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Middle East

Syrian Observatory says it has 'confirmed information' that Islamic State chief is dead

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday it had "confirmed information" that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed.


Old City bears the brunt of Islamic State's last stand in Mosul

A bridge in Mosul.Piles of concrete and metal rubble reach up to the second storey of surrounding buildings in parts of the historic quarter where Islamic State is making its last stand in Mosul.


Iraqi Prime Minister congratulates armed forces for Mosul 'victory'

Dust rises from an airstrike in Mosul.Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul on Sunday and congratulated the armed forces for their "victory" over Islamic State after nearly nine months of urban warfare, bringing an end to jihadist rule in the city.


Desperate stand by Islamic State in Mosul

Desperate IS stand in MosulIslamic State fighters holding out in Mosul on a strip of land along the Tigris River are increasingly using suicide bombers in a desperate attempt to slow the steady advance of Iraqi forces, military commanders said.

Islamic State fights fiercely in shrinking Iraqi and Syrian strongholds

Iraqi police vehicles in Mosul.Western-backed forces edged into the final redoubts of the two capitals of Islamic State's self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, hampered by fierce resistance from the militants and the presence of human shields.


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