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Middle East

Russia says changing make-up of Syria strike force

A Sukhoi Su-34.The Russian Defence Ministry said on Thursday it had started changing the make-up of its strike force in Syria as part of a previously announced partial drawdown, Russian news agencies reported.
 

U.S. Navy destroyer fires warning shots at Iranian vessels

The USS Mahan.A U.S. Navy destroyer fired three warning shots towards four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels on Sunday after they closed in at a high rate of speed in the Strait of Hormuz, two U.S. defence officials told Reuters on Monday.
   

Syrian truce under strain

Syrian truce under strainA Syrian truce brokered by Russia and Turkey was under growing strain on Monday as rebels vowed to respond to government violations and President Bashar al-Assad said the army would retake an important rebel-held area near Damascus.
   

Iraq special forces advance in east Mosul, close to linking with army

Iraqi artillery.Iraqi special forces made further advances against Islamic State in Mosul on Monday, pushing militants from another eastern district and edging closer to army units nearby, officers in the city said.
   

Iraqi forces reach Tigris in Mosul as suicide bombs hit Baghdad

altIraqi special forces battling Islamic State reached the eastern bank of the Tigris river in Mosul on Sunday for the first time in a three-month, U.S-backed offensive to capture the city from the militants, who still control its entire western half.
   

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