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Philippine army ‘makes gains’ in Marawi Islamist battle

The Philippine military says it has made gains retaking Marawi city from Islamist militants amid clashes that have left about 100 people dead. According to the military, militants now control only small pockets within the southern Philippine city. But there are still reports of fighting on the ground and thousands of civilians trapped. Nineteen civilians are known to… Read More »

Oculus, Vive Headsets Are Taking Israel’s Army Underground

In a refurbished building on a military base in central Israel, soldiers are training in underground combat using headsets made by Oculus, the virtual reality headset maker owned by Facebook, and Vive, owned by HTC. While it’s not unusual for a military to use virtual reality – Britain’s Ministry of Defense has been using it in training simulations… Read More »

Mosul battle will be finished within days – Iraqi army chief

Iraqi security forces are only days away from completing the operation to recapture Mosul from so-called Islamic State, the army’s chief of staff says. Lt Gen Othman al-Ghanimi told the BBC he hoped the jihadist group would be defeated in the city before the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins on 26 May. Recent gains in the north… Read More »

Syria conflict: Army cuts IS supply route into al-Bab

Syrian government forces have advanced towards so-called Islamic State’s last major stronghold in Aleppo province, cutting off the main supply route into al-Bab, a monitoring group reports. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said troops had captured Tal Uwayshiya, a hill 9km (6 miles) to the south-east. It overlooks a key road linking al-Bab to the IS-controlled city… Read More »

More than 800 Boko Haram hostages rescued by Nigerian army

Troops free hundreds held by Islamist fighters in villages in Borno state, as 16 women are captured by insurgents in neighbouring Adamawa Boko Haram attacks have devastated villages in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria. Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock Agence France-Presse in Lagos Nigerian troops have freed more than 800 people held by Boko Haram Islamist fighters in multiple villages in the… Read More »