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Putin Discusses Mosul Liberation with Turkey, Iraq

Russian President Vladimir Putin had a phone call with leaders in Turkey and Iraq on Wednesday in which he “wished the Iraqi army and its allies complete success in their objectives” for Mosul, according to the Kremlin.

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Yemen: Iran Suspected Behind Houthi Missile Attacks on U.S. Ships

Iran, considered the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, has increased its shipments of military supplies to Shiite Houthi rebels fighting a Saudi-led and U.S.-assisted coalition in Yemen, Reuters has learned from Western and Iranian officials on condition of anonymity.

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Mosul: U.S.-Backed Forces Clash with Islamic State in Christian Suburb

Iraqi security forces backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and in collaboration with Kurdish Peshmerga troops and a Christian militia have besieged the Iraqi Christian town of Qaraqosh as part of the offensive to liberate the nearby city of Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), reports CNN.

Iraqi forces pushed the Islamic State group out of Qayyarah, considered strategic for a planned offensive against the jihadists' last Iraqi stronghold of Mosul

U.S. Expects Islamic State to Use Chemical Weapons to Defend Mosul

American officials fear that Islamic State jihadists will use crudely-designed chemical weapons, primarily packed with a sulfur mustard gas agent, to defend their de-facto capital of Mosul in Iraq from advancing Iraqi forces, Kurdish troops and Iran-allied Shiite militias, backed by U.S. troops.

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 13, 2010 file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, and his wife Asma Assad, listen to explanations as they visit a technology plant in Tunis. In the eyes of many, Assad is a murderous autocrat who would do anything to cling to power. But for his supporters, he is a nationalist hero fighting Western imperialism, a stabilizing presence who ensures a secular rule in a turbulent region wracked by sectarian wars. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, File)

Assad’s Wife Blames Deaths of Syrian Children on Western Powers

Bashar Assad’s wife Asma granted her first interview in eight years to the Rossiya 24 news channel of Russia, as transcribed by In the interview, she blamed Western powers for prolonging the Syrian civil war, laid responsibility for the human carnage at their feet, and accused Western media of hyping tragedies that are politically harmful to her husband.

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Russia Announces Temporary Halt of Aleppo Bombing

After the latest news of horrible civilian carnage in Aleppo, Syria, including an airstrike that killed 20 members of the same family, Russia has announced it will temporarily suspend airstrikes. The move has been presented as an opportunity for rebel forces to pull out of the city, but the rebels refuse to leave.


Left Out of Mosul Battle, Turkey’s Erdogan Begins Claiming Liberation of Raqqa

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made clear he wants Turkey to play a significant role in the liberation of Mosul, Iraq, from the Islamic State (ISIS). The Iraqi government has rejected Turkey’s advances, however, and while Erdogan waits for an opportunity to participate in that offensive, he has begun discussing similar military activity against ISIS “capital,” Raqqa, Syria.

ecording artist Lady Gaga performs for students as part of the national It's On Us Week of Action with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the Cox Pavilion at UNLV on April 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The It's On Us initiative was launched by the White House in 2014 to raise awareness about the importance of preventing sexual assaults on college campuses and supporting survivors of sexual assault. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Well-Heeled Flock to Israeli Designer Footwear

Israeli designer Kobi Levi’s psychedelic shoes resemble everything from banana skins to sex acts, flamingos and stretching cats — and they are all the rage among well-heeled stars like Lady Gaga.

Militants from the radical Islamic group Hamas, jog during a rally past an effigy of Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz, hanging at a makeshift gallows in the northern West Bank town of Jenin, 27 March 2004.

Security Official: Hamas Prepping Next Conflict

Communities near Gaza have enjoyed a prolonged period of quiet since 2014’s Operation Protective Edge, a calm that is shattered every few months by Salafi jihadist rocket attacks from the Strip – a reminder of the fragility of the “calm.”