Iraq pauses its push to recapture western Mosul from ISIS over the high rate of civilian casualties.
The capture of the Grand Mosque would be a huge symbolic victory as well as a concrete gain but that may take some time yet. The attacking forces faced sniper and mortar fire as well as the threat of suicide car bombs and grenade-dropping drones.
Militants are vastly outnumbered and outgunned by Iraqi forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition; as many as 600,000 civilians are trapped with the militants inside the city.
A number of those released had been jailed for selling cigarettes, violating a smoking ban or possessing a mobile phone, all crimes under ISIS' rule.
ISIS fighters smashed the ancient artifacts in a video released in 2014, leaving only rubble and ash in the museum.
Defense officials say the difficulties Israel will face in Gaza if another war breaks out are even greater than the Iraqi army's challenges in Mosul.
The government buildings had been destroyed and were not used by ISIS, but their capture still represented a symbolic victory in the battle over the militants' last major stronghold in Iraq.
The Syrian Democratic Forces expects the assault on the Islamic State's de-facto capital to take place in early April.
Iran's foreign ministry was quoted saying the companies had 'flagrantly violated human rights' and cooperated with Israel against the Palestinians.
Shi'ite militias, Hezbollah and the Revolutionary Guards: Israel increasingly concerned with Iran's influence on the Syrian border.
Hamas suspects collaborators with Israel of assassination, but closure does not affect goods entering Gaza.
The referendum that could give the president sweeping powers has already badly strained relations between Turkey and several European countries.
Launching renewed hostilities against Israel now would derail plans for the group in the Gaza Strip.
U.S. Navy commanders accused Iran of jeopardizing international navigation by 'harassing' warships passing through the Strait of Hormuz and said future incidents could result in miscalculation and lead to an armed clash.
Allow movement between the West Bank and Gaza, reopen the airport, build a port and let the Palestinians develop tourism in the Jordan Valley. These are just a few of the recommendations in two new studies.
In the absence of an international plan to end the civil war, rebel militias are forced to forgo strategy and suffice with tactics.
Abbad Yahya’s ‘Crime in Ramallah,’ not yet available in English or Hebrew, provides a rare glimpse into the world of young Palestinians for whom despair is an integral part of their identity.