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After civilians killed in Mosul, Pentagon denies loosening rules

WASHINGTON The Pentagon, facing accusations that a coalition air strike may have killed scores of civilians in the Iraqi city of Mosul, said on Monday it was not loosening its rules of engagement in the fight against Islamic State but that resources to investigate claims were limited.

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Montenegro NATO accession clears hurdle in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON The Balkan country of Montenegro was on the verge of becoming NATO's newest member on Monday after U.S. senators voted overwhelmingly to clear the way for a long-delayed final vote on its accession to the alliance.

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Tillerson will not meet Turkey opposition in Ankara visit this week

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not meet members of Turkish opposition groups during a one-day visit to Ankara this week where talks with President Tayyip Erdogan will focus on the war in Syria, senior U.S. officials said on Monday.

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Bomb factories, village command posts: Islamic State's rural fight

BADUSH, Iraq Islamic State fighters have pulled out of this deserted village on the Tigris river, which Iraqi commanders say was a crucial outpost defending their nearby stronghold of Mosul, but signs of their presence abound.

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U.S. weighs bigger role in Yemen's war, boosting aid to allies

WASHINGTON The United States is considering deepening its role in Yemen's conflict by more directly aiding its Gulf allies battling Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, officials say, potentially relaxing a U.S. policy that limited American support.

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Iraqi forces make new push in Mosul Old City: federal police

MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi forces said they launched new assaults in Mosul's Old City on Monday after more than two weeks of only small advances and a high civilian death toll appeared to prompt a change in tactics. | Video

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