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Islamic State makes advances towards Palmyra

Palmyra.The Islamic State group in Syria attacked the Syrian army near the city of Palmyra on Thursday, killing dozens of soldiers and advancing to within four kilometres (2.5 miles) of the city, a war monitor said.

How Iran closed the Mosul 'horseshoe' and changed Iraq war

An Iraqi tank.In the early days of the assault on Islamic State in Mosul, Iran successfully pressed Iraq to change its battle plan and seal off the city, an intervention which has since shaped the tortuous course of the conflict, sources briefed on the plan say.

Syrian troops enter Aleppo’s old city

Syrian troops enter Aleppo old citySyria's army and allies pushed into rebel-held parts of Aleppo's Old City on Tuesday, a monitoring group said, looking closer than ever to achieving their most important victory of the five-year-old civil war by driving rebels out of their last urban stronghold.

Iraqi army launches fresh assault on Mosul centre

Fresh assault on MosulIraqi army units surged towards the centre of Mosul on Tuesday in an attack from the city's south-eastern edges that could give fresh impetus to the seven-week-old battle for Islamic State's Iraqi stronghold.

Islamic State strikes back to slow Iraqi forces in Mosul

Iraqi forces.Islamic State fighters retreating in the face of a seven-week Iraqi military assault on their Mosul stronghold have hit back in the last two days, exploiting cloudy skies which hampered U.S.-led air support and highlighting the fragile army gains.

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