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Could Trump Save U.S. Mideast policy? Or Just Make It Worse?

By Peter Apps Nov 23 – As the U.S. election results trickled in in the early hours of Nov. 9, Syrian government forces began yet another assault on Aleppo – with humanitarian workers and medical centers again in the line of fire. When historians look back on the presidency of Barack Obama, they may well

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Iraqi Forces Yet to Seal off Mosul as Battle Enters Second Month

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, Nov 17  – The U.S.-backed offensive to crush Daesh in its last major city stronghold in Iraq entered a second month on Thursday as forces arrayed against the hardline Sunni group sought finally to seal off Mosul from all sides. The militants have been steadily retreating from areas around Mosul into

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Iraq Peshmerga Attack Daesh Town as Army Battles in Mosul

By Michael Georgy BASHIQA, Iraq, Nov 7  – Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces attacked a Daesh-held town northeast of Mosul on Monday, trying to clear a pocket of militants outside the city while Iraqi troops wage a fierce urban war with the jihadists in its eastern neighbourhoods. The first waves of a 2,000-strong peshmerga force entered

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U.S. Air Strikes Pound Libya’s Sirte to Oust Daesh Militants

SIRTE, Libya, Oct 17  – U.S. aircraft hit Daesh targets with more 30 strikes over the last three days on the Libyan city of Sirte as pro-government forces push into its last militant-held districts, the U.S. military said on Monday. Libyan forces are close to ending a six-month campaign to liberate Sirte from Daesh,  which

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Turkey says its troops to stay in Iraq until Daesh cleared from Mosul

By Ercan Gurses ANKARA, Oct 12 – Turkish troops will remain at a military camp in northern Iraq until Daesh is driven out of the nearby city of Mosul, Turkey’s deputy prime minister said on Wednesday, signalling no respite in a row with Baghdad over the deployment. The Turkish soldiers are at the Bashiqa camp

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As Offensive Nears, Daesh Rigs Mosul with Bombs

By Michael Georgy, Babak Dehghanpisheh and Ahmed Rasheed ERBIL/BAGHDAD Oct 12 – Daesh militants have placed booby traps across the city of Mosul, dug tunnels and recruited children as spies in anticipation of an offensive to dislodge the jihadists from their Iraqi stronghold, Iraqis and U.S. officials said. Mosul, home to up to 1.5 million

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Former Captive of Daesh Dedicates Rights Award to Persecuted Women

By Temesghen Debesai LONDON, Oct 11 – A Yazidi woman who was held captive and raped by Daesh militants in Iraq paid tribute to persecuted women and victims of human trafficking around the world as she received a human rights award from the Council of Europe. Nadia Murad Basee Taha became the fourth recipient of

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Syrian Army Warns Rebels and Families to Leave Eastern Aleppo

BEIRUT, Oct 6 – Syria’s army has said that anybody who remains in the city of Aleppo after offering those who wish to leave an opportunity to do so would face their “inevitable fate”. A statement issued late on Wednesday said the army had cut off insurgents’ supply lines into the northern city and that

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At Least 20 Iraqi Sunni Tribal Fighters Killed in Mistaken Airstrike

TIKRIT, Iraq, Oct 5  – At least 20 Sunni tribal fighters were killed in a airstrike south of Mosul in the early hours of Wednesday when they were mistaken for Daesh militants, Iraqi police said. Whether the aircraft that carried out the attack belonged to the Iraqi air force or the U.S.-led coalition could not be

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