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Islamic State stage fierce attack on Syrian army enclave

Syrian Army soldiers.Islamic State has launched its fiercest assault in a year against a besieged Syrian government enclave in the city of Deir al-Zor, trying to cut it off from a nearby military air base in a battle that has killed dozens.

Iraqi forces reach second Mosul bridge

Iraqi forces advance further in MosulIraqi Special Forces pushed forward to reach a second bridge linking eastern Mosul to the city's west, still controlled by Islamic State, a military statement said.

Iraqi forces push further into north-east Mosul

Iraqi forces push into eastern MosulIraqi forces made new advances against Islamic State in east Mosul and fought militants in areas near the Tigris River on Wednesday, seeking to build on recent gains, military officials said.

Russia says changing make-up of Syria strike force

A Sukhoi Su-34.The Russian Defence Ministry said on Thursday it had started changing the make-up of its strike force in Syria as part of a previously announced partial drawdown, Russian news agencies reported.

U.S. Navy destroyer fires warning shots at Iranian vessels

The USS Mahan.A U.S. Navy destroyer fired three warning shots towards four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels on Sunday after they closed in at a high rate of speed in the Strait of Hormuz, two U.S. defence officials told Reuters on Monday.

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