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Ahmed Rasheed

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Shock and anger in Mosul after Islamic State destroys historic mosque

22 June 2017

MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - The leaning al-Hadba minaret that has towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, but Iraq's prime minister said the act marked their final defeat in the country's second city.

Mosul's leaning minaret destroyed as Islamic State retreats

22 June 2017

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Here are key facts about Mosul's Grand al-Nuri Mosque and famous leaning minaret, blown up on Wednesday as Iraqi forces advanced on Islamic State's last stronghold. It was from this mosque that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the creation of his "caliphate" on July 4, 2014.[nL8N1JI5TO]

Russia's military says may have killed IS leader Baghdadi - agencies

16 June 2017

MOSCOW/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Moscow said on Friday its forces may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air strike in Syria last month, but Washington said it could not corroborate the death and Western and Iraqi officials were sceptical.

Raqqa campaign will accelerate, U.S. envoy says

7 June 2017

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States counts on its regular communications with Russia to help avoid a conflict with Iranian-backed forces threatening U.S. and U.S.-backed forces in southern Syria, a U.S. envoy in Baghdad said on Wednesday.

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