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ISIS attacks Kirkuk as Mosul comes under fire

By: Heather Murdock Source: VOA News HASSAN SHAM, KURDISTAN IRAQ – ISIS militants launched an assault Friday on the northern oil city of Kirkuk, drawing troops and resources away from the battle toward Mosul as Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces continue to move in on the country’s second-largest city. A suicide attack Friday on an Iranian-run construction site in the town of Dibis in northern Iraq also killed at least 14 people, including four Iranians. Six Iraqi police and 12 ISIS fighters were killed during a similar attack on a police compound in Kirkuk earlier in the day, but local news sources say armed militants are still occupying civilian houses and fighting with...

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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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