Air strikes follow Russia's three-day unilateral halt to hostilities in war-torn Syrian city, as Kremlin says calls for Assad's removal 'thoughtless.'
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Mayor of Iraqi city says Friday's strike hit a funeral procession, killing 17; Russian defense ministry places blame on U.S.-led coalition jet.
Insurgents say the goal of Moscow and Assad is to empty rebel-held areas of civilians so they can take over the whole city.
Turkish army says around 180 Kurdish militants killed in over 20 airstrikes, highlighting the conflicting agendas of NATO allies Ankara and Washington.
In final presidential debate, Donald Trump insists the effort to recapture Mosul was launched because Clinton is 'running for the office of president, and they want to look tough. They want to look good.'
U.S.-trained elite forces are seen as far more capable than the mainstream squads that crumbled as Islamic State advanced in 2014, and have played a central role in liberating cities and towns over the past year.
The Islamic Republic's air force, comprised largely of U.S.-made jets obtained before the 1979 revolution, is particularly weak compared to Iran's Gulf Arab rivals.
U.S. forces confirm the presence of sulfur mustard agent on ISIS munition fragments, but say the group's technical ability to develop such weapons is limited.
Protest leaders are calling on the Jordanian public to turn off the lights in their homes for an hour in objection to an agreement to import gas from what they call 'occupied territory.'
Comment comes as Ankara is locked in fierce row with Baghdad over who should take part in U.S.-backed assault, expected to begin in October.