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Turkey's Erdogan says Manchester attack shows need for NATO solidarity

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ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday the Manchester bombing showed terrorism was a global problem and NATO allies should cooperate more closely and share information swiftly to confront it.

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Iraq orders investigation into abuses reported in Mosul battle 24 May 2017

BAGHDAD Iraq's interior minister on Wednesday ordered an investigation into allegations that members of the security forces had tortured, killed and abused civilians in the campaign to oust Islamic State militants from Mosul.

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New bridge reunites Mosul as Iraqi forces gear up for final assault 24 May 2017

BAGHDAD Iraqi military engineers installed a new floating bridge across the Tigris river on Wednesday, reconnecting the two halves of Mosul to facilitate troop deployments ahead of a final assault to dislodge Islamic State.

Kurdish independence in Iraq likely 'not if but when' - U.S. general 23 May 2017

WASHINGTON An Iraqi Kurdish push for independence from Baghdad appears likely to be a question of "not if but when," in a significant challenge to Iraq's stability, the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday.

Video shows Iraqi bulldozer take on Mosul car bomber 19 May 2017

LONDON Dramatic footage released this week shows the moment a bulldozer driven by an Iraqi security force member tackles an explosive-filled car driven by a suicide bomber, offering a rare, close-up view of the fierce battle for control of Mosul.

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Timeline - Swedish prosecutors drop Assange rape probe 19 May 2017

Swedish prosecutors have dropped an investigation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a rape allegation, but British police said he would still be arrested if he left the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he has been holed up.

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Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitaries seize air base from Islamic State 18 May 2017

BAGHDAD Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitaries captured an air base from Islamic State militants on Thursday, gaining a strategic foothold in the western desert as they push towards the Syrian border.

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U.N. says 200,000 more people could flee Mosul as fighting intensifies 18 May 2017

ERBIL/BAGHDAD, Iraq The United Nations said on Thursday up to 200,000 more people might flee Mosul as Iraqi forces push into the last districts held by Islamic State militants.

Rebel official says coalition jets destroy Syrian army and Iranian backed militia convoy 18 May 2017

AMMAN U.S.-led coalition jets hit a convoy of Syrian and Iranian-backed militias that were heading towards the Tanf base in southern Syria where U.S. special forces are based, a rebel official with a Pentagon-backed rebel group said on Thursday

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U.N. counterterror chief - Europe faces return of 'dangerous' Islamic State fighters 18 May 2017

BRUSSELS Europe will face an exodus of Islamic State fighters defeated in Syria and Iraq this year, more dangerous and battle hardened than previous returnees, the head of the U.N. Security Council's counterterrorism agency said on Thursday.

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