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Arsenal battle back to win seven-goal thriller

Arsenal battle back to win seven-goal thriller

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Substitute Olivier Giroud headed in a dramatic late winner as Arsenal fought back to beat Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season.The Gunners trailed 3-2 with seven minutes to go before Aaron Ramsey and Giroud swung the game back in the home side's favour at a euphoric Emirates Stadium.Alexandre Lacazette headed the Gunners ahead 94 seconds into his top-flight debut, only for Shinji Okazaki to nod in an equaliser just two minutes later.Vardy then slid the visitors ahead from Marc Albrighton's cross, before Danny Welbeck drew Arsenal level at the end of a pulsating opening half.Leicester took the lead again when Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez's corner before Arsene Wenger made an inspired double substitution which sparked Arsenal's comeback.Substitute Ramsey s...
Kabul attack: Gun battle and suicide bombing in Afghan capital

Kabul attack: Gun battle and suicide bombing in Afghan capital

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Afghan security forces are battling gunmen following a suicide attack outside the Iraqi embassy in the capital, Kabul.Four attackers targeted the complex in the central Shar-e-Naw neighbourhood, the Afghan interior ministry said.A bomber blew himself up at the gate of the embassy, and three others entered the compound. No information has been provided about casualties. So-called Islamic State (IS) said it carried out the attack.Kabul has seen a number of deadly assaults this year blamed on either IS or the Taliban. Correspondents say this is the first attack on the city's Iraqi embassy. It comes two weeks celebrations were held there to mark the defeat of IS in the Iraqi city of Mosul.All embassy employees were evacuated from the complex, the Afghan interior ministry said in a statement."O...
'Liberated' – How the battle for Mosul unfolded

'Liberated' – How the battle for Mosul unfolded

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A huge operation, involving more than 100,000 Iraqi troops, federal police, Shia and Sunni militias, was launched in October 2016 to recapture the country's second-largest city.Mosul had been under Islamic State control since 2014, when it was used as the base by leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi to declare a caliphate across Iraq and Syria.Here is a timeline of the operation to recapture Mosul:4-10 June 2014 Fall of Mosul Image:2014: Islamic State militants stand guard at a checkpoint after capturing MosulMilitants from Islamic State began their attack on Mosul on 4 June 2014, after the death of the group's military leader Abu Abdulrahman al Bilawi near the city on the previous day.Initially, convoys of pick-up trucks carrying four IS militants entered the city, shooting their way t...
Battle for Mosul: IS 'blows up' al-Nuri mosque

Battle for Mosul: IS 'blows up' al-Nuri mosque

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So-called Islamic State (IS) has blown up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraqi forces say.The historic landmark was where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a "caliphate" in 2014.However, IS claims that US aircraft destroyed the mosque, in a statement issued by its news outlet Amaq.The Iraqi commander in charge of the offensive to retake Mosul said troops were within 50m of the mosque when IS "committed another historical crime".Aerial photos appear to show that the mosque complex has been largely destroyed."As our Iraqi Security Force partners closed in on the al-Nuri mosque, [IS] destroyed one of Mosul and Iraq's great treasures," a senior US commander in Iraq said."This is a crime against the people of Mosul and all of Iraq, and is an example of why this brutal organisatio...