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Daesh Claims Cairo Cathedral Bombing

By Lin Noueihed and Ahmed Mohammed Hassan CAIRO, Dec 14 – Daesh claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a suicide bombing at Cairo’s main Coptic cathedral on Sunday that killed at least 25 people. The militant group said in a statement carried by its news agency Amaq that a suicide bomber whom it identified as Abu

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After Aleppo, Syria’s Assad Still Far From Regaining His State

By Angus McDowall BEIRUT, Dec 11 – When President Bashar Al Assad turns from the wreckage of Aleppo to assert his authority across a fractured Syria, it will be as a figure who is virtually unassailable by rebels, but still faces great challenges in restoring the power of his state. The expected fall of Aleppo

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Iraqi Christians Confront Painful Memories in Town’s Clean-Up

By Patrick Markey QARAQOSH, Iraq, Dec 11 – For decades, the Immaculate Conception Church in Qaraqosh was the heart of Iraq’s largest Christian town. After two years under Daesh rule, it lies scarred and desecrated. In the church’s inner courtyard, Daesh fighters set up a shooting range for target practice, leaving behind bullet-riddled female mannequins and

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Cairo Church Bombing Kills 25, Raises Fears Among Christians

By Ahmed Mohammed Hassan and Ali Abdelaty CAIRO, Dec 12 – A bombing at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people and wounded 49, many of them women and children attending Sunday mass, in the deadliest attack on Egypt’s Christian minority in years. The attack comes as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi fights battles

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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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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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Trump Lays Out Non-Interventionist U.S. Military Policy

By Steve Holland FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Dec 6 – President-elect Donald Trump laid out a U.S. military policy on Tuesday that would avoid interventions in foreign conflicts and instead focus heavily on defeating the Islamic State militancy. In the latest stop on a “thank you” tour of states critical to his Nov. 8 election win, Trump

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A Hole in Time

Taliban and Daesh’s bullet marks turned into art pieces By Mishaal Khan We live in a world of constant change, with so much destruction, devastation, and uncertainty around us. At a time when historic buildings, holy sites and ancient monuments are being demolished at the hands of the enemy within, it is important to do

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The Real Victims

Daesh attacks civilians, including children fleeing Mosul By Cathy Otten Through a cloud of dust, Esme Jasim, 30 and her two children are carried from a black humvee and laid out on stretchers to be treated in a field clinic on Mosul’s eastern edge. Esme, a biologist from Mosul, can hear her 4-year-old daughter, Shahd screaming

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Iraqi Troops Push Towards Central Mosul from Southeast

BAGHDAD, Dec 6 – Iraqi army units launched a fresh assault in southeast Mosul on Tuesday and a senior commander was quoted as saying an armoured division had advanced to within less than a mile (1.5 km) of the Tigris River running through the city centre. Iraqi television quoted operations commander Lieutenant-General Abdul Ameer Rasheed

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