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ISIS Destroys Al Nuri Mosque, Another Loss for Mosul

BAGHDAD — As the bloody battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State ground on for months, with losses in lives and infrastructure piling up, soldiers and civilians kept in their minds an image of what victory would look like: capturing the historic, and symbolic, Al Nuri Grand Mosque and ...

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Long Before It Lost Turf, ISIS Was Already Targeting Britain

LONDON — In the weeks after Islamic State operatives struck Paris in November 2015, the group released a prerecorded video of the killers. They stared into the camera, waved serrated knives, raged at the West and specifically warned Britain: You’re next. Footage showed scenes of London through a gunsight. For ...

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On the Mosul Front, a Brutal Battle Against ISIS and Time

Mr. Gordon, a military correspondent for The Times, is working with the Iraqi reporter Kamil Kakol on the front lines in Iraq. Clambering onto a rooftop with a small group of soldiers from Iraq’s counterterrorism service, we scanned the Islamic State’s stronghold in western Mosul as one of its armored ...

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U.S. Forces Play Crucial Role Against ISIS in Mosul

HAMAM AL-ALIL, Iraq — One week after Iraqi forces began their push into western Mosul, American firepower is playing an essential role in softening the opposition from the Islamic State. The thunderous booms from howitzers near Hamam al-Alil, a town along the Tigris River, are just part of the American ...

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Iraq Starts Offensive to Retake Western Mosul From ISIS

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI and FALIH HASSAN February 19, 2017 ERBIL, Iraq — Iraq opened the next chapter in its offensive to drive the Islamic State out of Mosul on Sunday, preparing an assault on the western half of the city. Overnight, planes carpeted the ground with leaflets, directly appealing to the group’s fighters to ...

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Airstrikes by Russia Buttress Turkey in Battle vs. ISIS

By MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT January 8, 2017 WASHINGTON — Russian warplanes have carried out airstrikes to support Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria against the Islamic State, an important evolution in a budding Russian-Turkish partnership. The deepening ties threaten to marginalize the United States in the struggle to shape Syria’s ultimate fate. The ...

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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Istanbul Nightclub Attack

ISTANBUL — The Islamic State on Monday issued a rare claim of responsibility for an attack in Turkey after a New Year’s Day shooting at an Istanbul nightclub that killed at least 39 people, describing the gunman who carried out the assault — and who has not been identified or ...

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