Iraqi forces in Mosul ©Thomas SAINT-CRICQ, Sabrina BLANCHARD, Simon MALFATTO (AFP)
Civilians trying to flee Aleppo ©Thomas SAINT-CRICQ, Kun TIAN, Sabrina BLANCHARD (AFP)
AFP: Status of main battle fronts in Iraq and Syria
Here is a look at the latest developments on the ground on the main fronts of the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, as of 1800 GMT on Friday:
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Iraq forces must open safe routes for Mosul residents: NGO.
Iraqi civilians stick it out in Mosul as fighting rages.
Iraq's Najaf cemetery swells as fight against IS escalates.
Air strikes batter women's hospital in Syria's Idlib: monitor, aid group.
UN Syria envoy: Eastern Aleppo could be 'gone by Christmas'. Syria's war: Aleppo residents '10 days from starvation'.
Erdogan, Putin discuss Syria as Turkish-backed rebels push to al-Bab.
Turkish warplanes strike Islamic State targets in Syria's al-Bab: military.
Scores killed in Iran train collision.
Erdogan threatens to open borders after European Parliament vote. Turkey threatens EU with new refugee surge.
Israeli firefighters 'gaining control' of forest fires that threatened Haifa. Israel arrests 13 on suspicion of arson over mass wildfires.
At least five killed, 27 wounded in Afghan triple bombing.
Myanmar crisis sparks Muslim protests in Asian capitals.
Talks, not war may solve Philippine conflict: Duterte.
UNHCR in Bangladesh accuses Myanmar troops of killings, rape, arson in Rohingya communities.
Japan PM says Russian missile deployment on disputed isles 'regrettable'.
South Korean President Park's approval rating sinks to new low.
Japan prepares for NUCLEAR war with North Korea by warning citizens to shelter in underground shopping malls in event of Kim Jong-Un bomb attack.
Trump will pursue 'regional hegemony' in South China Sea: Chinese academics.
Beijing warns against Taiwan ties as Singapore tries to free troop carriers in Hong Kong.
Afghanistan objects to Pakistani flag ceremony at border .
Boko Haram blocking aid to scores of refugees in Cameroon: UN.
Rebels targeted ethnic Fulanis in Central African Republic town.
Egypt official raises death toll in Sinai attack to 11.
Libyan forces edge forward against Islamic State holdouts in Sirte.
Starvation threat numbers soar in South Sudan.
Tens of thousands of children at risk of starvation in Nigeria crisis.
Madagascar drought: 330,000 people 'one step from famine', UN warns .
Somalia: Elders negotiate with al-Shabab over soldiers.
Somalia elections: 'Huge corruption'.
France's Fillon seen as favorite to beat Juppe for conservative nomination.
European leaders call for urgent arms talks with Russia.
Ukraine says it's ready to resume gas purchases from Russia.
Ukraine ex-president Yanukovych speaks to court via video.
Waiting for British PM May, EU closes ranks, draws battle plans.
Incoming EU president Malta signals tough Brexit talks with UK. EU leaders 'not bluffing' over Brexit terms, warns Malta's PM.
Woman & child killed in gas blast at Greek refugee camp, prompting clashes with police (VIDEO).
Suspect at large after murder at retirement home for French missionaries.
France says au revoir to top earners.
In Putin’s Russia, it just got easier to find the perpetrators of Stalin’s purges.
With recounts looming, Trump adds new administration picks.
Trump’s media feud enters new era.
Jill Stein raises over $4.5m to request US election recounts in battleground states.
Mexicans very negative on Trump, but back talks with him: poll.
Second try: Colombia, FARC sign new peace deal that is going straight to Congress.
Colombia rebel leader hopes Trump will back peace effort.
Trudeau government faces 'cash-for-access' criticism.
Michel Temer minister resigns over Brazil corruption.
Venezuela narcotics scandal heaps pressure on President Maduro.
32 bodies found in clandestine graves in southern Mexico.
Reporter becomes Canada's first hijab-clad news anchor.
TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR
Islamic State claims deadly attack on Egyptian soldiers in Sinai.
French terror suspects 'were planning attack on Paris'.
Islamic State: Australian fighter Neil Prakash alive, arrested in Middle East, counter-terrorism officials confirm.
Russian National Guard chief warns terrorist threat still high worldwide.
Wall Street finishes at record highs consumer staples, techs gain.
Oil falls 2 percent on OPEC cut uncertainty ahead of meeting.
Apple in line of fire if trade wars start.
Reddit CEO admits modifying Donald Trump supporters' posts.