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September 23, 2014
US, Arab allies bomb IS jihadists in Syria
Washington (AFP) Sept 23, 2014
US and Arab warplanes hammered Islamic State militants in eastern Syria early Tuesday, opening a new front in the fight against the jihadist group, defense officials said. Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates took part in the bombing raids, US media reported, in an extraordinary show of Arab solidarity against the IS group that has rampaged through Syria and Iraq. A US defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed to AFP that Arab "partners" joined ... read more

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Qaeda affiliate executes Lebanese soldier: govt
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