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Islamic State Cleared From Syria’s Raqqa

U.S.-backed militias have completely retaken Syria’s Raqqa from the Islamic State terrorist group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. The fall of Raqqa city, where Islamic State…

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Netanyahu Muzzles Israeli Officials on Kurdish Referendum

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu barred Israeli government comment on Monday’s Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq, two officials said, after his Sept. 13 endorsement of Kurdish statehood irritated Turkey. The plebiscite…

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Contractors Accuse Iraq of Shakedowns to Force Tax Payments

American military contractors operating in Iraq are accusing Baghdad of employing strong-arm tactics to make them pay exorbitant income taxes, a practice they’ve warned the Trump administration is hampering the…

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Iraqi PM Abadi Declares Victory Over IS in Tal Afar

Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi declared victory over Islamic State terrorists in Tal Afar and the entire Province of Nineveh on Wednesday. “Tal Afar has been liberated,” Abadi said in…

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