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Iraqi commander declares defeat of Islamic State in Falluja

An Iraqi T-72.Iraqi forces on Sunday recaptured the last district of Falluja held by Islamic State militants and the commander of the operation declared the battle over following a month of fighting.

CIA weapons for Syrian rebels sold to arms black market

altWeapons shipped into Jordan for Syrian rebels by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia were stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, the New York Times reported, citing American and Jordanian officials.

Kremlin says Turkey apologised for shooting down Russian jet

A Russian Su-24 being shot down in Syria.Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has apologised to Russian leader Vladimir Putin over last year's shooting down of a Russian air force jet by Turkey's military, the Kremlin said on Monday, opening the way for Russia to lift economic sanctions.

UAE says its war in Yemen "practically over"

Artillery fire directed at Yemen.The United Arab Emirates' involvement in more than a year of war in Yemen is "practically over", a top diplomat was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

Islamic State committing genocide against Yazidis

Bones from a mass grave in Iraq.Islamic State is committing genocide against the Yazidis in Syria and Iraq to destroy the religious community of 400,000 people through killings, sexual slavery and other crimes, United Nations investigators said on Thursday.

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