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    Iraq retakes iconic Mosque were Baghdadi gave his first speech

    Iraqi troops have captured the iconic mosque in which Islamic State’s leader made his only known appearance - a symbolic victory a week after it was blown up with explosives laid by the jihadists.

    West Asia
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    Daesh blows up Mosul’s iconic al-Nuri Mosque

    The Iraqi army had launched a push, backed by British and American forces, to regain the medieval mosque and surrounding areas from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters earlier in the day.

    West Asia
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    Iraqi PM Abadi arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has arrived in Saudi Arabia to hold talks with King Salman on key regional developments as well as bilateral ties.Abadi arrived in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on Monday.

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    100,000 held by IS in Mosul as ‘human shields’: UN

    The UN refugee agency’s representative in Iraq Bruno Geddo said IS had been capturing civilians in battles outside of Mosul and had been forcing them into the Old City, one of the last parts of the city in their grip.

    West Asia
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    What you didn’t know about Tehran’s terror attacks

    Accusing Iran of trying to control the region Saudi Defence Minister recently threatened to take the war to within Iranian soil. Are the Tehran attacks a signal that the war has begun?

    West Asia
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    Mideast Map Risks Changing as Kurds Aim to Declare Sovereign State

    Currently, Kurdish parties, first and foremost the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, are forming a joint group to prepare for the referendum. 

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    Iran Sees Saudi Hand in Tehran Terror Attacks

    Iran, one of the few countries not to have been affected by relentless terrorist attacks plaguing the region, woke up to a new reality Wednesday, when two of its iconic symbols, nations Parliament and the masauleum

    West Asia
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    US admits over 100 civilians died in Mosul strike in March

    A US military investigation acknowledged on Thursday that more than 100 civilians were killed in a US air strike on a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul in March during operations against the militant Islamic State.

    West Asia
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    'Clearing weapons from Iraq, Syria to take 40 years'

    It will take 40 to 50 years to clear the mines, improvised explosive devices and other unexploded ordnance from Iraq and Syria, the United Nations said Tuesday.

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    61 bodies found in Mosul 10 days after air strike

    Iraq’s military said on Sunday that 61 bodies were recovered from a collapsed building that the militant Islamic State group had booby-trapped in west Mosul.

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    US-Led Air Strikes On Mosul Kill 230 Civilians

    Iraqi civil defense agency officials and locals said Thursday that rescuers are still recovering bodies from under the debris near Rahma hospital in Mosul’s Jadida district following the explosion that took place.

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    'Worst is yet to come’ for Mosul’s 400000 trapped

    Many civilians fear fleeing because of Daesh snipers and landmines, but 157,000 have reached a reception and transit centre since the Iraqi government offensive on west Mosul began a month ago, it said.

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    IS leader Baghdadi ‘flees Mosul’ as Iraqi forces advance

    IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is reported to have abandoned Mosul, leaving local commanders behind to lead the battle against Iraqi forces advancing in the city.

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    Russia, Turkey, U.S. hold military talks

    The meeting between Turkish Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford and Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov appears to be the first of its kind.

    West Asia
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    Iraq forces retake government HQ in Mosul

    Iraq announced Tuesday that its forces have retaken the provincial government headquarters, the Turkish consulate general, and a bridgehead from Daesh in west Mosul.

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    'First chemical attack' in Mosul battle injures seven

    Seven people, among them five children, have been hospitalised over the past two days near Iraq’s Mosul with injuries from chemical weapons, the Red Cross said on Friday.

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    ISIS chief admits defeat in Iraq

    ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has admitted defeat in Iraq and ordered militants to either flee or kill themselves in suicide attacks, it has been claimed.

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    Iraqi army controls main roads out of Mosul

    US-backed Iraqi army units on Wednesday took control of the last major road out of western Mosul that had been in Islamic State’s hands, a general and residents there said, trapping the militants in a dwindling area.

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    Trump order drops Iraq from travel ban list

    President Donald Trump’s new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary US travel ban, US officials said Tuesday, citing the latest draft in circulation.

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    ‘Daesh allowed me to rape 200 women in Iraq’

    Kurdish intelligence authorities gave Reuters rare access to Hussein and another Daesh militant who were both captured during an assault on the city of Kirkuk in October that killed 99 civilians

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    The Mosul artifacts: A priceless loss

    It is hard to overstate the historical and archaeological significance of the area extending from Mesopotamia to Egypt. This stretch contains the early stages of human civilization, especially from the Neolithic era.

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    Baghdad car bomb kills at least 52: officials

     A massive car bomb ripped through a used car market in the south of Iraq's capital Thursday, killing more than 50 people in the deadliest such attack this year, security officials said.

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    Mosul sees pause in major military operations

    Iraqi forces launched an offen­sive to recapture Mosul on October 17th but only managed to retake the eastern side recently. The western side is thought to be more diffi­cult to penetrate and hosts some 750,000 civilian.

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    Iran envoy pick is strong message for Iraq

    On the face of it, Masjedi’s appointment fits into a 14-year pattern of Iran posting senior figures of the expeditionary al-Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to its Baghdad embassy.

    West Asia

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