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October 31, 2016 1:20 PM Iraqi Forces Approach Mosul Amid Warning Battle Won't Be 'Picnic'

An elite Iraqi army unit advanced towards the built-up area of the ISIS stronghold of Mosul on Monday after two weeks of fighting to clear surrounding areas of the insurgents. Military commanders said that the U.S.-backed offensive to recapture Mosul — the largest military operation in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 — could 25

October 31, 2016 11:31 AM Iraqi forces attempt first push into Mosul as offensive enters third week

EAST OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq An elite Iraqi army unit advanced towards the built-up area of the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul on Monday after two weeks of fighting to clear surrounding areas of the insurgents. Military commanders said that the U.S.-backed offensive to recapture Mosul -- the largest military operation in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion 43

October 31, 2016 10:41 AM Afghan police: Suicide bomber hits tribal meeting, killing 4

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan police say that a suicide attack targeting a meeting of local tribal elders has killed four civilians and wounded six in eastern Nangarhar province. Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal, a spokesman for the provincial police chief, says the attack took place on Monday in the provincial capital of Jalalabad. He says the bomber entered 27

October 30, 2016 10:04 PM Iraqi Christians, scarred by Islamic State’s cruelty, doubt they will return to Mosul

IRBIL, Iraq — At the evening service, the priest counseled forgiveness to a congregation with little reason to forgive. They were Christians from Mosul, brutalized by the Islamic State and betrayed, in some cases, by neighbors, and nothing — not the priest’s pleas, not his invocation of Cain and Abel — seemed likely to heal those scars. Khalid Ramzi 50

October 30, 2016 5:35 PM Iraqi Shi'ite commander says Mosul battle 'no picnic' as troops advance

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi troops and security forces edged closer to Mosul on two southern fronts on Sunday but a leader of the Shi'ite militias newly participating in the offensive warned that the battle for Islamic State's Iraq stronghold would be long and grueling. A military statement said the army's Ninth Armoured Division raised the Iraqi flag in the village 36

October 30, 2016 9:05 AM Defeating ISIS in Mosul Will Open Door to Many Challenges

A successful offensive to recapture Mosul could boost desperately needed national unity, restore the pride of an army that was humiliated when it fled ISIS in 2014 and rip the heart out of the group's self-declared caliphate. But the tinderbox coalition of anti-ISIS fighters that began its march on Iraq's second-largest city earlier this month, as well as the combustible 49

October 30, 2016 8:18 AM War pushes Yemen to partition, thwarting peace efforts

DUBAI Yemen has endured thousands of air strikes and the deaths of more than 10,000 people in a 19-month war that has also unleashed hunger on the desperately poor country - but its biggest challenge may be yet to come. The conflict has led to Yemen's de facto partition, with rival armies and institutions in the north and south, and could mean the map of the Middle 38

October 30, 2016 7:36 AM McIlroy pulls out of Turkish Airlines Open

Rory McIlroy pulled out of the Turkish Airlines Open next week, leaving him a long shot to capture the Race to Dubai on the European Tour. McIlroy presumably withdrew over security concerns. A car explosion in the parking lot of the Antalya Trade and Industry Chamber on Tuesday slightly injured about a dozen people. The tournament will be held at Regnum 41

October 30, 2016 3:52 AM Turkey sacks 10,000 more civil servants, shuts more media in post-coup crackdown

Istanbul: Turkish authorities have dismissed more than 10,000 civil servants over their suspected links with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating the failed coup in July. Thousands of academics, teachers and health workers were among those removed through a new emergency rule decree published on the Official Gazette late on Saturday 33

October 29, 2016 1:01 PM Iran-backed Iraqi Shi'ite militias plan to fight with Assad in Syria

BAGHDAD A coalition of Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi'ite militia plans to cross the border into Syria to fight alongside President Bashar al-Assad after "clearing" Islamic State militants from Iraq, a militia spokesman said on Saturday. Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen are already fighting on Assad's side in the country's civil war, and the coalition is currently 22