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Coalition kills hundreds more civilians in final fight for Mosul

Iraqi government forces and U.S.-led coalition air strikes are killing large numbers of civilians caught in the crossfire in the final push to capture Mosul from the last remaining Islamic State fighters there.

U.N. blasts 'staggering' loss of life from U.S. bombing of Raqqa

United Nations human rights investigators on Wednesday condemned the "staggering loss of civilian life" caused by U.S.-led air strikes in and around Raqqa, Syria.

Monitor: U.S.-led coalition killing the most Syrian civilians

For the second straight month, the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) killed more Syrian civilians than IS, dictator Bashar al-Assad's forces or Russian air strikes, according to a leading monitor group.

U.S.-led forces apparently use white phosphorus in anti-IS fight

U.S.-led coalition forces have apparently used white phosphorus munitions in densely populated areas of the two most important cities still held by Islamic State (IS) militants.

Report: 200 Iraqi civilians die as coalition strikes pound Mosul

Massive aerial bombardment carried out by U.S.-led coalition or Iraqi warplanes killed "at least 200" civilians in besieged West Mosul on Tuesday, according to an Iraqi army officer and elected official cited by local and international media outlets.

Mattis: More civilians will die in U.S. 'annihilation' of IS

Defense Secretary James Mattis said the U.S. will escalate its bombing campaign against Islamic State, adding that civilian deaths are an inevitable result of the Trump administration's policy of "annihilation" of the militant group.

106 Syrian civilians — 47 children — die in U.S. air strikes

In what is likely the deadliest incident in the nearly three-year U.S.-led bombing campaign against Islamic State (IS) fighters in Syria, 106 civilians — including 47 children — died in multiple strikes on a town in Deir Ezzor province.

Monitor: U.S. bombing killing more Syrians than Assad air strikes

Recent U.S.-led coalition air strikes have killed the highest number of Syrian civilians since the air campaign against Islamic State militants began — and more civilians than dictator Bashar al-Assad's warplanes last month, a leading monitor reports.

Iraq, Syria: Hundreds more civilian casualties in coalition war

Hundreds more Iraqi and Syrian civilians have been killed and injured during the first week of May in U.S.-led coalition and Iraqi air strikes, as well as Iraqi army shelling, targeting Islamic State (IS) militants.

U.S.-led air strikes killing families in Tabaqa, Syria

U.S.-led air strikes targeting Islamic State fighters in Tabaqa, Syria are killing groups of civilians fleeing or sheltering from fierce fighting between IS militants and U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces rebels, media and monitor groups report.

US & coalition attacks kill hundreds more Iraqi, Syrian civilians

Hundreds of Iraqi and Syrian civilians have been killed, and hundreds more wounded, by U.S.-led and Iraqi air and artillery strikes this month, human rights monitors and local officials said.

U.S.-led coalition killed more Syrians than IS, Russia in March

More innocent Syrian civilians were killed last month by bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition then by Russian or Islamic State (IS) forces fighting in the civil war there, figures from a leading human rights monitor reveal.

278 bodies —many children — pulled from U.S. Mosul strike site

Mosul - Nearly 300 bodies — including many children — have been recovered from the site of a March 17 U.S.-led coalition air strike on a crowded neighborhood in Mosul, Iraq.

U.S. to keep some special forces troops in Libya

US Marine General Thomas Waldhauser, head of the US Africa Command, told reporters that the US needs to retain a small special operations force in Libya indefinitely.

Mosul parents sedate children with drugs to avoid Islamic State

Mosul - Terrified parents fleeing fierce fighting between U.S.-backed Iraqi forces and Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, Iraq are drugging their children with sedatives or taping their mouths shut in a desperate bid to avoid detection by the Islamist militants.

U.S.-led strike kills 230 Mosul civilians; mostly women, children

Mosul - In what could be the deadliest wholesale American slaughter of innocent civilians in decades, some 230 people, mostly women and children, have been killed in an air strike in a crowded residential neighborhood of besieged Mosul, Iraq.

Civilian deaths from U.S., coalition attacks soar under Trump

As United States military forces and their coalition partners intensify the war against Islamist militants in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan under President Donald Trump, civilian casualties — and Muslim outrage — are soaring.

Air attacks in Syria and Iraq cost U.S. about $11 billion so far

After two and a half years of fighting the Islamic State through an air war the costs to the United States is huge. So far the total cost is estimated at about $11 billion but this includes only the costs of the military operations not other costs.

Op-Ed: ISIS drone bombers in Mosul: Big mistake

Mosul - ISIS has started using quadcopters as grenade dropping bombers. While not a major innovation, it does raise a lot of issues for conventional military forces. It also creates a new weapon against terror.

Chad closes its long border with Libya for security reasons

N'djamena - Chadian Prime Minister Albert Padacke has closed its long 2,000 kilometer northern border with neighbouring Libya. The move is designed to prevent an influx of militant fighters including Islamic State(IS) fighters fleeing conflict in Libya.

Families of Orlando victims suing Google, Facebook and Twitter

Detroit - Families of three men killed in the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando last June are suing Facebook, Twitter and Google (as the owner of YouTube). The suit alleges the defendants gave material support to ISIS by enabling the shooter to become radicalized online.

ISIS controls only 2 blocks and 50 buildings in Sirte Libya

Surt - The Pentagon claims that the Islamic State now only controls about two blocks and 50 buildings in the city of Sirte whereas they had once ruled the entire city and a considerable area in all directions surrounding it.

Microsoft apologises as Bing translates 'Daesh' to 'Saudi Arabia'

Microsoft has been forced to apologise after its Bing search engine began automatically translating "Daesh" into "Saudi Arabia." The company blamed crowdsourced translations for the error and is investigating the issue. Saudi users called for a boycott.

Libyan forces edge slowly forward against Islamic State in Sirte

Surt - Forces loyal to the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA), the Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos (Solid Structure, or BAM), move slightly further into Islamic State controlled territory in the center of the city of Sirte.

Op-Ed: Islamic State territory in Libya shrinking after 2-front advance

Misratah - After advancing very close to Sirte and threatening to surround it, forces loyal to the UN-brokered Government of National Accord from the Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous operation seem to have paused and may be consolidating their positions.

Op-Ed: Forces loyal to Libyan unity government aim to surround Sirte

Surt - Forces of the Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos (Solid Structure), mostly militia from Misrata, say they are aiming to encircle Sirte the last large city stronghold of the Islamic State in Libya.

Op-Ed: U.S. negotiating with Libyan GNA to reach agreement on troops

Washington - Marine General Joseph Dunford, chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) is negotiating an agreement that could see U.S. military advisers deployed there to help fight the Islamic State (IS).

Op-Ed: Haftar militia seizing oil fields near Libya city of Al-Jufra

Misratah - While Misrata militia are gaining some ground against the Islamic State west of their stronghold Sirte, Haftar appears to be busy seizing oil fields and attacking the Shura Council of Derna fighters who were instrumental in driving the IS from the city.

ISIS is even recruiting on dating websites

ISIS has taken advantage of technology in many ways, from spreading its message on Twitter to using encrypted messaging apps like Telegram.

Kenya: Police arrest med students plotting bio-terrorist attacks

Kenyan police have arrested several medical students for allegedly plotting to carry out a biological terrorist attack and for allegedly recruiting fellow students to join the Islamic State.
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Fighters belonging to the Islamic State in Anbar Province, Iraq.
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REFUGE: Yazidi refugees who escaped from Islamic State militants get help from the International Rescue Committee at the Newroz camp in northeastern Syria in August.
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Members of Islamic State march through streets in Iraq
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Iraqi Shiite volunteers who have joined government forces to fight Sunni jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) take part in a training session near the southern port city of Basra on August 7, 2014
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RUINS: The ancient city of Palmyra  Syria  is believed to be threatened by Islamic militants who hav...
RUINS: The ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, is believed to be threatened by Islamic militants who have seized the area from the government and appear to be destroying relics that predate Islam, which dates back to the 7th century.
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Islamic State militants displaying hostages.
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DANGEROUS: Protesters in Paris last August demand the release of Kurds and Yazidis captured by Islam...
DANGEROUS: Protesters in Paris last August demand the release of Kurds and Yazidis captured by Islamic State radicals in Iraq and Syria.
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WORSHIP: Minarets of several mosques are visible in this view of Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, taken in 2009.
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Muslim National School in Clonskeagh in Dublin - one of only two state funded schools for Muslim children in Ireland .
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PROTEST: Turkish Kurds demonstrate against the ISIS siege of the Syrian city of Kobani last year on ...
PROTEST: Turkish Kurds demonstrate against the ISIS siege of the Syrian city of Kobani last year on the streets of Istanbul.
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