Blindfolded and bound, his knees pressing into the dirt, Imad resigned himself to what seemed inevitable: He was going to die.

Islamic State gunmen had driven him and about 90 other former Iraqi police and army officers to a remote industrial area on the edge of Hamam al-Alil, 10 miles south of Mosul, after rounding them up from their villages last month.

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Iraqi government forces say they have captured Nimrud, the site of an ancient Assyrian city overrun by Islamic State (IS) group militants two years ago.

In March 2015, officials and historians condemned IS for the destruction of the archaeological site, which dates back to the 13th Century BC.

Read the Full Article: Source – BBC News
Time For Truth: (BBC News) – Nimrud: Iraqi forces 'retake ancient city from IS'

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Since pushing into Mosul a week ago, Iraqi commanders say their forces have been shaken by some of the most complex fighting they have ever encountered in battles against the Islamic State.

It is a bitter fight: street to street, house to house, with the presence of civilians slowing the advancing forces. Car bombs — the militants’ main weapon — speed out of garages and straight into advancing military convoys.

Read the Full Article: Source – The Washington Post
Time For Truth: (The Washington Post) – Iraq has never seen this kind of fighting in its battles with ISIS

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The Russian Defense Ministry has addressed the UN body devoted to monitoring the use of chemical weapons, asking it to send a mission to Aleppo, Syria, following a reported chemical attack by militants in the area.

“[We] ask the OPCW [the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] governing body to consider sending [its] experts to Aleppo’s ‘1070’ area as soon as possible on a mission to establish the facts of the use of chemical agents as weapons,” the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, told journalists at a news briefing.

Read the Full Article: Source – Russia Today
Time For Truth: (Russia Today) – Russian military calls on UN chemical weapons watchdog to send experts to Aleppo

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