To bolster the waning confidence of warlord Khalifa Haftar, Moscow's alleged move of sending fighter jets to Libya has rekindled Washington's interest in the six-year-long conflict.
Counter-Daesh coalition commander in Iraq and Syria says he doesn't know Baghdad's location but he's probably in the Euphrates valley.
Daesh militants driven from nearby Tal Afar regrouped in the northern town of Ayadiya, which Iraqi forces are now assaulting. Iraq's PM declared Ayadiya and Tal Afar liberated from the insurgency.
The US alliance with Russia over an amplified Kurdish political and military presence in the Middle East has alienated longtime NATO ally Turkey and top Turkish officials fear a new map is being "drawn."
The US goal of the "annihilation" of Daesh placed civilians at greater risk of harm. The coalition launched over 23,000 air and artillery strikes in Iraq and Syria since 2014, a London-based war monitor reports.
The US military suggested that Daesh was responsible for the slaughter. But an AP investigation suggests that is not the case.
Ayad al Jumaili, believed to be the deputy of Daesh leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, was killed in the Al Qaim area, says Iraqi state TV, citing Iraqi military intelligence.
Daesh is in the crosshairs – but so are civilians – as the fighting moves into Mosul's densely-populated city centre.
According to the opposition, UN mediator Staffan de Mistura discussed political transition with the Syrian delegation in Geneva. The flicker of movement at the talks came on the same day the UN said both sides had committed war crimes in Syria.
He also predicts that the fight against Daesh will continue beyond Mosul to the Syrian border.
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