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Iraq's special forces troops advance during a battle against Islamic State militants in the Andalus neighborhood in the eastern side of Mosul, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.<br>Khalid Mohammed/AP

Iraqi troops advance in eastern Mosul amid fierce clashes

Iraqi special forces battled Islamic State militants on Monday in two key neighborhoods in the eastern half of Mosul, a senior commander said, advancing deeper after fully routing IS from the sprawling complex of the Mosul University, a major step in the massive operation to retake the city.

Top UN official: 10,000 civilians killed in Yemen conflict

The United Nations' humanitarian aid official in Yemen said Monday that the civilian death toll in the nearly two-year conflict has reached 10,000, with 40,000 others wounded.


Blast targeting police in southeast Turkey kills 4 officers

A roadside bomb in a pre-dominantly Kurdish city in southeast Turkey on Monday killed four policemen and wounded two others, according to the state-run news agency.


Kyrgyzstan: Cargo plane crash kills 37, destroys village

A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, destroying half of a village and killing at least 37 people in the plane and on the ground, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank clashes

The Israeli military says border police shot and killed the "main instigator" of clashes on Monday in which hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks at security forces in the West Bank.


Gunfire rattles Tehran as drone buzzes over Iranian capital

The semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Tehran Governor Isa Farhadi as saying that the gunfire targeted a drone near restricted airspace in the capital. It wasn't clear who owned the drone, which he described as a quadcopter.


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ANALYSIS

Marines going back to old battlefield in Helmand

When about 300 Marines deploy to Helmand this spring, they will be returning to a province where hundreds of U.S. servicemembers died over more than a decade to subdue the Taliban. Now the situation has deteriorated so significantly there are fears the province could fall to the Taliban.


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