The attack comes as the Taliban ramp up their nationwide spring offensive despite government calls for a ceasefire during Ramadan and as the US appears set to boost its troop presence in the country.
France was among Western nations pushing most vocally for Assad to go at the start of the conflict, which has since left more than 320,000 people dead and forced millions from their homes.
The estimate provided to us by councils is that there are approximately 600 high rise buildings with similar cladding, the spokeswoman said.
The blast killed 20 people and left 50 others wounded, both civilians and military officials, Omar Zwak said, warning that the toll could rise.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tweeted early today that the destruction was an admission by the militants that they are losing the fight for Iraq's second-largest city.
Under pressure from Democrats, the US Congress has so far refused to commit funding to the project, agreeing only to finance maintenance on existing parts of the border fence.
With Afghanistan reeling from terror attacks targeting hospitals, schools, funerals, international development agencies and diplomatic missions in recent months, Akbaruddin said such attacks seem to...
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A police officer was stabbed in the neck at the Flint airport by a man with a knife in what authorities are investigating as a possible act of terrorism.
Jihadists blew up Mosul's iconic leaning minaret and the adjacent mosque where their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 declared himself caliph in his only public appearance, Iraqi officials said.