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U.S. Supplies Syrian fighters Ahead of Battle for Daesh-Held Town

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Dec 17 – The United States has delivered a fresh supply of ammunition to Syrian Arab fighters ahead of an expected stiff battle with Daesh as they push toward the Syrian town of al-Shadadi, a key logistics hub for the group, U.S. officials tell Reuters. The munitions were shipped into Syria over

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U.S. Defense Chief Visits Baghdad; Seeks to Step-Up Fight Against Daesh

BAGHDAD, Dec 16 (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday for talks with U.S. military commanders, seeking ways to intensify the fight against Daesh militants. Carter said earlier, at the start of his trip to the Middle East, that he would be speaking to commanders to “get their latest reading on

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Kuwaiti Court Upholds Death Sentence in Mosque Bombing

KUWAIT, Dec 13 (Reuters) – A Kuwaiti appeals court upheld one death sentence and overturned another in the case of an Islamist suicide bombing at a mosque in June, Kuwaiti newspaper al-Qabas reported on Sunday. A criminal court in September had sentenced seven defendants to death in the case. Eight other suspects had been given

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Chinese Citizen Reportedly Fighting for Daesh in Syria

BEIJING, Dec 10 (Reuters) – A young Chinese man has become the first citizen of his country known to have travelled to Syria to fight with the Kurds against Daesh, a newspaper said on Thursday, running an interview with his sister who called for him to come home. Pan Yang, from a farming family from

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Syrian Opposition Groups Seek Common Ground At Peace Talks in Riyadh

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Syria’s fragmented opposition and rebel groups sought common ground on Wednesday ahead of planned peace talks to end a conflict which has devastated the country and drawn forces from Cold War and Middle East rivals into ever deeper combat operations. The talks in Saudi Arabia mark the

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Man Remanded Over “Hideous” Knife Attack at London Station

By Michael Holden LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – A man appeared in court in London on Monday after being charged by counter-terrorism officers with attempted murder in what British Prime Minister David Cameron said was a “hideous attack” at an underground station in the British capital last weekend. Wearing a grey t-shirt and grey track

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Syria’s Assad Says British Air Strikes Will Fail to Defeat Daesh

LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – British air strikes on Daesh will fail to defeat the militant group, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad said in an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, mocking Prime Minister David Cameron’s strategy in the region. British lawmakers approved the bombing of Daesh targets in Syria on Thursday. Hours after that approval, the

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Russian Man Beheaded by Daesh For Rejecting Recruitment Attempt

BRATSKOYE, Russia, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The Russian man beheaded as a spy by Daesh was a moderate Muslim who had rejected attempts by militants to recruit him to fight in the Middle East, his adoptive family told Reuters on Friday. A video posted online by Daesh this week showed a man in an orange

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Turkish Soldiers Deployed to Iraq to Train Iraqi Troops Near Mosul

By Humeyra Pamuk and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Several hundred Turkish soldiers have been deployed to provide training for Iraqi troops in an area near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which is under Islamic State control, a Turkish security source told Reuters on Friday. Islamic State militants overran Mosul, a city

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