US-backed Iraqi forces have reached the Tigris River in the battle to retake Mosul from the so-called Islamic State. Emotions in the city are mixed, as people are glad to be rid of IS, but reluctant to leave their homes to make way for the fighting.
While the "Islamic State" (IS) has lost most of its cities in Iraq and Syria, thousands of Yazidis it kidnapped are still missing. Activists say some are being hidden within IS families. Judit Neurink reports from Irbil.
The US-led coalition in Syria tried to "impede" Russian warplanes from bombing "Islamic State" (IS) militia, the Russian Defense Ministry said. It also accused Washington of allowing the jihadists to regroup in Iraq.
The Syrian army retook the city of Deir el-Zour from the "Islamic State," on a day the militants also lost al-Qaim in Iraq. The twin blow means the jihadis have lost almost all their urban strongholds in Syria and Iraq.
The grisly find was made at an airbase near the city of Hawija, recently liberated after three years under 'IS' control. The regional government said the compound served as an "execution ground" for the militants.
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