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Islamic State killed 300 former policemen south of Mosul, HRW says

Islamic State executing Iraqi prisoners.Islamic State militants probably killed more than 300 Iraqi former police three weeks ago and buried them in a mass grave near the town of Hammam al-Alil south of Mosul, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

Yemen's Houthis say they want to end war, form unity government

Houthi fighters in Yemen.Yemen's Houthi group said on Wednesday it was ready to stop fighting and join a national unity government, raising hopes of a resolution to a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people.

Islamic State uses wooden tanks and bearded mannequins in decoy attempts

A wooden mockup of a tank made by Islamic State.Islamic State is using wooden replicas of tanks and Humvees in a bid to subvert an air campaign by the U.S.-led military coalition supporting Iraqi forces in the Mosul operations, even using bearded mannequins to simulate jihadist fighters.

Iraqi army says advances in Mosul, despite suicide bombers

An Iraqi Army APC.Iraqi special forces backed by U.S. and Iraqi air power took control of two districts of eastern Mosul on Saturday after heavy fighting in which they destroyed at least 10 cars deployed by Islamic State as suicide bombs, the military said.

Iraqi special forces seize Mosul district in fresh push

An Islamic State flag in Iraq.Iraqi special forces said they pushed deeper into Mosul on Friday despite heavy resistance from Islamic State militants using civilians as cover, and were holding half a dozen city neighbourhoods seized in the last 10 days.

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