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Iraqi and Kurdish forces bid to break Islamic State siege of town

Iraqi and Kurdish forces bid to break Islamic State siege of town

(Reuters) - Iraqi army and Kurdish forces closed in on Islamic State fighters on Saturday in a push to break the Sunni militants' siege of the Shi'ite town of Amerli, army sources said. Two officers said Iraqi troops, militia and Kurdish peshmerga were advancing from four...

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Pentagon says Iraq operations costing on average $7.5 million per day

Pentagon says Iraq operations costing on average $7.5 million per day

(Reuters) - U.S. military operations against Islamic State in Iraq have cost an average of $7.5 million per day since they began in mid-June, the Pentagon said on Friday, a figure that means the department has spent more than $500 million on the conflict. Rear Admiral John...

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At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors say, he...

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Perry, Paul bash Obama for 'no strategy' on Syria

Perry, Paul bash Obama for 'no strategy' on Syria

DALLAS (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky pounced Friday on President Barack Obama's "we don't have a strategy yet" comments about the violent militant faction attacking cities in Iraq — but other potential Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls laid off...

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Iran on edge as nuclear talks draw to a close

Iran on edge as nuclear talks draw to a close

Iran is now in the final months of extended negotiations with   Western countries on the future of its nuclear programme; talks that could reshape the geopolitical equation in the Middle East. But as the violence continues to smolder in neighbouring Iraq and Syria, and...

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Britain raises its terrorism threat level over Syria, Iraq

Britain raises its terrorism threat level over Syria, Iraq

(Reuters) - Britain raised its terrorism alert on Friday to the second-highest level with Prime Minister David Cameron saying the Islamic State (IS) group operating in Syria and Iraq posed the country's greatest ever security risk. The government said there was no...

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Egypt jihadist group claims beheading of four men in Sinai

Egypt jihadist group claims beheading of four men in Sinai

An Egyptian jihadist group on Thursday released a video in which it claimed responsibility for beheading four men accused of being "Israeli informants" before showing the victims' decapitated bodies. In the video, militants belonging to Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, considered the...

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ISIS said to behead Lebanese Army soldier

ISIS said to behead Lebanese Army soldier

BEIRUT (The Daily Star)- The images of what appears to be the beheading of a Lebanese Army soldier, Ali Sayyed- one of eleven soldiers captured by ISIS militants was heavily circulated on social media Thursday evening. “Now you know who are the lions of ISIS,” tweeted Abou...

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ISIS burn 3 Iraq oil wells as Kurds attack

ISIS burn 3 Iraq oil wells as Kurds attack

KIRKUK: Retreating jihadists set three wells ablaze at a northern Iraq oil field Thursday as they battled Kurdish forces that launched a major attack nearby, officials said. ISIS jihadists set the wells on fire before deserting the Ain Zalah field, which was seized by militants...

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Turkish party to confirm Erdogan's successor

Turkish party to confirm Erdogan's successor

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's ruling party convened on Wednesday to confirm Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as its new chairman and prime minister-designate, to replace Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he becomes president — a position he has pledged to transform from a ceremonial post...

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Long-term Gaza ceasefire goes into effect

Long-term Gaza ceasefire goes into effect

Celebrations erupted in Gaza on Tuesday as a long-term ceasefire agreed by Israel and the Palestinians went into effect, ending 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade. The agreement, which came into effect at 1600 GMT, involves an immediate halt to the violence in Gaza,...

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Gaza ceasefire deal reached, Palestinian groups say

Gaza ceasefire deal reached, Palestinian groups say

(Reuters) - Palestinian officials said on Tuesday a Gaza ceasefire deal with Israel has been reached under Egyptian mediation and a formal announcement of an agreement was imminent. There was no immediate confirmation from Israel , where a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin...

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Three Chinese engineers kidnapped in southeast Turkey: sources

Three Chinese engineers kidnapped in southeast Turkey: sources

(Reuters) - Suspected Kurdish militants have kidnapped three Chinese engineers in southeast Turkey near the border with Iraq and Syria , security sources said on Monday. The workers were seized from a shop in the border town of Silopi late on Sunday by suspected members of...

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Israel destroys 13-storey building in Gaza air strike

Israel destroys 13-storey building in Gaza air strike

(Reuters) - Israel launched more air strikes on Gaza on Sunday after taking its military campaign to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower following a warning to residents to evacuate. Palestinian militants kept up their cross-border rocket fire in what has...

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Palestinian president calls for Gaza talks to resume as fighting rages

Palestinian president calls for Gaza talks to resume as fighting rages

(Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for an urgent resumption of peace talks on Saturday as violence continued unabated in the Gaza Strip with Israel carrying out air strikes and militants firing rockets. Gaza health officials said five people, including...

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Fleeing Iraqi Christians reveal horror of Islamic State

Fleeing Iraqi Christians reveal horror of Islamic State

From the rescue plane which took them on a one-way journey to France, two Iraqi refugees revealed tales of rape and fear at the hands of Islamic State that forced them to flee their homeland with nothing. Rene, who did not want to give his last name, said the Islamic...

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US won't let borders hamper fight vs. extremists

US won't let borders hamper fight vs. extremists

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist group's bases in Syria, saying the U.S would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security. "We're not going...

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Shi'ite militia kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting

Shi'ite militia kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting

(Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad was trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni militants whose rise has alarmed Western powers. A morgue official in...

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