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October 19, 2016 8:34 AM Iraqi armored division closing in on Mosul

Mosul timeline: When can it be recaptured from ISIS? Iraqi forces deploy in the village of Bajwaniyah after they liberated it from ISIS on Tuesday, October 18. An Iraqi-led offensive has begun to reclaim the largest region of Iraq under ISIS control. 109mm self-propelled artillery pieces of the 9th armored division stationed at the Guwayr front line. Smoke 15

October 19, 2016 5:03 AM IS traps Mosul civilians as human shields, Pentagon says

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 20

October 18, 2016 1:45 PM Mosul battle: Iraqi army 'retakes Christian town of Qaraqosh'

Iraq's army has stormed the Christian town of Qaraqosh, sources say, as an offensive to retake the city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State continues. Thousands of Christians fled Qaraqosh, 13km (eight miles) south-east of Mosul, when jihadists seized it two years ago. Troops also reportedly advanced towards the southern Hamam al-Alil area on Tuesday 14

October 17, 2016 2:28 PM Even with backing from Kurds, Shia militias and an American-led international coalition, the campaign will be hard

“THE time of victory has come…today I declare the start of these victorious operations to free you from the violence and terrorism of Daesh [Islamic State].” With these words, broadcast at 2am on October 17th, Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, announced the start of the long-awaited offensive to liberate Mosul, the country’s second-biggest city, which 13

October 15, 2016 12:56 PM WHY IT MATTERS: Issues at stake in election

Voters are disgusted with the way political races are paid for — disproportionately by big-money donors, including those who stand to gain or lose from government decisions. The rules even allow donors to hide their identities by giving to politically active nonprofit groups that don't file detailed public paperwork about their finances. FILE - In this June 26, 2015, file photo 41 1

October 15, 2016 10:52 AM 'Chemical weapons and tunnels' in Mosul as Isis prepares for final assault

Daesh forces have constructed an elaborate tunnel system as they prepare for final stand. Islamic State (Isis) fighters in Mosul have prepared an arsenal of chemical weapons hidden in a network of tunnels beneath the city, ahead of an Iraqi army campaign to retake it. Reports emerging from the city in northern Iraq reveal the tunnels include toilets 15

October 7, 2016 7:21 AM North Korea could be preparing for another nuclear test, suggest satellite images

US-based monitoring group says the images show increased activity at Punggye-ri nuclear test site. New satellite images suggest increased activity at North Korea's nuclear test site, raising speculation that the country could be preparing for another major nuclear test, a US-based monitoring group has said. According to 38 North, which first published 7

September 26, 2016 1:47 PM Key government witness returns to stand in bridge trial

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The man at the center of the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case is back on the witness stand. David Wildstein worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that operates New York City-area bridges, tunnels, ports and airports. He pleaded guilty last year to causing traffic gridlock near the bridge to punish 9

September 25, 2016 2:18 AM Battle rages near Aleppo, air onslaught continues

BEIRUT - Syrian government and rebel forces battled for control of high ground on the Aleppo outskirts on Saturday as warplanes bombed the city's opposition-held east relentlessly in a Russian-backed offensive that has left Washington's Syria policy in tatters. In their first major ground advance of the offensive, the army and its militia allies seized 15

September 24, 2016 10:32 AM Syrian government seizes area in Aleppo attack, death toll climbs

BEIRUT Syrian government forces seized ground from rebels north of Aleppo on Saturday, tightening their siege on the city's opposition-held east as it came under fierce air strikes in a major offensive by the Russian-backed army. The capture of the Handarat camp a few kilometres north of Aleppo marked the first major ground advance by the government 8