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Middle East

Iraqi forces reach Tigris in Mosul as suicide bombs hit Baghdad

altIraqi special forces battling Islamic State reached the eastern bank of the Tigris river in Mosul on Sunday for the first time in a three-month, U.S-backed offensive to capture the city from the militants, who still control its entire western half.

U.S., European weapons used to commit war crimes in Iraq

M-16s donated by the United States.Militias fighting alongside Iraqi troops against Islamic State are committing war crimes using weapons provided to the Iraqi military by the United States, Europe, Russia and Iran, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

Iraqi general says 70 percent of east Mosul retaken from Islamic State

Iraqi security forces.Iraqi forces have retaken around 70 percent of eastern Mosul from Islamic State militants and expect to reach the river bisecting the city in the coming days, Iraq's joint operations commander told Reuters.

Russia says has begun drawdown of forces in Syria

An air strike in Aleppo.Russia has begun a drawdown of its military forces in Syria, news agencies quoted the head of the Russian General Staff as saying on Friday.

Thousands of Iraqis flee Mosul as military advances

Thousands flee MosulMore than 2,000 Iraqis a day are fleeing Mosul, several hundred more each day than before US-led coalition forces began a new phase of their battle to retake the city from Islamic State, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

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