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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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Djibouti: Djibouti says Eritrean soldiers occupy disputed area

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Djibouti has lodged a formal complaint with the African Union accusing soldiers from neighboring Eritrea of occupying a contested mountainous area after Qatari peacekeepers left the region this week, an official said.

The move threatens to renew a territorial dispute between the two East African nations that Qatar, now caught up in a diplomatic clash with other Arab nations, has helped to mediate.

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Afghanistan: Afghan forces recapture Tora Bora by ISIS terrorist group

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Afghan forces have managed to retake Tora Bora from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, two days after the militants seized the key mountainous region along the border with Pakistan.

Acting Afghan Defense Minister General Tariq Shah Bahrami said on Saturday that the Afghan military had recaptured the area in the eastern province of Nangarhar after fierce clashes with Daesh in cave and tunnel complexes.

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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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