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US strikes pound jihadists as Iraqi Kurds prepare to join fight

Yildiz - US-led warplanes have bombarded the Islamic State group with new air strikes as heavily armed Iraqi Kurdish fighters were on Sunday readying to reinforce the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane.

Lebanon troops, Islamists clash in historic Tripoli market

Tripoli - Lebanese troops fought a fierce and deadly battle Saturday with Islamist gunmen in the historic market of second city Tripoli, in clashes that devastated parts of the popular tourist site.

Lebanon troops, Islamists clash in historic Tripoli market

Tripoli - Lebanese troops fought a fierce battle Saturday with Islamist gunmen holed up in the historic market of second city Tripoli in clashes that devastated parts of the popular tourist site.

Grateful for US strikes, Syrian Kurds name baby 'Obama'

Suru - Sultan Muslim, a Syrian Kurd, had no doubt what to name her seventh child when he was born, safely in Turkey, after a harrowing month-long flight from her home in Kobane: Obama.

US seeking to confirm if IS militants used chlorine gas

Washington - Washington is seeking more information on reports that Islamic State militants used chlorine gas against Iraqi police officers last month, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.

Peshmerga set to reinforce Syria's Kobane

Yildiz - Iraq's Kurds unveiled plans Friday to send fighters to help defend the Syrian border town of Kobane, amid uncertainty over a separate deployment of Syrian rebels announced by Turkey.

Islamic State among world's richest militant groups: US

Washington - The Islamic State has fast become one of the world's wealthiest terror groups, generating tens of millions of dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion, officials said.

US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria

Yildiz - US-led air strikes in Syria were reported Thursday to have killed more than 500 jihadists in a month as Kurdish fighters readied to reinforce the embattled border town of Kobane.

Canada shooter planned to go to Syria: police

Ottawa - The shooter who rampaged through Canada's parliament was in Ottawa applying for a passport to travel to war-torn Syria and there was no connection to an attack earlier this week, the federal police commissioner said Thursday.

Islamic State militants now world's richest

Washington - The Islamic State has become the world's wealthiest terror group, earning tens of millions of dollars a month from illegal oil sales and ransoms, officials said Thursday."We have no silver bullet, no secret weapon to empty ISIL’s coffers overnight.

Turkey to allow 200 Iraqi Kurds to cross into embattled Kobane

Riga - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that 200 Iraqi Kurd peshmerga fighters would travel through Turkey to the flashpoint Syrian border town of Kobane under assault by the Islamic State group.

Fire from Syrian skies

What the stepped-up air strikes by the Syrian Air Force in one recent 36-hour period tells us about the complicated situation on the ground in, and in the skies over, Syria.

US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria

Yildiz - US-led air strikes in Syria were reported Thursday to have killed more than 500 jihadists in a month, as Kurdish fighters readied to reinforce the embattled border town of Kobane.

Iraqi Kurds agree reinforcements for embattled Kobane

Arbil - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers agreed to send much-needed reinforcements to fellow Kurds battling to stop the key Syrian border town of Kobane from falling into the hands of the Islamic State group.

Erdogan says US airdrops to Kobane 'wrong'

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday criticised as "wrong" the airdrops of ammunition and weapons by US planes to Kurdish fighters battling jihadists in the Syrian town of Kobane.

Iraqi Kurds approve deploying forces to Syria's Kobane

Arbil - Iraqi Kurdish regional lawmakers Wednesday approved the deployment of security forces to the Syrian town of Kobane to help Kurds battling the Islamic State jihadist group, the parliament speaker said.

Jailed PKK leader sees better chance for peace deal with Turkey

Istanbul - The jailed leader of Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) said he saw a better chance for a peace deal with Ankara, despite Kurdish protests over Turkish inaction in Syria.

Iraqi Kurds agree reinforcements for embattled Kobane

Arbil - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers agreed Wednesday to send much-needed reinforcements to fellow Kurds battling to stop the key Syrian border town of Kobane from falling into the hands of the Islamic State group.

Turkey unveils stringent new anti-protest laws

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled sweeping new security laws branded as repressive by critics, saying those in possession of banned objects at protests would face up to four years in jail.

Syria Kurds weather IS assault as they await reinforcements

Yildiz - Kurdish defenders of the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane awaited reinforcements Tuesday after weathering another onslaught by Islamic State jihadists.

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.

U.S. air drops, Turkey boost Kurd battle against jihadists

Yildiz - Kurds battling jihadists for the Syrian border town of Kobane welcomed a first U.S. 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.
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Saint Elias church in Aleppo, Syria.
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Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria's National Day of Action.
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Map showing the plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons
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Internally displaced people, fleeing to safety from the civil war in Syria.
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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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Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria's National Day of Action.
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Destruction in Azaz, Syria from government forces air strike.
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Bullet holes can bee seen in the side of this apartment in Damascus.
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Syria: Smoke from expolosions can be seen rising into the sky.
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Anonymous teamed with WikiLeaks in the release of the Syria Files.
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Mountain top tree in Semen Stolbnik near Aleppo, Syria
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Anti-riot police in central Damascus, Jan. 16, 2012.
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Free Syrian Army rebels chant slogans against President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus.
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