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Syrian army announces recapture of Palmyra from Islamic State

The Syrian army said on Thursday it had recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State for the second time in a year, with help from allied forces and Russian warplanes. Islamic State seized Palmyra in a surprise advance in December, after having been driven out eight months before. …

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Iraqi forces close in on Tigris in Islamic State stronghold Mosul

Iraqi special forces closed in on the Tigris river that runs through central Mosul on Saturday, advancing in parallel with other troops and forcing Islamic State to retreat in its last major stronghold in the country. Islamic State has been driven out of more than half the areas it held …

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Islamic State claims suicide attacks as Mosul campaign makes slow progress

Islamic State claimed a series of suicide attacks that killed at least 14 people south and west of Baghdad on Monday as a U.S.-backed campaign to capture Mosul, the insurgents’ last urban stronghold in Iraq, made slow progress. The attacks showed that even though the jihadists have been losing territory …

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Iraq troops aim to tighten noose on Islamic State in Mosul

Iraqi soldiers fighting just north of Mosul, within sight of city neighborhoods, said on Sunday they were ready to tighten the noose around Islamic State militants waging a brutal defense of their Iraqi stronghold. Four weeks into the campaign to crush Islamic State in Mosul, the city is almost surrounded …

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Islamic State abducts more than 200 near Mosul, retreats with thousands: U.N.

Islamic State fighters abducted 295 former Iraqi Security Forces members near the militant stronghold of Mosul and also forced 1,500 families to retreat with them from Hammam al Alil town, the United Nations human rights organization said on Tuesday. The abductions took place last week as Iraqi government forces, Kurdish …

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Iraq peshmerga storm Islamic State town as army battles in Mosul

Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces stormed an Islamic State-held town northeast of Mosul on Monday, clearing a pocket of militants outside the city while Iraqi troops wage a fierce urban war with the jihadists in its eastern neighborhoods. As the operation against Islamic State’s Iraqi stronghold entered its fourth week, fighters …

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U.S.-backed Syrian alliance declares attack on Islamic State in Raqqa

A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian armed groups has launched an operation to retake the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State in Syria, the group said on Sunday. The new offensive ratchets up pressure on Islamic State at a critical moment, with its fighters already battling …

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Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State say nearing Mosul airport

Iraqi security forces drove Islamic State fighters from the center of a town just south of the militants’ main stronghold of Mosul on Saturday and reached within a few km (miles) of an airport on the edge of the city, a senior commander said. Lieutenant-General Raed Shakir Jawdat said security …

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Islamic State leader says ‘no retreat’ from Mosul assault

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told his followers on Thursday there could be no retreat in a “total war” against the forces arrayed against them, as advancing soldiers battled into their northern Iraqi stronghold of Mosul. Expressing confidence that his Islamic State fighters would prevail against Shi’ite Muslims, Western …

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Iraqi army aims to reach site of Islamic State executions south of Mosul

The Iraqi army was trying on Thursday to reach a town south of Mosul where Islamic State has reportedly executed dozens to deter the population against any attempt to support the U.S.-led offensive on the jihadists’ last major city stronghold in Iraq. Eleven days into what is expected to be …

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