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Iraqi Forces Bogged Down Against IS in Old Mosul

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 20:21
Despite vowing that a renewed offensive against Islamic State in Mosul will be a “final push,” Iraqi forces continue to get bogged down in ancient parts of the city where IS remains entrenched. Days after beginning the latest offensive, the U.S.-backed forces slowed operations late last week, citing the difficulty of protecting residents trapped in remaining IS-controlled areas. Commanders admit the fight for Mosul will take longer than anticipated. “We are fighting a very difficult...
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Egypt, Sudan Downplay Strains After High Level Visit

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 18:59
Ties between Egypt and Sudan appeared to be on the mend Saturday, following a belated visit to Cairo by Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour. Ghandour had been scheduled to meet with top Egyptian officials earlier in the week, but the visit was postponed amid a public spat between the presidents of both countries over the imposition of visas on Egyptian nationals. Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir had accused Egypt last month of supporting armed militants in both South Sudan...
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Thousands Rally in N. Morocco After Protest Leader Arrested

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 18:43
Several thousand people protested in a provincial northern Moroccan town to demand the authorities release an activist arrested for leading months of demonstrations against official abuses and corruption. The protest took place late on Friday in the town of Al-Hoceima where tensions have run high since activist Nasser Zefzafi was detained at the start of the week and charged with threatening national security, among other offenses. Political unrest is rare in the North African kingdom...
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Fight for Raqqa 'Could Begin' In Coming Days, Syrian Kurdish Militia Confirms

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 16:52
U.S.-backed military forces in Syria are poised to launch in a "few days" an offensive to capture the Islamic State's (IS) defacto capital of Raqqa, according to a spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish militia group YPG. "The forces reached the outskirts of the city and the major operation will start the coming days," YPG spokesman Nouri Mahmoud said Saturday. Mahmoud confirmed Saturday remarks by American military officials who said Thursday that Syrian...
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