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Islamic State shells recaptured areas in west Mosul

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MOSUL Islamic State militants shelled areas recaptured by Iraqi forces in western Mosul, hitting civilians fleeing the fighting early on Wednesday as troops edged their way through the narrow, dangerous streets of the Old City. | Video

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Scorched earth - If Islamic State can't have it, no one can 22 Mar 2017

CAIRO As Islamic State loses ground in Iraq and Syria, the Sunni militant group which once held territory amounting to a third of those countries is turning to sabotage to ensure its enemies cannot benefit from its losses.

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Iraqi forces try to bring civilians out of west Mosul, U.S. pledges more support 21 Mar 2017

MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi government forces attempted to evacuate civilians from Mosul's Islamic State-held Old City on Tuesday so that troops could clear the area, but militant snipers hampered the effort, Iraqi officers said.

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Destroyed by Islamic State, ancient winged bull to rise again in London 21 Mar 2017

LONDON An ancient Assyrian winged bull sculpture destroyed by Islamic State fighters in 2015 is to be remade from empty Iraqi date syrup cans and displayed in Trafalgar Square in London.

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Iraq's Abadi says he wins Trump's assurances of more U.S. support 21 Mar 2017

WASHINGTON Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he won assurances of greater U.S. support in fighting Islamic State militants in talks on Monday with President Donald Trump and top advisers, but cautioned that military might alone would not be sufficient. | Video

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As Iraqi forces fight to take Mosul, car bomb in Baghdad kills 23 people 20 Mar 2017

MOSUL, Iraq Islamic State militants captured an Iraqi police colonel and eight other officers on Monday after they ran out of ammunition during a skirmish in the battle for western Mosul, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.

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Iraqi forces close in on Mosul mosque as residents flee 19 Mar 2017

MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi army helicopters strafed and fired rockets at Islamic State positions in Mosul's Old City on Sunday as troops on the ground closed in on the strategic and symbolic prize of the al-Nuri Mosque.

U.S. base rises from the rubble for Mosul push 19 Mar 2017

QAYYARA WEST AIRFIELD, Iraq U.S. troops are hard at work rehabilitating this battle-scarred, rubble-strewn airfield as a logistics and support hub for Iraqi and international forces in the decisive battle against Islamic State for the city of Mosul 60 km to the north.

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Thousands flee Iraq's Mosul as battle edges into Old City 18 Mar 2017

MOSUL, Iraq Thousands of Iraqis surged out of western Mosul on Saturday during a lull in heavy fighting in districts around the densely populated Old City where Iraqi forces are facing fierce resistance from Islamic State militants.

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Need to avoid civilian deaths weighs on minds of U.S. forces in Mosul battle 18 Mar 2017

QAYYARA WEST AIRFIELD, Iraq As the battle for Mosul moves to the narrow streets and densely packed houses of the Old City, U.S. artillery gunners and helicopter pilots supporting Iraqi forces face an age-old problem – how to avoid killing civilians.

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