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Iraqi forces pause advance in Mosul due to civilian casualties concern

Iraqi government forces paused the recapture western Mosul from Isis militants because of a high rate of civilian casualties, according to a security forces spokesman. Escaping residents reported Iraqi and US-led coalition air strikes in the area that killed numerous civilians. The insurgents have also used civilians as human shields and opened fire on them as they tried to escape Isis-held neighbourhoods. The US-backed offensive to drive Isis out of Mosul, now in its sixth month, has recaptured most of the city. The entire eastern side and about half of the west are under Iraqi control. Mar 26, 2017

Iraqi forces pause advance in Mosul due to civilian casualties concern

Iraqi government forces paused the recapture western Mosul from Isis militants because of a high rate of civilian casualties, according to a security forces spokesman. Escaping residents reported Iraqi and US-led coalition air strikes in the area that killed numerous civilians. The insurgents have also used civilians as human shields and opened fire on them as they tried to escape Isis-held neighbourhoods. The US-backed offensive to drive Isis out of Mosul, now in its sixth month, has recaptured most of the city. The entire eastern side and about half of the west are under Iraqi control. Mar 26, 2017

Who has Donald Trump banned from entering the US?

New US President Donald Trump has banned people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, on what his administration say is a temporary basis. The executive order has been labelled a Muslim ban by some critics, one Trump’s team have been quick to deny. The order sparked worldwide condemnation, after it was signed on 27 January, with thousands of activists protesting at a number of airports across the US. Jan 30, 2017

Baghdad streets run red with blood after Sadr City suicide bomb attack

Amateur footage shows puddles of blood in the streets of of Sadr City, Baghdad after a suicide bomb attack left at least 35 people dead on 2 January. Islamic State (Isis) has since claimed responsibility for the attack, which also left at least 60 others injured in the predominantly Shia district. Jan 3, 2017