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Special Report: How Mosul fell - An Iraqi general disputes Baghdad's story

Special Report: How Mosul fell - An Iraqi general disputes Baghdad's story

(Reuters) - Lieutenant General Mahdi Gharawi knew an attack was coming. In late May, Iraqi security forces arrested seven members of militant group Islamic State in Mosul and learned the group planned an offensive on the city in early June. Gharawi, the operational commander of...

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UK MPs pass vote recognizing Palestine

UK MPs pass vote recognizing Palestine

  (Al Arabiya News - Reuters)- British lawmakers on Monday voted overwhelmingly in favor of recognizing Palestine as a state, a result that experts say is largely symbolic. The motion - which is non-binding - was passed by 274 in favor to 12 votes against, to “recognize the state...

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Baghdad car bomb kills 23, including lawmaker

Baghdad car bomb kills 23, including lawmaker

BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials said a Shiite lawmaker was among 23 people killed when a suicide car bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a northern Baghdad security checkpoint. The officials say Ahmed al-Khafaji was not the target in the attack, and just happened to be...

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Turkey: No new deal with US on using air base

Turkey: No new deal with US on using air base

ANKARA, Turkey: A Turkish official says there is no new agreement with the United States on using an air base in southern Turkey for operations against ISIS. Turkey and the United States are still talking about the Incirlik air base as well as Turkish demands for the creation...

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Islamic State magazine says group enslaved Yazidis

Islamic State magazine says group enslaved Yazidis

BAGHDAD (AP) - Islamic State group militants captured, enslaved and sold Yazidi women and children, the latest issue of a magazine purportedly published by the extremists claimed Sunday, the group's first public confirmation of the allegations. The claim came as Human Rights Watch...

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Kerry pushes for Middle East peace, pledges $212 million aid for Gaza

Kerry pushes for Middle East peace, pledges $212 million aid for Gaza

(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Sunday for a renewed commitment to achieving Middle East peace, saying a lasting deal between Israel , the Palestinians and all their neighbors could be achieved. But prospects for a renewed peace process appeared dim as...

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Car bombs kill 25 near Iraq's Baquba, Anbar police chief killed on patrol

Car bombs kill 25 near Iraq's Baquba, Anbar police chief killed on patrol

(Reuters) - Three car bombs killed 25 people at a government compound near Baquba city in Iraq on Sunday and the Anbar province police chief died on patrol when suspected Islamic State militants blew up his convoy, hospital and security sources said. Insurgents have been...

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Ban Ki-moon makes surprise visit to Libya, urges dialogue

Ban Ki-moon makes surprise visit to Libya, urges dialogue

(Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew to Tripoli on Saturday to urge the warring factions fighting for control of Libya to make peace, in the highest-level visit since an armed faction took the capital in August. Oil producer Libya is struggling with two...

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Death toll from Kobani protests in Turkey rises to 31

Death toll from Kobani protests in Turkey rises to 31

  The death toll has risen to 31 as a result of protest violence in Turkey amid anger over ISIL siege of Syria's Kobani town. Three more people have died in random fire in protests in Turkey's southeastern Gaziantep province. The protests were in support for...

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One soldier killed, another wounded in Lebanon attack

One soldier killed, another wounded in Lebanon attack

Beirut, Oct 9 (IANS/EFE) A Lebanese soldier was killed and another wounded Thursday when they were shot by gunmen on a motorcycle in Akkar province bordering Syria, media reported. The attack took place at the entrance of the town of Rihaniye where the army increased its patrols...

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Turkey says it won't launch ground action alone against ISIS

Turkey says it won't launch ground action alone against ISIS

(CNN)- Turkey's foreign minister insisted Thursday that it's not "realistic" for the world to expect it to go it alone in launching a ground operation against ISIS, even as a monitoring group said the extremists had seized a chunk of a key battleground town near its border. Speaking...

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Switzerland bans ISIL

Switzerland bans ISIL

The Swiss government has banned the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, group and all related organizations, said the Defense Ministry on Wednesday. The ban, which prohibits ISIL’s activities in the country, including propaganda and financial support of...

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France supports Turkey's no-fly zone plan for Syria

France supports Turkey's no-fly zone plan for Syria

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Death toll in Turkey protests rises to 21

Death toll in Turkey protests rises to 21

Two dead bodies have been found on Wednesday in Turkey's southeastern city of Mardin, Turkish security officials said, bringing the death toll to 21, as pro-Kurdish demonstrations have continued all day across Turkey. The nationwide protests broke out...

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Three dead, 36 hurt in Kobani protests in Turkey

Three dead, 36 hurt in Kobani protests in Turkey

Three people have been killed and at least 36 injured in demonstrations throughout Turkey in support of the presence of the terrorist group Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in the Syrian town of Kobani across the Turkish border, Turkish police have said. Hakan...

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Border blast linked to killing of Hezbollah expert

Border blast linked to killing of Hezbollah expert

BEIRUT: The explosion claimed by Hezbollah which wounded two Israeli soldiers in south Lebanon Tuesday was meant to demonstrate the resistance’s ability to respond to Israeli violations, such as the killing of the party's explosives expert Ali Hasan Haidar last month,...

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Two ISIS-affiliated Lebanese killed in Iraq and Syria

Two ISIS-affiliated Lebanese killed in Iraq and Syria

BEIRUT: Two Lebanese nationals aligned with ISIS were killed separately in Iraq and Syria Tuesday. The Tripoli resident, Khaled Ahmed Ahdab, better known by his nom de guerre “Abu Hamza” was killed fighting alongside ISIS in Iraq, security sources said. Ahdab...

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Pakistan Taliban say back all Syria militants, not just Islamic State

Pakistan Taliban say back all Syria militants, not just Islamic State

(Reuters) - The Pakistani Taliban on Monday denied reports at the weekend that it had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State movement fighting in Syria and Iraq , saying that its statement to the media had been misinterpreted. The group's spokesman Shahid Shahidullah said...

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