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Iraqi troops retreat after Mosul hospital battle

Iraq troops retreat after hopital battle in MosulIraqi troops who seized a hospital deep inside Mosul believed to be used as an Islamic State military base have retreated after a fierce counter-attack, giving up some of their biggest gains in a hard-fought seven-week campaign to recapture the city.

The soldiers seized Salam hospital, less than a mile (1.5 km) from the Tigris river running through central Mosul, on Tuesday but pulled back the next day after they were hit by six suicide car bombs and "heavy enemy fire", according to a statement by the U.S.-led coalition supporting Iraqi forces.

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Iraqi army mistakenly bombs civilians in ISIL-held city

Iraq bombs civiliansAt least 52 people have been killed when air strikes by Iraqi forces mistakenly targeted civilians gathering in the ISIL-held western city of al-Qaim, military officials told Al Jazeera.

Dozens of other people reportedly waiting for their salaries outside an exchange facility and a livestock market were also wounded in Wednesday's air raid.

Mohammed al-Karbouli, an Iraqi member of parliament in Anbar province, said in an official statement on his Facebook page it was not the first time civilians have been bombed by the Iraqi air force.

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Iraq: Scores killed in petrol station Hilla attack

89+ killed in  ISIL oil field attackAt least 80 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a massive suicide truck bomb blast at a petrol station south of Iraq's capital Baghdad, according to security sources.

The target of Thursday’s attack near the town of Hilla  appeared to be Shia Muslim pilgrims returning from the annual Arbaeen pilgrimage in the holy city of Karbala.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) armed group claimed responsibility for the attack.

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All hospitals in eastern Aleppo out of action after bombardments: officials

Hospitals gone in Eastern AleppoAll hospitals in Syria's besieged rebel-held eastern Aleppo are out of service after days of heavy air strikes, its health directorate and the World Health Organisation (WHO) said, though a war monitor said some were still working.

White House national security adviser Susan Rice said the United States condemned "in the strongest terms" the latest air strikes against hospitals and urged Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to take steps to halt the violence.

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Children's hospital in Aleppo hit in airstrikes

Children's hospital hit in AleppoJet fighters and helicopters bombing east Aleppo hit a children’s hospital and a blood bank on Wednesday, as medics and patients sheltered in the basement waiting for the hours-long assault to end.

An ambulance driver and at least two children were among at least 20 civilians reportedly killed after a night of fierce attacks on rebel-held sections of Syria’s largest city. Another 47 people were reportedly injured.

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Suicide car bomb hits Iraqi forces advancing in Mosul.

Suicide bpmb hits Iraqi troopsIraqi Special Forces advancing inside Mosul were hit by a suicide car bomber Saturday as Islamic State fighters battle to keep their hold on Iraqi's second-largest city in the face of an all-assault  by ground troops and U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.

The IS fighters struck in an early morning in the Qadisiya neighborhood, which the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service  troops had entered a day earlier.

The militants, defending one of their last strongholds in their self-proclaimed caliphate, which straddles Iraq and Syria, followed the car bombing with a barrage of gunfire, mortar rounds and rocket-propelled grenades, Iraqi officers said, according to the Associated Press.

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Islamic State Abducts Nearly 300 Iraqi Security Forces Near Mosul, UN Reports

Islamic State takes 100 hostagesIslamic State fighters have abducted 295 former Iraqi Security Forces members near Mosul and forced 1,500 families to retreat with them from the town of Hamam al-Alil toward Mosul airport, U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said on Tuesday.

“People forcibly moved or abducted, it appears, are either intended to be used as human shields or - depending on their perceived affiliations - killed,” she said.

The U.N. also had information about the abduction of at least 30 sheikhs in Sinjar last week, and one report that 18 of them had been killed on Friday.

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