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Thai cave where rescue of boys and coach unfolded may become tourist attraction

Thai cave where rescue of boys and coach unfolded may become tourist attraction

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It may be the most famous cave in the world and could soon become Thailand's biggest tourist attraction. The underground maze where the dramatic rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach unfolded might be made into a sightseeing destination, Thai officials said Tuesday. "In this crisis situation, today, I don't want to talk about work, but I think the Thai people, we are lucky that we are going to have a world-class tourist attraction," Chongklai Woraponsathron, Thailand's deputy head of national parks, said during a news conference Tuesday. He said the final decision to turn the cave into a must-see travel site would be up to the Thailand Department of Natural Resources. But Woraponsathron floated the idea, assuming that people from around the world who have been following the sto...
'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...