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Paris meet on Iraq pledges 'appropriate military aid'

Paris meet on Iraq pledges 'appropriate military aid'

PARIS (Reuters) - Some 30 countries present at a Paris conference on Iraq agreed to provide Baghdad with "appropriate military aid" to combat insurgents of the Islamic State group, a statement issued after the talks said. The statement issued by French officials said tackling...

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Islamic State executes eight Sunnis in northern Iraq

Islamic State executes eight Sunnis in northern Iraq

(Reuters) - Islamic State militants publicly executed eight Sunni men in a small northern Iraqi village at the weekend for allegedly plotting against the group, an eyewitness from the village told Reuters on Sunday. The killing began on Friday night when a pair of masked...

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Post-war counseling awaits Gaza children going back to school

Post-war counseling awaits Gaza children going back to school

(Reuters) - Some 500,000 children returned on Sunday to school in the Gaza Strip, where many will be given psychological counseling before regular studies begin after a devastating 50-day war between Palestinian militants and Israel . The opening of the school year had been...

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UK's Cameron resists calls for air strikes despite hostage killing

UK's Cameron resists calls for air strikes despite hostage killing

(Reuters) - Britain resisted pressure on Sunday to join the United States in announcing air strikes against Islamic State after the militant group beheaded David Haines, a British hostage, and threatened to kill another Briton. Speaking after chairing a meeting of the...

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Australia answers U.S. call to join coalition fighting Islamic State

Australia answers U.S. call to join coalition fighting Islamic State

(Reuters) - Australia became the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, as Washington drums up support for global action to counter the terrorist threat. Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott...

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ISIS Video Shows Execution of David Cawthorne Haines, British Aid Worker

ISIS Video Shows Execution of David Cawthorne Haines, British Aid Worker

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria released a video Saturday of the third beheading of a foreign hostage, a British aid worker. The execution was a clear message to Britain, a vital ally of the United States as it builds an international coalition to target the militant group, which...

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Kurdish female fighters face jihadists in Iraq's north

Kurdish female fighters face jihadists in Iraq's north

Tekoshin stands on a mountain in north Iraq with a rifle slung over her shoulder and a grenade tucked into her belt, facing jihadists in "a struggle to liberate women". Women have been fighting alongside men in the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to wrest Mount Makhmur in...

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Pope says world's many conflicts amount to piecemeal World War Three

Pope says world's many conflicts amount to piecemeal World War Three

REDIPUGLIA Italy (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a "piecemeal" Third World War, condemning the arms trade and "plotters of terrorism" sowing death and destruction. "Humanity needs to weep and this is the...

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Iran accuses US of violating sovereignty in anti-IS fight

Iran accuses US of violating sovereignty in anti-IS fight

The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council accused the United States on Saturday of violating the sovereignty of nations on the "pretext of fighting terrorism" in Iraq and Syria. "On the pretext of fighting terrorism, the United States want to pursue their...

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Iraqi military failings pose challenge for anti-IS war

Iraqi military failings pose challenge for anti-IS war

The shortcomings of the Iraqi military, which withered under a June militant onslaught and relies on Shiite militias for support, pose a significant challenge to international efforts against brutal jihadists. President Barack Obama has announced an expanded campaign of American...

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Kerry in Cairo to drum up support for 'war' on jihadists

Kerry in Cairo to drum up support for 'war' on jihadists

Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Egypt on Saturday on the latest leg of a regional tour aimed at forging a coalition for a US-led war on jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Egypt's formidable army is unlikely to take part in military action against the Islamic State...

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About 100 Syria, Iraq militants have returned to France: lawmaker

About 100 Syria, Iraq militants have returned to France: lawmaker

(Reuters) - Around 100 militants who fought with rebel groups in Syria and Iraq have returned to France , requiring "massive" resources for surveillance and other security measures to prevent attacks, a French lawmaker said on Friday. Thousands of Western volunteers have...

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Iraq's speaker warns of civilian deaths from U.S. air strikes

Iraq's speaker warns of civilian deaths from U.S. air strikes

(Reuters) - Iraq's parliament speaker Salim al-Jabouri has told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that air strikes on Islamic State should not kill civilians, the speaker said to Reuters in an interview. President Barack Obama has promised to destroy the Islamist militants...

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Wiretaps against Palestinians are wrong, Israeli ex-spies tell Netanyahu

Wiretaps against Palestinians are wrong, Israeli ex-spies tell Netanyahu

(Reuters) - Dozens of reserve soldiers from Israel's top electronic surveillance unit say they will no longer spy on Palestinians living under occupation, an unprecedented rebuke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security policies. The protest letter signed by 43...

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Kerry to visit Turkey to bolster campaign against Islamic State

Kerry to visit Turkey to bolster campaign against Islamic State

ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Turkey on Friday as part of a tour of the Middle East to rally efforts to tackle the Islamic State militant group, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. Turkey is seen as a crucial if...

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Arab states back anti-IS move as Syria warns on 'attacks'

Arab states back anti-IS move as Syria warns on 'attacks'

Arab nations rallied Thursday behind US President Barack Obama's call for expanding operations against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, but Damascus warned it would consider any action on its territory as an attack. Ten states, including heavyweight Saudi Arabia, "agreed to do...

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 Obama to deepen America's military role in Mideast

Obama to deepen America's military role in Mideast

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major reversal, President Barack Obama is moving to deepen the U.S. military role in the volatile Middle East, including training and arming Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants and potentially expanding airstrikes across the Iraqi border into...

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Islamist militants leave signed note on beheaded corpse in Sinai: residents

Islamist militants leave signed note on beheaded corpse in Sinai: residents

(Reuters) - Residents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula said on Wednesday they found a beheaded corpse bearing a note signed by an Islamist militant group linked to the Syria and Iraq-based Islamic State, accusing the victim of being an Israeli spy. The beheading is the eighth...

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