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In this Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 photo, a wounded Iraqi special forces soldier gets treatment at a field clinic in Gogjali, on the eastern outskirts of Mosul, Iraq. As Iraqi forces struggle to secure recent gains against the Islamic State group in Mosul, casualties are spiking. Iraqi officers say they …

Islamic State Takes Hundreds of Hostages in Mosul

The Islamic State has taken hundreds of hostages as it falls back into its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, bolstering its inventory of civilian human shields with 295 Iraqi Security Forces troops kidnapped last week.

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Iraqi Forces Secure Southern Edge Of Islamic State-Held Fallujah

Iraqi forces secured the southern edge of the Islamic State group stronghold of Fallujah on Sunday, two weeks after the launch of an operation to recapture the city, the Iraqi special forces commander overseeing the operation said.

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ISIS Video: 12-Year-Old Boy Tosses Bodies into Bloody Tigris River

The Daily Mail continues to release bits of a 22-minute video that shows the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) massacre at the Speicher military base in Tikrit. This time the clip shows a 12-year-old boy killing people and throwing bodies into the Tigris River.

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First Families Return to Tikrit Since City Retaken from ISIS

Hundreds of people displaced from the Iraqi city of Tikrit started to return home on Monday, three months after pro-government forces recaptured former president Saddam Hussein’s hometown from Islamic State militants.

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Iran-Backed Militias Burn ISIS Prisoner Alive

Iranian-backed militias consisting of Shia Muslims have released a video showing an alleged Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) member alive being burnt alive in Iraq, reminiscent of a similar video in which ISIS jihadists burnt alive a Jordanian pilot. The terrorist group members identify as Sunni Muslims, who consider Shia Muslims heretics.

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EU Approves Military Action Against African Smugglers

The European Union on Monday approved a multi-phase military operation to defeat human smugglers who are trafficking migrants from Libya to Europe. Smugglers have been charging migrants thousands of dollars each to make the trip, and there’s no guarantee of reaching Europe or even of surviving.

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Iraqis Exhume Mass Graves of ISIS Victims in Tikrit

Iraqi forensic teams have begun the grim work of exhuming mass graves around the formerly ISIS-held city of Tikrit and taking account of the victims. What they have found tells a mind-shattering tale of horror.

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US To Control The Skies Over Tikrit… While Iran Takes The Ground?

Two weeks ago, the seemingly effective Iraqi operation to retake the city of Tikrit from ISIS ground to an abrupt halt, the “final push” delayed for an indefinite period out of concerns over collateral damage, according to Iraqi officials. It was widely speculated the more pertinent problem was that Islamic State forces proved to be much harder to dislodge than anyone wanted to admit, so time was needed to bring up reinforcements and prepare the battlespace.

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Iraq Halts Operation To Retake Tikrit From ISIS

Today, the Iraq government issued a surprising statement that they were suspending the battle for Tikrit, ostensibly because they’re worried about collateral damage to the city and civilian casualties.

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Report: Iran Orders Hezbollah to Send 800 Fighters to Combat ISIS in Iraq

Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, at the behest of Iran, is expected to send around 800 of its elite militants to fight alongside Iraqi forces and Shiite militias to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), reports the London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed newspaper.

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ISIS Spokesman: ‘We Want Paris Before Rome’

The latest communique from the Islamic State, alleged to contain the voice of spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, specifically mentioned attacks on Paris would come before the conquest of Rome.