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PM announces on state TV Iraq's war against IS has ended

PM announces on state TV Iraq's war against IS has ended

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After more than three years of combat operations, Iraq announced Saturday that the fight against the Islamic State group is over after the country's security forces drove the extremists from all of the territory they once held. Iraqi and American officials warned, however, that key challenges remain despite the military victory. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally announced the victory in an address to the nation aired on Iraqi state television Saturday evening. "Honorable Iraqis, your land has been completely liberated," he said. "The liberation dream has become a reality. We achieved victory in difficult circumstances and with God's help, the steadfastness of our people and the bravery of our heroic forces we prevailed." "The flag of Iraq is flying high today over all Iraqi territor...
Hope Hicks met with special counsel's team for interviews

Hope Hicks met with special counsel's team for interviews

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White House communications director Hope Hicks met with special counselRobert Mueller's team for interviews today and Thursday, sources familiar with the matter confirmed to ABC News. Hicks was interviewed as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential collusion with the Trump campaign. The New York Times reported Friday that the FBI warned Hicks earlier this year that Russian operatives had made repeated attempts through email to contact her during the presidential transition. According to the Times, FBI agents met with Hicks after President Donald Trump took office and cautioned her that the emails might be part of a Russian intelligence operation. There is no indication Hicks did anything wrong, the Times reported. It's not known wheth...
The Latest: Israel urges others to follow US on Jerusalem

The Latest: Israel urges others to follow US on Jerusalem

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The Latest on the fallout of the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (all times local): 11:00 p.m. Israel's U.N. ambassador is urging all nations to follow the United States and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Danny Danon told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Friday on President Donald Trump's announcement that "recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital is a critical and necessary step for peace." He stressed that "there will never be peace without Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel. And that will never change." The United States is the first country to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Danon recalled that 3,000 years ago King David declared Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish people. He held up the re...
Jerusalem: Israel braced for protests over Trump declaration

Jerusalem: Israel braced for protests over Trump declaration

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Israeli forces are on high alert for protests in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank against the US declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.Hundreds of extra police have been deployed in Jerusalem's Old City, and additional battalions sent to the West Bank, after clashes there on Thursday.Dozens of Palestinians were hurt in the violence as protesters fought troops.Donald Trump's announcement was hailed by Israel but condemned across the Arab and Islamic world.Western allies of the US have also disavowed the move, which reversed decades of US policy of neutrality towards Jerusalem's status.Anger in the West Bank and delight in West JerusalemIsrael has always regarded Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.In r...
Trump Jerusalem move sparks Israeli-Palestinian clashes

Trump Jerusalem move sparks Israeli-Palestinian clashes

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceAt least 31 Palestinians have been wounded in clashes in the Gaza Strip and across the occupied West Bank, during protests against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.One person is in a critical condition. Mr Trump's announcement - met with worldwide dismay - reversed decades of US policy on the sensitive issue.Israel deployed hundreds of extra troops in the West Bank as Palestinians went on strike and took to the streets. Protesters set tyres alight and threw stones, and Israeli troops fired tear gas, rubber bullets and live bullets.One rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded inside southern Israel while others fell short, Israel's army said.In response, an Israeli tank and an aircraft targeted "two terror ...