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#Iraq forces along with Hashd al-Shaabi fighters have taken control of a #Kurdish held town of Altun Kupri, which is 40km from #Erbil. #Peshmerga forces are moving a lot of reinforcements into the area, along with trucks loaded with ammunition. Reports of wounded and dead are coming in, but no numbers have been released. This is the most recent assault by #PMU and Iraqi forces since its first operations on Monday. #atlasnewsupdatekurdistan #atlasnewsupdateiraq #atlasnewsupdate

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The #Baghdad based #Rusafa investigation court has issued an arrest warrant for Kosrat Rasul, vice-president of northern #Iraq’s #Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) stated “The Rusafa investigations court has issued an arrest warrant for Kosrat Rasul following the latter’s recent statements in which he referred to Iraqi Federal Police units in Kirkuk as ‘occupying forces'... The court views Rasul’s statements as a kind of incitement against the Iraqi Armed Forces." #atlasnewsupdatekurdistan #atlasnewsupdateiraq #atlasnewsupdate

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3 people have died and 2 other have been injured in a shooting in Edgewood, Maryland. The shooter, 37 year old, Radee Labeeb Prince is on the run. Investigators believe that this was a targeted attack. #atlasnewsupdateunitedstates #atlasnewsupdate

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MI5 Director General Andrew Parker warned that the #UnitedKingdom is facing a severe terrorist threat “at a scale and pace we’ve not seen before.” Parker told reporters “We have seen a dramatic upshift in the threat this year. It’s the highest tempo I have seen in my 34-year career. Today there is more terrorist activity, coming at us more quickly, and it can be harder to detect.” He added that "Twenty attacks in the U.K. have been foiled over the past four years," and “Many more will have been prevented by the early interventions we and the police make. There have been a record number of terrorism related arrests; 379 in the year to June." He continued by saying “Extremists of all ages, gender and backgrounds, united only by the toxic ideology of violent victory that drives them. These threats are sometimes now coming at us more quickly, whether crude but lethal attack methods – for example using a knife or a vehicle – or more sophisticated plots.” Parker also noted how UK counter terrorism units have been “operating greater than ever before.” (📷 Kirsty Wigglesworth) #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedKingdom

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The Chinese Communist Party has begun its congress in #Beijing. The 2,000 delegates will listen to President Xi Jinping, and choose a path for the country for the next 5 years. Also in the meetings, they will choose another President, which will most likely remain as President XI. #atlasnewsupdatechina #atlasnewsupdate

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71 people have been killed in #Afghanistan as the #Taliban has launched numerous attacks in the provinces of #Paktia and #Ghazni. The attack in Paktia killed 41 people alone, including the police chief Toryali Abdiani. The attackers were able to use a stolen armored vehicle to help launch the attack. #atlasnewsupdateafghanistan

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The #IslamicState has taken the villages of Taweeli'ah and al-Maliha. The villages were taken when the Kurdish forces were forced to withdraw from #Kirkuk, which allowed for them to take advantage of a security vacuum. Not much is know about what is to happen next in these two villages. Also in the news, #Kurdish forces have begun to withdraw from #Makhmur district southeast of #Mosul. The Kurds have not made a statement on the reason for the withdrawal. According to a #Peshmerga official, forces and heavy equipment are being moved to #Erbil. #atlasnewsupdatekurdistan #atlasnewsupdateiraq #atlasnewsupdate

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#Philippine President #Duterte has stated while in the city of #Marawi "I hereby declare Marawi city liberated from the terrorist influence. That marks the beginning of rehabilitation." While most of the fighting has calmed down, there are still an estimated 20-30 "stragglers" who still have up to 20 hostages. An army spokesman, Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla said operations will continue inside he city of Marawi until the threat is removed. #atlasnewsupdatephilippines #atlasnewsupdate

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The Syrian city #Raqqa has been liberated according to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The #ISIL fighters made a last stand in the sports arena before being reportedly overrun. This brings to an end a 4 month battle to retake the self proclaimed capital of the Islamic State. The city which now contains less than 1% of its original population, has no electricity, potable water, and lost its last functioning bakery. #atlasnewsupdatesyria

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The #US is calling on the #Kurds and #Iraq to calm down and to "avoid further clashes." President Trump said US officials would "not take sides." As well as saying "We don't like the fact that they're clashing." Senator John McCain, who heads the Senate Armed Service Committee said "The United States provided equipment and training to the government of Iraq to fight (Islamic State) and secure itself from external threats - not to attack elements of one of its own regional governments." He also threatened #Iraq if they continue to misuse its equipment. Here are other updates...
Kurdish factions have begun accusing one another of betrayal during the defense of #Kirkuk. The Kurdistan Democratic Front (KDP) has accused the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of aiding the enemy. The PUK has responded saying "not even one KDP Peshmerga has been martyred as of yet in the fighting in Kirkuk." Later in the statement, the PUK said they lost dozens of their forces in the fighting. #Turkey has also said they are also "ready for any form of co-operation with the Iraqi government in order to end the PKK presence in Iraqi territory". #atlasnewsupdatekurdistan #atlasnewsupdateiraq #atlasnewsupdateturkey #atlasnewsupdate

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The #Mogadishu, #Somalia car bombing on Saturday has now killed 300 people. This makes the attack the largest in Somalia's modern history. More than 30 of the most severe patients were air lifted to #Turkey to help in the efforts. The White House made a statement saying "The #UnitedStates stands with the people and government of Somalia in their commitment to defeating these groups, ensuring the security of their people, and rebuilding their country." The statement also said some Americans were victims of the blast. No group has taken responsibility for the attack. #atlasnewsupdatesomalia

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Ahmad Khan Rahimi, the 2016 #Chelsea #NYC bomber, has been convicted of all eight terrorism charges he faced in court. Back in September of 2016, Rahimi planted two homemade explosives in New York City, one of which detonated and injured 30 people. He had also planted an explosive device along the path of a Marine charity race the day before, however no one was injured when it went off. Rahimi was arrested two days after the NYC bombing and left in serious condition after being shot in the leg during a shootout with police. He still faces additional attempted murder of a police officer charges. His sentencing is scheduled for January. #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedStates

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The #Iraq military forces have reported complete control of #Kirkuk. The #Kurdish forces in the region are in a "full withdrawal." It took a mere 15 hours to take the city of Kirkuk. When Iraqi forces entered he city, they received no opposition from forces inside the city. #atlasnewsupdatekurdistan #atlasnewsupdateiraq #atlasnewsupdate

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#Army Sergeant Bowe #Bergdahl has pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. During questioning, Bergdahl said "I left my observation post on my own... I understand leaving was against the law." Former unit members allege that 6 servicemen died directly and indirectly do to the actions of Bergdahl. In 2015, when the Army Sanity Board evaluated him, they diagnosed him with schizotypal personality disorder. #atlasnewsupdateunitedstates #atlasnewsupdate

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The #Iraq forces have captured the K1 Military Bases and Baba Gurgur oil fields last night. According to the #Iraq military they have also taken control of a military airport, police station, power plant and several industrial areas, as well as key bridges. From what is being said, the #PUK and #KDP Kurdish groups reportedly retreated before the fighting began, which allowed the #Iraqi forces to advance. There is extreme turmoil amongst the #Kurdish groups right now, reports of the different Kurdish soldiers yelling at one another is being seen on State Run TV, as well as a major retreat from civilians and forces in the area. The city of #Kirkuk is still under Kurdish hands, but the surrounding areas, as well as an air field is now under Iraq and PMF control. #US coalition fighters are flying over Kirkuk to keep the skies clear, as the United States said it will shoot down any aircraft in the area. #atlasnewsupdatekurdistan #atlasnewsupdateiraq #atlasnewsupdate

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Here are some photos coming out of #kirkuk. Here's is what we know so far:
The United States has called for a peaceful resolution to the problem. Supposedly an Iranian senior military officer is helping leading operations in Kirkuk. Multiple vehicles have been destroyed, and at least 20 casualties have been reported. #atlasnewsupdatekurdistan #atlasnewsupdateiraq #atlasnewsupdate

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#Peshmerga officers have confirmed fighting all across the #kirkuk front. Reports of casualties are coming in. Both sides have begun firing artillery at one another. #atlasnewsupdatekurdistan #atlasnewsupdateiraq #atlasnewsupdate

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We are getting a lot of unconfirmed reports of heavy clashing happening all across #kirkuk. Both sides have yet to confirm the fighting. The Popular Mobilization Front (PMF) has supposedly taken a supportive role in the fighting, while the Iraqi army is the spearhead to the attack. #atlasnewsupdatekurdistan #atlasnewsupdateiraq #atlasnewsupdate

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Dozens of fighters have attacked security outposts in northern #Sinia, #Egypt. An Egyptian army spokesman said 7 soldiers have died as well as 24 attackers. The Islamic State has taken responsibility for the attacks. The #ISIL fighters used heavy machine guns, as well as mortars to carry out the simultaneous attack. #atlasnewsupdateegypt #atlasnewsupdate

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#Iraqi Military and Popular Mobilisation Front (PMF) Forces have launched a Major Operation to retake #kirkuk from the #Peshmerga. There has been no reports of fighting as of now, but the force is looking to retake the K1 Airbase, and the city. Kurdistan has declared a state of emergency. #atlasnewsupdatekurdistan #atlasnewsupdateiraq #atlasnewsupdate
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