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Marine dies in noncombat incident in IS campaign

Marine dies in noncombat incident in IS campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says a Marine who died Thursday in a noncombat incident in Baghdad was the second U.S. military death associated with the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The Marine was identified as 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal...

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Kurdish forces retake north Iraqi town from Islamic State -security sources

Kurdish forces retake north Iraqi town from Islamic State -security sources

ARBIL, Iraq, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Kurdish regional forces retook the northern Iraqi town of Zumar and several nearby villages from Islamic State insurgents on Saturday, security sources said. A Kurdish intelligence officer in Zumar said peshmerga forces had...

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Poll: 2 of 3 Americans say IS threat is important

Poll: 2 of 3 Americans say IS threat is important

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty-five percent of Americans now say the threat from the Islamic State group is very or even extremely important, and nearly half think the U.S. military response in Iraq and Syria has not gone far enough, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Most want...

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Ground offensive against Islamic State months away in Iraq: U.S.

Ground offensive against Islamic State months away in Iraq: U.S.

(Reuters) - Iraqi forces are months away from being able to start waging any kind of sustained ground offensive against the Islamic State and any similar effort in Syria will take longer, officials at the U.S. military's Central Command said on Thursday. In Iraq, the timing...

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Turkey's U.S. relations show strain as Washington's patience wears thin

Turkey's U.S. relations show strain as Washington's patience wears thin

(Reuters) - The U.S. decision to air-drop weapons to Kurdish forces in Syria on the same day Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan dismissed them as terrorists is the latest false note in the increasingly discordant mood music coming out of Washington and Ankara. No matter how much...

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Tunisia policeman killed in pre-election clash with militants

Tunisia policeman killed in pre-election clash with militants

(Reuters) - A Tunisian policeman was killed and another wounded on Thursday when security forces clashed with Islamist militants on the outskirts of Tunis, three days before parliamentary elections which voters hope will help them advance toward full democracy. Police...

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Iran will be seen as responsible if nuclear talks fail: U.S.

Iran will be seen as responsible if nuclear talks fail: U.S.

(Reuters) - Iran will be widely seen to be responsible if a comprehensive deal to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief is not reached, the top U.S. negotiator said on Thursday. U.S. Under-Secretary of State Wendy Sherman also said major powers negotiating...

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Five Britons a week joining jihadists in Syria

Five Britons a week joining jihadists in Syria

(AFP)- Five young Britons a week are travelling to fight in Syria alongside jihadists, joining hundreds already thought to have left, the country’s most senior policeman has disclosed. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said “the...

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Iran supreme leader blames West for IS rise, wants regional solution

Iran supreme leader blames West for IS rise, wants regional solution

(Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Western powers on Tuesday for the rise of Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Iraq and Syria and said they had no business tampering with the region's geopolitics. Iran and the United States have been...

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Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again

Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again

(Reuters) - In recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria’s border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq’s western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad....

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Pope to visit Turkey as region's Christians flee Islamic State persecution

Pope to visit Turkey as region's Christians flee Islamic State persecution

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis will travel to Turkey next month, the Vatican said on Tuesday, his first visit to the predominantly Muslim country which has become a refuge for Christians fleeing persecution by Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria and in Iraq....

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No plan for Egyptian military action against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria

No plan for Egyptian military action against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has no plans to provide the United States with direct military assistance in its war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria even though American aerial bombardment may not be enough to defeat the group, the country's prime minister said....

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Vatican warns of 'new genocide' by IS

Vatican warns of 'new genocide' by IS

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has demanded that world governments do more to prevent a possible "new genocide" in northern Iraq and Syria, and for Muslim leaders in particular to repudiate the Islamic State militants who are killing and exiling the region's Christians....

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Another Soldier Announces Defection to al-Nusra Front

Another Soldier Announces Defection to al-Nusra Front

( Nahar Net )- The Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front released Monday a video in which Lebanese soldier Omar Khaled Shamtiyeh announces his defection from the army. Shamtiyeh accused the military of being “subordinate to” Hizbullah and of “killing the Sunni youths” in the...

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UN Syria envoy to discuss Syrian crisis in Iran

UN Syria envoy to discuss Syrian crisis in Iran

The UN Special Representative for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is set to arrive in Iran on Sunday to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria with the country’s senior officials, Iranian officials have said. He is scheduled to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani,...

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Hamas slams Abbas' call for defending Al-Aqsa

Hamas slams Abbas' call for defending Al-Aqsa

The Palestinian faction Hamas on Saturday downplayed a previous invitation by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for Palestinians to stay at Al-Aqsa Mosque to defend it against Israeli violations. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zurhi described the Palestinian Authority...

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Morsi says he is still Egypt's 'president'

Morsi says he is still Egypt's 'president'

Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Saturday insisted that he was still his country's legitimate president as he stood trial on charges of breaking jail upon the uprising that toppled longstanding president Hosni Mubarak in 2011, a judicial source said. The source...

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Erdogan visits Turkish troops in Afghanistan

Erdogan visits Turkish troops in Afghanistan

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lauded Turkish troops stationed in Afghanistan for their efforts in maintaining peace and stability in the volatile country during his visit to Camp Dogan in Kabul Saturday. Camp Dogan is name of the Turkish military unit in Kabul...

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