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U.S. Tests for Mustard Agent after Rocket Attack near Iraq Base

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Sept 22 – The U.S. military is testing to see if a chemical agent may have been used in a rocket attack in Iraq by Daesh that came within hundreds of yards (meters) of U.S. forces but injured no one, a U.S. military official said on Wednesday. The rocket fell on

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“No Tolerance” for Repeat of Abuses in Upcoming Iraq Campaign

By Yara Bayoumy UNITED NATIONS, Sept 22 – The U.S. envoy to the anti-Daesh coalition said on Wednesday there would be “no tolerance” for sectarian torture and other abuses resulting from the planned offensive to recapture the group’s de-facto Iraqi capital of Mosul. Brett McGurk, speaking at a meeting on the sidelines of the annual

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Abandoning Discretion, Iranians Proclaim Their Role in Syrian War

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin and Babak Dehghanpisheh DUBAI/BEIRUT, Sept 22  – Abandoning a long-standing reticence, Iranians are increasingly candid about their involvement in Syria’s war, and informal recruiters are now openly calling for volunteers to defend the Islamic Republic and fellow Shi’ites against Sunni militants. With public opinion swinging behind the cause, numbers of would-be fighters

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Turkish-Backed Rebels Clear Daesh from Turkey’s Syrian Border

By David Dolan and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Sept 5 – Turkish-backed rebels on Sunday cleared Daesh from Turkey’s Syrian border, securing a 90 km (55 miles) corridor and marking a substantial gain in Ankara’s plan to drive out Sunni militants and stop the advance of Syrian Kurdish fighters. The rebels, mainly Syrian Arabs and Turkmen fighting under the

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Heavy Air Strikes Target Rebel-Held Areas in Western Syria

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, Sept 1 – Areas of Syria’s Hama province captured by Syrian insurgents came under heavy air attack on Thursday as government forces sought to counter a major rebel assault in an area of strategic importance to President Bashar al-Assad. The rebel thrust in Hama marks a new challenge to Assad and

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Daesh Lost Quarter Of its Iraq, Syria Territory in 18 months

BEIRUT, July 10 – Daesh lost an area the size of Ireland – a quarter of its territory – to hostile forces in the last 18 months in Iraq and Syria and is likely to further step up attacks on civilians in coming months, IHS said in a report on Sunday. The territory controlled by

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Two Russian Helicopter Pilots Shot Down, Killed in Syria

MOSCOW, July 9 – Militants shot down a military helicopter near Palmyra in Syria, killing two Russian pilots on board, Interfax news agency said, quoting Russia’s defence ministry. The two men had been attacking a detachment of Daesh fighters in the Homs region on Friday, when the Syrian Mi-25 helicopter they were in ran out

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Malaysia’s Police Confirm Daesh Link to Nightclub Grenade Attack

KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 – Malaysian authorities on Monday confirmed that Daesh was responsible for a grenade attack on a nightspot last week, which is believed to be the first successful attempt in the country by the militant group. Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said two men have been arrested in connection to the attack, and

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Dozens Killed Or Injured In Overnight Baghdad Bombings

BAGHDAD, July 3 – Several dozen people were killed or injured in two bombings that hit a shopping area and a popular market in Baghdad in the early hours of Sunday as they celebrated Ramadan, local TV channel al-Sumaria said. Daesh claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb in the Karrada shopping area, in a

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Turkey Sees Possible Foreign Daesh Link In Istanbul Airport Attack

By Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler ISTANBUL, June 30 – At least one of three suspected Daesh suicide bombers who killed 42 people at Istanbul airport is thought to be a foreigner but investigators are struggling to identify them from their limited remains, officials said on Thursday. Police detained 13 people, three of them foreigners,

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