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Iraq begins battle to retake Tal Afar, Islamic State bastion near Mosul

Iraq begins battle to retake Tal Afar, Islamic State bastion near Mosul

In a televised speech, Abadi, dressed in military uniform and standing in front of an Iraqi flag and map of the country, announced "the start of an operation to free Tal Afar".

Chinese Army has a new enemy in sights: Mobile phone battle game 'King of Glory'

Chinese army officers have a new enemy in their sights — a mobile phone battle game believed so addictive to young soldiers that it may slow them down in real-life combat.

Islamic State militants set off car bombs in new Syria battle

Islamic State militants have set off five car bombs targeting U.S.-backed Syrian armed groups attacking Raqqa, a Kurdish source said on Monday, saying the fight to drive IS from its stronghold city would "not be easy". 

Syrian children burn tyres to obstruct warplanes bombarding besieged Aleppo

Syrian children burn tyres to obstruct warplanes bombarding besieged Aleppo

Syrian children in the besieged area of Aleppo have been burning old tyres in an attempt to form no-fly zones over their homes, media reports have claimed.