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Iraqi forces say defenses, civilians hampering advance into Mosul
Iraq's special forces worked Sunday to fully clear neighborhoods on Mosul's eastern edge of Islamic State militants as suspected IS bombings killed at least 20 people elsewhere around the country.
 
US-backed forces launch bid to capture Raqa
A U.S.-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance launched an offensive Sunday on the Islamic State group's de facto Syrian capital Raqa, upping pressure on the jihadists after Iraqi forces entered their Iraqi bastion Mosul.
 
Syria's last weavers abandon looms without thread
With the deftness of decades of experience, Abu Mohammad wove thick green thread with a wooden loom in northwest Syria, creating a vibrant geometric pattern renowned among Arabic textiles.
 
Field Marshal Fathi Abu-Taleb, a former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff of the Jordanian military, has died, his family said Sunday. He was 83.
 
Mosul residents dodge bombs, air strikes to flee IS
When he saw Iraqi forces approaching Mosul from afar, Abu Fahad yanked the white headscarf off his father's head, turned it into makeshift flag and decided to sneak out.
 
Iraqi units clear Mosul buildings following advances, IS attacks
Iraqi special forces cleared buildings on Saturday in neighborhoods they entered in eastern Mosul a day earlier, after pushing out Islamic State militants in their drive to take back the city.
 
Two Italians and a Canadian citizen who were kidnapped in southern Libya by armed and masked men in September were freed overnight and brought safely to Italy in the early hours of Saturday, Italy's Foreign Ministry said.
 
Heavy fighting erupts in east Mosul  as Iraqi army drives deeper into city
Heavy fighting erupted in the eastern neighborhoods of Mosul on Friday as Iraqi special forces launched an assault deeper into the urban areas of the city and swung round to attack Islamic State militants from a second entry point, to the northeast.
 
US airstrikes kill 30 Afghan civilians, officials say
U.S. airstrikes early Thursday killed at least 30 Afghan civilians, including women and children, in the volatile northern province of Kunduz, officials said, after a Taliban assault left two American soldiers dead.
 
Kurdish leaders detained in Turkey
Turkish police on Friday detained almost a dozen MPs from the country's main pro-Kurdish party, including its two co-leaders, as eight people were killed in a deadly car bombing blamed on Kurdish militants.
 
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