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Iraq says Army Makes Gains in Gruelling Mosul Battle

By Dominic Evans and Stephanie Nebehay BAGHDAD/GENEVA, Dec 10 – The Iraqi army said it took full control of two more districts of east Mosul on Saturday, pushing back Daesh militants in a slow and hard-fought advance into the city whose 1 million residents face growing shortages of fuel, water and food. A military statement

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Syrian Army Rushes Forces to Historic Palmyra in Daesh Battle

BEIRUT, Dec 10 – The Syrian army said it has sent reinforcements to Palmyra, where Daesh fighters have advanced to its outskirts in some of the heaviest fighting since the group lost the historic city earlier this year. The group had taken over areas to the northwest and southeast of Palmyra, and clashes continued on

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U.S. Adds 200 Military Personnel to Syria Anti-Daesh Campaign

MANAMA, Dec 10 – The United States is sending 200 additional military personnel to Syria to help the campaign to drive the Daesh militant group from Raqqa, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday. Speaking in Bahrain at the Manama Dialogue conference on Middle East security, Carter said the 200, including special forces trainers,

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U.S. Allies Caution Trump on Syria Strategy

By Warren Strobel, Yara Bayoumy and John Irish WASHINGTON/PARIS, Dec 9 – Key U.S. allies in Europe are quietly expressing concern over President-elect Donald Trump’s approach to Syria, warning that his pledge to work more closely with Russia, Damascus’ main backer, will do little to diminish the terrorist threat emanating from Syria. The diplomatic persuasion

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Egypt Security Forces Hit by Two Bombings in a Single Day

By Giles Elgood CAIRO, Dec 9 – Egyptian security forces were hit by two roadside bombings in a single day on Friday that killed six policemen and wounded six in Cairo and the north of the country, security sources and officials said. The attacks come as the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi faces an

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Iraq says it Destroys Mosul Car Bomb Factories

By Dominic Evans BAGHDAD, Dec 9 – Iraqi forces captured a neighbourhood in east Mosul on Friday, pushing deeper to the heart of Daesh’s Iraq stronghold and destroying three sites where it produced car bombs used in waves of suicide attacks, the campaign’s commander said. Lieutenant-General Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah said Counter Terrorism Service forces

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No Respite for Libya After Daesh Driven from Coastal City

By Aidan Lewis TUNIS, Dec 9 – As Daesh’s last defences crumbled this week in their Libyan bastion Sirte, dozens of women and children used as human shields stumbled dazed and dust-caked from the rubble. Fighters from the armed groups that defeated the jihadists feted the end of a punishing six-month battle by flying Libyan

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Iraq’s Parliament Speaker Demands Inquiry Into Deadly Qaim Airstrikes

By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD, Dec 8 – Iraq’s parliament speaker called on Thursday for a government inquiry into air strikes on an Daesh-held western border town which local politicians said had killed around 60 people, mostly civilians. Hospital sources and two parliamentarians said the air strikes killed dozens of civilians, including 12 women and 19

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Tigris Lioness: Iraqi Militiawoman Fights for Revenge Against Daesh

By Isabel Coles MAKHMUR, Iraq, Dec 8 – Wearing a camouflage cap over her headscarf, Miaad al-Jubbouri cuts an unusual figure among the hundreds of men fighting to retake a village from Daesh in northern Iraq. The mother of five was the sole woman among a joint force of Iraqi army and tribal militias who attacked

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