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Where does IS stand after Iraq, Syria losses?

The Islamic State group has suffered a string of defeats on the battlefield that have left its «caliphate» straddling Iraq and Syria in tatters, three years after it was declared.

Iraqi forces close in on IS-held Tal Afar

Iraqi forces closed in Monday on Tal Afar on the second day of an offensive against the last major bastion of the Islamic State group in the country's north, seizing several villages around the city.

Russia steps up probe into attack claimed by IS

Russia said Sunday that a stabbing which injured seven people and was claimed by the Islamic State group is being probed by top investigators in Moscow, as new details emerged.

Spain mourns attack victims as probe zeroes in on imam

Grief-stricken Barcelona paid homage Sunday to victims of two terror assaults at a mass in the city's Sagrada Familia church, as investigators turned their focus to a missing Moroccan imam believed to have radicalised the young attackers.

Hunger and fear in Syria's Tabqa after IS defeat

When Dalal Ahmad heard that the fighters who expelled the Islamic State group from the Syrian town of Tabqa were distributing food, she began to run, desperate for any scraps.

Iraq forces advance in west Mosul

Iraqi forces are making swift progress in west Mosul, officers said Tuesday, retaking several neighbourhoods on their way to a final showdown with jihadists in the Old City.

IS «executes» at least 15 civilians in Mosul

Jihadist militants from the Islamic State group posing as liberating security forces killed at least 15 civilians who welcomed them in central Mosul, officials said on Tuesday.

Syria's Tabqa: a strategic prize

Syria's Tabqa, which US-backed forces entered Monday, is doubly strategic: it lies on the road to the Islamic State group's Raqa bastion and the nearby dam is the country's largest.

Western Iraq ambush on military convoy kills 10

An ambush by the Islamic State group killed 10 members of the security forces Sunday in western Iraq, where federal and other forces recently ramped up an anti-jihadist offensive.

Furious Afghans call for resignations after Taliban base attack

Afghan families buried their dead and the country observed a national day of mourning Sunday after at least 100 soldiers were killed or wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base, prompting angry calls for ministers and army chiefs to resign.

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