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Iraqi Kurds say Mount Sinjar siege broken

Iraqi Kurds claimed Thursday to have broken a siege on a mountain where Yazidi civilians and fighters have long been trapped as the US said air strikes killed several Islamic State leaders in recent weeks.

Several IS leaders in Iraq killed in air strikes: US officials

Washington - US air strikes have killed several leaders of the Islamic State group in Iraq in recent weeks, dealing a blow to the jihadist forces, defense officials said Thursday.

Iraq Kurds, coalition jets in major push to retake Sinjar

Arbil - Iraqi Kurdish forces on Wednesday launched a broad offensive backed by mass bombing from US-led coalition warplanes to retake the northeastern Sinjar area from the Islamic State group.

Mass grave of 230 killed by jihadists found in Syria: monitor

Birut - The bodies of 230 people killed by the Islamic State group have been found in a mass grave uncovered by their relatives in Syria's Deir Ezzor province, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

Nearly 200 dead as Syria bases lost to Qaeda: monitor

Birut - Nearly 200 combatants on both sides were killed in 24 hours when the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda took two regime bases in Idlib province, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.

Qaeda takes two Syrian bases in major blow to regime

Damascus - Militants linked to Al-Qaeda dealt a major blow to Syria's regime on Monday by seizing two key army bases within hours, giving them control over most of Idlib province.

French police dismantle network sending jihadist fighters to Syria

Paris - French police launched raids across the country early on Monday, dismantling a network sending jihadist fighters to Syria, a police source told AFP.

Op-Ed: Southern Syria a different story from the media narrative Special

Most of the media focus on Syria these days is to do with the violence of Islamic State. They control large areas in the north and east of the country. In the south however, there is a different situation.

NATO reviewing Iraq request to help build up military

Brussels - NATO is reviewing an Iraqi request for help building up its military as the government struggles to beat back extremist Islamic State (IS) jihadists, the alliance said Thursday.

'Stronger than ever' jihadists kill 5,042 in a month

London - Jihadist attacks around the world in November killed a total of 5,042 people, showing Islamist extremism is "stronger than ever" despite Al-Qaeda's declining role, a new study published on Thursday said.

Jihadist attack in Iraq kills nine Shiite militiamen

Baghdad - A suicide car bomb killed nine Shiite militiamen in an attack near the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Wednesday, army and hospital sources said.

Countries vow to resettle more than 100,000 Syrian refugees: UN

Geneva - Countries have more than doubled the number of Syrian refugees they are willing to resettle to over 100,000, the head of the UN refugee agency said.

Kerry calls for new three-year war powers to fight IS

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday urged lawmakers to adopt a new legal authorization to underpin military action against Islamic State militants for at least three years.

Iran official denies confirming strikes on IS in Iraq

Tehran - A senior Iranian official on Tuesday denied remarks attributed to him in a British newspaper saying Tehran had carried out airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq.

US defence chief sees 'steady progress' in war on IS

Baghdad - US defence chief Chuck Hagel on Tuesday hailed "steady progress" in the war on the Islamic State group but Iraq appealed for increased military assistance to break the back of the jihadists.

20 Australian jihadists killed in Syria, Iraq: govt

Sydney - Australia on Tuesday accused Islamic militants of using foreign fighters as "cannon fodder" and "propaganda tools" as it revealed 20 nationals have now been killed in Syria and Iraq.

UNICEF declares 2014 a 'devastating year' for children

According to a UNICEF statement released on December 8, an estimated 230 million children live in countries and areas affected by armed conflicts.

Allies to send 1,500 security personnel to Iraq: US

Kuwait City - US allies are ready to send roughly 1,500 security personnel to Iraq to help the Baghdad government in its fight against jihadists, the American commander of the war effort said Monday.

Lebanon needs more help to tackle jihadist threat: PM

Birut - Lebanon needs more international help to fight jihadist forces that have launched a series of attacks against the army and kidnapped security forces, the country's prime minister told AFP.

Blamed for Syria strikes, Israel vows to stop arms to 'terrorists'

Jerusalem - Israel said Monday it will not allow "sophisticated weapons" to fall into the hands of its enemies, after furious claims from Syria that Israeli warplanes carried out air strikes near Damascus.

Syria accuses Israel of bombing Damascus airport

Damascus - Syria accused Israel of bombing its main international airport as the UN announced talks with rebel leaders on a ceasefire in its war-battered second city of Aleppo.

IS seizes part of key air base in east Syria: Monitor

Birut - Jihadists from the Islamic State group seized part of the key regime air base at Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria in fierce fighting on Saturday, a monitoring group said.

Anger erupts in Lebanon after reported killing of policeman

Baalbek - Anger erupted in eastern Lebanon early Saturday after Al Qaeda-linked Syrian extremist group the Al-Nusra front said it had killed a captured Lebanese policeman to avenge the arrest of Islamic militants' wives and children.

Sunni sentenced for deadly arson attack on Belgian Shiite mosque

Brussels - A Moroccan man who admitted setting fire to a Shiite mosque in Brussels to protest the crackdown on fellow Sunnis in Syria was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Friday for the attack that killed the imam.

Public steps up to fund UN food programme for Syrians

Geneva - The United Nations said Friday it would continue providing food assistance for millions of Syrian refugees after a campaign to raise funds on social media secured $21.5 million (17.5 million euros) in the first 24 hours.But a further $42.

Paris says 'major' anti-IS raid taking place in Iraq

Paris - France said Friday its fighter jets were conducting a "major" raid in Iraq as part of the US-led coalition offensive against the Islamic State group, days after members said the strikes were having effect.

Nazi fugitive Brunner died 20 years ago, says French expert

Bordeaux - Top Nazi fugitive Alois Brunner died in Syria at least two decades ago, a renowned French Nazi hunter said Thursday, disputing recent claims he died four years ago.

Lebanon holding IS chief's daughter, ex-wife: Minister

Birut - Lebanese authorities are holding a daughter and an ex-wife of the head of the Islamic State jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the interior minister said.

Kerry says any Iran strikes against IS 'positive'

Brussels - US Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed any Iranian military action against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq as "positive" after the Pentagon said Tehran had carried out air strikes against the group.

Coalition strikes against IS not working: Assad

Paris - Coalition strikes against the Islamic State group are having no impact, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview to be published Thursday, as members of the US-led offensive claimed to be winning.
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