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At Least 20 Iraqi Sunni Tribal Fighters Killed in Mistaken Airstrike

TIKRIT, Iraq, Oct 5  – At least 20 Sunni tribal fighters were killed in a airstrike south of Mosul in the early hours of Wednesday when they were mistaken for Daesh militants, Iraqi police said. Whether the aircraft that carried out the attack belonged to the Iraqi air force or the U.S.-led coalition could not be

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Aleppo Will Eventually Fall, but Syrian War Will Go On

By Samia Nakhoul BEIRUT, Oct 5  – It may take weeks or months, but Aleppo is likely to fall to Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power and the most lethal bombardment in nearly six years of war. Capturing the strategically important city, an economic and trading centre which is key to controlling Syria’s

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Bomb Kills 20 at Kurdish Wedding in Syria

AMMAN, Oct 4 –  A bomb killed at least 20 people at a Kurdish wedding in the northeast Syrian city of Hasaka on Monday, a Kurdish militia and a monitoring group said, while state media said the casualties had risen to at least 30 dead. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 22 died in

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U.S. Helped Clinch Iraq Oil Deal to Keep Mosul Battle on Track

BAGHDAD/LONDON, Oct 3 – Shuttle diplomacy by the United States’ envoy to the anti-Daesh coalition brokered an oil deal between Iraq and its Kurdish region vital to a climactic battle with the jihadists, diplomats, officials and oil men say. The oil revenue-sharing deal sealed in August was critical to getting the central and regional governments to

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Libyan Forces Foil Ambush, Lose Eight Men in Sirte Battle

By Hani Amara SIRTE, Libya Oct 3 – Libyan forces repelled an attempted ambush but lost at least eight of their men as their battle with Daesh militants encircled in their former stronghold of Sirte resumed on Sunday, officials said. A Dutch photojournalist, Jeroen Oerlemans, was also killed in the fighting. A spokesman for the

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Lebanese Army Faces Jihadist Threat on Syrian Border

By Angus McDowall ARSAL, Lebanon, Sept 29 – From a sandbagged army post near the border with Syria, Lebanese soldiers gaze through tripod-mounted binoculars into hills where jihadist militants are entrenched, a forgotten front in Syria’s civil war that has led to bombings inside Lebanon. There is frequent fighting between the army and around 1,000-1,200

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Blasts Kill At Least 17 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Sept 27 – Three blasts killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50 in predominantly Shi’ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said. A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a commercial street in the eastern Baghdad al-Jadida area of the Iraqi capital, killing nine people and

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U.N. Resumes Syria Aid Delivery After Attack

By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA, Sept 22 – The United Nations appealed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups on Thursday to allow aid convoys to enter eastern Aleppo as U.N. relief operations in Syria resumed after a 48-hour suspension due to a deadly attack. A U.N. convoy loaded with medical and

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