Is­lamic State at­tacks near Mosul B

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qabr al­abd, iraq» Un­der the cover of dust and fog, Is­lamic State group fight­ers launched a se­ries of coun­ter­at­tacks on Iraqi po­si­tions to the south and west of the mil­i­tant-held city of Mosul late Fri­day night and into Satur­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to Iraqi mil­i­tary com­man­ders and of­fi­cials.

The mas­sive op­er­a­tion to re­take Mosul was of­fi­cially launched on Oct. 17, but af­ter ini­tially swift bat­tle­field suc­cesses, the progress of Iraqi forces later slowed down in the face of fierce Is­lamic State coun­ter­at­tacks and con­cerns over the safety of civil­ians still in­side the city.

The Is­lamic State has largely failed to push back Iraqi troops, but its coun­ter­at­tacks have in­flicted high ca­su­al­ties on civil­ians and se­cu­rity forces alike and, in some cases, shaken morale.

seoul, south korea» Ral­ly­ing for the sixth straight week­end in what has be­come per­haps South Korea’s big­gest protest move­ment ever, hun­dreds of thou­sands of demon­stra­tors in Seoul got the clos­est yet Satur­day to the pres­i­dent they des­per­ately want re­moved.

The demon­stra­tion came hours af­ter law­mak­ers for­mally launched an at­tempt to im­peach Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye and set up a floor vote for as early as next Fri­day. State pros­e­cu­tors ac­cuse Park of help­ing a close con­fi­dante ex­tort money and fa­vors from large com­pa­nies and ma­nip­u­late state af­fairs.

The scan­dal has sparked mass protests each Satur­day in down­town Seoul.

Po­lice es­ti­mated the turnout at 320,000, mak­ing it the big­gest anti-Park rally so far, although the crowd ap­peared to be much larger. Protest or­ga­niz­ers es­ti­mated the crowd at 1.7 mil­lion.

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