The respite came as a part of a elaborate ceasefire between Hezbollah and Nusra Front allowing civilians living in refugee camps in the Arsal Area to leave.
Founded in 1911, the Baron Hotel played host to adventurers, writers, kings, aviators, Bedouin chiefs and presidents until the war forced it to close down.
ISIS may be retreating, perhaps partly due to relentless US airstrikes in the past few months, but the price paid by Mosul is incomprehensibly high.
In its war against ISIS, the Trump administration has escalated its military intervention in the Middle East from extermination to straight up annihilation.
The Congress has claimed Sushma Swaraj has misled the families of the missing labourers by saying they were in a jail in Iraq, although the jail appears to have been destroyed three months ago.
The defence top brass is struggling to tackle the highly organised, pro-ISIS fighters who swept through Marawi City on May 23.
Sergeant Ikaika Erik Kang was arrested following a year-long secret FBI probe involving undercover agents who posed as ISIS operatives and sympathisers.
Repatriating the dead militants to their home countries is a sensitive issue for governments involved, wary of acknowledging how many of their citizens left to fight as jihadists in Iraq, Syria and Libya.
By ramping up the violence and allowing the Saudis to wreak carnage in the Yemen war, the US is essentially repeating the process that birthed ISIS.
Fakhri Hassan Al Issa, however, said that he could not confirm the presence of 39 Indian hostages in Iraq or if they were even alive.
According to the UN more than 5,000 non-combatants were killed or wounded in the first six months of 2017 due to suicide bomb attacks by insurgent groups.
After a major defeat in Mosul, ISIS seems to have suffered a blow that could end its goal of establishing a cross-border caliphate in the region.
UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mitsura adopted a neutral tone describing the talks, claiming there was “no breakthrough, no breakdown and no one walking out”.
Earlier the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had “confirmed” that Baghdadi had been killed, but Western and Iraqi officials have been sceptical.
Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement that other members of the ISIS group were also killed in the strike on Tuesday.
After Mosul victory, Iraq’s government now faces the task of preventing revenge attacks against people associated with Islamic State.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s victory announcement signalled a big defeat for the hardline Sunni group, but pockets of Mosul remain insecure.
ISIS have now seized more than 75% of Imam Gharbi, a village on the western bank of the Tigris river some 70 km south of Mosul.
While the UK-based war observatory confirmed the news, Russia and US are still unable to publicly confirm or deny the death of the elusive ISIS leader.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani signed the agreement, but the four Arab states which placed sanctions on Qatar said they intend to keep close watch on its efforts to combat terrorism.
Ikaika Erik Kang, 34, an air traffic control specialist was arrested by the FBI following a year-long undercover probe for trying to spy for and aid ISIS.
Amnesty said the Iraqi coalition carried out a series of unlawful attacks using crude Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions that devastated densely populated areas.
An alliance of Iraqi government units, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Shi’ite militias began working to recapture the city from militants in October.
The Iraqi authorities have conveyed that all cooperation would be extended and instructions have been issued by them to all relevant Iraqi agencies to locate the missing.
The United States, Russia and Jordan reached the “de-escalation agreement,” at the G20 summit, ahead of the UN-based peace talks set to open this week.
Despite the imminent closure of the conflict, concerns remain about resettling the displaced and rebuilding Mosul, while various religio-ethic tensions remain unsolved.
President Masoud Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government, says he will pursue an independent Kurdistan through dialogue with Baghdad and other regional powers.
“We don’t dare come out of our houses…. There is death everywhere, the stench of death, of destruction. It’s terrifying.”
Mosul’s basic infrastruture will cost more than $1 billion to repair after the US-backed Iraqi offensive to retake the city from Islamic State.
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Despite mass rallies by radical Muslims and the jailing of a Christian politician for blasphemy, Joko Widodo maintained that Indonesia practices pluralism.
The authorities said that the bomb was one of three meant to target crowded areas on Sunday, the first work day after Eid al-Fitr The other two were disarmed.
The leaning minaret of Mosul’s Grand al-Nuri Mosque lies in ruins after three years of Islamic State rule and the oppositions’ battle to reclaim it.
While the conflict is far from over and millions are still displaced, “this is a significant trend and a significant number,” according to the UNHCR.
After eight months of warfare, Iraq captures mosque in Mosul, ISIS’s de facto capitol, and declares an end to the Islamic caliphate.
The warning was based on intelligence indicating Syria prepping for such a strike, and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said, “It appears that they took the warning seriously”.
EU is willing to go along with Trump’s demand for more NATO involvement in Afghanistan against militants, but “the confusion in Washington has had an impact”.
Iraqi forces started their push into the Old City of Mosul, which is the de facto capital of the ISIS ‘caliphate’, engaging militants dug in among civilians.
For many, however, Eid celebrations were overshadowed by fear for thousands stuck in the Old City in western Mosul still under ISIS control.
“Tehran stands with the Qatari nation and government… We believe that if there is a conflict between regional countries, pressure, threats or sanctions are not the right way to resolve differences.”