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Kurd troops attack Iraq jihadists on three fronts

Arbil - Kurdish troops launched offensives against the Islamic State jihadist group on three fronts in northern Iraq on Tuesday, senior officers told AFP.

US-led strikes hit jihadists closing on key Syria border town

Yildiz - US-led strikes hit Islamic State group fighters closing on a key town on Syria's border with Turkey overnight as Ankara prepared Tuesday to request parliamentary authorisation to join the coalition.

Syria bombing fulfills Wes Clark prediction, Bush Neocon plans

The US Congress's vote this month to allow Obama to "to provide assistance...to appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition" uncannily moves forward an agenda described by General Wes Clark in 2007.

Al-Nusra jihadists threaten U.S., allies over Syria strikes

Al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda's Syrian branch, has for the first time threatened to retaliate against the United States, as well as other nations participating in air strikes against the Islamic State, condemning the attacks as "a war against Islam."

IS jihadists close in on key Syria border town

Damascus - Islamic State group fighters closed in Monday to within only a few kilometres of a key Kurdish town on Syria's border with Turkey, despite new air strikes by the US-led coalition.

U.S.-led strikes hit Syria's Raqa, Aleppo provinces

Beirut - Fresh U.S.-led strikes hit Islamic State group targets in Syria overnight, both in its Raqa province stronghold and in Aleppo province further west, a monitoring group said on Monday.

US-led raids hit jihadists in Syria amid new Qaeda threat

Damascus - US-led coalition planes pounded oil sites in Syria Sunday that fund the Islamic State group, as Syria's Al-Qaeda branch warned that people in Europe and America will pay the price.

Kurdish militants claim deadly ambush in Turkey's southeast

Istanbul - Three Turkish police were killed after an ambush in Turkey's overwhelmingly Kurdish southeast, in an attack claimed Saturday by armed Kurdish militants despite a one-and-a-half-year ceasefire.

Turkey prepared for military role in anti-IS coalition: Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey could take a military role in the coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) militants as Ankara moves to take a frontline position in the campaign, the Hurriyet daily reported Saturday.

Op-Ed: Turkey ready to fight ISIS/ISIL

Ankara - With even Russia offering to help, the biggest player near the battlefield is finally ready to intervene against Muslim terrorists. And it has a powerful Army.

France charges three suspected jihadists back from Syria

Paris - Three Frenchmen arrested in Turkey after travelling to Syria were charged Saturday with planning terrorist acts, one of their lawyers said.

Silent march for French slain hostage

Nice - Thousands of people joined a silent march Saturday in the southern French city of Nice in memory of Herve Gourdel, the hiker beheaded last week by Algerian militants linked to the Islamic State group.

US hits jihadists in Syria as UK bombers fly over Iraq

Damascus - The US-led coalition widened its air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria on Saturday as British warplanes took off for anti-jihadist missions over neighbouring Iraq.

Op-Ed: Russia to join fight against ISIS

New York - Russia has decided to join the fight against terrorist ISIS in Iraq. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Iraqi officials and announced the offer.

Man returning from Mideast 'combat zones' held at French airport

Nice - A young man was detained Friday at an airport in southern France as he returned from Iraqi or Syrian "combat zones" via Turkey, a source close to the case said.

French minister presses Turkey to avoid repeat of jihadi bungle

Ankara - The French interior minister on Friday held talks with his Turkish counterpart aimed at improving intelligence and security communications after an embarrassing bungle allowed three suspected jihadists who fought in Syria to walk free.

U.S.-led strikes hit IS oil targets as coalition grows

London - Three more European countries on Friday promised warplanes to join the U.S.-led air armada battering Islamic State targets in Iraq, as coalition forces seek to destroy the jihadists' oil business.

Erdogan signals more active Turkish role in anti-IS fight

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday signalled Turkey would take a more active role in the coalition against Islamic State (IS) militants following the release of Turkish hostages held by the jihadists.

Britain votes to join US-led air strikes against jihadists

London - British lawmakers on Friday voted overwhelmingly to join anti-jihadist air strikes in Iraq as US-led raids in Syria disrupted the Islamic State group's lucrative oil-pumping operations.

Muslims gather in Paris to denounce IS 'barbarism'

Paris - Hundreds of people gathered in Paris Friday answering a call by Muslim leaders to denounce the "barbarism" of Islamic State militants, as flags across France flew at half mast after the beheading of a French national.

Turkey stance 'changed' on anti-IS fight: Erdogan

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday signalled Turkey would take a more active role in the international coalition against Islamic State (IS) militants following the release of Turkish hostages held by the jihadists.

Syria refugees leave cruise liner after Cyprus standoff

Limassol - Hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner in the Mediterranean agreed to disembark in Cyprus on Friday after a standoff triggered by their demand to go to Italy.

Iran leader slams West 'blunders' but eyes cooperation

New York - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wavered between criticism and engagement in a speech to the UN, slamming Western blunders in the Middle East but signaling commitment to securing a deal on nuclear power.

Muslim demo in Paris to denounce IS 'barbarism'

Paris - Muslim groups plan to hold a demonstration outside Paris's main mosque Friday to denounce the "barbarism" of Islamic State militants, as flags fly at half mast after the beheading of a French national.

British MPs vote on joining Iraq airstrikes

London - British lawmakers vote Friday on whether to bomb Islamic State militants in Iraq, joining United States-led air strikes against a group that has seized control of swathes of the war-torn country.

U.S. says not aware of alleged IS subway plot

New York - U.S. authorities said they had no knowledge of a supposed plot by Islamic State radicals to attack subway systems in the United States and Paris, following reported comments by Iraq's leader about such a threat.

Britain set to join US-led air campaign against IS

Damascus - British lawmakers are expected to vote Friday to join the international air strikes against Islamic State fighters, as the United States and its Arab allies turn up the heat on the jihadists.

IS advance spells trouble for Turkey's Kurdish peace process

Istanbul - The advance of Islamic State (IS) jihadists through Syria's Kurdish areas has thrown a serious obstacle in the way of efforts to make peace between Turkey and Kurdish militants, just when an end was in sight to a 30-year insurgency.

FBI believes it has identified IS hostage executioner

Washington - The United States has identified the masked Islamic State militant who murdered two kidnapped American journalists in separate videotaped beheadings, FBI chief James Comey said Thursday.

Iran leader slams West blunders but eyes cooperation

New York - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wavered between criticism and engagement in a speech to the UN on Thursday, slamming Western blunders in the Middle East but signalling commitment to securing a deal on nuclear power.
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Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria's National Day of Action.
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