Security sources believe the killing of Brig. Gen. Adel Rajaei outside his home in a suburb of the Cairo may be revenge for his military role.
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Meanwhile, Iraqi forces retake a town south of the city as part of their offensive against Islamic State militants.
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.
Speaking in English to Russia's state-backed Rossiya 24 channel, Asma Assad said. 'Offers included guarantees of safety and protection for my children and even financial security.'
Up to 6,000 ISIS fighters remain in the Iraqi city, Lt. Gen. Talib Shaghati says, as a wide-scale operation to retake Mosul enters its third day.
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.