By Ahmed Rasheed and Patrick Markey
(Reuters) -- Iraqi army units surged toward the center of Mosul on Tuesday in an attack from the city's southeastern edges that could give fresh impetus to the seven-week-old battle for Islamic State's Iraqi stronghold.
By Margherita Stancati and Ali A. Nabhan
QARAQOSH, Iraq -- Two years ago, Mubarak Tuwaya fled when Islamic State militants made a triumphant charge through northern Iraq.
The whole population of Syria and Iraq is feeling the toll of the armed conflicts in their countries.
By Lucy Kafanov
Near MOSUL, Iraq -- Hamid Merza Zorab throws his hands up in desperation as he surveys the ruins of his home, occupied by ISIS for more than two years and destroyed in the battle against the militants.
By Lori Hinnant
SAARLOUIS, Germany (AP) -- The millions in ransom money came in dollar by dollar, euro by euro from around the world. The donations, raised from church offerings, a Christmas concert, and the diaspora of Assyrian Christians on Facebook, landed in a bank account in Iraq.
Cengiz Candar writes, "The fate of Aleppo has the potential to seal the fate of [President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan's regime in Turkey. Too many of Erdogan's eggs are placed in the basket of northern Syrian geopolitics, and most of them are likely to crack.