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Spain detains suspected female IS group recruiter

Madrid - Spanish police arrested Tuesday a woman on the Canary Islands suspected of recruiting girls and teenagers for the Islamic State group, the interior ministry said.

High civilian death toll in U.S. coalition strikes in Iraq, Syria

Dozens of innocent civilians have been killed in US-led coalition and Iraqi government bombings targeting Islamic State fighters and infrastructure in Syria and Iraq over the weekend.

Obama says US 'intensifying' anti-IS efforts in Syria

Washington - President Barack Obama said Monday the US-led coalition battling Islamic State jihadists was "intensifying" its campaign against the group's base in Syria, but cautioned the fight would be long.

Iraq jet accidentally bombs Baghdad, killing eight

Baghdad - A bomb fell from an Iraqi Sukhoi warplane and exploded in eastern Baghdad on Monday because of a "technical problem", killing at least eight people and wounding 17, officials said.

Syria army enters last rebel bastion by Lebanon border

Ak - Syrian government forces backed by fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah entered the town of Zabadani on Sunday in a bid to take the last rebel-held bastion along the Lebanese border.

IS video shows mass execution in ruins of Syria's Palmyra

Birut - The Islamic State group on Saturday released a video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra.

Two London teens have married IS group fighters: Lawyer

London - Two of three teenage girls who travelled from Britain to Syria sparking criticism of the police response have married Islamic State (IS) group fighters, the lawyer for their families said Saturday.

Syria rebels battle regime in Aleppo's fiercest fighting

Aleppo - Two alliances of Syrian rebels battled to advance in government-held western Aleppo on Saturday, seizing an army barracks in one district but losing ground in others, in some of the fiercest fighting in the city since the conflict began.

Syria mosque blast kills 25 Al-Nusra fighters: Monitor

Birut - An explosion in a mosque in northern Syria killed 25 members of Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, including one of its leaders, as they attended Ramadan prayers, a monitoring group said.

Turkish PM denies plans for imminent intervention in Syria

Ankara - Turkey has no plans to intervene militarily in Syria anytime soon, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, refuting media speculation about an imminent operation to create a buffer zone along the Turkish-Syrian border.

Video shows Syria rebel group executing 18 IS fighters

Birut - A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation's own productions.

Syria Kurds regain control of Tal Abyad after IS attack: monitor

Birut - Syrian Kurdish forces regained full control of Tal Abyad on Wednesday, expelling Islamic State group fighters who had seized a district of the strategic border town, a monitor said.

Australian killed fighting for Kurds against IS in Syria: Family

Sydney - An Australian man has died after stepping on a landmine in Syria while fighting for Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group, his family said Wednesday.

Syria air strikes 'kill 28'

Damascus - At least 28 people were killed Tuesday in Syrian government air strikes on a village in northwestern Idlib province and a suburb of Damascus, a monitor said.

Turkey seeks to calm speculation over Syria invasion

Ankara - Turkey sought to calm speculation Tuesday it was planning to invade Syria, saying it would not act unilaterally but has a right to protect its borders."To interpret our border security measures as 'Turkey is going to war'...

IS re-enters Syria's Tal Abyad, takes district: monitor

Ak - Islamic State group fighters re-entered Syria's Tal Abyad Tuesday, seizing a district from the Kurdish forces who captured the border town in a key victory two weeks ago, a monitor said.

IS beheads two Syrian women 'for the first time'

Birut - The Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria on accusations of "sorcery," the first such executions of female civilians in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday.

Turkey holds security meet; speculation on Syria action

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired a top security meeting Monday as media speculated that Ankara was planning a military intervention in Syria, following gains there by Kurds against the jihadists.

IS threat grows as 'caliphate' enters second year

Mosul - The Islamic State group's "caliphate" enters its second year Monday with the jihadists expanding their territory in Syria and Iraq and their global reach by claiming attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait.

Australian IS fighter 'still alive' after drone strike: Report

Sydney - Canberra was Sunday attempting to verify whether an Australian Islamic State group fighter, notorious for being photographed with severed heads, had survived a drone attack after a report said he was still alive.

Turkey will 'never allow' Kurdish state in Syria warns Erdogan

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will never allow the establishment of a Kurdish state in Syria after major gains by Kurdish fighters.

Kurds oust IS from Syria's Kobane as civilian toll mounts

Birut - Kurdish forces drove Islamic State group fighters from the flashpoint Syrian border town of Kobane on Saturday, after a killing spree by the jihadists left more than 200 civilians dead.

IS kills 146 civilians in assault on Syria's Kobane

Birut - The Islamic State group killed 146 civilians in its offensive on the Kurdish town of Kobane, in what a monitor said Friday was one of the jihadists' "worst massacres" in Syria.

The Assad regime's #SummerinSyria campaign seriously backfired

This week, Syria's official news agency sent out a tweet encouraging Syrian Twitter users to post their favorite summer photos, tagging them with the hashtag #SummerinSyria.

Turkey rejects claims IS raided Kobane from its soil

Ankara - Ankara rejected as "black propaganda" claims that Islamic State (IS) militants crossed from Turkey Thursday to carry out a deadly bombings and raids on the Syrian town of Kobane.

Second IS suicide bomber hits Kobane: Monitor

Birut - A second Islamic State group suicide bomber hit the Syrian border town of Kobane on Thursday, hours after the jihadists reentered the symbolic Kurdish town, a monitoring group said.

IS 'executes 23 Kurds' in village near Syria's Kobane

Birut - Islamic State group fighters executed at least 23 Syrian Kurds, among them women and children, in a village south of the border town of Kobane on Thursday, a monitor said.

IS attacks Syria's Kobane in new offensive after setbacks

Birut - The Islamic State group launched a two-pronged offensive in northern Syria on Thursday after several setbacks, re-entering the symbolic battleground town of Kobane and seizing parts of the city of Hasakeh.

IS seizes parts of northeast Syria city Hasakeh

Birut - Islamic State group fighters entered the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh overnight, seizing two neighbourhoods from government forces in heavy clashes, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

Tajikistan changes citizenship law amid IS threat

Dushanbe - The parliament of ex-Soviet Tajikistan passed a law Wednesday annulling the citizenship of nationals fighting abroad with militant organisations including the radical Islamic State group active in Iraq and Syria.
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