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An aerial view of the destroyed landmark al-Nuri mosque in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.<br>Felipe Dana/AP

In Mosul, Iraqi forces take landmark mosque blown up by ISIS

Iraqi forces on Thursday captured the compound of a landmark mosque in Mosul that was blown up last week by the Islamic State group — a hugely symbolic site from where the top ISIS leader declared an Islamic "caliphate" nearly three years ago.


Mattis: No additional Syria chemical weapons activity seen

The U.S. has seen no additional activity to indicate a chemical attack is imminent in Syria since the White House threatened President Bashar Assad with retaliation if any further steps were taken, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.


ANALYSIS

After surviving the early days of Trump’s presidency, Iran deal is seen at risk

President Donald Trump decided against killing off the Iran nuclear deal in a Day One spectacular. It may face a lingering death instead.


ANALYSIS

Passengers to face tighter screening at airports, but can still carry laptops

President Donald Trump decided against killing off the Iran nuclear deal in a Day One spectacular. It may face a lingering death instead.

How a 91-year-old imam came to symbolize feud between Qatar and its neighbors

The Qatar-based cleric and TV star has never been charged in a terrorist attack, but he was labeled a terrorist earlier this month in a formal declaration by Saudi Arabia and three of its allies. Since then, Gulf Arabs have banned Qaradawi's books, blocked his broadcasts and even sought to remove his name from public buildings.


Analysis

Saudis shrug off arms sale freeze, convinced Qatar will bend

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir has a plan for U.S.-Saudi relations if Qatar does not give into the other Gulf states' strong demands: Hope that Qatar gives in anyway.


Video

Iraqis fight house to house for costly victory in Mosul

Gunfire echoes through the pockmarked streets as Maj. Ihab Jalil al-Aboudi's soldiers fight block by block for the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, occasionally pausing to help terrified families flee to safety across the rubble.


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Mattis: No additional Syria chemical weapons activity seen

The U.S. has seen no additional activity to indicate a chemical attack is imminent in Syria since the White House threatened President Bashar Assad with retaliation if any further steps were taken, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.



A look at key moments on the road to Mosul

The Islamic State group's hold on Mosul has shrunk to just about one square mile. After more than eight months of some of the most intense fighting against the militants, Iraq's Prime Minister has pledged that victory is near. Here's a look at some of the key events in the fight against ISIS in Iraq.


Israeli troops kill Palestinian who shot at them, army says

Israel's military says its forces have shot and killed a Palestinian who opened fire on them in the West Bank.


Cluster bombs kill at least 15 in eastern Syria

At least 15 people were killed in an airstrike in eastern Syria on Wednesday, activists said, in the second attack in three days reported to kill civilians in the Islamic State-held Euphrates River valley.

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