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Middle East

U.S. official says nearly $110 billion worth of military deals inked with Saudi Arabia

A Black Hawk helicopter.The United States on Saturday announced military deals worth nearly $110 billion (84.3 billion pounds), during a visit by President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia.


Last 1,000 rebels leave Damascus district under evacuation deal

Syrian rebels.More than 1,000 insurgents and their families left an opposition-held district of Damascus on Monday, completing an agreement between the Syrian government and rebels, Syrian state media outlets and a war monitoring group said.


Iraq says battle for Mosul nearly won as forces close in on Old City

An Iraqi soldier.Iraqi forces have dislodged Islamic State from all but 12 square km of Mosul, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, after planes dropped leaflets into the city telling civilians the battle was nearly won.


U.S. nears $100 billion arms deal for Saudi Arabia

A Saudi F-15C.The United States is close to completing a series of arms deals for Saudi Arabia totalling more than $100 billion (77.6 billion pounds), a senior White House official said on Friday, a week ahead of President Donald Trump's planned visit to Riyadh.

Iraqi forces attack Islamic State in Mosul as battle approaches endgame

Mosul.U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into the last pocket of Mosul controlled by Islamic State militants on Sunday as the battle for the city approaches an end after seven months of gruelling urban combat.


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