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Iraq forces battle deep into devastated Old Mosul

Iraqi forces battled deep into the devastated historical heart of Mosul and closed in fast on the last pockets of jihadists Sunday, eight months into an epic battle to retake the city.… Read More

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Russia warships, submarine strike IS targets in Syria

Two Russian warships and a submarine in the Mediterranean have fired missiles at Islamic State group targets in Syria, the defence ministry said Friday.

It said that Turkish and Israeli military “were … Read More

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US increases its role in Syria’s civil war

The unprecedented US downing of a Syrian regime warplane highlights the rapidly shifting dynamic in the six-year conflict where President Donald Trump has given American commanders a freer rein in the battlefield.… Read More

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Iraq authorities tell IS to ‘surrender or die’ in Mosul

Iraqi authorities have dropped leaflets over Mosul warning civilians to stay inside and are telling jihadists to “surrender or die” after launching an assault to retake the Old City.

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Iraqi forces storm Mosul Old City

Iraqi forces launched an assault Sunday to retake Mosul’s Old City, the last district still held by the Islamic State group three years after the jihadists seized the northern city and declared their “caliphate”.… Read More

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Saudi Arabia, allies hail Trump warning to Qatar

US President Donald Trump has accused Qatar’s leadership of bankrolling extremists and demanded a halt to that funding, drawing praise Saturday from Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Their approval came as Washington … Read More

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Trump offers help to diffuse Gulf crisis

President Donald Trump called Qatar’s emir Wednesday and offered US help as efforts grew to resolve a damaging feud between the emirate and its Gulf neighbours.

Trump’s call to Qatari ruler Emir Sheikh … Read More

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Iraqi forces retake area near Syrian border from IS

Iraqi forces retook an area near the Syrian border from the Islamic State group on Sunday as part of operations to expel the jihadists from strongholds in the country’s north.

The … Read More

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Russia cruise missiles target IS in Syria

A Russian warship and submarine have fired cruise missiles at Islamic State group targets around Palmyra in Syria from the Mediterranean, Moscow said Wednesday, the first such strikes announced in months.

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US forces raid Al-Qaeda in Yemen, kill seven jihadists

US forces have carried out a ground raid on an Al-Qaeda compound in Yemen, killing seven militants, the Pentagon said late Monday.

The raid took place in Marib province in the … Read More