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Tunisian deputy survives assassination attempt

Tunisian deputy survives assassination attempt

TUNIS (Reuters) - A deputy in Tunisia's transitional parliament survived an assassination attempt in the city of Kasserine, near the Algerian border, where security forces have been hunting Islamist militants for months. Mohamed Ali Nasri told reporters in...

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U.N. to send team to investigate Islamic State crimes in Iraq

U.N. to send team to investigate Islamic State crimes in Iraq

(Reuters) - The United Nations agreed on Monday to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on "an unimaginable scale", with a view to holding perpetrators to account. "We are facing a terrorist monster," Iraq's human rights...

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Houthis escalate standoff with Yemen government

Houthis escalate standoff with Yemen government

Defying calls by the U.N. Security Council to end hostilities against the Yemeni government, a Houthi tribal leader on Sunday urged supporters to wage a campaign of civil disobedience until their demands are met. The Houthis, who have been fighting for years for more power for...

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Shock as ISIS slogan found on school walls in Riyadh

Shock as ISIS slogan found on school walls in Riyadh

The residents of al-Naseem neighborhood in eastern Riyadh, were shocked when they saw the alleged slogans of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on the walls of some schools, Al-Hayat daily reported. A number of residents who spoke on condition of anonymity said they suspect...

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Top German spy says Islamic State's brutality eclipses al Qaeda

Top German spy says Islamic State's brutality eclipses al Qaeda

(Reuters) - Some young Muslims are attracted to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria because of its brutality, which makes it appear "more authentic" than al Qaeda, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency said in an interview on Sunday. "There is a link between...

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Iraqi and Kurdish forces bid to break Islamic State siege of town

Iraqi and Kurdish forces bid to break Islamic State siege of town

(Reuters) - Iraqi army and Kurdish forces closed in on Islamic State fighters on Saturday in a push to break the Sunni militants' siege of the Shi'ite town of Amerli, army sources said. Two officers said Iraqi troops, militia and Kurdish peshmerga were advancing from four...

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Pentagon says Iraq operations costing on average $7.5 million per day

Pentagon says Iraq operations costing on average $7.5 million per day

(Reuters) - U.S. military operations against Islamic State in Iraq have cost an average of $7.5 million per day since they began in mid-June, the Pentagon said on Friday, a figure that means the department has spent more than $500 million on the conflict. Rear Admiral John...

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At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors say, he...

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Perry, Paul bash Obama for 'no strategy' on Syria

Perry, Paul bash Obama for 'no strategy' on Syria

DALLAS (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky pounced Friday on President Barack Obama's "we don't have a strategy yet" comments about the violent militant faction attacking cities in Iraq — but other potential Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls laid off...

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Iran on edge as nuclear talks draw to a close

Iran on edge as nuclear talks draw to a close

Iran is now in the final months of extended negotiations with   Western countries on the future of its nuclear programme; talks that could reshape the geopolitical equation in the Middle East. But as the violence continues to smolder in neighbouring Iraq and Syria, and...

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Britain raises its terrorism threat level over Syria, Iraq

Britain raises its terrorism threat level over Syria, Iraq

(Reuters) - Britain raised its terrorism alert on Friday to the second-highest level with Prime Minister David Cameron saying the Islamic State (IS) group operating in Syria and Iraq posed the country's greatest ever security risk. The government said there was no...

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Saudi top cleric 'warns youth to beware jihad calls'

Saudi top cleric 'warns youth to beware jihad calls'

Saudi Arabia's top Sunni cleric warned Muslim youths to steer clear of "calls for jihad" issued on "perverted" grounds, the official SPA news agency reported Thursday. "Young people should not let themselves be influenced by calls for jihad ... on perverted principles," said Grand...

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'Jihad recruiters' arrested in Netherlands, Germany

'Jihad recruiters' arrested in Netherlands, Germany

Police in the Netherlands and Germany have arrested two men for allegedly recruiting jihadi fighters to go to Iraq and Syria, Dutch police said Thursday. A woman was also held with the man arrested in Germany as part of a long-running investigation, police said in a statement. All...

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Egypt jihadist group claims beheading of four men in Sinai

Egypt jihadist group claims beheading of four men in Sinai

An Egyptian jihadist group on Thursday released a video in which it claimed responsibility for beheading four men accused of being "Israeli informants" before showing the victims' decapitated bodies. In the video, militants belonging to Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, considered the...

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ISIS said to behead Lebanese Army soldier

ISIS said to behead Lebanese Army soldier

BEIRUT (The Daily Star)- The images of what appears to be the beheading of a Lebanese Army soldier, Ali Sayyed- one of eleven soldiers captured by ISIS militants was heavily circulated on social media Thursday evening. “Now you know who are the lions of ISIS,” tweeted Abou...

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ISIS burn 3 Iraq oil wells as Kurds attack

ISIS burn 3 Iraq oil wells as Kurds attack

KIRKUK: Retreating jihadists set three wells ablaze at a northern Iraq oil field Thursday as they battled Kurdish forces that launched a major attack nearby, officials said. ISIS jihadists set the wells on fire before deserting the Ain Zalah field, which was seized by militants...

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Top Saudi envoys in Qatar talks amid Brotherhood rift

Top Saudi envoys in Qatar talks amid Brotherhood rift

High-ranking Saudi envoys held talks with the Qatari emir on Wednesday after months of strained relations over Doha's support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Libya and Syria. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, intelligence chief Prince Khaled bin Bandar, and...

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On Syria, Obama faces questions on Congress' role

On Syria, Obama faces questions on Congress' role

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision? Obama was barreling toward strikes last summer when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional...

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