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Two Iraqi pilots killed when helicopter shot down over Mosul by Islamic State

An Iraqi helicopter shot down over Mosul.Two Iraqi army pilots were killed on Thursday when their helicopter was shot down over the city of Mosul by Islamic State, according to a military statement.


U.S. fires missiles at Assad airbase, escalating tensions with Russia

US cruise missiles being launched against Syria.The United States on Friday fired dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase from which it said a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched this week, an escalation of the U.S. military role in Syria that immediately raised tension with Russia.

White smoke signalled gas attack on Syrian town

Unexploded ordnance in Syria.The Syrian army jet that hit the town of Khan Sheikhoun at dawn dropped three conventional bombs and a fourth one that made little sound at impact but produced a cloud of white smoke, according to an activist observing from a nearby hilltop.

Brothers in arms - Iraqi armed groups grow as Islamic State shrinks

Iraqi fighters.For Iraqi police officer Jassem and his brothers, the battle against Islamic State is personal. The militants captured and beheaded their father, a Shi'ite militiaman, in 2014; before that, the family lost another son fighting the jihadists.

Syria's warring sides trade insults after Geneva talks

Damage from air strikes in Syria.Negotiators from Syria's government and opposition traded insults on Friday, calling each other "terrorists" and "adolescents" after an eight-day round of peace talks in Geneva.

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