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When their school was under IS control, children learned arithmetic by adding bullets and rockets

“One bullet plus one bullet equals? Two bullets!” This is how the children of the small Iraqi village of Jaraf were taught mathematics during two years of jihadist rule. On Saturday, a neighbour opened the gate of their school for

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ISIS claims responsibility for suicide bomb attack that killed at least 45 people in Pakistan

A suicide bomb attack killed at least 45 people during a religious ceremony in the remote mountains of Pakistan Saturday evening, according to local law enforcement. Through its media wing Amaq, ISIS claimed responsibility for the blast on a Sufi

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Iraq peshmerga storm Islamic State town as army battles in Mosul

Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces stormed an Islamic State-held town northeast of Mosul on Monday, trying to clear a pocket of militants outside the city while Iraqi troops wage a fierce urban war with the jihadists in its eastern neighborhoods. As

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US, Turkey agree on plan to seize and govern de facto ISIS capital of Raqqa in Syria,

American and Turkish military leaders have agreed on a long-term plan for “seizing, holding and governing” the de facto ISIS capital of Raqqa in northern Syria, the US Department of Defense’s news service reported Sunday. “The coalition and Turkey will

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Advance into heart of Mosul slows as ISIL fights back

Iraq’s special forces worked to fully push a fiercely resisting ISIL from neighborhoods on Mosul’s eastern edge while bombings killed at least 11 people elsewhere in the country. The current phase and slower pace highlight the challenges ahead for Iraqi

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Battle for Mosul: Iraq army resumes anti-ISIL offensive

Iraqi troops have resumed a coordinated offensive towards Mosul, the last major city held by ISIL in Iraq, targeting the eastern bank of the Tigris river that divides the city, military officials said. Army units had paused their advance last

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ISIS kills 40 villagers after Iraq forces leave,

Kurdish Peshmerga forces are within five miles (eight kilometers) of Mosul, commanders said Sunday after days of fighting and sweeping territorial gains in theoperation to free the key Iraqi city from ISIS control. A coalition of 100,000 troops have been

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Iraq turns down Turkey’s help in battle for Mosul

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declined an offer from Turkey to take part in the battle to dislodge Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from Mosul following a meeting with US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in Baghdad. During a

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Iraqi forces claim Mosul gains against ISIL

A joint operation carried out by Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga troops has “liberated” a 200 sq km area around Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani

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New attack kills 14 worshippers at mosque

At least 14 Afghan civilians have been killed in a bomb blast outside a mosque in northern Balkh province, a day after a deadly gun attack on Shia worshippers at a shrine in the capital Kabul. Munir Ahmad Farhad, spokesman

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