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Twin assaults in Syria, Iraq pile pressure on IS

Birut - US-backed Syrian fighters and Iraqi forces pressed twin assaults against the Islamic State group on Wednesday, in two of the most important ground offensives yet against the jihadists.

Dutch MPs vote to strip jihadists of dual nationality

Den Haag - Dutch MPs voted on Tuesday to strip dual nationals of their Dutch citizenship if they join terror groups such as the so-called Islamic State group to fight as jihadists, officials said.

Forces fighting for Iraq's Fallujah

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced the start of a long-awaited operation to retake Fallujah, one of two cities in the country still held by the Islamic State group.

Iraq forces begin assault on IS bastion Fallujah

- Iraqi forces battled the Islamic State group Monday in the opening stages of an operation to retake Fallujah, one of the toughest targets yet in Baghdad's war against the jihadists.

Iraq says its forces preparing for Fallujah battle

Baghdad - Iraqi forces are heading to Fallujah to launch a long-awaited operation to retake the city from the Islamic State jihadist group, the prime minister's spokesman announced on Sunday.

House Committee passes resolution to protect Camp Liberty

Washington D.c. - The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed a resolution to provide for the protection of the residents of Camp Liberty.

Iraq forces 'killed at least two protesters'

Baghdad - Iraqi forces killed at least two protesters while defending Baghdad's Green Zone, officials said on Saturday, as the troubled country's leaders warned against further escalation.

Protesters break into Green Zone, enter Iraq PM's office

Baghdad - Supporters of Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed the premier's office Friday after breaking into the Green Zone for the second time in three weeks, further escalating a long-running political crisis.

NATO may take on new air surveillance role in IS fight

Brussels - NATO's secretary general said Thursday that the alliance could expand its support for the US-led fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria with the deployment of sophisticated surveillance aircraft.

Under heavy pressure, jihadists strike back in Baghdad

Baghdad - The Islamic State group, on the defensive and under heavy pressure in Iraq, has struck back with bloody attacks in Baghdad, where persistent gaps in security increase the city's exposure.

Baghdad attacks toll rises to at least 39

Baghdad - The death toll from a series of attacks in Baghdad rose to at least 39 on Tuesday, security and medical officials said.The attacks also wounded at least 83 people, the officials said.

Teen arrested over alleged Sydney terror plot

Sydney - An 18-year-old man was arrested in Sydney on Tuesday over an alleged "imminent" terror plot, as police raided properties in Melbourne in a separate counter-terrorism operation, officials said.

Seven dead in raid on Iraqi gas plant claimed by IS

Baghdad - Suicide attackers stormed a gas plant north of Baghdad Sunday, killing at least seven people and setting fire to tanks in the latest such assault claimed by the Islamic State group.

Belgium to begin air strikes against IS in Syria

Brussels - Belgium will extend its F-16 air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq into Syria, the government said Friday, as it grapples with the aftermath of deadly IS-claimed bomb attacks in Brussels in March.

IS releases video of 'citizen executions' in Iraq

Baghdad - The Islamic State group has released a video showing five alleged "spies" being shot dead in Iraq by young men from a crowd assembled for the execution.

Ten killed in two more Baghdad car bomb attacks: police

Baghdad - Two more car bomb blasts rocked Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people, just hours after the year's deadliest attack in the Iraqi capital claimed 64 lives, police said.

Baghdad market bombing claimed by IS kills 52

Baghdad - A car bombing claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group killed at least 52 people at a market in a Shiite area of north Baghdad on Wednesday, officials said.

IS leader for Iraq's Anbar province killed in air strike: Pentagon

Washington - A US-led coalition air strike has killed a senior Islamic State leader in Iraq's Anbar province, along with three other IS jihadists, the Pentagon said Monday.

Albania and Kosovo: A 'new front' for jihadists

Tirana - Three years ago, Albert and Yassin left their homes in Kosovo and Albania to wage jihad in Syria. Now they're back, swelling the ranks of jihadists in a region the Islamic State has called a "new front" in Europe.

Australia says top IS recruiter killed in U.S. air strike

Sydney - Australia's most wanted Islamic State terror suspect, linked to several attacks on home soil, has been killed in a US air strike in Iraq, Canberra said on Thursday, warning others will be targeted.

Slain Navy SEAL was part of US rescue squad

Washington - A Navy SEAL who was killed by Islamic State fighters died while helping rescue a team of American troops from an unexpected firefight with the jihadists, an official said Wednesday.

SEAL death shows growing risks US troops face in Iraq, Syria

Washington - The killing of a Navy SEAL by Islamic State fighters highlights the increasing risks US troops face in Iraq and Syria as they inch ever closer toward the jihadists' frontlines.

IS may be making chemical weapons, warns watchdog

Den Haag - There are "extremely worrying" signs that the Islamic State group may be making its own chemical weapons and may have used them already in Iraq and Syria, a global watchdog said Tuesday.

IS kills U.S. Navy SEAL in Iraq attack

Baghdad - The Islamic State group broke through Kurdish defences in northern Iraq on Tuesday and killed a US Navy SEAL deployed as part of the US-led coalition against the jihadists.

Iraq in political limbo after Green Zone storming

Baghdad - Iraq's political reform process was in limbo Monday after protesters demanding a change of government reacted to weeks of stalling by storming parliament.

Protesters quit Baghdad's Green Zone after unprecedented breach

Baghdad - Protesters withdrew from Baghdad's Green Zone on Sunday after breaking into the fortified area and storming Iraq's parliament in an unprecedented security breach the day before.

Open house in Baghdad's mythical Green Zone

Baghdad - Thousands of wide-eyed Iraqis marvelled at the fountains, flowers and perfect lawns in Baghdad's Green Zone on Sunday, a day after protesters breached the walls of the fortified area.

Rare IS group bombings in southern Iraq kill 33

Najaf - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for rare attacks in Iraq's deep Shiite south on Sunday, twin suicide car bomb blasts in the city of Samawa killing at least 33 people.

Rare IS group bombings in southern Iraq kill 33

Najaf - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for rare attacks in Iraq's deep Shiite south on Sunday, twin suicide car bomb blasts in the city of Samawa killing at least 33 people.

Rare IS group bombings in southern Iraq kill 33

Najaf - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for rare attacks in Iraq's deep Shiite south on Sunday, twin suicide car bomb blasts in the city of Samawa killing at least 33 people.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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A bank in Baghdad - protected by US troops.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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