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IS driven out

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi paramilitary units dislodged Islamic State from Hatra on Wednesday, driving the militants from an ancient city they damaged during their three-year rule, according to an Iraqi military spokesman. The extent of the damage was not disclosed, but Islamic State released a video in 2015 showing their destruction of monuments in Hatra.

Imams detained

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish authorities said they had arrested more than a thousand “secret Imams” who had infiltrated police forces on behalf of a US-based cleric accused by President Tayyip Erdogan of trying to topple him last July.

The nationwide sweep was one of the largest operations in months against suspected supporters of the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, a former ally of Mr Erdogan. Mr Gulen denies any part in the coup led by military officers.

Border attack

LONDON (Reuters) – Ten Iranian border guards were killed by Sunni militants in a cross-border attack on the frontier with Pakistan on Wednesday, Tasnim news agency reported.

The militant group called Jaish al Adl, or the Army of Justice, has claimed responsibility, the report said. “10 border guards of Mirjaveh county in Sistan and Baluchestan Province were martyred in an ambush by the terrorists in the Pakistani border’s zero-point,” Mr Tasnim said.

Yemen proposal

GENEVA (Reuters) – The Yemeni Government has proposed to the United Nations that it monitors the rebel-held port of Hodeidah to ensure that no arms were smuggled through it, the Prime Minister said on Wednesday. A Saudi-led military coalition backing the internationally-recognised government in its war against the Houthi rebels has been preparing an assault on Hodeidah.

Militia cross-fire

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s military outposts on the border with Syria came under fire from Kurdish militia across the frontier, the army said on Wednesday, a day after Turkish warplanes bombed groups in northeastern Syria and Iraq.

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