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  • Chemical experts inspect the site of a suicide truck bomb attack, at a petrol station in the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad, Iraq, November 25, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTST9C9
    November 25, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, President-elect Donald Trump announced two more White House staff appointments from his holiday stay in Florida: Kathleen “KT” McFarland as deputy national security adviser, and Donald McGahn as White House counsel. Also, the death toll from Thursday’s bombing in southern Iraq rose to at least 73. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
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    November 24, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, as Americans took time to celebrate Thanksgiving, President Obama called for unity in a video message. Also, the Islamic State carried out a massive suicide truck bombing south of Baghdad, killing at least 56 people.
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  • Displaced people who are fleeing from clashes arrive in Qayyarah, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani  - RTX2PJ9C
    November 20, 2016  

    The U.S. ambassador to Iraq is Douglas Silliman, a career Foreign Service officer who has worked on and off in Iraq since 2011, previously served as U.S. ambassador to Kuwait and held other posts in Turkey and Jordan. He joins Alison Stewart to discuss the ongoing U.S. presence in Iraq and the fight against the Islamic State. Continue reading

  • Smoke rises from a bomb attack in the town of Bashiqa, after it was recaptured from the Islamic State, east of Mosul, Iraq November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani - RTX2T24W
    November 16, 2016  

    More than five weeks into the fight to retake the Mosul from ISIS, Iraqi forces and their allies must deal with extremely deadly warfare techniques, including car bombs, explosives hidden in underground tunnels and booby-traps. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports from Mosul. Continue reading

  • Hundreds of families from Mosul and surrounding towns started arriving at Hassansham camp daily as Iraqi forces recapture areas from the Islamic State in early November. Photo by Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam
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    Military forces in Iraq are squeezing Islamic State militants hunkered down in Mosul. Even though the forces appear to be gaining ground militarily, the escaping civilian residents face a difficult path. Continue reading

  • People who are fleeing the fighting between Islamic State and Iraqi army in Mosul are pictured in Samah district, eastern Mosul, Iraq November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra - RTX2TC10
    November 12, 2016  

    As Iraqi forces continue to gain ground in Mosul against Islamic State militants, thousands of residents are attempting to flee the city. The United Nations reports that ISIS is carrying out mass executions of civilians. Alex Milutinovic, who is directing relief efforts in Iraq for the International Rescue Committee, joins Alison Stewart to discuss the plight of those civilians. Continue reading

  • U.S. President-elect Donald Trump greets New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTX2SVO1
    November 11, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, president-elect Donald Trump announced that Mike Pence would be the new chair of his transition team, replacing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Also, anti-Trump protests continued across the country. In Portland, Oregon, thousands of demonstrators squared off with police, throwing bottles and rocks, while officers responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Continue reading

  • Iraqi Kurdish security forces patrol a street in the city of Kirkuk, Iraq, October 22, 2016. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed - RTX2Q0BN
    November 10, 2016  

    In October, the Islamic State launched an offensive on the city of Kirkuk, Iraq. The attack was ultimately suppressed by Kurdish military forces, but it also diverted other anti-ISIS efforts and possibly escalated ethnic tensions in the culturally diverse city. Special correspondent Christopher Livesay reports from Kirkuk. Continue reading

  • An Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter stands near the rubble of a destroyed building, north of Raqqa city, Syria November 7, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said - RTX2SB6A
    November 7, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, Kurdish-led forces pressed toward the Islamic State’s de facto capital Raqqa after announcing the offensive Sunday. Also, the Justice Department announced it is sending 500 staffers to 28 states to watch for civil rights violations at the polls, a third of what it sent in 2012. The Supreme Court refused to re-impose Democrat-sought curbs on partisan poll watchers in Ohio. Continue reading

  • People wait in line to enter the Nassau County Mega Job Fair at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York October 7, 2014.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo - RTSQ0L0
    November 4, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the Labor Department reported that U.S. employers added a net 161,000 jobs in October, dipping the unemployment rate a tenth of a percent to 4.9. Also, there are guilty verdicts in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal. A federal jury convicted Christie’s former aides of shutting down parts of a major bridge to punish a political opponent. Continue reading

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