IS has been forced to retreat in Iraq. The Iraqi army has managed to liberate eastern Mosul from the terrorist organization. Many people who fled Iraq's second-largest city are now returning home.
"Islamic State" militants have blown up the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul where their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared a self-styled caliphate in 2014. It comes as Iraqi forces push into Mosul's Old City.
The Iraqi army, special forces, and the police, have launched a joint assault on Mosul's Old City, the last foothold of the "Islamic State" (IS) militia. Up to 150,000 civilians are reportedly trapped by fighting.
UN officials have accused "Islamic State" extremists of using children as a "weapon of war" to deter families from fleeing violence. Iraqi-led forces have surrounded the militant group in its last bastion in Mosul.
Airstrikes targeting the "Islamic State" group in Syria have left 472 civilians dead over the past month, a monitor says. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the figure is more than double the previous month.
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