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U.S.-backed militias oust IS from Syria's Tabqa old cit

An SDF fighter at Tabqa dam.U.S.-backed militias said on Monday they had pushed Islamic State fighters out of the old quarters of Tabqa, a strategically vital town controlling Syria's largest dam, hemming the militants into the remaining modern district along the shore.


Iraqi commander says to complete capture of Mosul in May

An Iraqi APC.An Iraqi commander expects to dislodge Islamic State from Mosul in May despite resistance from militants in the densely populated Old City district.


Iraqi paramilitaries shut more Islamic State escape routes to Syria border

Militia in Iraq.Iraqi paramilitary units captured the northern province of Hatra on Thursday, cutting off several desert tracks used by Islamic State to move between Iraq and Syria, the military.


Islamic State developing new weapons despite losses

An Islamic State flag.Islamic State militants have developed an improvised explosive device (IED) that can be launched from rifles or dropped from an aerial drone, an arms monitoring group said on Wednesday.


Afghan defense chief quits over attack, as Mattis flies in

Afghan soldiers.Afghanistan's defence minister and army chief of staff resigned on Monday after the deadliest ever Taliban attack on a military base, threatening to overshadow a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as Washington looks to craft a new strategy for the country.


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