Inside the buildings in western Mosul, now a ghost town, it’s often eerily quiet as walls muffle the gunfire, the constant background noise.
“Before there was a lot of things banned like images and faces, now a child can come choose whatever toys they want,” said a toy store owner.
Hundreds of Iraqis fled the heavy fighting in the Mosul-Baghdad area and headed to areas which had been reclaimed from the ISIS.
With control of over 43% of Afghan territory, many experts believe the Taliban are the fundamental threat to the US-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani.
Among those killed was their leader, who had been involved in the kidnapping and execution of Canadian and German nationals in recent months.
With eastern Mosul rid of the ISIS, who enforced rules like keeping long beards and veils for women, Iraqis can now enjoy their freedom and liberty.
Nemr Abou Nassar fears making a joke about ISIS in the US as people wince, while in the middle east if he doesn’t joke when people die, he can never joke.
It seems that ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, although media agencies had previously said that the gunman was a nationalist.
Despite the military and neoconservatives sharing hostility toward certain states, they don’t always see eye to eye, especially in terms of garnering multilateral support.
In Sunni-majority Mosul, Saddam Hussein is still idolised and the central authorities in Baghdad are distrusted as Mosul limps through the ISIS occupation.
Le Pen lost more ground to Macron even as the race to the runoff heated up with Melenchon and Fillon continuing to close the gap, nearing the other two.
The incident came as French voters prepared go to the polls on Sunday in the most tightly-contested presidential election in decades.
A US-led military coalition which conducted strikes against ISIS militants in the province of Deir al-Zor is facing allegations of high civilian casualties.
The military identified the woman as Noreen Leghari, a medical student who grew up in the southern city of Hyderabad.
The troops’ progress has been slow as about 400,000 civilians, or a quarter of Mosul’s pre-war population, are trapped in the Old City, according to the UN.
Since the split in 2014, the two groups have fought over recruits, funding and the mantle of global jihad; leaders of both are also critical of each other.
McMaster met President Ashraf Ghani and other senior Afghan officials to discuss bilateral ties, security, counter- terrorism, reforms, and development, according to a palace statement.
The Iraqi police accused ISIS of attacking their forces with chemical weapons against the militant crackdown undertaken by the State over the past six months.
By creating a “hub and spoke” model to counter international terrorism, the US today has a veto on its legal regime, its proscribed actors and use of military force.
The bomb was targeted at a series of caves used by the ISIS militants.
Bangladesh has seen a rise in attacks on foreigners, liberals and religious minorities, with al Qaeda and ISIS claiming responsibility but the government blaming domestic militants instead.
Addressing parliament on Tuesday, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said the state of emergency was essential to combat what he called terrorist groups bent on undermining the country.
Russia says the chemicals that killed civilians last week belonged to rebels, not Assad’s government, and accused the US of illegal aggression on a false pretext.
Instead of discussing how discontented people from specific Islamic sects resort to Islamist terrorism, counterterrorism scholars should move on to study the nature of violence itself.
ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency said two suicide attacks were conducted by its fighters near Tanf on “positions of Syrian groups supported by US.”
This was the latest assault on a religious minority in Egypt that has increasingly been targeted by Islamist militants.
The question now is how recent critical changes will impact on-the-ground military strategy.
Blocking of the service, which is aimed at targeting Syrians living in Arsal, has not only inconvenienced residents, but has also left them with reduced access to emergency services.
“Assad was warned, repeatedly, by the US and the UN that the intentional targeting of innocent men, women and children is intolerable.” said Ed Royce, chairman, House foreign affairs.
US officials said the military fired dozens of cruise missiles against the base in response to the suspected gas attack in a rebel-held area
Erdogan will apparently stop at nothing to centralise power – and every move that backfires makes him even more desperate.
More people are expected to flee the fighting and camps for the displaced in the north and east of Mosul are expanding, the UN statement said.
The visit shows the far-reaching portfolio of Kushner, who is part of Trump’s innermost circle and has been given a wide range of domestic and foreign policy responsibilities
When US rivals committed atrocities in Aleppo, Western talking heads were appalled. But when the US supports them in Mosul? Silence.
Four others were wounded during the attack on Sunday morning at the shrine on the edge of Sargodha, a remote town in the Punjab region.
By making itself indispensable for conversations about Afghanistan, Russia can ensure that the US won’t be able to extricate itself from the longest war in its history without its help.
Police urged the militants in Nasirpur, northeast of the capital Dhaka, to give themselves up on Wednesday, but instead they detonated the grenade.
China’s worst fear is that a large-scale attack in China’s ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar would blight this year’s OBOR summit planned for Beijing in May.
The Trump administration’s view is a departure from Obama’s stance and at odds with European powers, who insist Bashar al-Assad must step down.
Under the operation Turkey took the border town of Jarablus on the Euphrates river and cleared ISIS fighters from a roughly 100-km stretch of the border.