The elite counterterrorism force has spearheaded efforts to recapture the city, which is the Islamic State's last major stronghold in Iraq.
Reported cooperation of residents has helped Iraqi forces to retake ISIS' main stronghold in the 12th week of the U.S.-backed offensive.
Explosion in Shi'ite district comes hours after French President Hollande's arrival to the country.
Don't knock it till you try it: Animal heads, intestines and other animal parts boiled in giant vats make up pache, a food unique to the ISIS-held city.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, confirming that the blasts came from a pair of suicide bombers.
The extremists tear down facade of second-century theater and monument after recapturing the town from government troops.
Bethlehem hosted an open day of musical events last week, including a master class by a renowned French violinist. If only the Israeli army wasn't so busy creating stories for me to cover.
Russia set the new diplomatic process in motion after its air force helped the Syrian government and allied, Iran-backed militia defeat rebels in Aleppo city's east last month.
Habib Elghanian, founder of Plascokar industries for which the building was named, had the edifice put up in the 1960's, in a pre-Islamic revolutionary era when the Jews fared well in Iran.
The Plasco building is an iconic presence on the Tehran skyline and was built in the early 1960s by an Iranian-Jewish businessman.
The victims included state employees, teachers and soldiers.
Hotel website says facilities and services in West Bank hotels now comparable with the best hotels in Israel.
Iraqi forces face major security threats as Islamic State fighters seek to sow sectarian violence.
Day after arrest, gunman who killed 39 in Istanbul says: 'I was given instructions to search for a new target… Reina looked suitable for the attack.'
Paris peace summit, UN anti-settlements resolution and Trump entering the White House said to be behind agreement. 'A unity government is of strategic importance,' Palestinian official says.