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Retaking Mosul From ISIS May Pale to What Comes Next

Photo Parts of Ramadi, Iraq, remain unlivable 10 months after the Islamic State was forced out. Credit Maya Alleruzzo/Associated Press ERBIL, Iraq — The Iraqi military’s operation to retake the northern city of Mosul after more than two years of Islamic State occupation could require months, even with American help. But the recapture may turn out to be the easy ...

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In ISIS-Held Mosul, Beheadings and Hints of Resistance as Battle Nears

Some of Mosul’s remaining one million or more residents have grown bolder in showing resistance against the Islamic State force ruling the city — numbering 3,000 to 4,500 fighters, the United States military estimates. Graffiti and other displays of dissidence against the Islamic State have become more common there in recent weeks, as have executions when the vandals have been ...

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Jordan Tones Down Textbooks’ Islamic Content, and Tempers Rise

Photo Protesters in Maan, a desert town in southern Jordan, rallied late last month against changes to classroom materials that trimmed references to Islam. Credit Diaa Hadid/The New York Times MAAN, Jordan — When Jordan’s school year began last month, educators began noticing tweaks in the curriculum. Along with the images of women wearing head scarves were a few who ...

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A New Weapon in Russia’s Arsenal, and It’s Inflatable

Mr. Komarov oversees military sales at Rusbal, a hot air balloon company that also provides the Ministry of Defense with one of Russia’s lesser-known military threats: a growing arsenal of inflatable tanks, jets and missile launchers, including the MIG in the field. Continue reading the main story At a factory behind high concrete walls not far from here, workers toiling ...

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Iran Wins a Big Game, but Cheering Is Out of Bounds

Photo Iranian soccer fans held up a flag before a soccer match between Iran and South Korea in Tehran on Tuesday. Clerics urged fans not to cheer for their team during the match, which coincided with one of the most solemn religious holidays in Iran. Credit Vahid Salemi/Associated Press TEHRAN — They won the match and mourned. In a collision ...

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What Do I Tell My Children in a War Zone?

Photo My son, Yousef, 2. Mohammed al-Asaadi is a father of four in Sana, the capital of Yemen, which has been caught in a war between Iranian-backed rebels and Saudi Arabia for more than two years. He is a former journalist now working in communications for Unicef. My son, Yousef, calls the bombings “fireworks.” He sinks in fear when explosions ...

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A Roar at a Funeral, and Yemen’s War Is Altered

“This really might be the watershed,” said April Longley Alley, an analyst with the International Crisis Group who follows events in Yemen. Continue reading the main story The carnage in the heart of the capital could hamper any return to talks aimed at ending the conflict, while galvanizing support in northern Yemen for military escalation against Saudi Arabia, Ms. Alley ...

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Seeing ‘Nothing to Live For’ as Haiti Seeks a Body Count After Hurricane Matthew

As access and information to cut-off areas of Haiti increase after the hurricane, the news only gets worse. The death toll has climbed to nearly 900 people, while an outbreak of cholera in three southern towns has killed 13 people and infected 62 others, health officials said. For now, though, there is no way to know the precise toll of ...

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