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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.


Families pour out of Mosul as Iraqi troops push into last militant-held areas

An Iraqi walks past a destroyed building in Mosul.Thousands more people are fleeing Mosul every day since Iraqi troops began their push into the last Islamic State-held areas of the city last week, with food and water running out and the fighting killing increasing numbers of civilians.


U.S.-backed Syria militias say Tabqa, dam captured from Islamic State

Tabqa dam.U.S.-backed Syrian militias said they fully seized the town of Tabqa and Syria's largest dam from Islamic State on Wednesday, a major objective as they prepare to launch an assault on Raqqa, the jihadists' biggest urban stronghold.


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