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Villagers say they were forced to walk to Mosul as human shields for Islamic State

Iraqi civilians.Islamic State fighters forced women, children and the elderly to walk alongside them for days as human shields to cover their retreat to Mosul, separating out older boys and fighting-aged men along the way for an unknown fate, villagers said.

Gas tanker attacked near key shipping lane off Yemen

altUnknown assailants attacked a gas tanker off the coast of Yemen close to the Bab al-Mandab waterway in the latest flare up in an area through which much of the world's oil passes, shipping and security officials said on Wednesday.

Ferocity of Kirkuk attack points to tough fight for Mosul

Gunmen in Fallujah.At least 100 fighters sneaked into Kirkuk in the early hours of Friday with machine guns, rocket propelled grenades, suicide vests and a message: "Islamic State has taken over."

Turkish-backed rebels advance in northern Syria

Rebels advance in SyriaTurkish-backed rebel forces in northern Syria gained control of three areas in the last 24 hours as they press a two-month-old operation to drive Islamic State and Kurdish militia forces from the border, the Turkish army said on Tuesday.

Taliban release drone footage of suicide attack

Taliban insurgents.Afghanistan's Taliban have released drone footage showing a suicide bomber driving a Humvee into a police base in Helmand province and blowing it up this month.

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