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Iraq gears up for late-year push to retake Mosul from Islamic State
QAYYARA AIRBASE, Iraq (Reuters) - The U.S.-led war on Islamic State has depleted the group's funds, leadership and foreign fighters, but the biggest battle yet is expected later this year in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his "caliphate" two years ago.
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Syrian Kurds, allies to approve federal plan despite Turkey
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies will approve a constitution for a new system of government in northern Syria next month, a top Kurdish politician said, defying a Turkish incursion aimed at curbing Kurdish influence in the area.
2282 points by Reuters | Iraq Turkey Syria Kurdish people Kurdish language Fertile Crescent Euphrates Kurdistan
Syrian rebel wants 'safe zone', says it needs deal with Russia
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey-backed Syrian rebels would like to see a "safe zone" set up in areas of the border they are capturing from Islamic State, but this would need an agreement between the United States, Turkey and Russia, a rebel commander said on Tuesday.
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U.S. coalition probing reports of deadly Mosul attack
There are reports of an airstrike in the Iraqi city of Mosul that allegedly left more than 100 civilians dead        
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Iraqi forces launch offensive to take west Mosul
Andrew V. PestanoFeb. 19 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Iraqi security forces have launched the military offensive to retake western Mosul from the Islamic State.
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Iraqi forces launch push to take western Mosul from IS
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi forces have launched the push for Mosul's militant-held western half just over four months after the operation to retake the city from the Islamic State group officially began. The fight for Iraq's second largest city - roughly split by the Tigris River into an eastern and ...
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Iraqi government forces launch offensive on west Mosul
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says army launched operation in city's west, while fighting continues in the east.
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Leaflets dropped over Mosul warn of Iraqi offensive
The Iraqi Air Force dropped millions of leaflets over western Mosul late Saturday warning residents of an offensive by ground forces on the ISIS-held part of the city, which has so far been targeted only by airstrikes.
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Deadly car bombing rocks Iraq's Baghdad
Attack in area full of car dealerships and garages is the latest in renewed wave of blasts to strike the Iraqi capital.
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Baghdad car bomb kills 51 as Islamic State escalates insurgency
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car packed with explosives blew up on Thursday in southern Baghdad, killing at least 51 people and wounding 55, security and medical sources said, in the deadliest such attack in Iraq this year.
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U.N. warns of catastrophic dam failure in Syria battle
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations is warning of catastrophic flooding in Syria from the Tabqa dam, which is at risk from high water levels, deliberate sabotage by Islamic State (IS) and further damage from air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition.
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Syria's al-Bab largely under control of Turkey-backed rebels, Turkish PM says
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey-backed rebels have largely taken control of Syria's al-Bab from Islamic State militants, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday, but a war monitoring group said the jihadists still controlled most of the town.
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Race for Raqqa: ISIS' enemies line up to take stronghold - but how?
The "caliphate" declared by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) will lose its last two cities of any consequence -- Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria -- within months, according to the senior U.S. general in the region.
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U.S. coalition jets bomb Islamic State-held town near Euphrates Dam
AMMAN (Reuters) - U.S-led coalition planes bombed an Islamic State-controlled town near the Euphrates Dam in northern Syria a day after the launch of a new phase of a campaign to capture the militants' defacto capital of Raqqa, activists and the militants said on Sunday.
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At former jihadist training camp, Iraqi police face drones, crack snipers
MOSUL (Reuters) - As a walkie-talkie carried word of another casualty from an Islamic State mortar attack, an Iraqi policeman peered through leaves at enemy positions just across the Tigris River. He kept his head low to avoid snipers but also had an eye on the sky.
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U.N. sees western Mosul assault driving out 250,000 civilians
GENEVA (Reuters) - A renewed assault on Islamic State fighters in the Iraqi city of Mosul could force 250,000 civilians to flee, if they can find a way out, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday.
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Zoo animals survive deadly battle
An emaciated lion lying curled up on a rubble-strewn floor; a bear peering through a window, looking scared. These animals, pictured in images posted on social media by activist blogger Mosul Eye this week, are the only two that survived after a Mosul zoo was destroyed in the battle to retake the city from ISIS.
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Operation Euphrates Shield: Progress and scope
Ankara should focus on both its diplomatic capabilities and its firm control over the local friendly groups in Syria.
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Iraq: Security forces recapture Shirqat from ISIL
Iraq's army says it has"completely liberated" Shirqat from ISIL, ahead of a military campaign to recapture Mosul.
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Iraqi army says it reached center of key town south of Mosul
TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq's military backed by air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition on Thursday seized the center of Shirqat, a northern town seen as a stepping stone in the campaign to recapture Mosul from Islamic State.
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Iraq forces launch operation to take ISIL-held town
Northern Sherqat is targeted as Iraqi troops and militias move to secure supply lines ahead of the battle for Mosul.
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Iraqi PM announces operation to retake Shirqat, south of Mosul
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Tuesday the launching of a military operation to retake Shirqat, an Islamic State bastion 100 km (60 miles) south of the jihadists' Mosul stronghold.
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Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army eliminates ‘terrorist microbes’ along Syrian border
The Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army has “eliminated” ISIS and other terrorist “microbes” along a 55-mile stretch of the Syrian border, two weeks after Ankara opened a new front in its Euphrates Shield military operation in northern Syria. Read Full Article at
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RT on frontline: Syrian Army recaptures rebel-held academies, cuts off militant supply route
The Syrian Army has regained control over three military academies in Aleppo, cutting off the supply route used by militants in the eastern part of the city. RT’s Lizzie Phelan talked to the soldiers who’ve been taking the city back, stone by stone. Read Full Article at
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