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Weapon of choice: why the US uses Tomahawk missiles

The US' Tomahawk missile was first used in 1991 and is relied upon for land attacks. As many as 59 were fired at Syria on Friday morning.

The US' Tomahawk missile was first used in 1991 and is relied upon for land attacks. As many as 59 were fired at Syria on Friday morning.

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Drone footage of Mosul destruction

The Iraqi military is battling Islamic State group in a final push to take control of the parts of western Mosul that are still held by the extremist group.

The Iraqi military is battling Islamic State group in a final push to take control of the parts of western Mosul that are still held by the extremist group.

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Colombia bombardment kills 10 ELN rebels

Colombia’s military has killed ten members of the country’s second biggest rebel group, including a number of women.

Colombia’s military has killed ten members of the country’s second biggest rebel group, including a number of women.

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ISIL close to collapse in Mosul say senior Iraqi military sources

ISIL is being squeezed in its last urban stronghold in Iraq, Mosul, as the city falls to Iraqi special forces, and the Islamic militants appear close to collapse.

ISIL is being squeezed in its last urban stronghold in Iraq, Mosul, as the city falls to Iraqi special forces, and the Islamic militants appear close to collapse.

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Iraqi forces capture Mosul airport from ISIL

After nearly three years under ISIL control, Mosul airport is captured by Iraqi security forces, state television announces.

After nearly three years under ISIL control, Mosul airport is captured by Iraqi security forces, state television announces.

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Syrian rebels clash with ISIL in northern Syria

The fighting follows Turkey's announcement that it had killed 44 jihadists in the city, and reported US airstrikes on Monday

The fighting follows Turkey's announcement that it had killed 44 jihadists in the city, and reported US airstrikes on Monday

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Iraqi troops enter Mosul from the north

A spokesman for Iraq's elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) says troops took the territory in an overnight raid across a tributary of the Tigris River in eastern Mosul.

A spokesman for Iraq's elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) says troops took the territory in an overnight raid across a tributary of the Tigris River in eastern Mosul.

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More than 2000 a day are fleeing Mosul - UN

The UN says this is several hundred more each day than before US-led coalition forces began a new phase of their battle to retake the city from ISIL.

The UN says this is several hundred more each day than before US-led coalition forces began a new phase of their battle to retake the city from ISIL.

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Civilians flee eastern Mosul as Iraqi forces battle ISIL

Scores of people fled for safety on Saturday on the third day of the renewed US-led offensive to retake the northern city from the Islamic State group.

Scores of people fled for safety on Saturday on the third day of the renewed US-led offensive to retake the northern city from the Islamic State group.

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Russian police shoot dead militants in Chechnya

Russian special forces have shot dead at least seven suspected militants during an operation in Chechnya.

Russian special forces have shot dead at least seven suspected militants during an operation in Chechnya.

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Aleppo: conflicting reports over a halt in the offensive

There are conflicting reports over whether the Russian-backed Syrian government has halted its military push to retake the rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

There are conflicting reports over whether the Russian-backed Syrian government has halted its military push to retake the rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

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Russia and US to talk Aleppo rebel withdrawal as Syrian army advances

Syrian government forces and their allies have advanced into another rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo – according to an opposition official and the UK-based monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory f

Syrian government forces and their allies have advanced into another rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo – according to an opposition official and the UK-based monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory f

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Syrian army captures a third of rebel-held territory in east Aleppo

Rebels lose a third of their territory in eastern Aleppo as Syrian government forces press on with their advance in a bid to take back the city.

Rebels lose a third of their territory in eastern Aleppo as Syrian government forces press on with their advance in a bid to take back the city.

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Airstrike kills 12 civilians in Yemen

Twelve civilians have been killed in Yemen in another airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition that’s been fighting Shiite Houthi rebels since March…

Twelve civilians have been killed in Yemen in another airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition that’s been fighting Shiite Houthi rebels since March…

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Over 68,000 displaced from Mosul and surroundings, UN warns

The UN warns over 68,000 people have been displaced from Mosul and its surroundings in the six weeks since Iraqi forces began the battle to oust ISIL.

The UN warns over 68,000 people have been displaced from Mosul and its surroundings in the six weeks since Iraqi forces began the battle to oust ISIL.

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Shia militia in Iraq move to cut off Mosul supply route

Days after seizing an air base south of Tal Afar, Iranian backed Shia militia in Iraq are moving to encircle the city in an attempt to finish off the job.

Days after seizing an air base south of Tal Afar, Iranian backed Shia militia in Iraq are moving to encircle the city in an attempt to finish off the job.

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Iraqi troops resume fighting in Mosul

At least one soldier was killed after offensive resumed following a one day pause.

At least one soldier was killed after offensive resumed following a one day pause.