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IS at gates of Syria border town as Turkey mulls action

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Mursitpinar (Turkey) (AFP) - Islamic State fighters were at the gates Thursday of a key Kurdish town on the Syrian border with Turkey, whose parliament was set to vote on authorising military intervention against the jihadists.


Syria's army goes on the offensive as U.S. bombs Assad's foes

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By Laila Bassam and Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - As U.S. warplanes bomb his enemies in Syria's east, President Bashar al-Assad has set loose his own forces in the west, alarming Washington's few friends on the ground and potentially undermining the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State. U.S. President Barack Obama says Washington's goal in Syria is to defeat Islamic State without helping Assad's government. The Arab allies that have joined the U.S.-led strikes are some of Assad's fiercest opponents. ...


In US war on IS, what would victory look like?

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Washington (AFP) - The United States has yet to explain exactly what victory might look like in its war against the Islamic State group, but it is becoming clear that success will depend heavily on political events in Syria and Iraq that are beyond its control, experts say.


Syria Kurds say American joins fight against Islamic State

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.S. citizen has joined Kurdish forces fighting against Islamic State militants in northern Syria, a spokesman for the main Kurdish armed group in the country said on Thursday. The Kurdish official said that Jordan Matson had joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), who are mainly battling advances by Islamic State close to Syria's borders with Turkey and Iraq. "Yes it is true," YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said in an online message. "He is fighting in the Jazaa area. ...


Turkey ponders new powers to fight IS militants

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament was debating a motion Thursday to give the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group.


Activists Say Assad Supporters Protest in Syria

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Activists say government supporters in Syria hold rare protest after bombings kill 25 children

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Activists say Assad supporters protest in Syria

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BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say there has been a rare protest in Syria by hundreds of supporters of President Bashar Assad against the governor of the central Syrian town of Homs after twin bombings killed 25 children.


Islamic State lays out case for 'allegiance' to its leader

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By Alexander Dziadosz BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Iraq and Syria have issued a pamphlet calling for Muslims to pledge loyalty to their chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, pressing a campaign to establish a "caliphate" even as U.S.-led forces bomb their positions. Baghdadi's claim to the mantle of Islam’s caliphate, the Muslim state established by the Prophet Mohammad’s first followers after his death, has infuriated many Islamic leaders and ignited an ideological battle for legitimacy. ...


Camera captures ISIS firefight

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ISIS fighters are attacking the Syrian city of Kobani near the Turkey-Syria border. CNN's Phil Black reports.


Islamic State fighting on edge of Kobani: monitoring group

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria were clashing with Kurdish fighters hundreds of metres from a Kurdish town on the Turkish border on Thursday, a group monitoring the conflict said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said clashes between IS and Kurdish YPG fighters were occurring just hundreds of metres to the south and southeast of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish. ...


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