi forces said they reclaimed strategic territory east of the provincial capital, but they're concerned that the area could be rigged with explosives.
Five suicide bombers attacked Camp Speicher, a former US military base outside the city of Tikrit that includes an area where Iraqi police are being trained.
Iraqi security forces with coalition support have taken another major town held by IS. Now they have to take from the militants the biggest prize: Mosul.
The Iraqi army has advanced into the center of the city, whose capture by Islamic State militants earlier this year was a major and embarrassing defeat for Iraq's government.
VICE News embedded with Iraq’s Special Operations Forces, also known as the Golden Division, who have been leading operations to recapture the city.
A VICE News reporter embedded with the Iraq army in Habbaniya, just 20 miles outside of Ramadi, reported that the Iraqi army has taken the entire west of the city, and that the Islamic State is surrounded.
The US is committing Special Operations to Syria as part of an effort to revitalize a stalled strategy against the Islamic State.
The UN issued a statement about the alleged incident on the same day a watchdog group reported that as many as 1,247 civilians have been killed by airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.