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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.

Ramzan Kadyrov takes an oath during the ceremony of his inauguration as the head of Russia's Caucasus region of Chechnya for a third term, in Grozny on October 5, 2016. / AFP / ELENA FITKULINA (Photo credit should read

Why Russia Can’t Forget About Chechnya

While the U.S public may be mostly unfamiliar with the Russian state, Chechnya has been the subject of international scrutiny for nearly two decades. The epicenter of two catastrophic wars and a lengthy counterinsurgency campaign, Chechnya has spent the start of the new century battling fundamentalist Islamic terror, corruption, and crime.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in his office in Tehran on December 16, 2015. Iran will not accept any limitations on its missile programme, Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan said after UN experts accused Tehran of violating a Security Council resolution. AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE / AFP / ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Must be Hospitable to Foreign Investors: Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that his country must be hospitable to foreign businessmen, two days after a high-profile Iranian-American and his father were jailed for 10 years as spies.

A Lebanese Hezbollah supporter holds a picture of the militant group's Christian ally, Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun, during a rally in southern Beirut on May 25, 2009 to mark the ninth anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon after a 22-year occupation. Lebanon is preparing to hold parliamentary elections on June 7, but unlike campaign slogans, analysts foresee no radical changes in the current political scene, whatever the outcome, though results could plunge the country back in a severe political crisis. AFP PHOTO/RAMZI HAIDAR (Photo credit should read RAMZI HAIDAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Hezbollah Ally Aoun Tipped for Lebanon Presidency

Lebanon’s powerful ex-premier Saad Hariri is expected to endorse Hezbollah ally Michel Aoun for president, a post that has been vacant for almost 30 months, a senior politician said Wednesday.

Jewish worshippers attend the annual Cohanim prayer (priest's blessing) during the Sukkot holiday, or the feast of the Tabernacles, at the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem on October 19, 2016. Thousands of Jews gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem for a holiday blessing, a day after UNESCO adopted a resolution that Israel says omits Judaism's connection to the site. / AFP / GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Jewish Worshipers Defy UNESCO, Flood Western Wall

Tens of thousands of people gathered at the Western Wall throughout the day Wednesday in what appeared to be defiant display of rejection against UNESCO’s Tuesday adoption of a resolution which Israel says denies the deep historic Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem.


Clinton Eyes ‘Negotiated’ Syria No-Fly Zone

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton stood behind her pledge to create a no-fly zone in Syria Wednesday, but said it would have to be negotiated rather than imposed.