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This Week in History: November 2-8

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid November 5, 1996: PM Benazir Bhutto’s government dissolved by the president Relations between Pakistan’s first female Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and then-Pakistani president Farooq Leghari were complicated, to say the least. Leghari was brought to power first by Bhutto, who had appointed

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Rights Group Says Ban Militias With Record of Abuses From Mosul Battle

BAGHDAD, July 31 – Iraqi military commanders should prevent militias with records of serious abuses from taking part in a planned offensive on the Daesh-held city of Mosul, campaign group Human Rights Watch said on Sunday. The battle for Mosul, the ultra-hardline militants’ de facto capital in Iraq and the largest city anywhere in their

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Ministers Prepare to Retake Daesh Stronghold of Mosul

By Warren Strobel, Jonathan Landay and Stephen Kalin WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD, July 19 – Dozens of defense and foreign ministers will meet in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday to take stock of the fight against Daesh, their focus increasingly on a major prize: the militant group’s bastion in Mosul, Iraq. The battle for Mosul is expected to

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US-Led Strikes Pound Daesh in Iraq, Kill 250 Fighters

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, June 29 – U.S.-led coalition aircraft waged a series of deadly strikes against Daesh around the city of Falluja on Wednesday, U.S. officials told Reuters, with one citing a preliminary estimate of at least 250 suspected fighters killed and at least 40 vehicles destroyed. If the figures are confirmed, the strikes would

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Iraqi Army Closes in on Daesh Militants Holed Up West of Falluja

By Thaier al-Sudani and Ahmed Rasheed FALLUJA, Iraq, June 27 – Iraq’s army sought on Monday to eliminate Daesh militants holed up in farmland west of Falluja to keep them from launching a counterattack on the city a day after Baghdad declared victory over Daesh there. Backed by air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition, Iraqi artillery bombarded

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Iraqi Forces Retake Daesh Holdout in Falluja

By Stephen Kalin FALLUJA, Iraq, June 26 – Iraqi forces recaptured the last district held by Daesh militants in the city of Falluja on Sunday and the general commanding the operation declared the battle complete after nearly five weeks of fighting. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi claimed victory over Daesh in Falluja more than a week ago but

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Gains Against Daesh Not Yet Enough, Could Backfire: U.S. Officials

By John Walcott WASHINGTON, June 22 – President Barack Obama and some administration officials have hailed recent military gains against Daesh in Iraq and Syria, but other U.S. officials and outside experts warn that the U.S.-backed air and ground campaign is far from eradicating the radical Islamic group, and could even backfire. While Daesh’s defeats in

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Iraqi Forces Retake Two Falluja Districts from Daesh, Push West

BAGHDAD, June 21 – Iraq’s armed forces pressed on with their offensive to retake the city of Falluja from Daesh on Tuesday, dislodging the militants from two eastern districts and pushing them back into a handful of northern and western neighborhoods. A military statement said the elite counter-terrorism forces took the northeastern Shurta police district while

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Iraqi Forces Take Falluja Government Building from Daesh: State TV

By Thaier al-Sudani FALLUJA, Iraq, June 17 – Iraqi forces on Friday entered the centre of Falluja, the Iraqi city longest held by Daesh, nearly four weeks after the start of a U.S.-backed offensive that cleared out the tens of thousands of residents still there. Government troops, supported by multiple air strikes from a U.S.-led

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