Middle East

Islamic State Cuts Phones in Iraqi City, Mosul Residents Say

An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter hold his position on the top of Mount Zardak, a strategic point taken 3 days ago, about 25 kilometres east of Mosul on Sept. 9, 2014. (J.M. Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)
An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter hold his position on the top of Mount Zardak, a strategic point taken 3 days ago, about 25 kilometres east of Mosul on Sept. 9, 2014. (J.M. Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

BAGHDAD—Militants from the Islamic State group blocked all mobile phone networks in the largest Iraqi city they control, Mosul, accusing informants in the city of...




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