Mosul is the last stronghold of the so-called Islamic state. One month ago the Iraqi army, Kurdish Peshmerga and local militia started an offensive against the extremists. The IS is allegedly using civilians as human shields.
A first batch of "Islamic State" fighters has evacuated their stronghold in Damascus a day after an apparent deal with the Syrian regime. In recent years, jihadis have steadily lost ground to government forces.
Al-Qaida's leader has urged sympathizers to wage war against the US for opening an embassy in Jerusalem. Experts say the move is an attempt to capitalize on the demise of its main competitor, the "Islamic State."
The men were found guilty of aiding five militants who attacked the parliament and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's mausoleum. Eighteen people died in the assault last year.
The US-led coalition battling "Islamic State" in Iraq has closed its land forces command headquarters. The move signals the end of major combat operations, but some will remain for "training" missions with Iraqi troops.
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