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IS conflict: Iraq launches ground offensive in Tal Afar

The northern city, one of the last held by IS, has been a target since the fall of Mosul in July. BBC News – Home

Seesaw Conflict With Taliban Takes Toll in Fallen Afghan District

The brief fall and recapture of Taiwara shows how the fighting is being waged now: The government and militants wrest control, only to lose it soon after. NYT > Asia

Syria conflict: US sends arms to Kurdish forces fighting IS

Kurdish forces are being equipped to help drive so-called Islamic State from its stronghold, Raqqa. BBC News – Middle East

IS conflict: Syrian opposition ‘take town of Tabqa and dam’

Syrian Democratic Forces say they have “completely liberated” Tabqa, 40km (25 miles) west of Raqqa. BBC News – Middle East

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