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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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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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