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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.

Syrian truce under strain

Syrian truce under strainA Syrian truce brokered by Russia and Turkey was under growing strain on Monday as rebels vowed to respond to government violations and President Bashar al-Assad said the army would retake an important rebel-held area near Damascus.

Iraq special forces advance in east Mosul, close to linking with army

Iraqi artillery.Iraqi special forces made further advances against Islamic State in Mosul on Monday, pushing militants from another eastern district and edging closer to army units nearby, officers in the city said.

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