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Islamic State seizes oil facility in northern Iraq, 15 workers missing

Islamic State seizes oil facility in northern Iraq, 15 workers missing

(Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents on Saturday seized a small crude oil  station near the northern Iraqi city Kirkuk where 15 employees were working, and explosions in and around the capital Baghdad killed at least nine people. Two officials from the state-run North Oil...

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Air strikes alone not enough to defeat Islamic State: NATO chief

Air strikes alone not enough to defeat Islamic State: NATO chief

(Reuters) - Air strikes alone will not be enough to defeat Islamic State militants and greater Western help in building up Iraqi security forces could also play a role, the head of NATO said on Friday. The United States leads a coalition of countries that has been carrying out...

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Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

(Reuters) - Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...

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Hezbollah: we don't want war with Israel but do not fear it

Hezbollah: we don't want war with Israel but do not fear it

(Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Friday his group did not want war with Israel but was ready for one, and reserved the right to respond to Israeli attacks any time, anywhere. "We do not want a war but we are not afraid of it and we must distinguish between...

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Kurdish PM says U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State faces long war

Kurdish PM says U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State faces long war

(Reuters) - Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani warned that despite victories in the war against Islamic State, the global coalition against the group was inadequate and predicted a campaign to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul would not happen before the fall. In an...

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47 people killed in Iraq blasts

47 people killed in Iraq blasts

At least 47 people were killed and 99 others wounded Friday in several explosions in capital Baghdad and in central Samarra, police said. Forty people lost their lives and 75 others were wounded when two improvised explosive devices blew up at a market place. The...

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Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap

Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap

TOKYO (AP) — The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive. "Government institutions are working...

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Islamic State's Egypt wing claims attacks that killed 27: official Twitter

Islamic State's Egypt wing claims attacks that killed 27: official Twitter

(Reuters) - Islamic State's Egypt wing claimed responsibility for a series of attacks that killed at least 27 on Thursday in some of the worst anti-state violence in months, after commemorations around the anniversary of the 2011 uprising turned deadly this week. Egypt's...

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20 killed, 36 injured in blasts in Egypt's Sinai

20 killed, 36 injured in blasts in Egypt's Sinai

 At least 20 people were killed and 36 others injured in multiple blasts that rocked the northern quadrant of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, a medical source said. "Some 20 people were killed and around 36 others – both civilians and military men – injured in...

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Survivors say Iraqi forces watched as Shi'ite militias executed 72 Sunnis

Survivors say Iraqi forces watched as Shi'ite militias executed 72 Sunnis

(Reuters) - Survivors tell the same story: they were taken from their homes by men in uniform; heads down and linked together, then led in small groups to a field, made to kneel, and selected to be shot one by one. Accounts by five witnesses interviewed separately by Reuters...

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Israel says Hezbollah not interested in escalating violence

Israel says Hezbollah not interested in escalating violence

(Reuters) -  Israel  said on Thursday it received a message from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah that it was backing away from further violence, a day after the worst deadly clashes in years erupted along the border. The Israel-Lebanon frontier, where...

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Two Israeli soldiers, U.N. peacekeeper killed in Israel-Hezbollah violence

Two Israeli soldiers, U.N. peacekeeper killed in Israel-Hezbollah violence

(Reuters) - Two Israel i soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel that has raised the threat of a full-blown conflict between the militant Islamist group and Israel. In the biggest escalation since a 2006 war,...

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Israel fires into Lebanon after attack on troops

Israel fires into Lebanon after attack on troops

Four Israeli soldiers have been injured in an attack on an army patrol near the border with Lebanon, the Israeli military says. A military vehicle was hit by an anti-tank missile in the disputed Shebaa Farms area. Hezbollah said it carried out the attack. The...

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Israel shells Lebanon after Hezbollah strike on Israeli army convoy

Israel shells Lebanon after Hezbollah strike on Israeli army convoy

(Agencies)- Israel shells Lebanon after Hezbollah strike on Israeli army convoy. 4 Israeli soldiers wounded in attack near Lebanese border, Israel's army says; Hezbollah claims responsibility

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Turkey has no information about 5,000 fighters in Syria: Foreign Ministry

Turkey has no information about 5,000 fighters in Syria: Foreign Ministry

(Daily News)- Ankara has no information on about 5,000 of the foreign fighters believed to be in Syria, a Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said, while updating the number of foreigners blacklisted from entering Turkey over suspected jihadist links....

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Egypt confirms jail terms for leading liberal activists

Egypt confirms jail terms for leading liberal activists

(Reuters) - An Egyptian court upheld three-year jail sentences on Tuesday for three prominent liberal activists, judicial sources said, after days of violence around the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. In 2013, a court handed down the...

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Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release

Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release

(Reuters) - Japan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing last week of another Japanese captive, but it reiterated that it would not give in to terrorism. The hostage crisis has become...

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Iraq: Peshmerga forces kill 36 ISIL militants in Sinjar

Iraq: Peshmerga forces kill 36 ISIL militants in Sinjar

Iraqi Peshmerga forces killed 36 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants Tuesday near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a Peshmerga commander said. “Peshmerga forces repelled ISIL’s attack and killed 36 militants, including Abo Omar al-Kurdi, an ISIL leader,”Albay...

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