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Iraqi Army soldiers walk past abandoned bedding, in the eastern side of Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. The U.N. and several aid organizations say an estimated 750,000 civilians are still living under Islamic State rule in Mosul despite recent advances by Iraqi forces. Lise Grande, the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, said in a statement Tuesday that the cost of food and basic goods is soaring, water and electricity are intermittent and that some residents are forced to burn furniture to keep warm. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed) | Manila Bulletin

Iraqi forces discover chemical warfare agent in Mosul

By Associated Press An Iraqi officer says Iraqi forces discovered sulfur mustard, a chemical warfare agent, in Mosul alongside a cache of Russian surface-to-surface missiles.…


This satellite image released by the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 as captured by DigitalGlobe shows UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palmyra, Syria with red box denoting area of new damages on Jan. 10, 2017 . Islamic State group militants destroyed a landmark ancient Roman monument and parts of the theater in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and opposition monitoring groups said Friday. (ASOR/ DigitalGlobe via AP) | Manila Bulletin

IS in Syria destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra

By Associated Press Islamic State militants have destroyed parts of the second-century Roman amphitheater and an iconic monument known as the Tetrapylon in Syria's historic…

FILE: In this Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 photo, destroyed houses are seen in the east Aleppo neighborhood of Tariq al-Bab, Syria. As the battle for Aleppo winds down after more than four years of brutal street fighting and punishing aerial bombardments, the staggering extent of destruction begins to emerge: Tens of thousands of homes and apartments have been rendered uninhabitable, most factories have been looted or destroyed and some ancient landmarks have been reduced to rubble. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) Manila Bulletin

US-led coalition strikes IS near Syria’s Al-Bab

By Agence France-Presse The US-led coalition has conducted four strikes near the Syrian town of Al-Bab, a significant move that will help Turkish forces fighting…

(FILES) This file photograph taken on July 2, 2016, shows Bangladeshi police officers taking cover as a man lies on the ground near the Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant during an attack by unidentified gunmen in Dhaka's high-security diplomatic district. An Islamist extremist accused of being one of the masterminds of last year's deadly siege at a Bangladeshi cafe was killed during a pre-dawn raid on January 6, 2016, in the capital Dhaka, police said. The bodies of Nurul Islam Marzan and another suspected extremist were found after officers raided a property in Dhaka's Rayer Bazar neighbourhood, a spokesman for the Dhaka Metropolitan Police told AFP. / AFP PHOTO / STR | Manila Bulletin

Bangladesh arrests another plotter behind cafe siege

By Agence France-Presse On Saturday, Bangladeshi police said they have arrested an Islamist extremist accused of being one of the “masterminds” of last year's deadly…