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Leaked emails reveal Clinton accused Saudi and Qatar of supporting ISIS

By:  Nike Ching Source: VOA News STATE DEPARTMENT – Foreign policy experts and analysts say they are perplexed by a hacked email in which Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to accuse the Saudi and Qatari governments of providing logistical and financial support to ISIS extremists. The accusation is one among thousands of messages that were stolen from the personal email of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and released on the Wikileaks website. The lengthy message is dated Aug. 17, 2014, and comes from the email address “” It begins with a note saying “Sources include Western...

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Peshmerga forces gather in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, October 17, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraq: Mosul operation said to be going faster than expected

By: Carla Babb, Jamie Dettmer, & Lisa Bryant Source: VOA News WASHINGTON – Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, says the operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State is going much faster than expected. He spoke in Paris, where foreign ministers from Western and Middle Eastern nations have been meeting to discuss how to restore peace and stability once the terror group is ousted from Iraq’s second-largest city. “The forces are pushing toward the town more quickly than we thought and more quickly than we had programmed in our campaign plan,” Abadi said. On Wednesday, the U.S. general running the coalition ground campaign in Iraq urged Iraqi forces fighting for...

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Temporary calm in Aleppo

  By: Cecily Hilleary Source: VOA News Seven-year-old Bana Al Alabed tweeted that the city of Aleppo was quiet Tuesday in the wake of overnight bombing by Syrian and Russian forces. The lull in airstrikes gave her the chance to step outdoors and enjoy some early autumn rain. With the help of her mother, a teacher, Bana began tweeting about the hardships of life in Aleppo in late September, earning thousands of followers across the globe. But the lull in fighting came too late for other children in the city. According to Syrian civil defense, eight children, all members of a single family, were killed when their home was targeted by an airstrike on Monday. The Syrian Observatory for...

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