1. Mosul battle: Hundreds treated over toxic fumes in Iraq
    Hundreds of people in Iraq are being treated for the effects of toxic gases after a sulphur plant was set alight in fighting with so-called Islamic State.
  2. In Aleppo, jewel of Syrian rebellion faces possible collapse
    BEIRUT (AP) — The Aleppo that Ibrahim al-Haj’s son Laith was born into 10 months ago is now being destroyed.
  3. Iraqi army enters Tilkêf town to the north of Mosul
    Reports are coming through that the Iraqi army has entered the Tilkêf town to the north of Mosul this morning.
  4. Iraq alcohol: Parliament imposes ban in a surprise move
    Parliament in Iraq has voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, with backers of the move arguing that its availability contradicts Islam and is unconstitutional.
  5. Iraqi forces launch new advance northeast of Mosul
    KHAZER, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi and Kurdish forces have launched a new offensive on a town near Mosul as part of a massive operation aimed at retaking the country’s second largest city from the Islamic State group.
  6. Iraqi PM Abadi: Thank you, but we don’t need Turkey’s help in Mosul
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq has declined Turkey’s offer of assistance in the offensive to liberate Mosul from ISIS rule.
  7. EU should not forget Turkey has alternatives, PM says
    The European Union should not forget that Turkey “always has alternatives” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday, referring to Ankara’s long and so far unsuccessful effort to join the bloc.
  8. The Latest: 250 treated for exposure to sulfur plant smoke
    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in Iraq where Iraqi forces and their allies launched a major offensive this week to retake Mosul, the country’s second-largest city from the Islamic State group (all times local):
  9. Iraqi advances give hope to displaced Christians
    Raeda Paulos could hardly conceal her joy when the television inside her cramped trailer showed Iraqi forces raising the national flag over a church in her hometown, a day after it was freed from Islamic State rule.