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Iraqi forces aim to secure Mosul bridge, link up to east bank

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MOSUL, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Sunday, aiming to capture a bridge across the Tigris which would link the city's government-held eastern bank with the ongoing offensive against remaining militants in the west. | Video

Iraqi forces push deeper into western Mosul as civilians flee

MOSUL, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Saturday, advancing in several populated southern districts after punching through the defenses of Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq a day earlier. | Video

World, United Nations, Feb 25 2017

Saudi FM visits Baghdad to bolster Sunni-Shi'ite reconciliation post Islamic State

BAGHDAD Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir made a rare visit to Baghdad on Saturday in a new attempt to heal the Sunni kingdom's troubled relations with Shi'ite-majority Iraq.

World, Feb 25 2017

Iraqi air force hits Islamic State inside Syria for first time

BAGHDAD Iraqi warplanes have struck Islamic State targets inside Syria in retaliation for recent bomb attacks in Baghdad by the group, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Friday.

World, Syria, Feb 24 2017

Iraqi forces punch into western Mosul, launch air strikes in Syria

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed into western Mosul on Friday after retaking the city's airport from Islamic State, as aid agencies warned the most dangerous phase of the offensive was about to begin for hundreds of thousands of civilians.

World, United Nations Feb 24 2017

Pentagon plan to defeat Islamic State to look beyond Iraq, Syria

WASHINGTON A Pentagon-led plan to defeat Islamic State, due in draft form by Monday, will look beyond Iraq and Syria to include the threat from jihadists around the world fueling the conflict, America's top general said on Thursday.

World, Syria, Feb 23 2017

Iraqi forces storm Mosul airport, military base

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces captured Mosul airport from Islamic State on Thursday, advancing on multiple fronts towards the jihadists' last major stronghold in the western half of the city. | Video

World, United Nations Feb 23 2017

British suicide bomber in Iraq had won compensation for Guantanamo stay

LONDON/CAIRO An Islamic State suicide bomber from Britain who blew himself up in an attack on Iraqi forces this week had been given compensation for his detention in the Guantanamo Bay military prison, Western security sources said on Wednesday. | Video

World, Feb 22 2017

Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State set to storm airport, clear way to western Mosul

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul prepared on Tuesday to storm the airport and a nearby military base on its southern outskirts to create a bridgehead for a thrust into the city.

World, United Nations, Feb 21 2017

Tuesday Morning Briefing: Trump's pick is known for saying superiors “want criticism”

President Donald Trump named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser Monday afternoon. McMaster, a highly regarded military tactician, is known for challenging his superiors. That’s been detrimental to McMaster in the past – he was passed over for promotion to brigadier general twice, in 2006 and 2007 – and some observers wonder how he’ll interact with an administration that hasn’t welcomed criticism.

China, France, Greece, Facebook, Israel Feb 21 2017

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