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Attack at Baghdad Shiite mosque kills at least 11

Baghdad - A suicide bomber detonated explosives Monday outside a Shiite mosque in central Baghdad, killing at least 11 people in the second such attack in the capital in 24 hours, officials said.

Turkey shifts strategy to help Iraqi Kurdish fighters into Kobane

Istanbul - Turkey said Monday it was assisting Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga to cross its border and join the battle against jihadists for the Syrian town of Kobane, in a major shift by Ankara which until now had blocked Kurdish fighters.

Kerry in Southeast Asia seeking support against IS group

Jakarta - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday visited Indonesia, home to the world's biggest Muslim population, to press Southeast Asian nations to step up efforts in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.

US air drops, Turkey boost Kurd battle against jihadists

Yildiz - Kurds battling jihadists for the Syrian border town of Kobane welcomed a first US airdrop of weapons Monday as neighbouring Turkey said it will help Iraqi Kurds to support the fight.

Iraq PM to visit Iran for talks on fight against IS

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi is to visit Iran on Monday for talks on Baghdad's battle against the Islamic State group, which holds swathes of the country, his office said.

Kurds thwart new jihadist bid to cut off Syria town

Yildiz - Kurdish forces in the Syrian town of Kobane repulsed a new attempt by Islamic State fighters to cut off the border with Turkey as troops battled the jihadists in neighbouring Iraq.

Spain to train Iraqi troops to fight Islamic State

Washington - Spain will begin training Iraqi forces later this year to battle Islamic State fighters but has ruled out taking part in ground operations in Syria, officials said Saturday.

Kurds thwart new jihadist bid to cut off Syria town

Yildiz - Kurdish forces in the Syrian town of Kobane repulsed a new attempt by Islamic State fighters to cut off the border with Turkey Saturday as troops battled the jihadists in neighbouring Iraq.

Frustrating West, Turkey maintains cautious stance on jihadists

Istanbul - Turkey is turning a deaf ear to insistent pressure to take a more pro-active stance in the fight against Islamic State (IS) jihadists, adding to existing strains with the West under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Hostages arrive at German embassy after Philippine ordeal

Manila - A German couple kidnapped by Islamic militants were handed over to their embassy Saturday after a six-month ordeal marked by constant threats of beheading, as the Philippines confronted a security threat it thought it had overcome.

IS militants capture, train to fly Syrian fighter jets

Aleppo - A British aid group reports that Islamic State (IS) militants have captured three fully operational Syrian fighter jets and are being trained on how to pilot them by former Iraqi military pilots.

Relatives of British IS victims urge unity against hatred

London - Relatives of two Britons murdered by Islamic State (IS) militants urged people of all faiths to come together to fight the hatred espoused by the group, ahead of a memorial service for one of the men on Saturday.

U.S. planes, Iraqi ground forces battle IS jihadists

Yildiz - U.S.-led warplanes pummelled Islamic State fighters in Syria Friday as Iraqi forces fought the jihadists west of Baghdad, with the US military reiterating that Iraq is its top priority.

Kurds hold out in Syria's Kobane one month into IS assault

Yildiz - Kurdish fighters backed by a flurry of US-led air strikes were still holding out Thursday against jihadists in Kobane, as an Islamic State offensive on the Syrian border town entered its second month.

Russia denies agreement to share intel on IS militants 

Moscow - Moscow on Thursday denied a US assertion that it had agreed to ramp up intelligence-sharing with Washington over the Islamic State group, saying it would provide no such help without UN Secuity Council approval.

Kurds hold out in Syria's Kobane one month into IS assault

Yildiz - Kurdish fighters backed by a flurry of US-led air strikes were still holding out Thursday against jihadists in Kobane, as an Islamic State offensive on the Syrian border town entered its second month.

U.S.-led strikes kill 'several hundred' as Iraq, Kurds battle IS

Washington - U.S.-led air strikes on a Syrian border town killed "several hundred" Islamic State fighters but it may still fall, officials warned Wednesday, acknowledging significant jihadist gains in Iraq and Syria.

IS group has made 'substantial gains' in Iraq: US 

Washington - Islamic State jihadists have made important advances in Iraq despite US-led air strikes, Washington's envoy to the US-led coalition fighting the group warned Wednesday.

Turkey says only Syrian refugees can cross border to Kobane

Ankara - Turkey on Wednesday said only Syrian refugees would be allowed to cross its border to fight jihadists for the mainly Kurdish Syrian town of Kobane, rejecting calls from the West to fully open the frontier.

Battles rage to hold back Islamic State as Obama consults leaders

Yildiz - Kurdish and Iraqi forces fought to hold back advancing jihadists on the Syria-Turkey border and near Baghdad on Wednesday as Washington pushed to rally its allies against the Islamic State group.

Obama rallies coalition commanders against IS jihadists

Washington - President Barack Obama attempted to rally allied commanders around his emerging strategy to defeat Islamic State jihadists on Tuesday, as the US-led air armada stepped up its raids in Syria.

Strikes pound jihadists as U.S.-led coalition meets

Yildiz - American-led warplanes hammered Islamic State militants on Monday and Tuesday with 21 raids near Kobane, a strategic Syrian town on the border with Turkey, the U.S. military said, as top brass from 22 countries met to discuss a new strategy.

Netherlands says OK for biker gangs to fight Islamic State

Den Haag - The Dutch public prosecutor said on Tuesday that motorbike gang members who have reportedly joined Kurds battling the Islamic State group in Iraq are not necessarily committing any crime.

US-led coalition seek plan to halt Islamic State advance

Washington - Military commanders from more than 20 countries met Tuesday in Washington to discuss the fight against jihadists in Syria and Iraq after more than two months of US-led air strikes failed to halt the militants' advance.

Iceland shuts down 'Islamic State' website

Reykjav - Iceland has closed down a website believed to be used by the jihadist organisation Islamic State and which showed the murder of hostages, the authority responsible for the country's Internet domain name ".is" said Monday.

Jihadists fight way into centre of Syria border town

Yildiz - Jihadists fought their way into central Kobane in heavy clashes with the Syrian border town's Kurdish defenders Monday, ahead of a Washington meeting of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group.

Kurds thwart IS in Kobane, Turkey boosts involvement

Yildiz - Attacking Islamic State jihadists met firm Kurdish resistance in the Syrian battleground town of Kobane, as neighbouring Turkey heeded pressure to intervene and handed the US access to its air bases.

Turkish president vows crackdown on pro-Kurd protests

Istanbul - Turkey's government will seek new powers to crack down on violent demonstrations, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday, after dozens died in a wave of Kurdish-led protests over Ankara's policies in Syria.

Op-Ed: ISIS. Do we really know what we are doing? Special

Much is being made of attempts to destroy ISIS but the question needs to be asked, will the current strategy work or will it lead to increased chaos in the Middle East?

Kurds thwart IS in Syria town but Iraq on back foot

Yildiz - Attacking Islamic State jihadists met firm Kurdish resistance Sunday in the Syrian battleground town of Kobane, but in Iraq they put government forces under strong pressure.
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People carry as they lower the bodies of the five civilian activists, who were killed during what activists said was an ambush, into their graves during their funeral in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus November 24, 2013. Fierce fighting to the east of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in the past two days as Syrian rebels struggle to break a months-long blockade by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad
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Residents inspect a huge hole in the ground at a site hit by what activists say was a Scud missile from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa, eastern Syria
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The town of Zweitina in a region of Syria known as Wadi Al-Nasara which when translated from Arabic to English means "The Valley of the Christians." The area has a very large Christian population and has long been considered a stronghold for Christianity in Syria and the overall Middle East region. This area is very close to the Syrian-Lebanese border.
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A group of protesters have their hands tied with rope outside of Toronto's Old City Hall for a Syria's National Day of Action demonstrations.
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Pope Francis sent a tweet against war on Syria.
Pope Francis sent a tweet against war on Syria.
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File photo: An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube, allegedly shows a tank from forces loyal to the Syrian government being hit by a projectile in the town of Izaz, on the Turkish-Syrian border
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A group of protesters have their hands tied with rope outside of Toronto's Old City Hall for a Syria's National Day of Action demonstrations.
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A still from a YouTube video reportedly showing Syrian forces beating a rebel soldier
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A Free Syrian Army soldier preparing to fire a rocket launcher.
A Free Syrian Army soldier preparing to fire a rocket launcher.
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Destruction in Aleppo
Destruction in Aleppo
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A horrific image of a young Christian woman in Syria who was gang raped by over a dozen jihadists and then murdered in her home. Signs of torture are obvious as her eyes are gouged out and a large wooden crucifix is jammed into her mouth. The jihadists also appear to have made an unsuccessful effort to severe her left breast. This image was released to the public by the parents of the young woman who want the world, especially the West, to know the plight of Christians in Syria.
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Syrian refugees shout slogans against Assad at Boynuyogun refugee camp in Hatay province on the Turk...
Syrian refugees shout slogans against Assad at Boynuyogun refugee camp in Hatay province on the Turkish-Syrian border
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A Syrian protester shouting Farsi slogans during a National Day of Action demonstration outside of T...
A Syrian protester shouting Farsi slogans during a National Day of Action demonstration outside of Toronto's Old City Hall.
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Free Syrian Army rebels chant slogans against President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus.
Free Syrian Army rebels chant slogans against President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus.
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Maj. General Al-Shalal declares his defection from Syria
Maj. General Al-Shalal declares his defection from Syria
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Israel in winter
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President Obama makes a statement to the press before a meeting with members of Congress on the situation in Syria (September 03, 2013)
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I child cleans debris off the roof of his home after Syrian military launched an attack on a neighborhood in Damascus.
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Pieces of exploded mortar rounds in the streets of Aleppo on 8/16/12
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