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Iraqi counter-terrorism forces regain another neighbourhood in Mosul .

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The commander of the Nineveh Liberation Operation, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Yarallah, said the army raised the Iraqi flag over buildings in al-Anbar neighborhood, inflicting “huge loss” to the ultra-hardline group. The 9th Division of the Iraqi army secured the south bank of the Tigris River that bisects the city of Mosul, Nineveh Operation. Command said.According to Yarallah, the villages of Shweitah, Tal al-Asfour and al-Sabouniya were regained. Iraqi forces are making progress in their offensive to expel ISIS from Mosul but face a “very complicated” urban battle as the militants hide in mosques, homes and hospitals, a U.S. general told Reuters. Iraqi troops pounded ISIS positions in Mosul’s Old City  as they continued their push to seize control of the strategic al-Nuri Mosque. Close-quarters fighting in the area is focused on the Old City surrounding the mosque, where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a caliphate nearly three years ago across territory controlled by the group in both Iraq and Syria

Arrest of three suspected jihadists in Dakar.

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A Nigerian and two Moroccans, respectively suspected of links with Boko Haram and the group Islamic State, were arrested these days in the Senegalese capital. The Senegalese police announced the arrest, the day before, in Dakar, by a Nigerian  known from intelligence services of its country for terrorism. According to a statement released by the police, this man would have gone in the Senegalese capital ” in the only purpose to recruit terrorists for Boko Haram “. Two Moroccans had been stopped by the air and border police upon their arrival at the international airport Léopold Sedar Senghor. According to the Senegalese police, they are allegedly connected to the Islamic State  and arrived from Turkey, where they had appeared as Syrian and had passed by a refugee camp. These two men were known by intelligence services, warned of their arrival to Dakar, the Senegalese police stopped them and questioned them. “They must be now extradited towards Morocco”, adds our police source.

 

Islamic State has lost most territory it held in Iraq.

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Islamic State has lost most of the territory it has held in Iraq since 2014, an Iraqi military spokesman .At the height of its power, the militant group controlled about 40 percent of Iraq, joint operations command spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told a news conference.That area has been whittled down to about 6.8 percent of Iraqi territory after extensive military operations, which are still going on in the city of Mosul, he said. Islamic State militants still control the towns of Qaim, Tal Afar and Hawija in Iraq, as well as Raqqa, their de-facto capital in Syria. The coalition battling Islamic State is made up of tens of thousands of members of the Iraqi security forces, led by the army, and thousands of Shi’ite volunteers, many from militia groups, commonly referred to as the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU). The eastern half of the city is now completely under the control of Iraqi security forces, Rasool said. But the push against Islamic State in Western Mosul is bogged down with Iraqi security forces fighting in a warren of small streets in the old part of the city. The federal police said in a statement on Tuesday they have been reinforcing their positions in Western Mosul in preparation for a push on the al-Nuri Mosque where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in 2014.

 

7 suspected Isis militants killed as Egypt mourns victims of Palm Sunday church bombings.

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Investigations, and repression has started in Egypt after the two terrorist attacks in the country. At least seven suspected Isis militants have been killed in a shoot-out on Monday (10 April) in the southern Egyptian city of Assiut, the country’s interior ministry said. According to official informations, the 7 killed had previous other attacks against Coptic community in net weeks. Some protest are also growing in the country, Coptic community explained that security last Sunday wasn’t working.

Tillerson faces tough talks in Moscow amid increased tensions.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow this week will be an early test of whether the Trump administration can use any momentum generated by a missile attack on a Syrian air base to craft and execute a strategy to end the Syrian war. Even before Trump ordered last week’s strike in retaliation for a nerve gas attack, Tillerson’s visit was certain to be dominated by thorny issues, including Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, an apparent violation of an important arms control treaty, and seeing what cooperation, if any, is possible in the fight against Islamic State. Now, Tillerson, a former oil executive with no diplomatic experience, is charged with avoiding a major U.S. confrontation with Russia while exacting some concessions from Moscow. Those include getting rid of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s remaining chemical weapons and pressing Assad to negotiate Syria’s future.

Turkish Foreign Minister extends condolences to Egyptian counterpart over ISIL church attacks.

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Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on April 10 extended his condolences to Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, over two Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) church attacks in the country in a phone call, marking a rare diplomatic interaction between the two countries since relations soured after the ouster of Mohamad Morsi in 2013. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced a three-month state of emergency following twin church bombings by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that killed at least 44 people on Palm Sunday, April 9, the deadliest attacks on the minority in recent memory.

 

Nine Yazidis rescued from Islamic State captivity in Syria’s Raqqa.

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Erbil: Nine Yazidis were rescued from Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the militants’ stronghold of Syria’s Raqqa, an official said on Sunday. The head of the Rescue Center for Yazidi Women in Duhok, Hussein Qaedi, told the Yazidis were rescued from the militants in Raqqa on Saturday evening. “Four of them are girls and women and the five others are children”, the Kurdish official added. The Yazidis were rescued by the center, he continued. They were settled in a safe area and they will be transferred to Duhok. According to the official, 2,959 Yazidis have been rescued from IS militants while nearly 3,000 others are still held by the group. Another eight Yazidis, including three children, were rescued from ISIS captivity in March.

Egyptian President Al-Sisi declared the state of emergency.

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First political answer to terrorists attacks which have injured Egypt on Sunday. Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has declared a three-month state of emergency. The decision had been taken after a Security Defence Council held at the presidential palace. He stated that the state of emergency would be implemented after all “legal and constitution steps” were taken. The majority of parliament members supported al-Sisi. The two attacks had been vindicated by Islamic State few hours after the attacks.

 

ISIS executes 7 civilians in Raqqa, abducts dozens to use them as human shields.

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The self-proclaimed Islamic State group  executed 7 civilians in one of the northern rural villages in Raqqa, for trying to flee the IS-held areas, while abducted others to use them as human shields. Sources told Bas News that the Islamic State militants, who are stationed in Manzl village (25 km north of Raqqa) executed, today, seven civilians for trying to flee the IS-held areas. The Islamic State group also abducted dozens of the village’s residents, in order to use them as human shields, while withdrawing from the village to avoid the coalition air strikes, they added. Meanwhile, reports revealed that many wounded were found inside the village, after the exit of the Islamic State militants from the village, and they were transferred to the hospitals of Girê sipî (Tel Abiad).

35 African nationals captives of IS in Sirte were released from Misrata prison.

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Libyan authorities released on Wednesday 28 Eritreans and seven Nigerians who were captured and enslaved by Islamic State in Sirte and had been held in detention since the jihadist group lost the city in December. The group of women had been kidnapped by IS when they tried to flew to Europe. They escaped from Sirte, but they had been jailed in Misrata prison during several months, after the conquest of the city by Misrata groups. According to the victims, conditions in Misrata was really difficult, they suffered of starvation and humiliation. They are now under UNHCR’s protections.

 

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