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Islamic State traps Mosul civilians as human shields: Pentagon

Islamic State jihadists are trapping Mosul’s civilians to use as human shields, the Pentagon said Tuesday as President Barack Obama warned of “significant” potential displacement as the offensive for the Iraqi city progresses. Authorities and aid agencies are bracing for a massive flow of civilians fleeing the northern Iraqi city as the fight to seize the last remaining IS stronghold ... Read More »

Iraq launches offensive to recapture Mosul from Islamic State

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday launched a battle to liberate the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State in its most ambitious campaign since US forces left five years ago, and the United States predicted the militant group would suffer “a lasting defeat.” “I announce today the start of the heroic operations to free you from the ... Read More »

Syria conflict: Australian PM regrets loss of life in US-led strike

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has expressed regret for the loss of life in a US-led airstrike which killed dozens of Syrian soldiers fighting the so-called Islamic State. Mr Turnbull has confirmed that Australian warplanes were involved in Sunday’s mistaken attack. Russia called an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the strike. The US has also ... Read More »

Syrian conflict: US and Russia agree peace moves

Russia and the US have announced an agreement on Syria starting with a “cessation of hostilities” from sunset on Monday. Under the plan, the Syrian government will end combat missions in specified areas held by the opposition. Russia and the US will establish a joint centre to combat so-called Islamic State and al-Nusra fighters. The announcement follows talks between US ... Read More »

Turkey begins anti-IS campaign in Syria

The Turkish military has launched an operation to clear the Syrian border town of Jarablus of so-called Islamic State (IS) militants, officials say. Turkish special forces inside Syria were supported by Turkish and US-led coalition air strikes, the government said. The operation comes as Syrian rebels prepare to launch an assault on the town from Turkish territory. Turkey has vowed ... Read More »

IS leader in Afghanistan killed, US believes

Hafiz Saeed Khan, leader of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, died in a US drone strike last month, the US believes. Last year, the Afghan intelligence agency said it believed Saeed Khan had died in a drone attack in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar. However, IS insisted its leader had survived that attack. On Friday, the US ... Read More »