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Iraq holds military parade celebrating victory over Islamic State

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi military parade celebrating final victory over Islamic State is underway in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, an Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters on Sunday. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over Islamic State on Saturday after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory. Iraqi forces recaptured the last areas still under Islamic State control along the border with Syria and…

‘500 dead’ in Syria regime’s Aleppo assault

BEIRUT: A Russian-backed regime onslaught in northern Syria was reported Wednesday to have killed more than 500 people this month, as Turkey faced mounting pressure to open its border to people fleeing the violence.

IS fighters advance in Syria despite US strikes

DAMASCUS/MURSITPINAR Turkey: U.S. and coalition planes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria again on Wednesday, but the strikes did not halt the fighters' advance in a Kurdish area where fleeing refugees told of villages burnt and captives beheaded.