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Iraqi forces retake most of Tal Afar from Islamic State

Iraqi forces outside Tal Afar.Iraqi forces have retaken almost all of Tal Afar, Islamic State’s stronghold in the country’s northwest, the Iraqi military said on Sunday.


Hezbollah seizes much of IS enclave on Syrian-Lebanese border

Sayyed Narallah.Hezbollah has captured much of an Islamic State pocket on Syria’s side of the border with Lebanon in a joint offensive with the Syrian army, its leader said on Thursday.

Iraqi forces make gains in Islamic State stronghold of Tal Afar

Iraqi forces outside Tal Afar.Iraqi forces made fresh gains on Wednesday in an offensive to dislodge Islamic State from the city of Tal Afar, a militant stronghold in the northwest of the country, the military said.

Russia hails progress in Syria conflict, ups bombing runs

A Tu-160 bomber.Russia on Monday hailed what it said was "a dramatic shift" in the Syria conflict, saying that the Syrian army, with Moscow's help, was well on its way to pushing militants out of the central part of the country.

Erdogan says Turkey and Iran discussing joint action against Kurdish militants

Tayyip Erdogan.Turkey and Iran have discussed possible joint military action against Kurdish militant groups, after talks in Ankara last week between the chief of staff of Iran's armed forces and Turkish leaders, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.

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