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7 MINS AGO - Reuters

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Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra.

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1 HOUR AGO - BBC

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Iraq will take back Ramadi 'in days'

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says that the city of Ramadi could be taken back from Islamic State militants "in days".

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3 HOURS AGO - CBS News

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After losing Ramadi to ISIS, Iraq's military questioned

Iran-backed Shia militias in Iraq say they’re ready to help retake Ramadi from ISIS, which also scored a massive victory in Palmyra in Syria. As Charlie D'Agata reports, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter questioned the Iraqi military’s will to fight after the losses.

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7 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Takeover shows Iraq lacks ‘will to fight,’ defense chief says

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State group’s takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the “will to fight,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged in an interview that aired Sunday, a harsh assessment that raises new questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the extremist group that has seized a strategically important swath of the ...

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7 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Syrian army gets ready to retake ancient town of Palmyra

DAMASCUS, Syria — The Syrian army is deploying troops in areas near the ancient town of Palmyra in apparent preparation for a counterattack to retake it from the Islamic State group, an official said. Al-Halqi called on the international community and humanitarian organizations to pressure the governments to stop their support “as terrorism is posing a global danger.” The U.N. ...

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