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Iraq retakes Tal Afar and surrounding areas from IS

BAGHDAD: Iraq declared on Thursday that its forces had retaken the northern city of Tal Afar and the surrounding region in another major victory over Islamic State. IS, which seized nearly a third of Iraq in 2014 in a stunning defeat for…

ISIS chief reported dead after militants lose Mosul

BEIRUT: Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported dead on Tuesday, a day after Iraq declared it had driven the militants from their one-time biggest stronghold of Mosul. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a longtime…