Monday, June 19, 2017

Iraq: Iraqi forces begin assault on Mosul’s old city

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Iraqi forces on Sunday began penetrating the narrow streets and warrens of Mosul’s heavily populated old city, in the last phase of a monthslong battle against the Islamic State militants that American commanders have described as one of the toughest in urban warfare since World War II.

The assault began at dawn, with airstrikes and a push by Iraq’s counterterrorism forces into the neighborhoods of the old city. It was met with fierce resistance by Islamic State fighters, according to commanders, suggesting that the battle, the most vicious phase in the long fight for Mosul, could go on for days or weeks.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Russia: Russia says it may have killed Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria

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Russia is verifying intelligence that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed near Raqqa, Syria, during a bombing raid by its forces in May, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Al-Baghdadi could have been among about 30 Islamic State commanders killed by the attack on a meeting of the group in the early hours of May 28, the ministry said in an emailed statement. Reports of al-Baghdadi’s death “are being verified by various channels,” it said, without elaborating. The ministry provided no explanation for the delay in reporting the strike, which it said also killed about 300 Islamic State fighters.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Syria: Syrian army clashes with Islamic State (ISIS) in west Raqqa

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The Syrian Army has officially entered the big battle for al-Raqqa province as the self-proclaimed Islamic State recedes in its de-facto capital.

After completely expelling the terror group from the eastern countryside of Aleppo, the Syrian Army’s elite Tiger Forces is spearheading a massive assault in western countryside of al-Raqqa.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Yemen: Airstrike in Sanaa kills 4 people and leaves dozens injured

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A deadly airstrike in Yemen kills three young siblings, and leaves dozens hurt.

Officials say missiles launched by fighters of the “Arab Alliance” hit a neighborhood in the capital of Sanaa on Thursday.

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