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Iraqi army drives Islamic State from Christian region near Mosul


QAYYARA, Iraq Iraqi army troops on Saturday stormed into a Christian region that has been under Islamic State control since 2014 as part of U.S.-backed operations to clear the entrances to Mosul, the militants' last major city stronghold in Iraq. | Video


Iraqi PM declines Turkish offer to help in Mosul battle 10:21pm BST

BAGHDAD/ANKARA Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declined on Saturday an offer from Turkey to take part in the battle to drive Islamic State militants from Mosul, a decision that could rile Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.


White House condemns Syrian government forces use of toxic gas 10:07pm BST

WASHINGTON The White House on Saturday condemned the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government after an international inquiry found its forces responsible for a third toxic gas attack in Syria's civil war.


Yemen truce expires after day of heavy fighting 10:04pm BST

SANAA/NAJRAN, Saudi Arabia A supposed ceasefire in the Yemen conflict expired a minute before midnight on Saturday after a day of heavy fighting between Saudi-backed forces and the Iran-allied Houthi movement.

Afghan Taliban envoys in Pakistan to discuss possible peace talks - official 4:24pm BST

ISLAMABAD A delegation from the Taliban's political office visited Pakistan over the weekend, senior officials said on Saturday, for discussions that could include the latest informal effort to restart talks to end Afghanistan's long war.

Taliban release drone footage of suicide attack 4:24pm BST

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan Afghanistan's Taliban have released drone footage showing a suicide bomber driving a Humvee into a police base in Helmand province and blowing it up this month. | Video

Burning sulphur near Mosul sends hundreds to hospital, U.S. troops don masks 4:08pm BST

QAYYARA, Iraq Nearly 1,000 people have been treated for breathing problems linked to fumes from a burning sulphur plant set ablaze during fighting with Islamic State near Mosul and U.S. officials say U.S. forces at a nearby airfield are wearing protective masks.

Senior Egyptian general shot dead outside home 4:06pm BST

CAIRO A senior Egyptian military official was shot dead on Saturday outside his home on the outskirts of Cairo, security sources and his wife said


Turkey 'obliged' to press on to Syria's al-Bab, Erdogan says 4:03pm BST

ANKARA/BEIRUT Turkish-backed forces will press on to the Islamic State-held town of al-Bab in Syria, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, emphasising Ankara's drive to sweep militants and Syrian Kurdish fighters from territory near its border.

Mosul battle will be big, won't end soon - Kurdish region minister 3:35pm BST

ERBIL, Iraq Iraqi forces have advanced to 5 km (3 miles) from Mosul in an offensive against Islamic State's last major Iraq stronghold and there are signs of revolt against the group, the interior minister of the Kurdish regional government said on Saturday.

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