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US-backed forces say ‘major military operation’ is over

US-backed forces fighting ISIS in Raqqa say “major military operations” in the city have ended and that the jihadists have lost their grip on their self-declared capital. – RSS

Iraqi Forces Said to Seize Oil Sites and Airport Outside Kirkuk

Iraq said it was at the gates of the Kurdish-held city, and Kurds loyal to an opposition party said they had intentionally made way for advancing government forces. NYT >

Iraqi forces ‘attack last IS bastion on Syria border’

Soldiers, police and tribesmen are moving on Ana, one of three IS-held towns in the western desert. BBC News – Middle East

DR Congo security forces shoot dead Burundi migrants

The UN says 37 people killed as they took part in a protest against plans to send them home. BBC News – Africa

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