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Dozens killed, buried in rubble after Mosul air raid - Iraqi officials, residents

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BAGHDAD Dozens of residents were buried in collapsed buildings in the Iraqi city of Mosul after an air strike against Islamic State triggered a massive explosion last week and rescuers are still recovering bodies, civil defence agency officials and locals said on Thursday.

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"Worst is yet to come" with 400,000 trapped in west Mosul - U.N. 23 Mar 2017

GENEVA/MOSUL, Iraq About 400,000 Iraqi civilians are trapped in the Islamic State-held Old City of western Mosul, short of food and basic needs as the battle between the militants and government forces rages around them, the United Nations refugee agency said on Thursday.

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Child victims of Mosul battle fill emergency hospital 23 Mar 2017

BARTELLA, Iraq The 9-year-old Iraqi boy was playing football on a patch of wasteground during a lull in the battle for Mosul when a mortar round fired by Islamic State militants landed nearby. It sprayed shrapnel into his lower legs and virtually severed them.

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Islamic State shells recaptured areas in west Mosul 22 Mar 2017

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.

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