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Middle East

Last letters - From Mosul schoolboys to Islamic State 'martyrs'

Iraqi forces near the Tigris river."My dear family, please forgive me," reads the handwritten letter discarded in the dusty halls of an Islamic State training compound in eastern Mosul.

Mosul caught in 'strange and terrifying' battle as IS foreign soldiers fight to the end

Iraqi forces in Mosul.The families cowered in basements, huddling in the dark as war raged overhead between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants fighting for control of the streets of Mosul.

Iraqi air force hits Islamic State inside Syria for first time

An F-16.Iraqi warplanes have struck Islamic State targets inside Syria in retaliation for recent bomb attacks in Baghdad by the group, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Friday.

Iraqi forces push into first districts of western Mosul

Iraqi forces launch a rocket towards Islamic State positions outside Mosul.U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces advanced deeper into the western half of Mosul on Friday one day after launching attacks on several fronts towards Islamic State's last main stronghold in the city.

Turkish-backed forces seize centre of Syria's al-Bab from Islamic State

Smokes rises over al Bab.Turkish-backed rebels have seized the centre of al-Bab town from Islamic State, Turkish state media and rebels said on Thursday, in a boost to Ankara's drive to defeat the militant group in northern Syria.

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