US-backed Iraqi forces have begun moving towards Mosul airport following Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's formal announcement of a ground offensive.
Deeper defence ties between Australia and the UAE could lead to $A1 billion in military sales to the emirates, Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne says.

Iraqi forces advance towards Mosul

US-backed Iraqi forces have begun moving towards Mosul airport following Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's formal announcement of a ground offensive.
The battle for Mosul in Iraq is reaching a critical point, Iraqi forces say.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced the start of a military operation to drive IS from the western side of Mosul.
Syrian jets have bombarded Syria's rebel-held Homs, killing at least two people and raising the death toll from nearly two weeks of air strikes to 20.
The Muslim cleric suspected to have orchestrated the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Centre has died in a US prison.
A car bomb has killed a child an wounded 17 others in the Turkish province of Sanliurfa.
The death toll from an Islamic State car bomb that went off in Baghdad has climbed to 59.
At least 70 people died Thursday when a bomb ripped through a crowded Sufi shrine in Pakistan, police said, in the deadliest attack to hit the militancy-plagued...
A US-based monitoring group says Islamist fighters in Syria have executed scores of insurgents.

9 killed as Yemen funeral bombed

Airstrikes by Saudi-leg jets have killed at least nine civilians at a funeral near the Yemeni capital.
At least 15 people are dead and 50 others are hurt after a suicide truck bombing in Baghdad.
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A passenger-carrying dronee could soon be buzzing through Dubai's skyline.
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