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Hezbollah chief meets top Iranian official

Hezbollah chief meets top Iranian official

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah has met with Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, the Lebanese movement said Tuesday. In a statement, Hezbollah said the two sides had discussed political and security developments in the Middle East...

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ISIS kills Iraqi woman activist in Mosul

ISIS kills Iraqi woman activist in Mosul

Militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group publicly killed a rights lawyer in the Iraqi city of Mosul after their self-styled Islamic court ruled that she had abandoned Islam, the U.N. mission in Iraq said Thursday. Samira Salih al-Nuaimi was seized from her home...

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Risks for Arab states in joining anti-IS campaign

Risks for Arab states in joining anti-IS campaign

(AFP)- By joining US-led strikes in Syria, Gulf Arab monarchies are hoping to eliminate the threat to their authority from Islamic State jihadists and push the regime in Damascus out of power. But their plan is not without serious risks, analysts warn. Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi...

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Algerian militants claim to have killed kidnapped Frenchman - SITE monitoring

Algerian militants claim to have killed kidnapped Frenchman - SITE monitoring

TUNIS, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Algerian militants who kidnapped Frenchman Herve Gourdel have claimed in a video to have killed him after demanding France stop its action against militants in Iraq, the SITE jihadi monitoring service reported on its Twitter account....

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Here's How The US Is Justifying Its Syria Strikes Under International Law

Here's How The US Is Justifying Its Syria Strikes Under International Law

  By Armin Rosen| Business Insider The United States has submitted its international legal justification for its strikes on Syria to the other 14 members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). According to Bloomberg News , the US is claiming that it's carrying out...

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Iraqi soldiers describe heavy losses as Islamic State overruns camp

Iraqi soldiers describe heavy losses as Islamic State overruns camp

(Reuters) - Iraqi soldiers described on Monday how Islamic State fighters inflicted heavy losses in a chaotic raid on a military base just an hour's drive from Baghdad, highlighting the jihadists' ability to attack high-profile targets despite U.S. air strikes. Soldiers,...

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Islamic State urges attacks on U.S., French citizens, taunts Obama

Islamic State urges attacks on U.S., French citizens, taunts Obama

(Reuters) - Islamic State urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the ultra-radical group. Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama...

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Islamic State urges more attacks on Egyptian security forces

Islamic State urges more attacks on Egyptian security forces

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State urged insurgents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday to press ahead with attacks against Egyptian security forces and beheadings, a call likely to deepen concern over ties between the militant groups. Egyptian...

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Reuters:  Iran seeks give and take on militants, nuclear program

Reuters: Iran seeks give and take on militants, nuclear program

(Reuters) - Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like to see more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program, senior Iranian officials told Reuters. The comments from the officials, who asked not to be...

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Egypt to host Palestinian-Israeli Gaza talks in days: state news agency

Egypt to host Palestinian-Israeli Gaza talks in days: state news agency

(Reuters) - Egypt will host talks between rival Palestinian factions within days, followed by indirect negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis on the ceasefire in Gaza, the state news agency MENA said on Saturday. The report quoted an Egyptian official as saying that...

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Nusra threatens to kill second Lebanese soldier

Nusra threatens to kill second Lebanese soldier

BEIRUT ( The Daily Star ) : A Lebanese policeman pled for his life as he watched a fellow captive be executed with a gunshot to the head, in a video released by Nusra Front Saturday. The video showed soldier Mohammad Hammieh asking the Lebanese to put an end to...

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Turkey secures release of hostages held by Islamic State

Turkey secures release of hostages held by Islamic State

(Reuters) - Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in captivity, in what President Tayyip Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation. Security sources told...

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United States says role for Iran in tackling Islamic State

United States says role for Iran in tackling Islamic State

(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Iran had a role to play in a global coalition to tackle Islamic State militants who have seized swaths of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East. "The coalition required to...

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French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State

French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State

By Oliver Holmes and Alexandria Sage BAGHDAD/PARIS (Reuters) - French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time on Friday, expanding a U.S.-led military campaign against militants who have seized a third of the country and also control...

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Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria

Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria

BAGHDAD (AP) — For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia — from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans. Their ancient, buried cities, palaces and temples packed with monumental art are scattered across what is now...

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Turkey urges more information sharing on foreign jihadists

Turkey urges more information sharing on foreign jihadists

BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday called for a greater exchange of information with other states to prevent jihadists entering his country and traveling on to Iraq or Syria to join Islamic State militants. Thousands of foreign fighters from...

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Emir assures Merkel Qatar doesn't fund extremists in Syria, Iraq

Emir assures Merkel Qatar doesn't fund extremists in Syria, Iraq

BERLIN (Reuters) - Qatar's ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani assured the West on Wednesday that it was not aiding Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, telling Germany that his own country's security was jeopardised by the militants. Last month, a...

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Qatar rejects accusation it sent weapons to Libya

Qatar rejects accusation it sent weapons to Libya

(Reuters) - Qatar has denied an accusation by Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni that it sent three military aircraft loaded with weapons to a Tripoli airport controlled by an armed opposition group. In a statement to Qatar's news agency (QNA), Assistant Foreign Minister...

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