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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during his meeting with mukhtars at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, October 26, 2016. Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Turkey to target ISIS in Manjib and Raqqa stronghold in Syria

By: Daren Butler Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria will target the town of Manbij, recently liberated from ISIS by Kurdish-led forces, and the jihadists’ stronghold of Raqqa, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday. Syrian rebels, backed by Turkish warplanes, tanks and artillery, launched an operation dubbed “Euphrates Shield” in August to push ISIS and Kurdish militia forces away from the border area of northern Syria. In a speech in Ankara broadcast live, Erdogan said he had informed U.S. President Barack Obama about his plans for the operation in a telephone call on Wednesday. Before Manbij...

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Soldiers give the first aid to a boy injured during the clashes between Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces and Islamic State militiants in the village of Tob Zawa, about 9 kilometers (5½ miles) from Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 25, 2016. Source: VOA News

Over 10,000 have fled Mosul ISIS area

By: Chris Hannas Source: VOA News The International Organization for Migration says more than 10,000 Iraqis have been displaced since the start of an operation to retake the northern city of Mosul from ISIS militants. The offensive, which involves Iraqi government troops, Kurdish fighters, Sunni tribesman and Shi’ite militias, began last week and has so far involved capturing town and villages surrounding Iraq’s second largest city. The United Nations warned last week that as many as 200,000 people could be displaced in the initial weeks of the fight for Mosul, and that humanitarian groups would initially be able to handle about 70,000 people in need of aid. Iraq’s...

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Smoke rises after strikes on Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) controlled Tell Rifaat town, northern Aleppo province, Syria October 22, 2016. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Russia says moratorium on Aleppo airstrikes extended

By: Andrew Osborn and Lisa Barrington Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Russia said on Tuesday it would extend a moratorium on air strikes on Syria’s Aleppo into a ninth day, but a monitor and a civil defense official said that rebel-held parts of the divided city had been struck in recent days. Defence ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said Russian and Syrian planes had not even approached, let alone bombed, the devastated city since last Tuesday when Russia suspended air strikes ahead of a pause in hostilities. That moratorium on air strikes was being extended, Sergei Rudskoi, a defense ministry official, said separately on Tuesday,...

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